Helpful Tips

Promote Eating Independence 

When the children come in from Pre-School encourage them to empty their lunch box (using the appropriate bins for recycling) talk through what is left in the box- Did they not like it? What else could we have? get them involved in making tomorrows lunch, talk through what’s healthy to eat and how important food is to our bodies. Children tend to eat much more if they make it themselves and a great independence skill to have too.

 

The importance of outdoor play

The outdoors has something more to offer than just physical benefits. Cognitive and social/emotional development are impacted, too. Outside, children are more likely to invent games. As they do, they’re able to express themselves and learn about the world in their own way. They feel safe and in control, which promotes autonomy, decision-making, and organisational skills. Inventing rules for games (as pre-schoolers like to do) promotes an understanding of why rules are necessary. Although the children are only playing to have fun, they’re learning communication skills and vocabulary (as they invent, modify, and enforce rules). number relationships (as they keep score and count) social customs (as they learn to play together and cooperate).

 

Writing

Mrs Henson, the Reception teacher from Stock Primary School has given us some top tips with regards to writing. She expressed the need for children to ascribe meaning to their marks even if they don’t make sense.¬† ‘ This gives children confidence in their own ability to ‘have a go’ not worry about the letters being formed correctly. So if your child does write a sentence that doesn’t look like its supposed to , please just say, “wow that’s fantastic¬† can you tell me what it says”. Its important that they feel confident and as their phonetic knowledge improves so will their writing of words. When children are at the age / stage of forming more recognisable letters Mrs Henson talked about Cursive writing. This is now the way children in School are encouraged to write. A copy of such letter formation sheets can be obtained from Pre-School. Please ask a member of staff should you wish to see one.