Preparing for primary school

Heading off to primary school can be both an exciting – and a challenging – time for children and parents alike. Our Pre-School group eases that transition by introducing pre-schoolers to many of the skills and activities they’ll encounter the following autumn, and by encouraging a readiness to learn.

Pre-School takes up to 26 children who will be entering primary school the following September and reinforces those skills – listening, communicating, sharing, manual dexterity, and number and letter recognition – that will stand them in good stead as they begin formal education.

Each eligible child receives an equal number of weekly Pre-School sessions. Activities are based around the seven areas of learning and development. For example, there’s ‘Sound of the Week’ to help with the letters of the alphabet, and a self-registration tree to encourage independence and enable children to see which of their friends have arrived. A parents’ noticeboard positioned outside the Pre-School room displays information on the day’s events.

The Pre-School room itself takes up most of the modern extension that overlooks the playground, and is a space that particularly lends itself to creative expression, being large and filled with light. There’s a bathroom with low-level toilets and urinals, and places for reading, drawing, ICT, and sand and water play. Toys and activities are of course stored at children’s eye-level to encourage them to select things independently and return them to their correct place once they’ve been used, with text and picture labels to help.