Whether you already have a child/children at the school or you are thinking of sending your child/children to Parkfield, this area should be of interest.
We welcome your child into the Infant Department of Parkfield School. Children are admitted in the September of the school year in which they become five years old. During the year prior to your child starting school we run a number of open afternoons for you to attend with your child. Towards the end of the previous summer term you will be invited to bring them into school for a series of induction sessions so that they can become familiar with the school and what is expected of them.
We have six infant classes and the children are grouped according to age. We want your child to be happy at school and to have an awareness of and respect for others. We offer them a wide range of experience, but we do feel that the basic skills of reading, language and number are the keys to opening other areas of learning so we try to concentrate on these skills.
You have already played a very important part in your child's education - just think of what they have managed to achieve before they even started school - and we want you to continue to be involved. If you have any queries or problems please come in and see us. We are often asked what you can do to help prepare your child for school. We list a few helpful hints below:
- Please try to see that they can dress themselves or at least attempt it. A teacher can waste an awful lot of valuable teaching time dressing 30 children after PE.
- They need to be able to manage for themselves when visiting the toilet. Accidents happen - it is not the end of the world - we have spare pants but would appreciate their return.
- Please read to them, talk about the pictures, get them to guess what will happen next. Try to make reading a pleasurable activity.
- Play games like snap, picture dominoes, snakes and ladders and other simple dice games.
- Last, but definitely not least, one of the most valuable things you can do is talk to your child and encourage them to talk to you.