Preparing for School

Our 'Preparing for School' sessions are for children due to go to school in September 2019 and run during the regular Tuesday afternoon session.

In these afternoon sessions we will introduce the children to the routines they will encounter when they start school. This will involve slightly more formalised learning, with tasks based on the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

A typical session will run as follows:
12.00 - 12.30pm - lunch,
12.30 - 12.40pm - gather children on the carpet and take the register,
12.40 - 12.55pm - introduce the learning objective,
12.55 - 1.30pm - activities relating to the learning objective; these sessions will differ every week, with some focus on literacy and mathematics, and will be differentiated according to the children's ability,
1.30 - 1.45pm - gather the children back together on the carpet and talk about what they have learnt. Show each other their work.
1.45 - 2.30pm - outside play; climbing frame, construction toys, painting, sand/water. Fruit and drinks will be available
2.30 - 2.50pm - story/songs/number rhymes
2.50 - 3.00pm - getting ready to go home; the children will get their own lunch boxes, coats and any work they have to take home then Becky will bring them out to the playground to be handed over to the adult collecting them.

Occasionally this afternoon session will involve a P.E. lesson. We will let you know in advance so the children can bring their PE kit with them. This could be the P.E. Kit for their new school or just a pair of shorts and a t-shirt. Some children find getting changed in front of each other unsettling so we think it would be lovely for them to have practiced this in a familiar environment.

We are sure these sessions will help the children develop the skills and confidence needed to ensure a smooth transition to their new schools in September.