Starting School

Starting school is a very special time in a young child's life. We all want to see our childen happy and settled and a good start at school is important for long term social and educational benefits. At St Margaret's School we do everything possible to help our Reception chidren settle in happily. 

Here are just a few things we do to help the transition of pre-school to reception flow smoothly:

  • We host a meeting in June for all parents/carers to meet the class teacher and the Reception team, learning more about what it's like to be in Reception at St Margaret's.
  • We offer a Stay and Play session for parents/carers to attend with their child.
  • A short story session in a small group
  • A home visit for class teachers to meet your child in their own, familiar environment.

The following points are just a few things you can do at home to support your childs transition from pre-school to Year R:

Dressing and Undressing themselves

  • Put socks and tights on
  • Put shoes on correct feet
  • Put coat on and begin to do up zip
  • Hang coat up by the hook

Using the Toilet

  • Go to the toilet by themselves
  • Boys be familiar with a urinal
  • Wipe own bottom
  • Wash and dry hands

Lunch time

  • Eating with good table manners
  • Using a knife and fork

Sharing and taking turns

  • Sharing toys and being prepared to take turns
  • Work together to tidy up toys and understand we put toys back where they belong
  • Saying please and thank you
  • Understand simple rules
  • Look after their own belongings

Skills needed to help in the classroom

  • Holding pencils, crayons and brushes with correct grip
  • Handling scissors safely and cutting with 'thumbs up'
  • Being able to sit quietly and listen for short periods of time
  • Being able to recognise their own name

A Prayer for Starting School

Dear God,
I am starting school today,
Please help me to learn and play.

Help me to be kind and share

And make friends who care.

Be with me on my first day,

Contact Us

The Primary School, The Mardens, Ifield, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 0AQ

Mr Steve Chambers
01293 521077

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The Nursery, The Mardens, Ifield, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 0AQ

Mrs Hiscock
01293 421080