How can I help my child get ready for school?
When children start primary school we don’t expect them to be able to read and write! Every child comes to school with different experiences and skills. It is our job to develop your child’s skills and knowledge from their starting point.
There are many things that you can do with your child that makes the transition into school easier for everyone. Below is a list of things we would love your child to be able to do or have practised when they come to school:
Every Wednesday the children will have PE so they need to practise taking off and putting on their clothes.
Putting on and taking off shoes
Velcro shoes are best as they help the children to be independent. Laces are not recommended.
Going to the toilet independently
This included wiping themselves, flushing the toilet and washing their hands.
Putting on their coat and doing it up.
Practise the technique of putting their coat on themselves. A useful tip is to put the hood on their head first and then they find it easier to find the arms. Support your child to learn to click in the zip at the bottom before attempting to pull it up.
Encourage your child to use a knife and fork to eat their hot meals. Model and support their stabbing, scooping and cutting techniques. If your child is going to have a school dinner, it is important to start to practise these skills, so they have more independence and confidence, when tackling lunch time.
Drinking from a water bottle and cup
If your child isn’t use to drinking from these items, please practise with them, so they have confidence with these skills so they can use them when at school
We of course never leave a child to do something themselves if they can’t. However we always encourage them to have a go and support them in being successful.
Here are some other activities that you could practise with your child in preparation for school: -
Recognising their name
The children self-register every morning, by finding their name and placing it into a basket. You could write different names on paper and place them around your home. Can they find their name?
Colouring and drawing
These skills will support your child to develop the fine motor skills in preparation for writing.
Singing Nursery Rhymes
It is important that children learn and know a range of nursery rhymes. ‘YouTube’ and ‘Cbeebies’ are good resources to use to help them learn these songs. Can could learn nursery rhymes such as Twinkle Twinkle Little star, Incey Wincey Spider, Baa Baa black sheep and Wind your bobbin up.
Research has shown that if children know 8 nursery rhymes by heart by the time they are 4 they are usually amongst the best readers and spellers of a class by the time they are 8!
Reading to your child every day gives them the best start to life. Reading books or telling stories is a time when you can be together. Children learn so much from sharing books with adults.
Talking with your child
It is important to listen and respond to your child talking. Encourage them to communicate their wants and needs. Model and support them to talk in phrases and sentences.
Getting them to tidy up their toys and complete household chores.
These responsibilities will help your child develop independence.
Turn Taking Activities
Doing turn taking activities, such as playing with toys can get them use to taking turns and also to understand the concept of sharing.
Trying new food and Eating with others
This will prepare them for snack and lunch times at school, so they are used to sitting with others and trying the food given, especially if they are having school dinners!
Starting School Stories to share with your child
Here are some stories about starting school that you may wish to share with your child. There are many more available.
Starting School by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
First Day by Andrew Daddo
Spot goes to School
Amelia Bedilia First Day of School
I am too absolutely small for school by Lauren Child