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Preparing for school

Starting 'big' school can be a little daunting for both you and your child so we thought the below information and document might help by providing a few ideas of how to help your child to become 'school ready'.

 

We don’t expect children to start school with any knowledge of phonics, reading or writing. It is important they have the social and communication skills they need first. We believe that every child is unique and on their own learning journey so please don’t compare them to others. It takes some of us a little longer to get there but it doesn’t mean we won’t make it

The first half term will be spent getting to know the children and completing baseline assessments, settling them in, helping them to get to know the boundaries, giving them confidence in the school setting, supporting them to make new friends. The most important aspect of transition is ensuring your child's well being so that they are settled, happy and ready to learn.

 

The main skills that could be practised at home include:

 

Being Independent

  • Let them do things for themselves as the expectation at school is that they try for themselves first.

  • Toileting (including flushing and washing hands)

  • Dressing – putting coats on and doing up zips

  • Cutlery

Communication

  • Listen to  and follow simple instructions

  • Communicate with peers and adults

Confidence

  • Separating from parents/ carers (we know this can take some time at first)

  • Choosing toys and games and playing with friends.

  • Joy of learning(books, drawing, counting songs)

Transition

Our usual plans for transition might look a little different this year due to Covid 19 and we will finalise dates with you as soon as we have them.

 

This  year, we hope to have a  face to face meeting with you but if we are unable to we will do this through video.  

Our website will be a key source of information for you. We are hoping  the website evolves over time as we are thinking of new ways to support transition for children all the time. 

 

If guidance allows, we will still be carrying out home visits, stay and play and story sessions in September.

Leaflets will be emailed or posted so children still have access to them over the summer holidays

Settling in

Our normal transition period involves a 2 week period in September of home visits followed by 1 week building up from morning sessions to morning including lunch and then full time.

 

Our dates for transition may need to be changed, depending on government guidance.  Our main aim is to ensure your children are safe, happy and settled into school as soon as we can but we will let you know as soon as we have finalised details.

Class organisation

Pre-schools have been helpful with letting us know about friendships and where children may need any additional support with transition.  When creating classes, we take into account pre-school settings, gender and twins.

We have 4 classes in 2 bases: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales.

The base is open plan so that children have access to a wide range of activities during our child led learning time but have separate zones for class learning.

Strong school/parent partnership

We have an open door policy and encourage parents to come to our regular coffee mornings to meet the teacher informally and chat with other parents.

 

Tapestry is our online learning journal through which we document how your child is getting on in school.  Equally, we love to see what your child has been getting up to at home and encourage parents to post on there too.

 

This partnership starts now so please contact us if you have any questions or we can support you with transition for your child in any way.

 

grace.dalgarno@chalkwellhallinfants.co.uk

(Foundation stage leader)

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