Preparing your Children for School
We provide our Swans with the opportunities to develop independence and confidence which enables them to be ready for the exciting challenges that starting school offers. The Swans are encouraged and supported at meal times to clear their own plates, put them ready to be washed up and pour their own drinks. They have access to the bathroom at all times to encourage independent use, not only for toileting but for washing hands after messy play activities and brushing teeth/washing faces after they've eaten. Children are encouraged to put their own coats and shoes on and have independent access to their coats and bags. In addition to daily provision, our pre school children are offered extra acivities which support their development and learning for School, these include; Forset School, Show & Tell, Letters & Sounds Sessions and Maths Groups.
Here is also a really useful website link with lots of information to support Parents & Carers prepare their children for the transition to school. www.schoolreadiness.co.uk
Letters and Sounds
The Swans engage daily in letters and sounds activities, this is part of the daily routine as we recognise the importance of letters and sounds in developing and building on their speaking and listening skills. The Letters and Sounds Programme is vital to develop children's phonic knowledge which helps to prepare them for learning to read and write.
Talk for Writing
Talk for Writing is an initiative that was developed by Pie Corbett, it is a powerful tool, because of it's focus on the principles of how children learn. Although offered to all age groups from the Ducklings to Swans children, in the pre school room, we extended the children's learning and cover more activities to those older children.
Talk for Writing is a method already used in most of our local primary schools and it is said to be key in raising attainment in children's reading and writing skills.
Talk for Writing enables children to imitate the key language they need for a particular topic based on a familiar and recognisable story.
Through fun activities the children rehearse the tune of the language they need, it helps children to understand that every story has a framework, a beginning, a build up, a problem, a resolution and an end. Primary schools hope that by the end of Key Stage 1, children will know 30 traditional stories really well.
We believe that we are the first nursery to try this approach. We hope that by the time our children start school, some of these stories will be firmly embedded.