Manchester City Council and Read Manchester have just launched a brand-new project to support the transition of children from nursery to reception.
Moving up to school is a big step for children, and it makes all the difference to have something in common for them to talk about. With this in mind, every child in Manchester going into reception in September has received the fantastic book A Superpower Like Mine by Dr Ranj.
Dr Ranj’s book, accompanied by great illustrations by Liam Darcy, shows children that the things that make them special are all the qualities you have inside – they are our true superpowers.
The book will support with transition into Reception: the children will have first experienced the text in Nursery, a setting familiar to them, and then they will be able to share the story with their parents during the school holidays with their own copy to take home. When children start in their new Reception class, they will know the book and themes well and this will help them to settle into school routines with new friends.
There’s lots of opportunities to talk, have fun and explore the ideas in the book whilst helping children to transition into Reception class, and there are accompanying activity packs for nurseries, reception and parents, supported and produced by One Education.
You can view and download the Home Activity pack here.
Here's Dr Ranj to introduce his new picture book...
You will also find copies of the book on display in your local library. Research shows that enjoying books and reading is one of the best ways to give children the best start at school, so cuddle up with a book and take time out to share some great stories, free from your local library - find out how to join the library here.
The nursery-reception transition read is part of a broader five-year action plan called Making Manchester Fairer, which aims to address inequalities in the city that can start early on in life and even affect how long people live for, and their opportunities around work and housing. The plan also includes work around tackling cost of living pressures and poverty, which are also integral to improving health and wellbeing.
Thanks to publishers, Hachette for their generous support of the transition read programme.