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Preparing Your Child for Starting School Introduction

Preparing your child for starting school

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Dressing 

It is important that your child  begins to practise how to dress themselves before they start school. Learning to get dressed builds your child’s confidence and independence and gives your them a sense of achievement.  Getting dressed also helps your child to develop many other skills such as fine motor, gross motor and thinking . To make this fun, the Foundation Stage team at Willowbank have put together this activity bank that will help you to practise these skills.

 

Please open the document below for ideas, information and activity ideas to help your child develop the skills associated with dressing themselves.

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Number with a focus on counting

As your child grows up they will have experience of number in their day to day lives. For children  this can be made more explicit through number books, singing songs or noticing numbers when out and about. Being familiar and understanding number gives children a firm foundation which can be build upon as they continue their learning.

To make this fun, the Foundation Stage team at Willowbank  have put  together this activity bank that will help you to practise these skills.

 

 Please open the document below for ideas, information and activity ideas to help your child develop the skills associated with number.

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Speaking and Listening

Providing your child with opportunities to  develop their speaking and listening skills are important in laying the  foundations for when they begin learning phonics, after they have started school. The emphasis  is on encouraging your child to: tune into sounds (auditory discrimination), Listening and remembering sounds (auditory memory and sequencing) and Talking about sounds (developing vocabulary and language comprehension). To make this fun, the Foundation Stage team at Willowbank  have put  together this activity bank that will help you to practise these skills.

 

What is phonics? Phonics involves matching the sounds of spoken English with individual letters or groups of letters. For example, the sound  /k/ can be spelled as c, k, ck or ch. Reading and writing can be compared to a code, so knowing the sounds of individual letters and how those letters sound when they’re combined will help children decode words as they read.

 

 Please open the document below for ideas, information and activity ideas to help your child develop the skills associated with speaking and listening.

 

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School Uniform

Our embroidered jumpers, cardigans and PE polo t-shirts can be purchased from Thomas Moore's in Exeter. We are pleased to tell you that whilst their shop on Forestreet remains closed due to the current pandemic, their online shop remains open and they have a good level of stock available. 

More information about our school uniform will be provided to you in your welcome packs which we are busy working on. We hope to be able to bring these to you in the near future. 

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