We are delighted that your child is joining our school and we look forward to getting to know you and your child and working together in partnership. Southborough is a welcoming, exciting and successful school and we hope your child will quickly feel happy, confident and secure in their new environment.
This page of our website has been written for the parents and carers of new Reception children. It aims to answer some of the questions you may have so that you too will feel confident and well prepared when your child starts school.
We have also posted a social story for you to share with your child. This shows you what to expect when you come to school on the first day and a glimpse of our Reception classrooms.
Your Child’s Learning Journey at Southborough
During the first few weeks of school we aim to provide a secure and comforting environment that is similar to a pre-school or nursery setting. There will be free play, but we will begin to gently introduce the rules and routines to enable us to move on to adult led teaching for our core subjects in maths, phonics, English and STEM.
Our short, teacher-led sessions, build up the children’s excitement for the learning focus, and introduce the key details. We then carry this learning into our ‘Plan-do-review’ sessions, where your child will choose their learning activity based on their interests and then share their learning with others. The ever-changing activities they can choose from consolidate and build on the teacher led learning. The learning is very active and takes place in our classrooms and our outdoor areas. We do this every day and in all weathers!
We teach reading and writing through our phonics scheme: Read, Write, Inc. from the middle of the first term. You may also want to explore this website for further details.
Each term we also explore a book using the Power of Reading scheme and this allows us to delve into a book in more detail. We also have a topic every term and together these help us to explore all our areas of learning.
What should my child be able to do before starting school?
Here is a link to BBC Bitesize which has some useful resources for your child to support them during this transition.
And a link to the PACEY website with more useful resources.