Welcome to Prebbleton School – it is fantastic that you have chosen to join us! Starting school is an exciting time. We hope that the information that follows will be of assistance to you and your child in achieving a happy and smooth transition to school.
If you need an enrolment form please call or email the school (03 3496553 or firstname.lastname@example.org), or drop in to see our friendly office team.
Pre-entry School Visits
School visits are usually arranged for the two weeks prior to your child starting school. The class teacher will make contact to arrange visiting dates approximately six weeks before your child’s 5th birthday.
Most children will have two pre-entry visits and these are scheduled on Tuesday mornings from 9-11am (accompanied by caregiver), and then 9-12.30pm (unaccompanied). Children will need to bring a small snack for morning tea. Uniforms are optional for these visits. Some children require more than two visits and this can be arranged by talking to the class teacher.
New Entrant Class
Transitioning from an Early Childhood Centre to Primary School can be a huge adjustment for many children, so at Prebbleton School our New Entrant class has planned and scaffolded learning opportunities including foundation skills in Reading, Writing and Numeracy, as well as learning through play (Action Stations), in which children develop motor and social skills that link to the NZ Curriculum.
Preparing for School
Can your child...?
- Read and write their name?
- Hold a pencil correctly?
- Count and read the numbers 1-10?
- Say some letter names and sounds?
- Use scissors safely?
- Pack and unpack their bag?
- Take clothing on and off?
- Use the toilet independently?
- Put on their shoes and do them up?
- Blow their nose correctly?
The things listed above are helpful skills for children who are beginning school. If your child is working towards some of these skills, we are here to help.
Your child may experience a variety of emotions when starting school. Keep your expectations realistic and encourage confidence. On the first day make sure you arrive in plenty of time. Children usually arrive between 8.30am and 8.55am. Help your child to put his/her reading folder in the correct container and drink bottle on the shelf. We value independence at school and suggest that you start as you mean to continue. Occasionally children become tearful when parents depart the room, but it is important that you don’t pro-long the ‘leaving’, and experience has taught us that most children settle within a few minutes. We encourage children to bring and share their Learning Profile from their Early childhood Centre. These profiles can give us valuable insights and the children are so proud to share them with others.
School reading is sent home in your child’s reading folder each day. There will also be a notebook for keeping track of the book your child reads. Select a time when your child is not tired or hungry. Listen to your child read and talk about the book. Encourage them to look at the pictures for clues as to what the text may say. Give them plenty of praise. The book will have been read with the teacher in class so it shouldn’t be too difficult, but if your child is struggling, read it TO them instead. Remember, reading to your child models what good readers sound like, what they do when they make a mistake, and it also allows your child to see you as a reader.
You can encourage the development of mathematical concepts through various activities such as:
- Number Knowledge: Read numbers on letterboxes, count to 10/20 and back again.
- Fractions: Talk about cutting food into halves and quarters. Talk about half/quarter cups in baking.
- Time: Encourage your child to read analogue and digital clocks – starting with “o’clocks.”
- Sorting/Classifying: Choose two objects. Ask your child to spot the similarities and differences.
- Capacity: Baking is great for introducing measurement and making learning fun!
Prior to starting school, please ensure you have completed and returned to the office:
- The school enrolment form
- A copy of birth certificate/passport
- Immunisation certificate
- Proof of ‘in-zone’ residence (recent rates or electricity bill)
- Reading Folder
- Lunch box with morning tea and lunch
- Water bottle
- Sunhats for Terms 1 & 4 (sunscreen not provided)
Please note that children will need a bag large enough to contain these items as well as clothing items such as sweatshirts or jackets.
Home learning will consist of:
- Reading book
- Learning alphabet letters and sounds
- Learning high frequency words
After 6 weeks at school a mini report will be sent home to share initial assessments that have been carried out with your child. Your child will receive a report after 40 weeks of school.