Preparing For Next Year

Main points:

  • The summer holidays is a great time for your child to get some downtime and some space to just be themselves.
  • Continue to support your child’s learning at home through everyday experiences

Your child is almost at the end of their first year of school. If you think back to the start of the year and everything that you and your child have been through, what they have learned and how they have developed and changed.

Apart from all the activities your child’s school may have to celebrate the end of a year of learning, developing, finding friends and getting to know a whole brand new environment, there are the summer holidays to look forward to before your child starts another year of school.

The summer holidays

Children need some downtime just like you do.

The summer holidays are an opportunity to allow your child some space to just be themselves. This may help them work through their feelings about going to school and should help your child to imbed all the learning they’ve done during the year and help make sense of their lessons.

Celebrating Christmas is also a time to encourage family and friends to give your child books and activities that will support their learning. Choose things your child is interested in and look for presents that will keep them busy and occupied during the heat of the day.

What your child will be learning at school next year

During their first year of school your child’s teacher focused on developing reading, writing, spelling, maths and problem-solving skills. Your child explored the world around them and developed physical, creative and technical skills. And hopefully they had a wonderful time meeting and making new friends and settling into a whole new environment.

Next year, your child’s new teacher will add to and extend your child’s reading and writing skills. They will encourage your child to continue to develop good relationships with others in their class and in their school, and to understand themselves as well.
Your child’s teacher will continue to develop your child’s coordination skills by encouraging them to play, run, jump, catch, balance, skip, and extend their physical activity through dance, gymnastics and games.

Your child will also add to their mathematics and science learning by describing things that are similar, using size, shape, colour and weight; using everyday objects to identify and describe points, lines, edges and surfaces; and comparing objects using terms such as longer, heavier, fuller and hotter.

Your child will continue to explore their creative side, discussing what they are creating and describing their, and others’ work, and how they feel about it.

What you can do at home

There will be many opportunities to continue to take an active part in your child’s learning next year by talking to your child about what they did and enjoyed at school each day and the things they had concerns about as well. You can also continue to support your child’s learning at home through everyday experiences, such as:

  • tapping into their problem-solving abilities with problems they can help solve, like a jigsaw puzzle or helping you sort the laundry. Doing things that interest them, like an existing hobby or activity they love. For example, if your child likes helping you cook you can introduce a lot of learning – like reading, maths and science – while you cook together
  • enjoying spontaneous activities in response to your child’s questions to encourage their curiosity
  • helping them find answers or solutions to problems themselves. You can show your child how to look things up in a book, in an encyclopaedia or on the computer, and let them find the answers themselves
  • asking reflective questions like 'how' 'why' or 'what if...' as this helps them to think deeply about their responses.