As the new school year draws closer, your child will likely begin to feel a mix of excitement and nerves as they begin to look forward to this new chapter of their lives.
Starting school is a big step for both parents and children and so to help with that transition we have provided some tips, hints and fun activities to hopefully help with transition preparations. Most of the new Junior Infant Parents attended our Information Evening in May the Open Session in June for the pupils. We have two Junior Infant classes (known as JIA and JIB).
Miss Treadwell is the class teacher in JIA and Miss Kellegher is the JIB class teacher. You should already have received notification of which class your child has been allocated and the name of their class teacher. If you have not, please email the school office on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We intend to invite half the class in to school on the first day of term (Tuesday 30th August) and the other half in on the second day (Wednesday 31st August) then the whole class will be in from Thursday 1st September. This will enable the class teachers to get to know your children and it will hopefully be less daunting for them to be in a smaller group on their first day. You will see from the school calendar that for the two weeks of term Junior infants will finish at 12 midday, after which they will finish at 1:40 pm.
Details of the school Uniform can be found here: School Uniform
If you have not already done so, please download the Komeer App, as this is the platform we use for communicating with parents, and please consider joining our school Facebook page.
We look forward to getting to know you and your child and to working with you.
Transition to Primary School – NCCA Links
Information from the NCCA on Helping Your Child in Junior Infants.
Information from NCCA on the “Aistear” programme Learning and Developing Through Play Tip Sheet for parents of Young Children.
School Documents for Junior Infant Parents:
- Calendar 22-23
- Junior Infant Resource List 2022/23
- Parent Information 2022 (Available soon) Parent Information 2021
BEFORE YOUR CHILD STARTS SCHOOL
It would help greatly if your child is able to:
- Button and unbutton a coat and hang it up.
- Use the toilet without help and manage pants and buttons.
- Know how to flush the toilet and wash hands, without having to be told.
- Use a tissue when necessary.
- Share toys and playthings with others and ‘take turns’.
- Tidy up and put away playthings.
- Remain contentedly for a few hours in the home of a relation, friend or neighbour. If children have had this experience, then separation from parents when they start school will not cause any great anxiety.
- Manage their own shoes. Velcro is the best option for this.
- Open and close his/her own lunchbox.
- Undress and change themselves in the unlikely event of a toileting accident.
Please ensure that all items of school uniform, lunch boxes and bottles are labelled. The children will need a schoolbag big enough to fit an A4 folder, lunch box and drinks bottle. The children will be provided with pencils and crayons in school, they do not need a pencil case.
Social skills are very important. Our goal is to foster the development of good interpersonal and mixing skills. We place a high value on good manners and expect all children to be able to know when to use “Please,” “Thank you,” “Excuse me,” “I’m sorry,” “Hello,” “Good morning,” “Goodbye” etc.
GETTING READY FOR LEARNING