New to Reception – Getting ready for school

Starting school is a very exciting time for families. Lots of parents ask how they can ensure their children are ‘ready’ for school. Here are a few ideas for you to try at home with your child.


Developing writing

Valuing your child’s mark making is one of the most important parts of the journey to becoming a confident writer. Regardless of weather they have written a wiggly line or a string of letters, it still means something to them. Spend time celebrating their efforts and recognising the effort they have made to communicate via writing.

Emergent writing

Here is a short guide on letter formation

Name writing

I will learn to write, but first …

I will learn to read, but first…


Maths is all around us! Here are a few top tips for introducing children to number.


I will learn maths, but first…