We are nearly at the end of term and it is nearly time for you to be thinking about getting ready for big school. Some of you will be coming to Haydn and some of you will be going to a different school but it will still be a change for everyone! It's been a strange year for us all and the teachers here at nursery wish they had been able to see you again and say goodbye properly. Look out on the website next week as there will be videos from the group leaders with a message to you all!
Getting Ready for School
I bet you are able to do lots of new things since we last saw you in March and will be ready to begin in your new classes with your new teachers and lots of new friends. You might feel excited and even a little nervous about starting somewhere new - that's completely natural! And it will be a big change from being at home with your families but I know that you will get used to it very quickkly and will have an amazing time!!
Starting with a Story...
This week we are going to be thinking about the different things you can do to get yourselves ready for starting school in September. Where shall we begin? I like to begin with a story! I've found some of my favourite starting school stories for you here.
Here are some things you can practise at home to help you get ready for school. You could make a little checklist and tick off when you feel you're almost there! Don't worry if you can't do all of them yet - your new teachers will be there to help you!
Self-Care and Independence
• I can wash and dry my hands.
• I can wipe my nose.
• I can put on/fasten my coat and shoes.
• I can use the toilet.
• I am learning to dress/undress – this will help me change for PE.
• I am happy to be away from my parents or carers. I know they will be back soon.
Speaking and Listening
• I can talk about my ideas, needs and feelings.
• I can ask a grown-up for help.
• I can follow simple instructions.
Eating and Drinking
• I can use a spoon, knife and fork.
• I can open my lunch box as well as wrappers and packaging.
• I can drink from a water bottle, carton or open cup.
• I can count a small number of items.
• I like singing number rhymes or songs.
• I am learning to say numbers to ten.
• I can recognise some numbers.
Reading and Writing
• I can recognise/read my name.
• I can hold a pencil to draw.
• I am learning to write my name.
• I enjoy listening to stories and rhymes.
Playing with Others
• I join in games and activities with other people.
• I can share and take turns.
Remember the most important thing you can do to prepare your child for school is to have plenty of quality time together over the summer holidays - talking, playing and reading stories to each other!
Look out for the Goodbye videos on our webpage next week. We will also be sending home your child's report and Learning Journeys for you to share together. Take care everyone.