Transitioning your child into school
We encourage parents to get in touch with the school well in advance if you would like to enrol your pre-schooler. Your child will be able to visit the school a few times, for part of the day, as part of the Seedlings Programme before s/he turns five.
You can assist your child’s preparation for school in the following ways:
Work towards: * holding a book correctly * holding and using a pencil correctly. *writing and recognising their own name. * using capital letters for the first letters only. * recognising some letters of the alphabet *know some of the letters sounds *counting to 10 and knowing some other numbers - also what comes before and after a number *recognising basic shapes *recognising colours (colouring-in skills would be an advantage).
Support Self-Management and Organisation skills by: * being able to tell the teacher what they need or want *toilet independently *carry their own bag to the classroom *listen and follow instructions *put things away in the right place at the right time *put on their shoes and socks *cough into their sleeve and how to blow their nose (tissues are available)
Daily you could help your child by: * ask them about their learning *talk about the good things that happened in their day *read to and with your child *help your child to complete home learning tasks as required.
Other ways you as a parent can support your child’s learning: *start the day with a positive attitude and a balanced diet ( The right food /fuel is essential) *provide a healthy lunch *minimise treats in the lunchbox *a good-sized water bottle (as we are a water-only school). a *having your child at school by 8.50 am (as this allows them to be organised for the day) *regular and consistent bedtimes *parents please check your child has the things they need for the day - eg, stationery, lunch, library books, homework.
It is really important to ask questions if you are not sure. No question is an unnecessary one!