As preparation for the next academic year, we like to organise time for all the children to visit their new classes and teachers. This week, we had a special Transition Day, where all the classes spent a morning with their new teachers. They met the English and Vietnamese teachers and learnt a little bit about the activities they will be doing when they return in August.
There is a bigger transition for F3 as they will be moving to the Primary building. To help the children feel comfortable and more confident with this move we organized a variety of transitional activities and events over the month. These involved going to the Primary building for swimming, library, art and outdoor play times. The Year 1 teachers also came to Early Years’ to read stories and join in with their activities.
There are lots of ways that you as parents can help support your child with these transitions. Here are some of the things that I would suggest some of the following:
- Talk to your child about what they can expect and how their routines may change.
- Get excited with them and say positive things about their new teacher and classroom.
- Encourage them to talk about any concerns they may have.
- Talk about how they will be able to see some of their old friends but that they will also get to make lots of new friends.
- Gets books and watch videos online about going to school.
- Attend any orientation days or meet the teacher events.
- Over the holidays organise play dates and keep in touch with their current friends who they will see when they return in August.
- Independence is the key. Encourage your child to pack their school bag and to carry it by themselves. In the morning allow them to put on their clothes and eat their breakfast by themselves.
- A few weeks before you start back at school try to get your child back into a good sleep routine. Go to bed early and wake up at the time you would do on a normal school day.
Everyone one has different things that they feel helps their child to adjust to these transitional changes and the website below notes what a variety of different parents felt was important.
I would say preparing your child to socialise with other children and learning to share are two areas that many parents commented on and came up more than once on the website. Jonathan Douglas, the director of the National Literacy Trust, also emphasizes the importance of talking to your child. He says research shows that talking as a family helps children become more confident communicators. ‘Conversation at home is vital to the future success of children and will help them gain the skills they need for a successful and happy life.’
I am sure the children are excited about their new classes in the next academic year and I hope this will help you a little to support them when they return.
Miss Julie Walton
Head of Early Years