One term to go until your child starts Primary School?

This time two years ago, with only a term to go before my son started school, I had so many thoughts, worries and questions running through my head. Despite being a Reception teacher, I had my ‘Mummy hat’ on... Would he make friends? Would he survive the day without falling asleep? Would he listen and follow instructions? Would he feel confident to be himself and get the best out of himself? Would he feel secure to leave me on his first day? How would I feel about dropping him at school for the first time? What if he didn’t eat his lunch? What if he didn't make the toilet? And the list went on and on. I knew, when thinking rationally with my ‘Reception teacher hat’ securely on, that he would be absolutely fine and that the worries were more about me than him.  I wondered how I would cope and how I could help prepare him in the best possible way for the huge milestone event of starting Primary School.

Published in Preparing for school


For me, for the first time, the shoe is now on the other foot! I have no idea how I am going to react as I leave my four-year old son at school on his first day; I may have all the theory in the world but keeping my emotions in tact in reality could be a different story! Having been a Reception teacher for years I have witnessed a wide range of actions and emotional responses from both children and parents on the first day of school.   If I counted up the tears, I have definitely seen more parents in tears than children on the first day!

Published in Transition to school

“How many times should I have to ask you?” – Is this a common phrase in your house? Do you wonder whether your children can hear properly? Or perhaps your children have selective hearing, opting not to listen and respond to your voice! Or maybe you are struggling with behaviour at home generally?

In addition to improving life at home, being able to follow instructions is one of the key skills that will help children when they start school. Classrooms are exceptionally busy and thriving environments; always so much going on and lots of background noise! Being able to tune in to listen to instructions is a skill that needs to be developed. As parents, you can help your child at home, whilst having some fun along the way! Here are a few examples of how to get your children listening carefully and following instructions:

Published in Behaviour

I cannot stress more the critical role that talk plays throughout every element of a child’s learning journey.  If a child can speak and communicate effectively, has an ever-increasing repertoire of vocabulary to draw upon and has fun with playing with and listening to words and rhymes he will have begun his access to the world.

Published in Preparing for school

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