Starting School

Preparing your child for school

This year, because of the school closure in April and May, we have dedicated this section of our school website to provide information for you – photographs, information leaflets and resources, links to useful websites and introductions from school staff, ie information we would normally have given out in person. This page has been written to help prepare you and your child for the exciting adventure of starting school. We aim to give you the information you need and some ideas for how you can help your child get ready. You should find everything you need here. If not, please email the school office who will be happy to help.

1. Meet the staff

Mrs Puddick
Reception Class Teacher




Mrs Kench
Reception Class Teaching Assistant




2. Document: Starting School at Southill Primary

Full of information and pictures, this document will set the scene and get you off to a great start:

3. Document: Uniform Policy

4. Powerpoint Presentation

We would have used this presentation at the new parents meeting in June. It’s got some important information and also contains some pictures of the Reception classroom and children. We think it’s helpful for you to see how everything works on a day-to-day basis.

NB Ordering milk and hot school meals

Children under the age of 5 will be offered milk free of charge each day unless you ask us not to. After the age of 5 you can order and pay for milk from

Our hot school meals are very tasty and highly recommended. Menus and ordering information will be sent to you well in advance of the start of term.

5. Practical tips for starting school

6. Parent/Pupil questionnaire

This is a copy of the questionnaire we have sent in the post to you. It is designed to help us learn more about each individual child so that we can start to prepare for their transition to school

7. General Information

Please follow these links to sections of the school website you might find useful.

The school prospectus

Information for parents

Reception curriculum

Learning at Southill School

Our Reception Class page

Please follow these links to other useful websites.

BBC Bitesize – starting Primary School

BBC Radio – listening games and activities

Supporting your child in learning to read

8. School Health presentation for new parents

Again, this would normally have been delivered in person.

9. Some useful documents for you to explore.

The Road to School: Helping you and your child prepare for school

Steps to Starting School: Top Tips

What to expect, when?

A longer document looking at learning and development in the Early Years Foundation Stage


10. Pictures from our time at school

Just look at all the fun learning we get up to…

11. Home Learning Ideas

Home Learning Project for the summer holiday: Treasure Boxes

A Story to share at home over the summer: A Busy Day for Birds

Try some of these fun challenges to help you prepare for starting school!

  • Can you get dressed on your own today? Get your clothes ready and have a go!
  • Read some of your favourite stories together at bedtime.
  • Try some throwing and catching with a large ball.
  • Sing some of your favourite songs or rhymes

Here are some other ideas.