Starting Out for Schools (Yr R)

Helping Schools in Reception Year

Starting Out can be offered as a universal service through a School in a similar way to the Early Years component.  Schools offer families an opportunity to borrow Activity Sacks to take home and use together.

There are 15 different Activity Sacks, specifically designed for children in reception year, each linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage.  The use of Activity Sacks at home enables families to try various activities and gives them ideas for continuing to use the home and local area as a learning environment for their children, using low cost and no cost activities. The ‘school-specific’ Activity Cards provide useful information that link the activities with the areas of development in the Early Years Foundation Stage.  Experiences of using the activity sacks can be recorded for children to share with their peers at school  Families that have already taken part in Starting Out, either through an Early Years setting, Home Visits or Group Sessions will continue to benefit as the activities are different to the Early Years Activity Sacks.

In addition to the Activity Sacks, the school can offer parents workshops to attend.  These workshops (pre-written and provided as part of the Starting Out programme) help families to understand more about child development, particularly focusing on brain development in the Early Years.  Information on how children learn and ways to support this learning can also be offered through these workshops.

Benefits

  • An opportunity for parents to learn about child and brain development, schemas and behaviour management.

  • Increased parental understanding of why children behave the way they do.

  • Peer-to-peer opportunities for parents to discuss ideas for using the home as a learning experience.

  • Opportunities for parents to try new activities with their child.

  • A positive introduction to the school and an opportunity for teachers and staff to develop strong parent partnerships.

Activity Sacks for Schools (Yr R)

There are 15 Activity Sacks in the Schools component range.  Each Activity Sack includes everything you need for the activity, with information and ideas around each activity.  Activity Sacks can be purchased in three ways, either as a full set of 15, as a set bundle of 5 (PSED, Maths or CL) or individually.  Activity Cards included in each Sack can also be purchased separately if required.

Note:  Contents may change slightly, subject to availability.

'Let's go shopping'

Brain Benefit

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Children learn best when they are happy and relaxed and this helps the brain to grow.

Help turn everyday tasks into a fun experience with this handy Activity Sack.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

'Speedy change'

Brain Benefit

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Children learn by being active and involved in challenging activities.

This Activity Sack offers a fun way for children to grow in independence and competitiveness.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

'Magical journey'

Brain Benefit

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Through playing and pretending the imaginative side of their brain develops.

Help children see the world in a different way as they collect different objects and turn them into a creative masterpiece!

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

'You first'

Brain Benefit

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Children need opportunities to talk about feelings, so they can learn to identify them in themselves and others.

Taking it in turns, encouraging each other and learning to lose – all these great life lessons in one Activity Sack.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

'Let's pretend'

Brain Benefit

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Pretending games are a great way to try out new ideas and to grow in confidence.

A great Activity Sack to stretch their imagination.  Dressing up and pretending is fun for everyone.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

'Fill it up'

Brain Benefit

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If activities are fun they will help the brain to make connections.

The items in this Activity Sack allow plenty of choice for experimenting and having fun with water and bubbles.

Maths

'Busy hands'

Brain Benefit

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Using real objects when counting helps children to learn.

An excellent Activity Sack to practice counting and sorting, as well as developing fine motor skills.

Maths

'Shape detectives'

Brain Benefit

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A child’s brain has 100,000 billion cells that they are trying to organise. By having new experiences, new connections are made.

There’s plenty of fun to be had as a shape detective.  Children can try matching the shape wands to different objects.

Maths

'Sort it out'

Brain Benefit

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If activities are fun they will help the brain to make connections.

Being able to sort things out is a great life skill to have.  This Activity Sack introduces the theme in a fun way.

Maths

'Treasure hunters'

Brain Benefit

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Using real experiences and real objects helps children to learn and their brain will make connections.

There’s plenty of opportunity to learn to give and take directions in this fun Activity sack.

Maths

'Sharing stories'

Brain Benefit

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Asking children questions that need more than a yes or no answer helps children to think.

Children can snuggle up and enjoy the magic and memories of sharing stories in this Activity Sack.

Communication and Language

'Out and about'

Brain Benefit

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When children are inactive and bored, it has a negative effect on the brain. By having new experiences, new connections are made.

Children can discover their local area using the ‘Out and about’ checklist that comes with this Activity Sack.

Communication and Language

'Chatter natter'

Brain Benefit

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Singing songs, talking to people and learning nursery rhymes are very important for the brain to learn language.

This Activity Sack helps strengthen the connections in the brain using mirrors to identify different feelings.

Communication and Language

'Sound walk'

Brain Benefit

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By copying sounds, you will help your child to develop their listening and attention skills.

Children can ‘hear’ what’s going on in the world around them as they follow the ideas in this Activity Sack.

Communication and Language

'Teddy Bear's picnic'

Brain Benefit

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Children learn new words everyday. By the time they are 5 years old, they can have a vocabulary of 3,000 words.

A classic Activity Sack with all the fun of a teddy bear’s picnic and plenty of opportunity to role play.

Communication and Language

Other Starting Out components

Click any of the other three components below for specific information.

Offered through an Early Years provider as a universal provision.  Workshops can be offered to provide information on child development.

Offered through a local Children’s Centre as a targeted service for families that require specific support.

Offered through a local Children’s Centre as an invitation-only targeted service.