"My new school" story

How to use the “my new school” story template

This template is designed for you and your team members to use as a basis for gathering information about your child’s new school. This information can then be shared with your child in a story.

Many children with and without disabilities learn well through visual information such as pictures. Visual supports such as this story provide:

  • a way of preparing your child for a new situation that is easier to understand than using words alone
  • a great way of reminding your child about their new school over the school holiday period
  • opportunities to talk with your child about their feelings about starting school, as you look at the story together

Individualising the story
This template is intended as a guide. You may like to change the wording of the story to use language you feel your child will best understand.

The reason we have not included pictures in this template is that actual photographs of your child’s new school will be more meaningful to your child and prepare them better for their new school.

It is important to ask for permission to take photographs on the school grounds from the school principal.
You may like to take some of the photographs yourself and/or ask a member of your team to help.

Introducing the story to your child

  • You can:
    • download this story so you can use it on a smart phone or tablet device when you are out and about
    • print the story so you can read it with your child like a real book
    • combine looking at the “my new school” story with talking about or practising some skills or activities e.g. driving or walking past school, wearing the uniform, or packing their school bag or eating lunch out of the new lunch box
    • have familiar adults or friends look at the story with your child. Sharing their “news” with others may help their confidence and understanding
  • It may be more meaningful to your child to look at a couple of pages each time, rather than all in one go. Be guided by your child’s response as to how much information to share each time you read the story

Click here to download the "my new school" template in Microsoft Powerpoint.

Click here to view and download other stories about school

Click on the links to visit the App Store or Google Play to download free story and visual support applications for your smart phone or tablet such as "Flipagram™" or "Smilebox™".