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Netherfield Primary School

Netherfield Primary School

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  • Put their coat on and try to fasten it
  • Use a knife, fork and spoon to eat and drink from a cup or a straw
  • Undress and dress themselves again, including turning their clothes the right way round
  • Put shoes on and off
  • Go to the toilet, wipe themselves and wash their hands independently
  • Be separated from you happily




  • Able to say their first and last names
  • Able to hold a pencil correctly to make marks and draw a simple picture
  • Able to recognise their name
  • Able to follow simple instructions, listen when an adult is speaking and respond appropriately
  • Confident to try new activities
  • Able to ask for help if needed
  • Able to understand that set boundaries are important
  • Willing to tidy up and help to look after their belongings
  • Able to share and take turns
  • Able to sit and listen to a story




Many of the following ideas are easy to fit into a busy day and can help your child develop their imagination, build their enthusiasm for learning and find out about new things.

Communication, Language and Literacy

  • Talk to your child and involve them in days out, events and family plans e.g. Going shopping, holidays
  • Read stories together and visit the library - can your child recall some of the main events?
  • Learn nursery rhymes and action songs. Make up parts by adding rhyming words - the sillier, the better!
  • Sound talk with your child e.g. Put on your h-a-t, Time for b-e-d Maths
  • Count everyday objects
  • Find numbers on car registrations, buses and houses
  • Play with real money
  • Pour water to fill and empty containers
  • Do some baking and weigh out the different ingredients



Physical Development

  • Go to the park - encourage climbing & balancing and catch and throw balls, balloons, bean bags, socks
  • Let your child walk – practice the journey to school
  • Put the radio on and dance
  • Use tools e.g. scissors and cutlery
  • Let them help you peg up clothes
  • Play with playdough, Lego and jigsaws


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Play simple board games and take turns
  • Play with others of a similar age, at friends' houses or playgroup, the library or park
  • Talk about how you are feeling and how they are feeling


Knowledge and Understanding of the World

  • Talk about the world around you – what you can see, days, months, seasons etc
  • Use your senses
  • Collect things e.g. leaves, twigs
  • Go on different transport, e.g. tram, bus, train

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Enjoy messy play – bubbles, water, painting
  • Play in the garden - dig and make mud pies
  • Use a variety of things to make marks
  • Make a den and pretend to play


Some Top Tips!

  • Label everything
  • Buy clothes that fit and are easy to get on and off
  • Make sure their coat has a hook
  • Give your child time to do things by themselves e.g. peel a banana
  • Make sure your child has 10 - 12 hours of sleep each night.
  • If you have concerns about your child’s hearing or vision, speak to the Health Visitor or School Nurse, as this could affect their listening and learning at school.
  • If your child is due to start school and is not toilet trained, speak to your Health Visitor at least the term before your child starts school.
  • If your child is still using a dummy, and you need support to get them to stop, then speak to your Health Visitor before your child starts school.



Netherfield Primary School 0115 961 0580

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