Starting School

When you and your child visit our school for the first time, we hope you will find us a friendly and welcoming place. Starting school can be both an exciting time for your child and an anxious one and we will work with you to make the transition from home to school as easy as possible. We provide an exciting, broad and balanced curriculum. Prior to Year 1 the children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

Here are some ideas to help your child at home to get ready for starting school. And if you click on the left of the page there are links to the useful websites suggested at the bottom of the letter.

How you can help your child at home

Reading

  • Make reading Fun—We want your child to learn how pleasurable books can be. Books aren’t just about reading the words on a page.  They can introduce new ideas and topics for you and your child to discuss.
  • Looking at picture books together, reading aloud, and talking about what you read help your child build skills that lead to reading.
  • Encourage your child to pretend to ‘read’ a book before he or she can read words.
  • Visit the library as often as possible.
  • Schedule a regular time for reading such as before bed.

Number

  • Playing games, doing puzzles and jigsaws are a great way to start.
  • It’s important to show how we use moths skills in our everyday lives and to involve your child in this.
  • Look together for numbers on street signs and car registration plates
  • Point out different shapes around the home.
  • Take your child shopping and talk about the quantities of anything you buy.
  • Let your child handle money and work out how much things cost.
  • Practise counting and sing number rhymes and songs.

Learning about Letters

  • Practise saying the alphabet, identify letters in the environment
  • Talk to your child about the names of the letters and the sounds they make
  • Sing rhyming songs and poems, these help children learn about the different sounds
  • of language
  • Practise writing their name, remember to only use a capital letter at the start of their name—use crayons, chalks, finger point!

Developing Fine Motor Skills

  • Help your child to develop hand/eye co-ordination to improve strength and stability ready for writing
  • Play with play dough
  • Tear paper into strips ( make o collage picture, crumple into balls)
  • Thread beads, pasta
  • Lacing activities
  • Practise using scissors
  • Use pegs to pick up small objects