Nurture, Learn, Grow

School Ready

At St Osmund’s Preschool we believe in the importance of a strong and supportive transition between pre-school and school.  As part of this process we visit with the children and get parents to visit their child’s new school and sometimes with their keyperson too.  This is usually held in June or July.  This is an opportunity for your child to meet the Reception team within whatever school you choose for your child.

Please see below for some suggestions of how you can help your child become ready for school life.

  1. Go to the toilet by him/herself
  2. Use a handkerchief
  3. Be able to use a knife and fork
  4. Do up own buttons and zips. Dress and undress themselves
  5. Change shoes, wellingtons, plimsolls
  6. Hang up coat
  7. Recognise their own name
  8. Understand and carry out an instruction
  9. Sit quietly for a short period of time
  10. Recognise and name primary colours
  11. Listen to a story without interruption
  12. Recognise numeral of own age and then 1-10
  13. Write his/her own name
  14. Be familiar with a book- handling it correctly
  15. Have experience of “turn taking” in games, ie snakes and ladders

The Characteristics of Effective learning support the development of the Unique Child in how children are learning.

“The ways in which the child engages with other people and their environment – playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically – underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner.” (Development Matters 2012)

Useful documents:

What to expect, when?  The purpose of the is to help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS. Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time. This booklet has been written to help you as a parent know what to expect during these vitally important years by focusing on the seven areas of learning and development which are covered in the EYFS. THIS BOOKLET EXPLAINS MORE EYFS

Early Learning Goals

At the end of Reception (The Foundation Stage), each child will be assessed against 17 key areas called the Early Learning Goals (ELG’s).

This is known as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Profile. For each early learning goal, teachers must judge whether a child is meeting the level of development expected at the end of the Reception year (‘expected’), exceeding this level (‘exceeding’), or not yet reaching this level (‘emerging’).

The completed EYFS Profile also includes a short commentary on each child’s skills and abilities in relation to the three key characteristics of effective learning. This will support future curriculum planning and will provide the Year 1 teacher with important information about each child’s approach to learning.  Explained in more detail ELG's explained

 

Phonics

The support you can give your child at home we use jolly phonics most schools teach the children to read using this strategy too. Jolly Phonics

Please click on the titles below for the links

VIDEO HOW TO SAY THE SOUNDS CORRECTLY 

An Introduction to LETTERS & SOUNDS 

ALPHABLOCKS UNDERSTANDING PHONICS PROGRESSION TO READING FOR PARENTS 

LETTER FORMATION 

Mathematics 

VIDEO ON UNDERSTANDING EARLY MATHS LEARNING

VIDEO ON SHAPES 

How we teach Maths at Preschool

Contact us

Carmelite Way off Exeter St, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2SG

01722329238

stosmundspreschool@btconnect.com