+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 6 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 53
  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Posts
    8,396
    Thanks
    5,947
    Thanked
    4,956
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    Awards:
    Busiest Member of the Week - week ended 17/4/15100 Posts in a week

    Default Spin off: Starting Primary School

    I don't want to take the other thread about school starting on a tangent but I want to know from parents and teachers, what social skills and academic skills should a child have upon starting primary school (by this I mean reception / prep / the year before year 1 when they are there 5 days a week - it seems different by state).

    Ie what should a child be able to do, count to a certain number? Recognise all letters of the alphabet? Write their own name, get dropped off each day and be happy to be there / not cry each morning they're dropped off? Sit down and listen when told to? All of the above, none of the above, anything else?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    6,879
    Thanks
    5,206
    Thanked
    3,905
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    I have no idea. Subbing as dd1 starts on Monday.

    Far as I knew they need to be able to toilet themselves, listen& follow to instructions, recognize their name, write their name, sit down for extended periods of time, take turns, pack/unpack bags, eat food/put food away.

  3. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Rose&Aurelia&Hannah For This Useful Post:

    cheeeeesecake  (28-01-2016),LittleBug'sMum  (28-01-2016),SSecret Squirrel  (28-01-2016)

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Newcastle, NSW
    Posts
    3,974
    Thanks
    1,595
    Thanked
    1,318
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Rose&Aurelia&Hannah View Post
    I have no idea. Subbing as dd1 starts on Monday.

    Far as I knew they need to be able to toilet themselves, listen& follow to instructions, recognize their name, write their name, sit down for extended periods of time, take turns, pack/unpack bags, eat food/put food away.
    All of this seems to be all that my eldest 3 had to know for prep/reception. If they knew letters and numbers well that's a bonus but they will be taught it all this year.

  5. The Following User Says Thank You to BabyG4 For This Useful Post:

    A-Squared  (28-01-2016)

  6. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Newcastle, NSW
    Posts
    3,974
    Thanks
    1,595
    Thanked
    1,318
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    As for the crying and not happy to be there, many teachers are used to that kind of things and it sometimes can't be avoided. DD2 cried every morning when I dropped her off for the first few weeks, her teacher was amazing and had clearly dealt with it many times.

  7. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to BabyG4 For This Useful Post:

    A-Squared  (28-01-2016),Stretched  (28-01-2016)

  8. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    10,856
    Thanks
    3,411
    Thanked
    6,779
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 posts

    Default Spin off: Starting Primary School

    DS started school yesterday! He had a 20 minute "interview" last year which was to see if be was "ready" where they asked him to:

    Count to 20
    Write his name
    Identify colours and shapes
    Identify letters of the alphabet
    Perform simple tasks - they asked him to sort some blocks , put pencils away, put things in the bin ( I'm assuming this was to see how he took instructions!)

    She said at the end he's definitely ready for school!

    At his pre school last year they said they had to teach them to at least :
    Count to 20
    Write their name
    Recognise the letters of the alphabet
    Go to the toilet by themselves
    Take basic instructions

    So far at day 2 of big school he's loving it! There are 19 kids in his class and no one cried and they all seemed quite confident ( so far!)

  9. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Elijahs Mum For This Useful Post:

    A-Squared  (28-01-2016),babyno1onboard  (28-01-2016),VicPark  (28-01-2016)

  10. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Posts
    1,615
    Thanks
    888
    Thanked
    2,068
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    It's not so much what they know/have already been taught,but their readiness to be able to learn/ their 'pliability' for learning I guess. They need to be able to concentrate, follow instructions, complete tasks independently (such as putting on a jumper at recess when cold,or getting a tissue, blowing their nose, & putting it in the bin). Specifics such as letters and numbers really dont matter in my opinion - it is if they are ready to be able to learn things like letters and numbers etc in the classroom environment. 'Readiness' isnt often something to be taught and coached at home - it comes with age and maturity.

  11. The Following 5 Users Say Thank You to cheeeeesecake For This Useful Post:

    A-Squared  (28-01-2016),GrabbyCrabby  (30-01-2016),HollyGolightly81  (28-01-2016),smallpotatoes  (29-01-2016),SSecret Squirrel  (28-01-2016)

  12. #7
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Posts
    8,396
    Thanks
    5,947
    Thanked
    4,956
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    Awards:
    Busiest Member of the Week - week ended 17/4/15100 Posts in a week
    Quote Originally Posted by cheeeeesecake View Post
    It's not so much what they know/have already been taught,but their readiness to be able to learn/ their 'pliability' for learning I guess. They need to be able to concentrate, follow instructions, complete tasks independently (such as putting on a jumper at recess when cold,or getting a tissue, blowing their nose, & putting it in the bin). Specifics such as letters and numbers really dont matter in my opinion - it is if they are ready to be able to learn things like letters and numbers etc in the classroom environment. 'Readiness' isnt often something to be taught and coached at home - it comes with age and maturity.
    Do you think they need to be showing they can almost do these things in kindy the year before, or can they pick up most of those things in a year if they're in a structured kindy that prepares them for reception the year after?

  13. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Brisbane
    Posts
    1,785
    Thanks
    537
    Thanked
    448
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    A-Squared I think they pick these things up mainly in the kindy/preschool year. MyDS1 probably didn't recognise all the letters of the alphabet when he started school, and he did 2 years of kindy, but he certainly did by the end of prep. You will be amazed at how much stuff they pick up in kindy and then even more so when they start school.

  14. The Following User Says Thank You to LittleBug'sMum For This Useful Post:

    A-Squared  (28-01-2016)

  15. #9
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Posts
    8,396
    Thanks
    5,947
    Thanked
    4,956
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    Awards:
    Busiest Member of the Week - week ended 17/4/15100 Posts in a week
    Quote Originally Posted by LittleBug'sMum View Post
    A-Squared I think they pick these things up mainly in the kindy/preschool year. MyDS1 probably didn't recognise all the letters of the alphabet when he started school, and he did 2 years of kindy, but he certainly did by the end of prep. You will be amazed at how much stuff they pick up in kindy and then even more so when they start school.
    My DD is definitely intelligent enough to start this year (can count to 100 knows the alphabet, knows all her colours and can differentiate between light and dark colours, knows so many shapes including hexagons, pentagons and octagons, can spell her name and recognise it when it's written), but it's more the not holding a pen properly or drawing anything more than lines and scribbles and inability to focus on something and trying something she doesn't know how to do. Whenever you encourage her to she cries and gets frustrated before even trying.

  16. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Adelaide
    Posts
    2,620
    Thanks
    377
    Thanked
    367
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    F


 

Similar Threads

  1. Seaford Primary School Vic
    By 3cats1pug in forum Preschools and Schools
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-07-2015, 20:41
  2. Shire Primary School help please! :)
    By Shaydee in forum Sutherland Shire
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 06-05-2015, 11:45
  3. Age to start Primary School (NSW)
    By The Vogue Mumma in forum Preschools and Schools
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 27-03-2015, 14:48

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
FEATURED SUPPORTER
Shapland Swim SchoolsSemi private learn to swim classes for a maximum of 3 children in specialized heated teaching pools. Our swim schools ...
REVIEWS
"Made bed time less anxious"
by Meld85
My Little Heart Whisbear - the Humming Bear reviews ›
"Wonderful natural Aussie made product!"
by Mrstwr
Baby U Goat Milk Moisturiser reviews ›
"Replaced good quality with cheap tight nappies"
by Kris
Coles Comfy Bots Nappies reviews ›