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Preparing for school

Starting “big” school can be a little daunting for both you and your child to become “school ready”.

We do not expect children to start school with any knowledge of phonics, reading or writing. It is important they have the social and communication skills they need first. We believe that every child is unique and on their own learning journey so please do not compare them to others. It takes some of us a little longer to get there but it does not mean we will not make it.

The first half term will be spent getting to know the children and completing baseline assessments, settling them in, helping them to get to know the boundaries, giving them confidence in the school setting and supporting them to make friends. The most important aspect of transition is ensuring your child’s well being so that they are settled, happy and ready to learn.

The main skills that could be practised at home include:

Being independent

. Let them do things for themselves as the expectation at school is that they try for themselves first.

. Toileting (including flushing and washing hands)

. Dressing – putting coats on and doing up zips

. Cutlery

Communication

. Listen to and follow simple instructions

. Communicate with peers and adults

Confidence

. Separating from parents/carers (we know this can take some time at first)

. Choosing toys and games and playing with friends

. Joy of learning (books, drawing, counting songs, craft activities)

Transition

Our usual plans for transition are a little different this year due to Covid 19 and we will finalise dates with you as soon as we have them.

Our website will be a key source of information for you. This page will evolve over time as we are thinking of new ways to support transition for children all the time.

Settling in

Our dates for starting school will depend on government guidance. Our main aim is to ensure your children are safe, happy, and settled into school as soon as we can, but we will let you know as soon as we have finalised details.

School/parent partnership

We have an open-door policy and encourage parents to talk to us when they need to.

Mrs Wrigley is available on the playground every morning and at the end of the school day Mrs Kerins or Mrs Andrews will be handing your child over to you. You can also contact us via email the office email is office@stjamesjohnbucks.sch.uk

Story to share with your child about going to school.

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