Starting school: the first day
Starting school is one of the biggest events in your child’s life. As you move towards this momentous occasion, it can be with a mixture of pride that your child is ‘growing up’ and sadness that your child will be spending school days away from you.
Getting ready for school
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- Packed with colourful activities that focus on early English, maths & science skills
- Supports your child’s physical and social development
- Shows them that learning is fun, exciting and amazing
What to expect from your child's first day
Calming first day fears
Essential skills for starting school
- being able to take off and put on their coat
- using a knife, fork and spoon
- washing hands after the toilet
- tying shoelaces
- undressing and dressing after PE, managing buttons and zips.
- sitting quietly while having a book read to them
- gathering teddies together to take part in ‘circletime’, where your child will take turns to speak, ask questions and listen to others
- recognising their name
- sitting at a table for drawing and other activities
- making new friends, saying “hello” and sharing.
Find out more about how your child grows and changes in their first year at school: How your Reception child develops.
For details of what your child will be learning in their first year at 'Big School' read our parent guides to Reception maths, Reception English and Reception science.