The first Transition to School network meeting for 2017 was held today at Pymble Turramurra Preschool.
Thank you to Melanie and her staff for hosting.
Attendance was again above expectation.
38 teachers from 2 local Public Schools and 17 Preschool’s discussed expectations and routines in the first few weeks of students entering school and Kindergarten.
Many asked questions and together we shared ideas to best support students and families when starting school.
One point of discussion was how teachers in schools use the Transition to School Statements they receive from preschool services in addition to personal conferences between educators and school teaching staff. It was agreed communication is vital for successful transition for many students and families.
We then talked about how polarising our environments ( inside and outside ) are between prior to school and school. One concern was the difference in adult to student supervision and security of school sites. Playgrounds are large and often students are lost at what to do. We shared strategies we have to support students in both Pymble Public and Wahroonga Public to assist students them in the playground.
Discussion moved onto our indoor environments – One question was do we need to have a designated seat for every child in Kindergarten? There are times we all do sit, however during literacy and numeracy group work children are given the freedom of movement and a sense of agency inside the classroom.
Using the outside environment during lesson times in primary schools is one area Kindergarten teachers could consider more often. Learning about Prior to school environments can assist Kindergarten teachers to re think their classrooms, particularly in Term 1, which may assist during this transition period.
Kindergarten classrooms often have less space for designated permanent block, art, play centres or space to leave construction up for periods of times.
Thank you to the entire Kindergarten team from Wahroonga Public School and Jane from Pymble Public School for supporting me in presenting and answering questions. We aim to ensure all children and families have a happy transition and a great start to school.
In attendance was staff from –
- Wahroonga Public School
- Pymble Public School
- Pymble Turramurra Preschool
- Balamara Preschool
- Earth Kids Nth Turramurra
- Wahroonga Beehive Preschool
- St Ives Beehive Preschool
- Turramurra Beehive Preschool
- Only About Children, West Pymble
- Only About Children, Turramurra
- Three Bears Kindergarten
- Pinjara Preschool Pymble
- KU South Turramurra
- KU Fox Valley
- KU Wahroonga
- Little Wallabies Early Learning Centre
- Birdhouse Hornsby
- Christ Church St Ives Preschool
- Explore and Develop, Waitara
Topics for discussion are sort for our next meeting in Term 2.
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