Firstly, we would like to say a warm welcome to Holy Rood Primary School and we look forward to meeting all of you in the near future. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, your child's lead up to school will look a little different to previous years. We understand that the current restrictions are likely to increase the amount of anxiety you may have about your child starting school and we want to reassure you that at Holy Rood Primary School we put the children at the heart of everything we do. We are currently putting together plans for how we will welcome your child into the school and help them to settle. We will let you know how this will work as soon as we can. In the meantime, we hope that this page will give you enough information about what to expect for September and how best to prepare your child for starting school.
We will be in touch again soon to provide updates about children's start dates. We have a staggered intake so as to help children settle more quickly and comfortably to the setting.
Starting school is an exciting time. Children will make firm friends, grow, learn and become independent young people. They may too be apprehensive about this new adventure. Please reassure your child that school is a happy place where they are loved and cared for. Our staff are experienced practitioners and know how to settle children smoothly and sensitively so if you have any concerns, again, please raise these with our staff.
Being school ready involves encouraging your child to develop skills which help them to be independent and ready to learn. These skills range from eating and self-care to listening and turn taking.
- Look at the photos of our school (see below)
- Walk past the school so they can see where they are going.
- Talk about what they are looking forward to.
- Practise getting dressed in their new uniform.
- If their name is on a label in their clothes, show them where and what to look for.
- Ask them if there is anything they are worried about.
- Play games together which practise turn taking or sharing.
- Play 'schools' together.
- Give them some words/phrases to help them ask for help from an adult.
- Practise asking to go to the toilet and going to the toilet themselves.
- Tell your child what you will be doing while they are at school – so that they don't worry about you
Please see the link below to a useful website which gives ideas of how to support your child in the lead up to starting school.
BBC Bitesize also offers some great advice from professionals and some videos you can share with your child.
Play the 'First day at School' game with your child. Help your child create his/her character and pick a school jumper, then explore the school and find all the different activities to play.