Full of bounce and raring to start their new school – the new Reception class at Chilton Primary School in Ramsgate is full of beans.

When the group of four and five year olds met for the first time at a picnic with their families and trusted cuddly toys, the school’s bouncy castle was an immediate big hit.

The youngsters also had the chance to play with a range of activities, games, and toys, and tuck into sandwiches and soft drinks.

The get together on the school field saw children quickly make friends, team up and play together.

Reception class staff were on hand to welcome them and their families as they took their first steps on their new school adventure.

Assistant Head of School Hannah Cheshire is Head of Early Years. She said: “It was amazing how soon they started chatting and playing. Creating a bond before the summer break in readiness for September is very important.

“It means that the children already have experienced the Chilton feel good factor before they officially start – and when we see them in September they will feel at ease with their surrounding and familiar faces of the fellow pupils and the Reception team.”

Chilton Primary School is part of the Viking Academy Trust, together with Upton Junior School and Ramsgate Arts Primary School.