Transitioning to school
As children enter their last year/ terms at preschool we will begin to prepare the them for their transition to school. We are fortunate to have excellent connections to Clifton All Saints Academy where we take our Saplings (leaver children) over to twice a week. This helps them to become familiar with the school environment and noises. School teachers often drop by to say 'hello' and get to know the children.
Whilst children are at Saplings, we provide extended learning opportunities and activities such as rhyming and early maths skills. Although we provide more group activities, children are still able to learn through free play activities with a variety of challenging toys and resources different from pre-school. The programme is carefully planned by experienced practitioners who fully understand children's development and how to progress them to be school ready. We value promoting skills that will help children smoothly adapt to school expectations such as being able to sit still and concentrate for extended periods of time, or to begin recognise their own name. This continues to mirror our pre-school curriculum.
4) The program for my child has been brilliant. She can be quite shy in new situations and also get overwhelmed with large groups of children who are older than her, so we have been worried about how she would cope with starting school. We were very lucky that she got a place at Clifton which means that she is familiar with the school, has experienced school dinners which is a great idea, and also is happy that she knows what to expect - she can’t wait to start school in September and I genuinely feel that Woodlands has had a big impact on that.