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Thames View Primary School includes a Nursery class, named Sparkle Class. Within the Nursery, we use the ‘Curiosity Approach’ which aims to capture the imaginations of the children.

More information about this approach can be found here:


The early reading skills your child will learn at this age are an important foundation for starting school.

The focus at this age is on sharing stories, songs, and rhymes together and building talking and listening skills. Luckily, there are lots of fun and easy ways to encourage early reading success at home. 

These websites will give some helpful information in regards to reading:

Starting School

The information below is about preparing your child for starting school. This is just a guide to point you in the right direction. Remember, children are unique and will develop at different times. Some things will come easily to them and some will be far more challenging. Even us adults find things tricky and take time to adjust and learn new things!

If your child is due to start school in September it would be extremely helpful and beneficial if you could get them ‘school ready.’ This includes:

  • Able to get dressed and undressed for PE including footwear.  Practise with your child at home changing into shorts and t-shirts and back in to other clothes again.  You could use a timer to make it a daily competition to beat their last time.  Parents of girls – tights are always a challenge, so as much practise with these would be great.  Show children how to put their clothes the right way if they get inside out.
  • Toilet training – Those children that are still not quite toilet trained, unless there is a medical issue, this would also be beneficial to everybody if they are dry before September. 
  • Taking turns and sharing – if you are at home alone with your child then ask them to have a turn of their toy they are playing with.  
  • Putting their own coat on and doing up the fastening.  
  • Recognising numbers 0 – 10
  • Counting 0 – 10
  • Recognise their name
  • Being able to write their name cursively

All these things will help your child (and school staff!) immensely in preparation for starting school. Even if your child is not quite ready for school yet, working towards all these steps will give them a great start.

Useful Information

WOW Slips

Wow slips are for you to fill in as and when your child achieves something significant at home. For example "Bob slept in his bed all night!" or "Jenny can swim without armbands!" Please return these to Nursery as you fill them in so we can add them to our display.

You can get Wow slips from the Nursery or print them at your home (see link below). Or, you may want to make your wow slips, it could be a nice activity to do with your child.

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