PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR SCHOOL
The Year R Base
In your pack you will find a booklet ‘Getting Ready for School’. We like every child to be able to do these things in order to be as independent as possible in the school situation. Some of the things in the book are:
- Put on and take off their coat and do up and undo buttons and zips.
- Go to the toilet on their own and wash their hands afterwards.
- Be able to dress themselves and put on their own socks and shoes.
- Happily leave you and be confident in knowing you will return to pick them up.
- Recognise their own name and if possible make a good attempt at writing it.
- Speak clearly and confidently in a sentence.
- Know their class teacher’s name and the class they are in.
Pattern of Entry
We recommend that children begin school in a staggered way, which gradually increases to full time education. Details of recommended staggered start (linked to children’s age/birthdays) has been identified in a document called Year R – Admission Arrangements, a copy of which has been provided.
This allows all the children to learn Base routines, find and access resources, establish friendships and relate to adults in smaller, more manageable groups and therefore settle quickly and happily into school life.
It is expected that ALL children are full time at the start of the second half term, following the October half term break.
The School Day
At the beginning of the School day, (8.50 am) an adult is waiting to welcome the children at the front door of the Base and will write down any messages from parents and pass these on to your child’s class teacher.
PLEASE SAY ‘GOODBYE‘ TO YOUR CHILD BRIGHTLY AND QUICKLY AND LEAVE. PLEASE DO NOT ‘HOVER’ OR LOOK IN THE WINDOWS AS THIS CAN BE UPSETTING FOR YOUR CHILD AND PROLONG THE DEPARTURE PROCESS.
- If you come to school late (after 9.00 a.m.) and the Base door is shut please go to the main door and sign your child in at the office.
- Put all communications e.g. letters, forms, payments etc. in your child’s book bag and remind your child, just before you leave, to give them to their class teacher.
- At the end of the day (3.10 p.m.) please wait outside your child’s class door until a member of staff releases your child into your care. Please note parents should not come onto the school grounds until 3:00pm. If you are unable to meet your child or will be late or someone different is coming to collect your child, please inform the office so we can warn your child in advance and reassure them. Please note that staff will not allow a child to go with any adult other than the one they are expecting – so last minute arrangements must be clearly communicated to the school.
Year R requirements
- All children should come to school with a coat, regardless of what the weather is like at the start of the day.
- If it is hot and sunny a named hat should be provided.
- All Year R children need to have a named pair of Wellington boots to leave in school.
- ALL ITEMS OF CLOTHING SHOULD BE CLEARLY MARKED WITH THEIR NAME.
Book Bag, Water Bottle and Skipping Rope
- Every new entrant is provided with a book bag, water bottle and skipping rope paid for by the PTA. The water bottle and rope needs labelling with your child’s name. These should be brought into school EVERY day.
- Replacement bottles and lids can be purchased from the School Office for £1.00 for a complete bottle and 30p just for the cap.
PLEASE DISCOURAGE YOUR CHILD FROM WALKING AROUND WITH A BOTTLE IN THEIR MOUTH FOR HEALTH & SAFETY REASONS AND FROM CHEWING THE CAP OF THE BOTTLE, AS THIS MAKES THEM LEAK!
- Replacement skipping ropes are also available from the School Office for £1.50.
- Water bottles should contain water only, NO JUICE OR SQUASH. Please do not put water bottles in book bags as they often leak and damage books. It is not hygienic for children to drink out of each others bottles. Educational studies have shown that the more children are hydrated the more they are able to concentrate and learn.
- No toys/items from home should be brought to school please, unless specifically asked for to support a topic.