To really help your child be ready for school life it is most important to concentrate on the basic needs in life. School is a major step forward on a child's
road to independence. There will be lots of helping hands but the ratio of adults to children can never be as good as at home.
Your child should now be increasingly self-sufficient in managing simple everyday tasks such as:
Hanging up their coat.
Blowing their nose (and disposing of the tissue in a bin!).
Going to the toilet by themselves and washing their hands. (Often boys have not or have rarely encountered a urinal.)
Dressing and changing for P.E. (ensuring that the clothes they change from are put in a neat pile).
Being responsible for putting books, toys and equipment away after them.
All of these skills take time to develop. We realise that not every child will come to school with the whole list ticked!
We will always be there to help and encourage, but a happy school life is, and always will be, dependent upon a partnership between home and school.
Foundation Stage (Reception Class)
The foundation stage curriculum is organised into six areas of learning:
Personal, social and emotional development
Communication, language and Literacy
Problem solving, reasoning and Numeracy
Knowledge and understanding of the world
Early years experience builds on what children already know and can do. We will work to ensure that all children feel included, secure and valued in an atmosphere of mutual respect, within which children can have security and confidence.
Learning for young children is a rewarding and enjoyable experience in which they explore, investigate, discover, practise, rehearse, repeat, revise and consolidate their developing knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes. During the foundation stage, many of these aspects of learning are brought together effectively through playing and talking.