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If your child attends a club after school please let your child's teacher know that day.  We find that quite often plans change and the children are picked up when we were expecting them at club.  And visa versa!   Of course you know your plans much better we know your plans so it is really best if you communicate that to us.


From Monday 25th September the children will be able to choose a book to read on the carpet.  Once they have put their things away they need to sit on the carpet and read.  This makes the children calm and ready for register on time at 8:50am.


Thank you to everyone who attended curriculum Evening.  There was a great turn-out.  If you were unable to attend the slides are on the Year R page of the website.

The children are really settled in to the school and are enjoying getting to know each other.  We have a play based curriculum where we encourage the children to co-operate, share, talk about needs, ask questions and have discussions with other children and adults.  Here are some examples of the play based learning that has been happening outside over the last two days:


  • Create a dinosaur world on the grass
  • Create brick towers and count the bricks
  • Make a picture using leaves and twigs
  • Group natural resources
  • Play hopscotch and read the numbers
  • Using musical instruments to beat the correct number
  • Write orders in the café (gazebo)


We looked at man made and natural materials today (Friday).  We studied shells, twigs, stones, metals, cardboard, plastic amongst other materials.  The children were very good at talking about them and a lot of children enjoyed playing with magnets and metals.  Can you find metals around your home?  If you have a magnet see if all of them are magnetic.  Do you recycle?  What does recycling mean?  What can you recycle?


Well done to all of the parents who managed to drop their child at the door!  We know it is not easy for some of you, but it really is good for the children and allows them to settle in without anxiety building up.


We have also introduced Star Jobs this week.  The children are encouraged to challenge themselves with a Star Job and if they complete this, they get a special star sticker.  For example, on Tuesday the children's star job was to count objects in the classroom in any way they chose (peg boards, bead strings, cubes, dinosaurs, etc).  Some children chose to challenge themselves with higher number and we were very impressed with their numerical knowledge.  See if your child can count objects accurately to 10.  Are they using 1:1 correspondence?  Can they count up to 20 objects?  Do they pronounce the 'teen' numbers correctly (not "tee").  Can they count the stairs at home and then count backwards as they go down the stairs?


Some children are coming into school without coats.  We do require that every child has a coat in school each day.  You could store a 'packamac' on their peg if it is easier for you.  We go outside in all weather so some sort of coat is vital for their learning.  Also we remind children to drink several times a day, so please do send in a named water bottle. 





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We have been really pleased to see how well the children have settled into school life!  Most children are able to put their own coat on their peg, book bag in their drawer and water bottle by the sink.  If children want to bring their own fruit in please make sure it is in a pot or bag which is named.  They can put this by the sink, ready for fruit time.  We supply a piece of fruit to the children so there is no requirement to provide this unless you have a specific allergy or dietary requirement.               Image result for plastic potImage result for fruit in plastic bag


From Monday 18th we would like children to come in to school independently.  We have found through past experience that the earlier this happens, the easier it is for the children to adapt to school life.  The children are able to organise themselves with minimal support and have already mastered the art of tidying the classroom all by themselves.  Very impressive! 


An adult will be in the corridor to help the children in the mornings so don't worry that they will be lost or worried - We will help them if they need it!  Of course if you have something to discuss with the Teachers we will be at the door to speak to you.  If you want to see us after school this is a good time to have a more detailed discussion.


We have been learning about the 'Cloud' system and discussing how behaviour choices can mean that their name moves up to the 'Rainbow' for good behaviour choices.  Equally the children can be moved to orange/red cloud if they don't make good choices.  On Friday the children will enjoy a reward for being on Rainbow/Green Cloud.  This is called Friday Fun Time.  The children miss 5 minutes of Friday Fun Time if their name is moved on to Red Cloud.


We have all completed our 'Sound Walks' where the children were tuning in their ears to the sounds around them.  This was also an ideal opportunity to walk around the school and find our way about!  We identified lots of sounds including music, talking, aeroplanes, telephones, and other machines.  What sounds can your child hear at home or outside?


We are also painting self portraits which you will be able to see on the walls very soon!


Don't forget that our Year R Curriculum Meeting is on Wednesday 20th September at 6:30pm.  It is a good opportunity to find out about our curriculum and about how we teach each area.  If you can't make it we will put the slides on the Year R page of the website.


Some Year R children are using the drop-off system in the mornings.  Please be aware that although we see them safely to the school gate, the children must be able to walk themselves around the school to the Year R playground.  It may be that you need to practise walking around from the main gate to see if your child is confident in doing this independently.


We have been asked to remind parents about parking appropriately around the school.  We have had complaints from local residents about some cars parking on double-yellow lines in The Mead.  Our car park can be quite busy at peak times and the British Legion have kindly offered to allow parents to use their car park and walk down from there.


As always please ask if you have any questions!




The Year R Team




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The children have done a fantastic job of settling into school.  Well done to all of the children (and parents!) who managed to drop off and settle in quickly.  The children have taken in a lot of new information and are getting to know each other.  We will be concentrating on building speaking and listening skills as well as developing social skills.   Thank you to all of the parents who have volunteered to help in school; you are most welcome!  If you would like to hear readers please ask at the office about a security (DBS) check.  When this is complete you will be able to liaise with your Class Teacher to organise an appropriate timeslot.




Please remember that all green book bags must go in the drawers and not on the pegs.  They only fit in the drawers if all jumpers and water bottles are taken out of the book bags and put into the correct boxes.


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Full time parents meeting - Don't forget that all full time parents are invited to a meeting in the hall at 9:00am on Tuesday 12th September.


Lunch visits are taking place this week for all full time children. This will be a chance for you to come into the hall for the first time with your child and to enjoy lunch with them.  If your child is part time they will go home as normal at 12:00.  If you can't come along to the lunch visit we will send your child as usual at 12:00 also. 


Unfortunately we cannot feed the parents - only the children!  You are welcome to bring your own packed lunch if you like.  Please prepare your child on the morning of your visit by talking through the options and deciding if they want Red (meat) or Green (non meat) option.  (see School lunches are free to all children and we would strongly advise that you access the cooked food on offer.  If your child has a food allergy please speak to the office about alternative menus.

On your Lunch visit please arrive at the class door as usual at 11:50am.  We will then take you through to the hall at 12:00 (once all of the other children have gone home).  Once in the hall, please get your child to find a seat anywhere - they put their water bottle at that place on the table. It is a good idea to put your phone/keys/jumper onto the space next to your child so that it is reserved for you!  Then you go with your child to line up and collect their lunch. They will hand over a red (meat) or green (non meat) token and put it in the correct bucket.  Then they carry their own lunch using two hands and go back to their space at the table.  Please encourage your child to be as independent as possible.  If they cannot cut up their food, they can put up their hand and a grown up will come along to help them. This will prepare them well for next week.  When they have eaten their main meal they must put up their hand to ask if they can eat their desert.  An adult will tell them.  Then when they have finished their desert they will put up their hand again to ask if they can leave.  They leave their bottle at the table and then take their tray over to the stacking table.  Any waste goes into the bin.  They can then go back and collect their water bottle.  


After the lunch you are free to take your child back to the Year R corridor to collect their things and go home via the class door.  Just tell the Class Teacher when you are leaving the hall..


Wednesday 13th September - Mole Class full time children

Thursday 14th September - Hedgehog Class full time children

Friday 15th September - Dormouse Class full time children


On Monday 18th September the full time children will be at school from 8:50am - 3:15pm.  Part time children will continue to be collected at 12:00pm.


If you haven't done so already please do put a named pair of wellies in the welly store which is outside the classroom door.  We go outside in all weather and don't want to ruin their lovely new school shoes!


Wednesday 20th September (6:30pm) - This is the Year R curriculum meeting and is an ideal opportunity to hear about what we teach your children and how we go about it.  Please look out for more information. 


Please do pop in and see your class teacher if you have any questions at the end of the day.


Kind regards


The Year R team.


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5th September 2017


Welcome to Year R.  On this page you will find latest news, information, details of our learning and photos from the week.  We will aim to update this website each week on Wednesdays.


We look forward to welcoming you to your new classes.  Remember that your child will start school on the day after your home visit.  For example, if your home visit is on Friday, your child will start school on the following Monday.  There is a gate leading to the Year R playground.  Please wait there and we will open the gate at 8:35.  Children can arrive at any time between 8:35 and 8:50.  If you have unexpected delays and it is after this time, please go via the main office.  We find that the children quickly settle down and a speedy drop off is the secret to a speedy recovery!  Please do feel free to help them in the corridor to find their peg (for PE kits and coats) and their drawer (for book bags).  Water bottles and fruit pots go near the sink.  We do provide fruit to the children free of charge but if your child is particular about what fruit, then please do send (in a named pot or bag).  It is really important that all items are named, especially jumpers and coats.  Any lost items can then be distributed to the correct classroom.


We will see you all over the next week or so with big smile!


The Year R Team