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13/02/2013 at 13:24
My daughter will be starting Reception in September. She will be 4 in July.
I'm sure she is bound to have wee accidents at school. Besides packing knickers in her school bag, do you keep an extra set of uniform at school?
Is there any expectations of children starting Reception i.e know alphabets, numbers, writing etc...
Appreciate any tips.
13/02/2013 at 13:35
I'm not sure what the rules are for reception children, maybe give the school a call and see what they prefer?
As for what they need to know, I wouldn't say anything at all. They will hav a basic understanding of numbers and letters from pre-school, but they certainly don't need to be able to recite the alphabet and write.
13/02/2013 at 13:39
Spare pants in their bag is a good idea if they are likely to have accidents, I don't send spare clothes for my son but it's worth asking the school what they recommend.
In terms of learning, the only thing which I think is useful to be able to do is recognise their own name so they can find their belongings and peg etc, but there is no expectation that they will be able to read, write or know numbers - some can, some can't, but this is what reception is about - number recognition, basic letter formation and learning phonics to help with reading.
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13/02/2013 at 13:42
We were given a list of what we had to provide for our children when F started school. A spare change of clothes was on this list, it didn't have to be uniform but I bought some 2nd hand uniform to put in there because I thought if F does have an accident I didn't want it to be obvious to everyone when she wasn't wearing uniform!
They do like them to be able to recognise their own name and also to be able to put their coat on and off unaided although they were given assistance if needed.
14/02/2013 at 13:20
Very late to this but my daughter's school asks for a spare set of clothes to be kept at school for reception year children. Its not just for failing to get the toilet on time, but also for things like tipping all the water from the water play trough thingy right down your front and splashing in puddles a lunchtime.
Reading their name is useful but my daughter's school had no expectation that they would be able to. My daughter could recognise her own name because at nursery they had their names written on cards and they had to pick out their name when they arrived in the morning to show they were there. At school, though, it was wooden spoons with their photograph on the top and no name.
Later on in the year when they could write their names they had to write their name in the list for either school dinners or sandwiches. That was in the summer term.
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