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We offer Principal tours for prospective parents/carers at the beginning of each term. You will be greeted by our school captains at the front office followed by:
- An information session with our Principal, Deputy Principal and senior students
- Information about our transition to school program
- A school tour, including our widely recognised Gym for all program
- Q&A and morning tea
To register your attendance or for further information please contact the school by phoning 8276 3055 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Individual tours can be arranged on request.
South Australia has the same first day of school for all children which means that every child has four terms of Reception before they go on to the rest of their primary schooling. It means a more stable environment for children with fewer changes to classes throughout the year. If your child turns five before May 1, they will start school on the first day of Term 1 in that year. If your child turns five on or after May 1, they will start school on the first day of Term 1 the following year.
Transition to school
Starting school is an important time for children and families. Children who make a positive start to school are more likely to:
- feel comfortable, relaxed and valued
- feel excited and motivated to learn
- have good relationships with others
- develop a sense of belonging within the school community
Our transition to school programs help children cope with the new challenges, supports your child in developing their social, emotional and learning skills and contributes to a successful start to their schooling.
We offer our JumpStart program each Friday morning which begins mid Term 2 for children who have enrolled to start at Ascot Park Primary School the following year. The early years are crucial to the learning experiences of children and our Transition to School program provides children with the opportunity to:
- Improve transition into a new learning environment
- Build onto the learning at preschool
- Enrich early literacy and numeracy skills
- Establish quality relationships
In addition to our JumpStart program we hold a series of 4 orientation visits to familiarise children with our school context including playtimes, eating times and participating in specialist lessons. These are held in Term 4 for all children starting at Ascot Park Primary School the following year.
Please contact the school as early as possible for more information or to arrange an enrolment meeting and tour. You may also like to fill in an enrolment enquiry here.
We run a GymPlay program for children from 6 months to 5 years of age and their parents/carers. The session runs on Monday mornings from 9:30am to 10:30am in our Gymnastics Hall.
Children are able to use a range of gymnastics, balancing and sport equipment in a free play environment. The session ends with songs and activities (parachute and lycra) on the mat.
The cost of the session is
1 Child: $5.00
2 Children: $8.00
3+ Children: $10.00
All children are welcome to attend. You will be given an enrolment form and further information when you attend your first session.
LEARNING AT HOME
You don’t need to be an expert or educator to help your child to learn at home. The Department for Education has published 2 documents to help you support your child in learning at home as well as staying healthy and active:
Teachers at school have also been working hard to provide meaningful and relevant learning programs which have been communicated through ClassDojo, Google Classrooms and home learning packs. We have also developed a suggested daily timetable to help you provide clear structure and routine to your child’s day.
At school, students have been learning about interoception, which is our 8th sense. It can broadly be defined as our conscious perception of our internal body signals which let us know how to respond to human needs or relate to our emotional experiences. Interoception is the pre-requisite for self-regulation.
Interoception activities take less than 2 minutes to complete and they help your child to identify their body signals, recognise when their body signals change and act or respond to these body signals for their self-regulation. The booklet provided has a range of activities that you can complete with your child and the whole family. You can complete these activities throughout the day, some examples could be:
- Starting their day with an interoception activity
- Break time between online lessons/activities
- Going for a walk or a bike ride
- Shooting some hoops or kicking a ball
- Playing on a swing set
- Jumping on a trampoline
The great thing about interoception activities is that you can create your own with your child. It can be any activity that changes your child’s body state and while encouraging them to notice how their body feels. To find out more information about interoception, please visit the Department for Education’s Interoception web page. If you have any questions or need further support with implementing interoception activities with your child, please contact your child’s teacher.
Dr Paul Swan has developed a support page https://drpaulswan.com.au/teaching-at-home/ to help parents in finding quality numeracy activities. The school has also provided students with dice and playing cards which will give them the opportunity to engage in problem solving using mathematical thinking processes and skills. Cards games also give children the opportunity to develop social skills such as sharing and taking turns. Games and activities can be found in the following eBooks:
Primary Connections is an innovative science program developed by the Australian Academy of Science which is aligned with the Australian Curriculum. They have developed a range of educational activities designed to be used at home.
Each four-page resource features:
- A short description
- Notes guiding preparation and resourcing
- Suggested questions to support student inquiry
- Student task sheets (may be printed, photographed or photocopied and sent to teachers upon completion)
- Ideas to explore further
Please click here to access the resources.