Preparing Your Child for School

Having some basic skills before starting school will ensure that your child has a confident start to school. Here are some ideas for fun ways to learn at home.

Letters and Sounds

  • Magnetic letters: ask your child to find all the same letter, starting with the letters in their name
  • Find pictures in a book that all start with the same letter, for example,  all the P’s on the page
  • Letter/word bingo
  • Use a sand tray, playdough, or colourful pipe cleaners to shape the letters
  • Experiment by changing the letter font on the computer
  • Snap with flash cards
  • I spy, for example, something beginning with ‘P’
  • Alphabet frieze on the bedroom wall
  • Puzzles
  • Read lots of books
  • Computer programmes: You Tube – Jolly Phonics; Alphabet songs;


  • Use a sand tray, playdough, or colourful pipe cleaners to shape the numbers
  • Number bingo
  • Magnetic numbers
  • Flash cards
  • Snap
  • Numbers on letter boxes
  • Phone numbers
  • Counting steps
  • Number frieze
  • Hopscotch
  • Puzzles
  • Counting games, for example, how many white lollies can you see?
  • Number rhymes – there were 10 in the bed, 10 fat sausages, and so on
  • DVDs, books, and TV programmes (for example, Number Jacks).

Classroom Skills

  • Developing fine motor skills:
    • Holding a pencil
    • Using scissors.
  • Dressing themselves:
    • Putting on a coat
    • Shoe laces (if they will wear laced shoes to school)
    • Dressing after swimming.