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Top Tips to get ready for 'Big School' in September

Are You Ready?

Over the coming weeks and months, you will probably be wondering what you can  do at home to support your child’s transition to school. We have developed a list of activities to be working towards to enable your child to be more independent when they arrive in the Reception class in September. Remember you are your child’s first and most important teacher and every child develops at their own rate so please don’t worry if your child cannot do everything or anything on this list.  It is not that your child cannot do it, it’s just they cannot do it YET!                                                 

There is still plenty of time.  Good luck and have fun - these are the wonder years.


Top Tips 

  1. Use a toilet.
  2. Put their coat on, do zip / buttons.
  3. Put wellington boots on.
  4. Change for PE : put their clothes on, take their clothes off.
  5. Sit and listen to a story for 10 minutes each night.
  6. Recognise name.
  7. Write name:  start with the capital first letter then move on to the lower case letters.    
  8. Count to 10 out of order.
  9. Write numbers 1-5.
  10. Use scissors.
  11. Thread beads / pasta onto a pipe cleaner.
  12. Know some traditional tale stories: EG: 3 Little Pigs, Goldilocks.
  13. Able to play a simple turn taking game. snap, pairs, snakes and ladders.
  14. Throw / catch / kick a ball.
  15. Pedal bike /trike.
  16. Know 8 rhymes, suggestions: 

Humpty Dumpty,

Incey Wincey,

Baa Baa Black Sheep,

Twinkle Twinkle,

1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught a

Hickory Dickory Dock

Jack and Jill

Hey Diddle Diddle.

17. Wash and dry hands properly.

18. Open packets/ lids off yogurt if they a packed lunch.

19. Hold knife, fork and spoon for school dinner.

20. Use a jug to pour out a drink for themselves.