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.
Mrs. Large and Mrs. Webb (Thames Class), Mrs. Crumly (Snowdon Class), Mrs. Brian (Ashdown Class)
Your Child’s Learning Journey at Southborough
It is important that during the first few weeks of school your child settles well, and we provide a secure and comforting environment in order for them to do so. We introduce the routines and expectations of our school so that they have a sense of belonging and know what to expect. Our free play sessions are called ‘Adventure Time’ and this is what we hope your child will love about our school as we explore and get to know each other.
We use short adult led teaching for our core subjects in maths and phonics and other areas. These build the children’s excitement for the learning focus and introduce the key details. We then carry this into our ‘Adventure Time’ sessions, where, as well as a rich variety of continuous resources there are ever-changing activities, which they can choose from to consolidate and build on the teacher led learning. Our environment is very active and encompasses our classrooms and outdoor areas. We have adventures 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.