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Transition Visits to Glenwood

This week we have been excited to welcome our pre-school children back to Glenwood for the first of their transition visits.

It was a bit strange at first but the children soon got over their nerves and were soon joining in with all the different activities. It was hard remembering that we couldn’t be too close together but everyone did very well.

Here are some pictures of the experiences we took part in…

The Beebots went on a Bear Hunt

 

Building houses for bears

  

Inventing our own bear maths games

Playing on the computers

Drawing pictures and reading books

    

Listening to the story of Whiffy Wilson The wolf who didn’t want to go to school

And everyone decorated a triangle to make our own bunting

 

Next week we will hear all about your adventures when you visited your new schools and also have a small celebration together to say ‘Goodbye’.

Remote learning- We’re Going to go to School Soon… week 4

Wow, we have now reached week 4 of our transition to school programme and I know many of you have been taking part in lots of the activities. Very soon you will be invited to come to Glenwood as part of a small group and we will be doing a few of the activities together.  We look forward to seeing you!

Don’t forget to keep a record of the activities you select each week- perhaps photos, drawing and comments in a jotter or scrapbook.

We’re Going to go to School Soon Week 4

Remote Learning- We’re Going to go to School Soon…. week 3

It has been great to see all the learning our pre-schoolers are sharing as they take part in our school transitions programme based on the story,  “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen.

Keep sharing these by tagging us and your primary school on Twitter.

Here are the suggested activities for week 3…. As always, remember you don’t need to do everything suggested or spend a long time on this. Simply pick the activities which suit your child’s interests and a do a little bit when it suits you  throughout the week.

3. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt- week 3

 

Remote Learning – Moving On to School

We have prepared a Sway to help answer some of the questions you may have about the transition process for children who are due to move on to Primary 1 in August.

It will also give some information about our ‘Moving On’ programme which will start next week.

We hope you find it helpful.

Transition to School

Thank you to those who came to the session on moving on to school.

We are glad that you found it useful and thank you for your feedback which will help us plan our programme.

About transition to school…

“Confident in understanding the process.”

“Very confident – looking forward to primary school.”

“Feel Glenwood has well prepared my daughter.”

“Very confident with the process – hoping our son settles quickly.”

What matters to your child…

“Friends”

“Lunchtime, playing, seeing my brother and having a good time.”

“Squashing worries about homework.”

“Who his teacher will be.”

What matters to you…

“Smooth transition. Enjoyable, fun learning experience.”

“That my child is ready and independent enough to enjoy school.”

“School to understand my child’s needs.”

“That he is happy and feeling confident and secure about the move.”

 

The link to the presentation is below and if you have any further questions, please ask.

Moving On to School

 

Moving On to School

Thank you to all parents and grandparents who came to our information sessions on transition to primary school. For those who were unable to attend, here is a brief outline of what was discussed.

At Glenwood we aim to support the transition of all our pre-school children on to primary school, regardless of their pattern of attendance or the school which you have applied for.

In addition, each school will have their own induction programme and will contact you directly about this.

All pre-school children will be part of our Moving On Group. They will have regular opportunities to work together, beginning their morning/afternoon with Welcome Time in the Meadow Room and spending approximately an hour together. Our Woodland Adventures will also be an opportunity for pre-school children to work together and will take place on a Wednesday.

We will be encouraging all the children to develop their resilience and transferable social skills, as well as gross and fine motor skills, literacy and numeracy skills, and thinking about what school will be like. We will do this through:

  • Experiences within the playroom – independent and adult led, problem solving, cooperating with others…
  • Toadstool Tales – building on Woodland Adventures
  • Outdoors – playground games, developing physical skills
  • Travelling Hamish – each child will have a turn to take Hamish and his Whirrybang on an adventure, fill in his diary and share their experience with their group!
Hamish McHaggis

Preparing your child for school:

  • promote literacy and numeracy through natural opportunities – writing at the child’s own level
  • encourage independence – carrying own bag, getting dressed, eating with a knife and fork, following instructions…
  • gross & fine motor skills – spacial awareness, scissors, hopping, skipping…

Sharing of information with schools:

  • Continuous curriculum at the Early Level (Curriculum for Excellence 3-18)
  • Summative Report – your child’s achievements in Health & Wellbeing, Literacy, Numeracy and other areas.
  • Conversation with school personnel using the GIRFEC indicators
  • STINT/Wellbeing plans and Care Plans

If you have any further questions, please get in touch.

 

 

Transition to School

At our recent information session for parents, Mrs Husbands and Mrs Shields shared the following information for parents of pre-school children-

What parents and children can expect at school:

  • continuous curriculum at the Early Level (Curriculum for Excellance 3-18)
  • more structure while still continuing active learning
  • each school will have an induction programme in addition to the nursery programme
  • information shared with schools by the nursery- GIRFEC, summative reports and STINT plans where applicable

School Groups:

  • the group is taken once a week in nursery for 30/45 minutes
  • each group will also take part in Woodland Adventures together
  • sharing thoughts, understanding about school, asking questions
  • focus on literacy, numeracy and health & wellbeing (Fun friends strategies, independence skills, concentration, working cooperatively, finishing tasks…)
  • class teachers are invited to join us for sessions when possible
  • Travelling Hamish – each child will have a turn to take Hamish and his Whirrybang on an adventure, fill in his diary and share their experience with the group!

Preparing your child for school:

  • promote literacy and numeracy through natural opportunities – writing at the child’s own level
  • encourage independence – carrying own bag, getting dressed, eating with a knife and fork, following instructions…
  • gross & fine motor skills – spacial awareness, scissors, hopping, skipping…

There is a list of the school groups displayed in the nursery.

Hamish McHaggis

Our pre- school children have now started their transition programme and working together with others who will be going to school together. Each group meets weekly and they will also visit the woods in school groups. The groups have been introduced to Hamish and he will soon be going home with the children!

Hamish McHaggis

Hamish McHaggis loves to go on journeys. He helps us learn to take small steps and take one step at a time as we make the journey from nursery to school.