A huge welcome from all of us at Jewell Academy and welcome to our community.
Now that you’ve received your child’s school place, whether it was your first choice or not, here are some steps to consider.
‘Accept the place’
You may be unsure whether to accept the place you have been offered. I know it sounds strange, but even if you are slightly disappointed that you didn’t receive your first option, you don’t want to risk not having any place confirmed come September
Things you can do before school starts
Build their independence:
Building your child’s independence is the best thing you can do at home before they start school. Of course, children will be in all sorts of stages of their development during the first months of Reception, so it’s important not to worry too much about how your child will compare, but remember to encourage healthy routines well before they start.
This ranges from a good sleep routine to using the toilet properly. It can also include communication skills, like listening and speaking…
It’s natural to worry about how your child will get on at the primary school they have been offered, especially if it wasn’t your first choice, but remember to stay positive, optimistic and open to change…
“Be assured that our school is incredibly warm, friendly, and it is a caring community full of fun and laughter. Every child is an individual and although we are in uncertain times, we will make every effort possible to ensure your child has a smooth transition into our school – Mrs Taylor EYFS Lead
At Jewell, we believe the best thing to do is to teach children to love challenges, be intrigued by ‘Marvelous Mistakes’ and keep on learning. For children who find work easy we make sure they encounter more difficult tasks. Our children recognise that effort, persistence and good teaching are what help them improve. There are two types of mindsets that children and adults can have, a ‘fixed’ mindset and a ‘growth’ mindset:
- I like my work to be easy
- I don’t like to try a challenge
- I give up easily
- I never give up
- I love challenges
- I learn from my mistakes
How you can help at home
- Praise the amount of effort your child putting into things rather than how clever they are;
- Encourage your children to not give up if they are finding something difficult,
- Challenge your children to try something new or challenging.
Keep the conversations flowing:
Frequently talking and listening to your child improves their social and emotional abilities, setting them up perfectly for participating and learning in the classroom, as well as making friends. They will also be more likely to approach you with their thoughts or feelings as a result of going to school, which is a great way to manage their mental health and something you will be thankful for in years to come.
Not only that, your child will pick up words and phrases used in conversation for their own vocabulary, improving their chances of a head start in literacy when it comes to the classroom – but be careful what you say around them!
Ease the transition
There are things you can try while you are at home to do away with any pre-school jitters. Some parents use their child’s teacher’s name around the house as a way to make meeting them on the first day a little less intimidating.
We will be sending a booklet home with pictures of your child’s new classroom and teachers to read over the summer. While it might not be possible to visit the school or meet the teachers now, we aim to give you as much information as possible on our website. You could even plot and plan your journey into school using online maps.
We are going to show you our EYFS base and the classroom environment your child will be in and introduce our Reception Teachers.
This is a very exciting time for your child – a big step in their life. It’s difficult to predict how they will react to the change, but remember: be positive. If you speak positively about starting school, no matter what your own experience was, that will give them the best chance of a happy start.
Of course, this is a very exciting time in your life too, and it will go very quickly. Enjoy it and think of everything you have to look forward to!
Information and documents
Please find our welcome letter and all of the documents that you will need to complete for your child before they start with us here at Jewell.