Teachers launch learning pack

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Two primary school teachers are helping children get ready for school with a learning pack designed to help them hit the classroom floor running.

Ready Steady School is a resource designed to support parents who have children starting school.

Jo Stoney and Lisa Wall, who job share at Totley All Saints Primary School in Sheffield, came up with the idea after parents kept asking how best to prepare their children for reception classes. Jo said: “There was a lot of discussion among our parents about what they can do and how they can support their children at home.

“So we felt there was a need. We want them to come into school with independence. There is nothing out there like it in terms of supporting parents to support their children.”

The pack covers everything from teaching children how to use a zip to how to write their name and introduces Tom and Pom, two characters who guide children on an adventure through school.

The box includes a cardboard shoe that can be threaded, which can also be used to teach children how to tie their laces.

“It’s early days for us but we’ve had really positive feedback so far,” Jo added.

Ms Stoney said it was important to learn independence and practical skills before school so learning could be a priority.

“If we can get them to zip their coats and things like that, then we can hit the floor running with them.”

The reception class teachers, who have worked together for 15 years, hope to expand their range and create packs for reading and numeracy to take parents and children through the year.