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New Reception Starters for September

Miss Haynes(1)

Miss Haynes

Mrs El-Gothamy

Mrs El-Gothamy

Ms Evans - Teaching Assistant

Miss Evans

Transition Activities for September New Starters 

Parents may wish to work through some of these activities before school starts but there is no expectation to do so.

  • Play games that encourage me to share and turn-take (e.g. board games (Orchard Farm), ball games).
  • Practise going to the toilet independently, wiping and washing hands.
  • Practise putting on my own coat (and doing zip!), own shoes and own clothes.
  • Practise feeding myself with a knife and fork at meal times.
  • Find ways to express my emotions appropriately by verbalising feelings like being happy, sad, angry etc and recognising that what I do and say can make others happy/unhappy
  • Use playdough to show different emotions e.g. moulding playdough into a smile to show a happy face https://www.timvandevall.com/shape-templates/blank-face-templates
  • Play faces matching game https://pocketofpreschool.com/monster-feelings-cards/
  • Make a feelings scale for children to show how they are feeling

  • Play games that help my listening.
  • Odd one out game – 1 out of the 4 pictures starts with a different sound, which one is it? http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/resources/p1odd.pdf
  • Use the big ears to go on a listening walk around your home/local area. What sounds can you hear? http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/resources/p1ears.pdf
  • Use the BBC Teach listening games https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/eyfs-listening-skills-sound-games-1/zm72kmn
  • Listening activities on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/results?sp=mAEB&search_query=Listening+Game+-+Phase+1+Phonics+-+Listening+and+Attention+Skills
  • Practise recognising my own name.
  • Practise writing my own name.
  • Strengthen my gross motor skills by doing activities such as: throwing and catching a ball, kicking a ball, balancing, climbing, jumping, hopping, running, skipping, riding my scooter/bike. Examples of activities that involve using these skills could be: dancing, building and completing an obstacle course, chasing balloons and bubbles (children have to move quickly and change direction as they don’t know where they will go!), hopscotch, playing on a trampoline.
  • Links to online gross motor activities:
  • Strength my fine motor skills to get me ready for writing by doing activities such as:
    • Mould and roll playdough into balls—using the palms of the hands facing each other and with fingers curled slightly towards the palm.
    • Roll playdough into tiny balls (peas) using only the fingertips.
    • Use pegs or toothpicks to make designs in playdough.
    • Cut playdough with a plastic knife or with a pizza or tracing wheel by holding the implement in a diagonal grasp.
    • Tear newspaper into strips and then crumple them into balls. Use the balls of paper as stuffing for scarecrows, puppets, or other art projects.
    • Scrunch up one sheet of newspaper in one hand—great for building strength!
    • Pick up objects using large tweezers such as those found in the ‘Bed Bugs’ game. This can be adapted by picking up Cheerios, small cubes, small marshmallows, pennies, etc.
    • Shake dice by cupping the hands together, forming an empty air space between the palms.
    • Use lacing and sewing activities such as stringing beads, Cheerios, macaroni, etc.
    • Attempt to turn over cards, coins, checkers, or buttons, without bringing them to the edge of the table.
  • Practise using scissors correctly
  • Enjoy sharing books with my family! Practise holding the book the correct way round and turning pages. Talk about what you can see in the pictures.
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