Playing is learning
and learning is fun!

 
 

School is a place
to make new friends

Sanga & Oops is an animation aimed at supporting your child on their school adventure.

Sanga & Oops are close friends making the transition to school. Together they discover a school bag, and take a step inside to discover its secrets! They help each other through the highs and lows of starting school, learning that school is a great place for making new friends along the way!

Follow the links below if you’d like to know more about getting
your young student ready for school.

Starting Primary School Guide

Transition to School

Australian Parenting Website

Education Information for Parents

Download the BTB Tips for Families Flyer

Episode 1

Best friends Sanga and Oops are ready for the transition to their first day of primary school. At school they meet their teacher, find their space to hang their hats, and start making friends with their classmates. Now it’s time to start learning.

School is a place to make new friends

  • Help your child to do things for themselves like getting dressed, packing their bag and looking after their belongings.
  • Talk with your child about being at school and how much fun learning and being with friends can be.
  • Help your child listen to and follow simple instructions – find your hat, get your drink bottle and put them in your bag.
  • Talk with and listen to your child – these skills help children make friends.
  • Remind your child it is good to ask for help if they need it.

Episode 2

Sanga and Oops are back at school and ready to enjoy a game. Who will they find to join in the fun? Playing at school is even more fun when you find new friends to join in the activity.

Everybody is welcome at school

  • Talk to your child about what they are good at – to get started by saying something like “you are really good at dancing” or “you are so good at helping get ready for bed”.
  • Help your child to do the things they are good at as well as trying new things.
  • Help your child to notice the ways that other people are different from them and what they can do, and what they are good at.
  • Encourage your child to be happy when others are good at something.

Episode 3

Sanga and Oops learn how much fun helping out at school can be. Who will be the first to jump in when their teacher needs some help?

We look after each other at school

  • Talk to your child about how they can look after themselves and how caring for others makes us feel good and make friends.
  • Help your child look after their belongings; get started by deciding where their school bag goes when they come home.
  • Give your child simple jobs to do around the house that help them and others.
  • Talk to your child about what they are feeling and what they can do to look after themselves, for example, “you look like you are feeling cold – what can you do to warm up?”
  • Encourage your child to help others whenever they can.

Episode 4

At school it is important to make your own decisions and not feel pressured to try something you feel uncomfortable with. This week, Oops learns how to speak up and finds a new friend.

Talking and Listening at school

  • Talk with your child about everything and all the time.
  • Listen to your child when they talk and share stories. Stopping what you are doing, just for a moment, helps children to know that you are listening.
  • Give your child simple instructions to follow. Add more instructions as they get more confident.
  • Read together every day. Go to the library and find a book you love.
  • Help your child practise writing and recognising their name – this is helpful when they get to school.

Episode 5

The teacher has a new game for Sanga, Oops and the class to play today. What new lessons will the kids learn while they are having fun at school?

Playing is learning, and learning is fun!

  • Make time every day to play – inside and outside.
  • Turn off the screen and encourage your child to play with their toys. You might need to help them get started by sharing an idea or a story.
  • Make play dates with your child’s friends from kindergarten – these times help build play skills and creativity.
  • Talk to your children about what they like to play and make time to try out their ideas.
  • As your child gets older, play simple word games or board games – this helps your child learn to take turns and play fair.

Further Resources

Tips for School Readiness