Wednesday 14th October
Wednesday 7th October
Show and Tell
Next week, we are going to be talking about harvest festivals and our favourite foods. For ‘Show and Tell’ please can the children talk about their favourite foods. They can bring in a wrapper, carton, picture or could create a collage plate of their favourite food items.
The children continue to do very well with their school dinners; we eat with them daily so are able to see how much they are enjoying them. Thank you to Gabby and the kitchen team for working so hard to ensure that every child in school has the option to enjoy a school meal served in the hall with their class friends, whilst still adhering to the Covid guidelines. This is quite an achievement, as the alternative provided in many schools is a packed lunch brought in from home and eaten in the classroom.
Parent’s Evening / Telephone Appointments – w/c Monday 19th October
A slip with the appointment time for your phone call with the class teacher was put into your child’s bag on Monday. The phone call will be no more than 10 minutes. Please see your child’s teacher if you will be unable to take the phone call at the given time.
Please ensure that coats and jumpers are labelled with your child’s name so that we can return them to the right owner when they are taken off.
Thank you for all of your donations, they are much appreciated.
Dates for your diary
Week beginning 19th October – Parent Evening week/telephone appointments
Friday 23rd October – Non Pupil Day
Week beginning 26th October – Half term break
Mrs James Mrs Stephens
Wednesday 30th September
SHOW AND TELL / READING DAYS
Please find below the notes which replace the Early Year Information Meeting for parents, which is usually held in early September. Unfortunately we are unable to go ahead with this meeting due to the current restrictions surrounding group gatherings. Please email me if you have any questions.
Wednesday 23rd September
It has been lovely to welcome the children into Reception this week. They are settling in brilliantly and it has been wonderful to get to know them all.
Each week we will post a newsletter on the school website and it will also get sent to you via Parent Mail. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to speak to either Mrs James or Mrs Stephens.
Each class has a class page which is in the ‘Children’ section of the school website.
The majority of children begin full-time next week, Monday 28th September. Children should arrive at school at 9.00am and be brought through to their class. Please make sure your child doesn’t run ahead and that we all abide by the social distancing measures. School finishes at 3.05pm and children are collected from their classroom. Please do not wait in our outdoor area for older siblings to finish.
Please can children start to bring in their book bags daily; they will be placed outside the classrooms for collection at the end of the day.
Show and Tell
Each week, your child will be asked to either show or talk about something to the rest of the class, relating to our learning (don’t worry, they get lots of help with this and no one is forced to say anything if they don’t want to). We will post the children’s ‘Show and Tell’ day outside the classrooms and on the ‘Class Page’ on Friday.
Next week we would like your child to talk about their family. They might want to bring in a photograph of the people they live with, or they might want to draw a picture of their family to talk about. It would be lovely if we could keep these for our classroom displays so do not send in anything precious! If your child forgets to bring in their ‘Show and Tell’ on the appropriate day, don’t worry, we can always do it on another day!
Jeans for Genes Day – Thursday 1st October
Your child is able to join the rest of the school in wearing jeans in exchange for a donation next Thursday, in order to support this charity event. They are able to wear any suitable top with their jeans or their school top, if you’d prefer.
Early Years Curriculum
There is an overview of our Early Years Curriculum on the school website but we will also post some slides on the class pages from the information meeting we usually have for parents at this time of the year.
We read with the children and change their books on their ‘Show and Tell’ day (the children will all be given a book this Friday). Every child will begin with the same level book, which will be picture books or will have just a few words on each page. Your child will be put onto the appropriate level in the next few weeks. Please share the book with your child, asking them to describe/ answer questions about what is happening in each picture. Encourage them to point at each word and repeat it after you. They might be able to recognise a few letter-sounds, or find a particular letter-sound/word on each page. Please write a comment in their reading diary every week so that we know they have read. Your child will also begin to bring home letter-sounds and words to practise at home.
We are very proud of our outdoor classroom. Please can you refrain from allowing your child and their siblings to use the resources in the outdoor area before and after school. When you have collected your child, please leave the area promptly to avoid mixing with other year groups.
Friday Fun Walk
Please bring in a pair of wellies, to remain in school, for your child to wear when we go on our ‘Welly Walks’. Weather permitting, these will begin next Friday.
P.E. will take place on a Monday and Wednesday, from 28th September. Please send your child into school in their PE kit on a Monday, being mindful of the weather, as the children will remain in their kit all day. On Wednesdays the children should wear their uniform and do not need to bring their PE kit into school.
Please ensure that your child’s clothes are labelled as it makes it impossible for us to match a jumper/cardigan to a child without it.
Individual Photos for Reception children
The Reception will have individual photos taken at a date yet to be arranged. On this morning, they will also have photos taken with older siblings who attend our school.
We ask for a voluntary donation of £5 per term to purchase additional snack items such as rice cakes, breadsticks and biscuits and to contribute to classroom activities, such as cooking, or additional items such as spare pants or special craft materials. Please put the donation in an envelope and give to the class teacher or put in your child’s book bag.
Dates for your diary
Children start full time – Monday 28th September
Jeans for Genes – Thursday 1st October
Individual School Photos for Reception children – to be confirmed
Mrs James Mrs Stephens
Starting School Reminders
Week beginning 21st September - part time
Morning session - 9.30-11.30am
Afternoon session - 1.00-3.00pm
Children are not having lunch or doing PE this week.
Week beginning 28th September - full time
Reception children - 9.00am - 3.05pm (unless your child is continuing with part time hours which will be 9.00am - 12.00pm). Please adhere to these timings to aid social distancing.
If your child has a sibling in another year group, Reception children are able to fall in with their siblings drop off and collection time.
Children will be doing PE this week and should come in their PE kit on Monday only. They do not need to wear or bring their PE kit on a Wednesday.
Wellies - children should have a pair of wellies which can remain in school.
Arrangements for drop-off and collection
Parents and children should enter through the side gate which is at the far right of the school and continue round to the Reception classes.
RJ should follow the red feet in the Reception outside area, queueing with a 2m space where possible.
RS should follow the blue feet in the Reception outside area, queueing with a 2m space where possible.
To exit, you should then turn right up the ramp and follow the one-way system through the upper playground and car park to the exit gates.
Don't worry, we will be directing you on the first day!
(If someone other than a parent is collecting your child, please ensure your teacher knows in advance)
Children should not attend school if they have a high temperature or new, continuous cough (please inform the school if this is the case). Please follow the school guidelines which are on the school website.
Children can bring their book bags from Monday 21st.
Children should not bring a water bottle to school as we will provide water for them.
Sun hats / sun cream
Children can bring a sun hat to school. Please apply sun cream, if necessary, at home.
Please ensure asthma pumps and other medication is in school on Monday.
Please contact us - firstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com if we have missed anything out.
Enjoy your weekend, we are looking forward to starting next week.
A warm welcome to RJ's class page!
Mrs James is RJ's teacher. Your child will also be supported by Mrs Stephens (the other Reception teacher), Mrs Clements, Mrs Collischon and Mrs Tassie.
We will inform you of the children's ' Show & Tell' and reading days once they have settled in. P.E. is on Monday & Wednesday
Each week, we will upload the Reception newsletter to the website along with any other information you might need. Please check the class page regularly for updates.
Please email me if you have any questions or concerns - firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking forward to meeting all of the children this week!