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As the Reception Teacher at Leicester High, lots of my time this term would usually be spent ensuring the girls joining us were well prepared for their start at School, and what, for many, is a long-term relationship with LHS. We are working hard on plans to deliver our transition activities remotely to our new families if required, to give you and your daughter a real feel for life at LHS and to allow us to get to know you better.
We know that your little one starting School can be a stressful time, especially in the current situation. However, we are available to provide advice and support and to make sure the transition is a smooth one.
Here are some hints and tips about preparing for ‘big school’:
Reassure your daughter about the change. This may be the first time that she has been away from you for long periods of time, or she may have been already attending a nursery or a childminder. Either way, this is likely to feel like a big change for all of you. Make sure that your daughter knows the name of her school, what her uniform looks like and a little bit about what the school day will be like.
Show your daughter some pictures of the School. We now have an interactive map live on the website with pictures and videos to help you to get a feel for the School. We would also recommend you follow us on social media for updates about what is happening in School - and lots more pictures!
Organise your School uniform. You can find the Uniform lists in your Welcome Pack or online. Practice fastening and unfastening buttons with your daughter. This will help when they need to get themselves ready for PE. And label everything! It’s amazing what ends up in lost property during the first few weeks.
‘Meet’ your daughter’s teacher. We will be contacting all of our new families virtually before they start so that you can start to get to know us and ask any questions which you may have.
Read, read, read! Whether books, magazines, sign posts, shop labels – read anything and everything with your daughter. You can also ask them to try and write their name. But please don’t worry if they can’t do this before they start with us.
Have a plan for the first day. Make sure you know the drop off and pick up times (these can be found in your Welcome Pack) and give yourself plenty of time to deal with any last minute wobbles – from your daughter or you! - on the day.
Keep in touch with the School, both before and after your daughter starts with us. We would love to hear about your summer activities. Once she has started at the School, we will provide you with regular updates on her progress and are always available to answer any questions you have.
We look forward to seeing you very soon.
Mrs Natalie Weller
Reception Teacher and Early Years Leader