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St Peter's Catholic Primary School

‘A love for God, ourselves and others’


Promoting Independence

Your child will really benefit from being as independent as possible. Of course, we will always be there to help, but they get such a sense of achievement if they can achieve something by themselves! Being able to put their own coat on and zip it up independently will really help them, especially as we use our outdoor space all the time. Putting on and taking off their own jumper is another thing which really benefits them, as they can then get on with their play without having to wait and ask an adult to help.


Another very important part of being independent at school is being able to use the toilet independently, including washing and drying their hands - this is even more important in these current times! It is also really helpful if they can blow their own nose on a tissue and know to put it in the bin.


Having lunch away from you may also be a completely new experience for your child. If they are having a packed lunch from home, practise opening and closing the lunchboxes and containers they will be using. Maybe practise using their new lunchbox and water bottle on a picnic in the park? If having a hot dinner, practise using a knife, fork and spoon properly. There will be adults around to help but from experience, we find that children settle into school life much quicker if they can master these issues.

St Peter's Catholic Primary School Wider Opening Risk Assessment
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