Starting School

Ref: C2226460

Starting School is designed to support parents/carers whose children are about to or have just started school. The course aims to give adults a better understanding of what and how children learn in their Reception year and how this can be supported at home. The group will explore the physical, social, emotional and behavioural skills needed by children starting school and how these might be developed at home. e.g. getting changed & sharing. Adults will be introduced to the teaching of phonics, including a range of activities that can be used to support learning, and will be encouraged to try out what they have learnt at home. We will then spend time working with a range of everyday items to develop fun activities, which can be used to support children's learning in maths, reading and writing. There will be plenty of time for discussion and sharing of ideas. By the end of the course, parents will have the skills and confidence to support their children's learning at home.

Course aim

This course is for parents/carers whose children are just starting school. It includes ideas on how to support their Reception child's learning at home, including: social, emotional & behavioural development, phonics, reading, writing and maths.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Describe a range of skills needed when children are starting school.
  • Recall the areas of learning covered in Reception Year.
  • Outline how phonics is taught in Reception and how this supports reading and writing.
  • Explain some of different methods used in school to teach reading, writing and maths.
  • Have a skillset, which enables me to support my child in their learning in Reception Year and beyond.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You will have the opportunity to try out ideas and activities developed during the course, at home with your children. There will then be an opportunity for the sharing of ideas and supportive discussions in the following session.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • The tutor will provide you with verbal feedback during activities throughout the course, as well as during discussions about follow-up activities at home. You will also have the opportunity to provide each other with supportive feedback on ideas.

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Starting School

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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