Starting School Stories

Starting school can be a big transition for many children (and parents).  We acknowledge that for some families there might be more anxieties due to the Covid situation and the fact that the normal transition processes could not take place. 

We know that reading and sharing stories with your child makes such a massive difference.  Books can be shared to help the transition process into school.

Here are some starting school stories (If you do not have copies of the books then read alouds can be found on YouTube) :

  • I am too absolutely small for school by Lauren Child
  • Starting School by Allan Ahlberg
  • Harry and the Dinosaurs go to School by Ian Whybrow
  • Topsy and Tim Start School by Jean Anderson – cbeebies link
  • Little Rabbit Goes to School by Harry Horse
  • Fuzzypeg Goes to School by Alison Uttley
  • First Day at Bug School by Sam Lloyd
  • Starting School: Do I have to go to school? A first look at starting school by Pat Thomas
  • The Colour Monster Goes to School by Anna Llenas
  • The Wolf who wouldn’t go to school (Whiffy Wilson) by Caryl Hart
  • Lucy and Tom at School by Shirley Hughes
  • I Have to Start at School Today by Simon Philip
  • The Koala who Could by Rachel Bright
  • Boris Starts School by Carrie Weston and Tim Warnes
  • Come to School Too Blue Kangaroo! By Emma Chichester Clarke

Please also contact your child’s school to find out how they teach phonics and which Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP) Programme they use if they haven’t shared this already with you so you are aware of how the children will begin to learn to read when they start Reception.

Games such as oral blending and segmenting are fun ways to help your child prepare for school.

Finally why not complete the Summer Reading Challenge whilst you are sharing stories?

Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge, presented by The Reading Agency, is delivered in partnership with public libraries and funded by Arts Council England. The Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to enjoy the benefits of reading for pleasure over the summer holidays.  This year, the Summer Reading Challenge’s Silly Squad will celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter. Children taking part in the Challenge will join the Silly Squad, an adventurous team of animals who love to have a laugh and get stuck into all sorts of funny books!

The 2020 Challenge features bespoke artwork from award-winning children’s author and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson (Amelia Fang; Evil Emperor Penguin; I Don’t Want Curly Hair).