Starting school is an exciting new adventure for your family, we say family as it’s not just your children we welcome into the school, we welcome your whole family. However, we do understand that for some the thought of starting ‘Big School’ can be a little daunting. We would like to reassure you that with a little preparation and encouragement we are confident your children will settle into school life with ease. Our teaching staff have a great deal of experience in helping children to cope with times of transition, and our small class sizes gives us the opportunity to really get to know and understand your children. We have put together some tips and advice to help you prepare your children for their new adventure at our school.
Library offers fun activities and free books!
Teach your child nursery rhymes, songs and read children’s poetry
Talk about everyday print on packages, adverts, newspaper, recipes etc.
Tell stories, sing songs in the car or bath and try to incorportate a bed time story in their routine.
Fgive your child access to books, posters,pictures and labels
Talk about the stories you read and the characters, what happens and where it is set.
Always praise and encourage your child to do their best
Firstly, do not worry, we don't expect your child to be able to read, write
or do sums before they start school. Children
start school with a wide range of abilities. Our experianced teachers will get to know your child and will help them progress at their own pace.
What’s most important is that you and your
child have fun together in those pre-school
months and years – sharing stories, singing
songs, playing games and talking about
anything and everything.
For young children, maths is so much more than numbers
Children love number games, how many silver cars, how many sweets, how many jumps or steps.
Discuss words such as longer or shorter, wide or narrow
Talk about the hidden shapes in every day life, while shopping or around your home
Play shops or cafes and use coins and show your child the different coins.
Look for patterns, colour, shape, texture, or even sound.
Allowing children to help measure ingrediants
hot meals are encouraged to use a knife and
fork (practise at home), we also teach the children how to carry their meal tray.
If your child is taking a
lunch box, please practice opening food items and containers to help your child feel independant, our welfare staff will be on hand if they need help.
Get your child into the habit of
hanging their coat up, putting
their toys away, clearing the
table, and so on, to prepare
them for doing these things at
school. Why not turn it into a
game? Play their favourite song and do a dance tidy!
Let your child practise putting on their school clothes,
taking them off and folding them in preparation for PE lessons, especially if
there are fiddly fastenings such as zips and buttons. Elasticated clothes and Velcro®
shoes are easier to handle. Teach your child tricks such as putting labels at
the back, holding cuffs to stop sleeves riding up, & wrinkling tights to put
toes in first.
Encourage your child to use the toilet independently,
ensuring proper wiping using toilet paper rather than moist wipes. If you have
a different phrase for going to the toilet? Letting us know what this is will
ensure we understand what your child is trying to ask. Also promote good
handwashing with soap and water, especially after going to the toilet.
We invite our new families to attend our link introduction sessions. This is a great opportunity for the children to see their new classroom and outdoor spaces, meet their teacher and make new friends. We also take the opportunityto speak with the families and answer any other questions.