Friday 15th November
A big thank you to everyone that joined us on Family Day. This week have been focusing on Heartsmart as part of our PSED curriculum. We have added a link below for a Heartsmart activity you can complete with your child at home.
Please complete the Love Language Hands activity. Have fun and feel free to send the completed activity into school so we can share them with the class.
Wednesday 13th November 2019
Please ensure your child brings their library book into school on their library day (Dormouse and Hedgehog- Tuesday.
Mole-Wednesday). We visit the library together as a class and rely on them bringing their books in so that they can change them. We have talked to them about borrowing books and how this is a privilege so please enforce the need to take care of their book at home. If the library book has been lost please inform the class teacher so we can take the relevant steps to ensure your child can start using the library again. You will need to pay if it has been lost but it might take some time to sort this out. Thank you for your patience.
Communication books, key word boxes and reading books need to come into school EVERYDAY. There is not a set day that your child will complete these activities so it's really important that these items are in their book bags at all times. Thank you in advance.
Toileting- We have had a few accidents in the last couple of weeks in regards to toileting. Of course this is all part of growing up and it happens. We are definitely used to it. We have spoken to the children about making sure they remember to flush the chain and wash their hands (we've had some blockages recently) and to not go into the toilet with anyone else. Please can you reinforce this at home. Can we ask that any clothes that have gone home including pants and socks are returned to school as inevitably we will have more accidents.
Another reminder about Friday (15/11/19) it's children in need day which means the children can wear spots to school and bring in a teddy (again) in exchange for a donation. More details have been sent out on a parent mail so check here.
After discussing with the children what they would like to learn, next week we will be starting a new topic, 'The World'. This will include weather, the seasons, animals and countries and continents around the world. We will also be learning the 'l', 'qu', 'o' and 'e' sounds in phonics and looking at accurate counting in maths.
Wednesday 6th November 2019
We hope you all had a lovely half term and welcome you back to school.
Autumn 2 brings lots more rain and cold weather. In EYFS we will still be using outdoor learning whatever the weather so please ensure your child has named wellies in the wellie box and a rain coat every day.
A reminder to check your parent mail about the teddy bears picnic happening on Friday- all the information you need is there.
This week your child will receive their first set of key words which you can practice with them at home. They need to know these by sight rather than needing to sound them out (as lots of them are tricky and cannot be sounded out). See below for some examples of fun ways to do so.
Clubs have also started this week which lots of children are partaking in. If your child is doing a club please send their kit back into school for PE or send a different set of clothes that they can change into for clubs, so that they always have their PE kit in school.
Next week is Heartsmart week, including family day (Thursday 14th November) so remember to sign up for a slot to come into school and have fun learning with your child.
Wednesday 23rd October 2019
We have made it through the first half term! The children have done brilliantly with the first eight weeks of school, a lot more are coming in independently so we wanted to thank you with your assistance with this. The children definitely deserve a good rest over the half term so that they're ready and raring to learn when we come back in November.
At some point during the first week back you will see a word pot appear in your child's book bag with some key words inside. These are words that need to be learnt and practised at home. There are many different ways these can be learnt, from writing them on post-its and sticking them around the house to be 'found', putting them on targets and throwing a ball/bean bag at each one in order to say it, flipping them over and matching them, bubble writing and colouring or even finding them in the bath. We will aim to check your child's key word knowledge every other week and provide them with new words when needed. We will also continue guided reading weekly. This will still be a wordless book as we are working on the children's comprehension and story telling whilst building on the phonic skills that they need for word reading within the classroom environment, before giving them a book with words in. Now your child is bringing this book home please comment in the home school communication book when you have shared it together.
The first week back will also be host to a 'Teddy Bears Picnic' (on Friday 8th November) . Look out for a letter in your child's book bag after half term with more information and an invitation for their teddy. We will be providing the food for this picnic so no need to worry about this. Watch this space!
Have a lovely half term!
Wednesday 16th October 2019
So many of the children are doing a fantastic job of coming into school independently in the mornings. However, we are getting a bit of congestion around the door where children are putting their things away and then coming back to say goodbye leading to some children leaving the classroom again for an extra kiss and cuddle. In order to keep the children safe and ease this congestion at the door, please say goodbye to your child before sending them into the classroom to put their things away so we can keep this area clear.
Our library sessions are going well and the children are really enjoying this time. We let the children choose any book they wish from the library, regardless of difficulty. This is so they have that love of reading and excitement to bring a book home to share. We really encourage sharing these books together, even if it's only a couple of pages or looking at the pictures. A reminder for the children to bring their books in on their library days so they can choose a new one. Hedgehog and Dormouse class go to the library on a Tuesday and Mole class go on a Wednesday.
In addition the children will be receiving a reading book. Everyone's first book will be wordless. This story would have already been shared at school so please encourage your child to read the story to you.
Reminder- parents evening is next week on Tuesday and Thursday evening. Please sign up for a slot.
Wednesday 9th October 2019
This Friday is ARK day which means the children can come into school in non-uniform or fancy dress if they bring in £1 for the charity. There is no theme to the fancy dress so the children can come as anything they like!
Another reminder- Monday is 'Bring a stick to school day' so please send your child in with a stick. Any shape or size as long as we can keep it in the classroom (no tree trunks please). Our learning will be based around the book 'Stick Man' with Monday as a driver so the more the children are excited about this, the better.
PE was successful yet again this week. However, we have some children that still do not have a kit so have not been able to join in. Please ensure they have their kit on a Wednesday. There's no need to take kit home each week as it can be left in school ready for the next session. Practising getting changed at home, doing buttons, turning clothes inside out and putting socks on will really help the children with their confidence and self-help skills, so this would be much appreciated.
We have started looking at letters and sounds this week, focusing on 'S', 'A', and 'T' and will be looking at 'P', 'I', and 'N' next week, learning the name and sound and thinking about words that begin with or contain these sounds. We will soon be starting reading (within the next two weeks) so hang tight for a reading book to be sent home as well as their Bug Club login to access books online. This same login can be used for Education City.
Wednesday 2nd October
Don't forget Harvest Assembly is tomorrow, please send in your donations for the Food Bank.
Today we had our first P.E. lesson which the children really enjoyed. Please could you ensure your child has their kit in school every Wednesday. We have been busy learning all about woodland animals and exploring the different habitats around school.
Next week we will using the books 'Elmer' and 'We're going on a Bear Hunt' to provide a wide range of learning opportunities and experiences for the children. We will also be starting HeartSmart and phonics. We will be posting some phonic and number challenges that you can complete with your child at home if you wish on tapestry soon!
Wednesday 25th September 2019
A big thank you to all of the parents that attended the curriculum evening last night. We hope you found it helpful and for those that couldn't make it a Year R information booklet has been uploaded below.
Next week Mole, Hedgehog and Dormouse class will be finding out a little more about these woodland creatures. The children will have the opportunity to take part in various activities that will enable them to explore, create, build, measure and research into these animals. We will also be starting P.E. so please ensure your child has suitable kit in order to take part. This can be any t-shirt and shorts or joggers. On a similar note please make sure your child has a bottle in school filled with water ONLY. As you know free fruit is provided daily for the children but please feel free to send in a snack. Please note any snacks you send into school can only be fruit or vegetables. This does not include fruit products like yoyos, claws and cereal bars.
Talking bags- there may be just a few children who have not completed their talking bag activity. This will be done by the end of next week so if your child has not shared it then please make sure it comes into school.
Wednesday 18th September
Welcome to the Year R page! This page will be updated each week on a Wednesday. Your children have settled in really well so far and are busy making lots of new friends and exploring the school grounds. We have been busy introducing the children to our classroom routines and daily school life.
We have been very impressed with how the children have been coming into school in the mornings. However we have started to notice that some toys and cuddly toys have been creeping into school with the children. Please could you encourage your children to leave these at home as we would hate for them to get lost or broken.
Don't forget our curriculum evening is taking place on Tuesday 24th September at 6.30pm. During this evening we will be telling you all about the foundation stage curriculum and how you can help your child with their learning at home. We look forward to seeing you all.
It has come to our attention that you have had home the upcoming dates for the school year and may be unsure of when you are able to join your child in school and when not. If you would like to attend Family Day then one member of your family is welcome to join your child in class for one session (more details of how to sign up will follow closer to the time). You are also welcome to attend the Christmas Performances, any family member can attend the open performance (siblings must attend this performance). Each family is also issued with 2 tickets for the ticketed performance (adults only). Please note family members are not invited to Harvest Assembly, this is for the child only.