We would very much like to welcome you and your child to our school. Below are some helpful ideas on how to prepare your child for starting school. If you have any queries please contact the school office on 0208 390 9544 or email email@example.com.
The below document gives ideas to help parents support their children and to provide support for parents themselves. It does refer to returning to school settings following lockdown, but there is also a lot of useful guidance and websites which may help in the coming months and into the future:
The school has made a short video for parents as we wanted to let you know that we are all thinking of your families and the journeys your children will be making in a few short months. In this video Miss Dunne, the Early Years Leader, and Ms Hawker, the Headteacher, will tell you about our lovely school.
The class teachers have made on online video of the Reception classroom area and a welcome from the staff:
For the September 2021 intake the school will contact parents who have been offered and accepted a place and provide further admissions information. Parents will need to fill in the google admissions form with details of their child prior to their start date. The link is also below:
Please note that if you have not yet been offered a place or would like to go on the school's waiting list you will need to contact Kingston Borough Council who manage our Reception admissions for us. The school cannot accept direct online applications.
Please sign up your child to school milk. this is free until your child turns five:
Below is the link giving details of the school's official uniform supplier and the link to Lime Tree's uniform policy:
The school uses parentpay for all communication and ordering of school meals. Although you do not need to pay for your child's meals until the end of Year 2 you will still need to sign up and tick your requirements for them to have a school dinner. Please click on the links below for further information.The initial registration code will be sent out to parents later this term:
Lime Tree offers a before and after school provision onsite called The Clubhouse (7.45am-8.30am and 3.15pm-6pm). There are limited places available so if you would like to find out further details please email firstname.lastname@example.org for an information pack. Details are also available on our website under “Before and after school provision”. If you would like to apply for a Clubhouse place please click on and fill out the following form: Clubhouse Application Form
Getting Ready for Starting School
You can help your child look forward to school by removing the fear of the unknown. If they already go to a Nursery or Pre-school, the move up to 'Big school' should be a bit easier, but in any case, knowing what to expect will help. Always be positive and enthusiastic about all the fun things that will happen at school, use their teacher's name so it feels familiar and talk about the new friends they'll make.
At school, there are things children are expected to do for themselves that you may still help them with at home. Try to encourage them to do these things now independently:
Get dressed (and undressed)
Make a game out of putting on their school uniform and changing into their PE kit. Then changing back again. You’ll soon find out which bits they need to practise. Practise doing up coats, shoes, buttons and zips. Tie-up shoes might
be a bit difficult. Go for shoes with Velcro fasteners if possible.
Go to the toilet, wash and dry their hands
Make sure your child is happy going to the toilet on their own, their uniform is easy to pull down and up (or up and down), and they feel confident enough to put their hand up and ask to go.
Eat with others and use cutlery
All children in England and Wales are entitled to a free school lunch when they start primary school. If your child will be having a hot lunch, see if you can get hold of a menu so they can choose what they would like to eat beforehand, without feeling the pressure of the dinner queue. If they are having packed lunch, make sure they can open cartons and packets and unwrap a sandwich without help.
What children can do…
I can use the toilet independently, remembering to flush the toilet after I finish!
I can wash my hands, especially after going to the toilet!
I can dress and undress myself
I can eat my food by myself, using a knife, fork and spoon.
I can open my lunch box/some wrappers to develop my independence at lunch time.
I can put on my coat by myself and attempt to do the fastening.
I can put my shoes on by myself (PLEASE no laces, so the children can be independent, especially changing for PE).
Personal, Social, Emotional development:
One of the most important social skills for your child to learn before starting school is to share and take turns. You can encourage this through activities like family board games and giving your child opportunities to play with other children.
Another useful way to support your child is by talking about how other people or characters in stories are feeling and why. Perhaps discuss how they could solve the problem they are having. This will help in developing your child’s ability to see things from another perspective and solve problems.
What children can do…
I enjoy playing games with others, listening to their ideas and joining in with the play
I can share and take turns when playing with others.
I can tidy away the toys when I finish playing with them.
I use kind hands, feet and words with my friends
I say sorry when I have upset/hurt someone.
I listen to my friends and stop if they do not like what I am saying or doing.
Communication and Language:
In Reception class, at certain times your child will be expected to sit still and listen to basic instructions from their teacher. You can help with this at home by sitting together doing a jigsaw, colouring or looking at books.
What children can do…
I can share my ideas with a familiar friend/adult.
I can listen/follow simple instructions.
I can say how I am feeling.
I feel confident asking an adult/friend for help if I need it.
Reading and Writing:
Read stories and look at picture books together. Talk about the illustrations and encourage your child to predict what might happen next. Talk about their favourite character or part of the story.
Sing Nursery Rhymes together so that before long your child will be able to say them for him or herself and supply the rhyming word: ‘Hickory Dickory Dock, the mouse ran up the …’ ‘Humpty Dumpty sat on the…’
Look at labels and signs as you shop or go for a walk e.g. talk about the sounds at the beginning of words e.g. ‘s’ for sand or Surbiton!
Play ‘I spy’ type games; use the sound of the letters not the name (‘a’ as in apple, not ‘a’ as in ape). Collect things on a tray starting with a certain sound.
Encourage your child to ask for help when needed and to ask or answer questions. If somebody asks your child a question, give him or her time to think and try not to provide the answer yourself.
How can you help pre-writing skills?
To help develop pre-writing skills encourage your child to draw, colour and do tracings, including drawing around their hand or tracing patterns in sand or rice.
Let your child see you write for different purposes such as notes,
shopping lists and letters. This will show him or her the reason for writing.
Praise and encourage any attempts that your child makes to write.
Help your child develop their fine and gross motor skills by helping them
thread beads or pasta onto string, peg the washing out or take the pegs off.
What children can do…
I enjoy listening to stories and can talk about them
I can look at books independently, talking about the pictures and what might be happening in the story
I can recognise and read my name
I can begin to write my name
I am learning to hold a pencil to draw and make marks
How can you help to support your child to develop mathematically?
* Enjoy reciting numbers forwards and backwards or from the middle e.g. 5, 6, 7, 8. Number rhymes and songs are great for this.
* Take every opportunity to practise counting with your child, e.g. counting stairs, sweets, cars you see going past, how many jumps they can do.
* Encourage your child to sort and group things by colour, shape or size, e.g. socks, clothes, buttons etc.
* Let your child help you to set the table and count out the correct number of knives, forks and spoons needed.
* Look at and talk about the colour and shape of things.
* Talk about the size of things e.g. long, short, tall, longer, shorter, taller.
* Discuss the position of things e.g. under, over, above, below, in front, behind, next to, between.
* Make a pretend shop and let your child use real coins to ‘buy’ items.
* Let your child help with the cooking. This could involve sharing, talking about heavy and light and measuring ingredients.
What children can do…
I can recognise some numbers
I can orally count to 10 or beyond and back again
I can count out a small group of objects, saying one number for each object
I enjoy singing number rhymes and songs
Here are some books that you can read that will help you feel ready and excited to start school!
Please sit with your child and go through the following questions with them: