# Topsy and Tim Start School

Hello everyone!

To support transitions, we have been reading another story about starting school.  The children will be visiting their new classrooms soon and meeting their new teachers.  It’s a very busy and exciting time but also can be an anxious or worrying time  for both parents and children alike.  Depending on your own experiences you might be very happy for your child to go to school or feel nervous about the challenges that lie ahead as they start their school careers.  Remember to be as positive as possible!  If you and your child are expecting good things to happen, they most certainly will!  Copy and paste the link below to hear the story.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=U16_5aUb9Lo

During Literacy and Communication and Language we have continued to  discuss the changes ahead for the children.  Talk to your child about the changes that have occurred in their lives since starting Nursery.  What were their fears, concerns, excited expectations when they came into Nursery the first time?  Perhaps they worried about spending time away from you, or making friends, or even what to do when they need the toilet.   What things have they learned?  Could they write their names when they first started at Nursery, or hear the sounds in words, or recognise 3D shapes?  What wonderful things will they learn in Reception?  What are your child’s expectations?  There are PowerPoints on the website to support your child.  Please look at the Social Story and use it to familiarise your child with the new routines.

We are looking at number and amount recognition in Maths  Adding two groups of objects has been our focus this week.  Take any opportunity to add two groups together!  When you’re setting the table count up all the forks then add the knives, how many in total?  When you’re pegging out the washing, count all of your socks and add them altogether.  As always, the language you use is important.  Try and use a variety of words for addition.  Words such as add, plus, how many, altogether, total, amount, group, more, sum, will give your child a context.  For instance, when used in maths, the word  difference , i.e. the difference between 2 numbers asks you to subtract. Understanding the language in context is the key to finding the solutions. These are all incredibly important concepts for your child and will really give them the foundation they need to succeed.

Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

Take care,

Mrs Howe, Mrs Bain, Mrs Mitzman, Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence