A very warm welcome to Reception
It gives us great pleasure in welcoming you to our school. The first year at school is so important, as it builds the foundations for your child’s personal, social and emotional development, as well as their academic skills, knowledge and understanding.
In Reception, we endeavour to provide a rich learning environment where opportunities allow children to flourish in all aspects of their development. This promotes motivated, enthused and eager learning as well as developing a sense of independence.
Supporting your child with transition
You can make your child’s transition to school easier by being aware of the differences between learning at home and at school and supporting them in coping with these changes.
Here are six ways that you can help:
- Your child will have to follow instructions and stay focused. Prepare him/her for this by giving instructions in a clear voice one at a time. Play the game of ‘what did I say?’ you say something and your child repeats it, they then turn their back and you say something else that they then have to repeat.
- You can help prepare your child for the physical demands of a classroom by making sure he/she is used to sitting still for short periods.
- Classrooms can be noisy! Help your child to realise that sometimes we can do things more effectively by being quiet and still. When all the children in the class are good listeners, the class can learn better. Practise ‘good listening’ with your child; look at the person speaking, keep your hands and feet still, hear what is said and think quietly about it.
- Reassure your child that it is positive to ask questions if they are unclear about an activity.
- Your child will have to respond to instructions, line up and take turns. He/she will have to sit and work closely with other children. Talk to him/her about school routines and be reassuring. We don’t want them to experience any anxiety.
- Your child will be learning to interact with unfamiliar adults he/she has not met before.