Transition to Primary 1

Moving from nursery to Primary 1 in August 2024

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Try something new with Edinburgh Bear

Every year, no matter where they are in Edinburgh, children moving into P1 spend their final weeks of early learning becoming familiar with the same story and doing shared activities. This means that when your child starts school, they and their new classmates will already be familiar with the story and characters, and the themes of journeys, adventure and friendship. 

This year our activities are based around the book The Smeds and the Smoos by Julia Donaldson with

  • six weeks of activity ideas for children to experience in early years settings before the holidays
  • six weeks of summer ideas and activities for families during the summer on these pages
  • ideas to help children explore the book and its themes further through play in P1, with their new friends in school.

Week 1 activities

  • listen to to The Smeds and The Smoos read by Julia Donaldson and find out what happens when young Smed and Smoo fall in love
  • listen to a song about travelling to the moon
  • re-create the scenes in the book with your family and friends.

View week 1 activities

Grant payments

There are three extra payments for parents to help towards the costs of being pregnant or looking after a child:

  • Scottish Child Payment
  • Best Start Grant
  • Best Start Foods

You may be able to get these if:

  • you live in Scotland
  • you or your partner are getting certain benefits or tax credits
  • you or your partner are pregnant, or are the main person looking after a baby or child who's the right age for a payment

You can apply to the Scottish Government online, by phone or by post. Find out more about the Scottish Child Payment, Best Start Grants and Best Start Foods payments and apply online.