Reception New Parents Key Information Page
We are looking forward to meeting you all in September. Please find below some information you may find helpful;
New Teacher Welcome Letters
School Readiness - 10 keys to unlocking school readiness
The 10 keys below that children (developing typically for their age) should be able to do by the time they start in reception class.:
- I can settle happily without my parent or carer
- I can tell friends and grown-ups what I need
- I can take turns and share when I am playing
- I can go to the toilet on my own and wash my hands
- I can put on my own coat and shoes and feed myself
- I can tell a grown up if I am happy, sad or cross
- I know that what I do and say can make others happy or unhappy
- I am curious and want to learn and play
- I can stop what I am doing, listen and follow simple instructions
- I enjoy sharing books with grown-ups
Further information about preparing your child for school can be found in the attached booklet, ‘School Readiness in Northamptonshire.’
We LOVE reading at Moulton Primary School. See below for the books we will be sharing with your children this year! If you already have these books at home, share them frequently with your child. Challenge your child to retell the stories too – this is SO helpful at building up vocabulary and clarity of speech - in a fun way! Remember not to expect your child to focus for too long on any reading activity; children are physical learners and don’t sit still naturally!
Talk is crucial to your child’s development. You may find the following suggestions helpful when talking with your child at home;
▪ It’s so important to give your child time to talk – don’t rush them! When your child is trying to express more complex ideas they time to get their words sorted out before they speak.
▪ Sing lots of Nursery Rhymes- they add to children’s language and awareness of the rhythm of speech.
▪ Play board games to develop turn taking, listening and social language skills.
▪ Repeat back to children what they have said but reword into a correct sentence – without overtly correcting your child. E.g. “Mummy sock.” “Yes, that’s mummy’s sock.”
▪ Set good examples of social language using words such as ‘please’, ‘thank you’ and ‘hello’ so that your child can use these words and recognise when they are needed.
▪ Encourage imaginative play and join in pretend games with your child – children talk best when it’s something they’re interested in!
▪ Be aware when using everyday expressions such as ‘pull your socks up’. Make sure you explain the meaning!