Reception news– 13.9.19
Welcome everybody! I cannot believe we are at the end of our first full week already. The children have been an absolute joy to work with so far, and I am incredibly impressed at how well they have taken to new routines and settled so quickly. This newsletter will be sent to you weekly, and is a quick overview of what is happening in school, important information and key dates.
- Uniform – thank you so much for the fantastic effort made in sending your children to school looking so smart. They are all very proud of their new uniforms! If you experience difficulty in providing your child with any aspect of our uniform, please do not hesitate to let me know and I will help in any way I can. Please can you make sure your child has a pair of wellies to keep in school as we will be using our muddy area outside from next week.
- Environment – I am sure you have noticed how lovely our learning spaces in Reception look this term, following the “curiosity approach” which provides children with opportunities to explore learning through the use of real and natural resources. I would like to say a massive thank you to the team who gave up so much of their time in the summer holidays to make it look so inviting (and a very special thank you to Mrs Conway’s dad who created some beautiful learning spaces from wooden pallets – he may well be regretting his daughter becoming an Early Years Teacher!)
- Meet the teacher event – to avoid any confusion, I just want to clarify that the Primary “meet the teacher” event next Thursday is NOT for our Reception families – we will be organising the first of our regular drop in sessions and opportunities for parents to come in once our new children are settled. Further information about this will be shared next week.
- Independence – now your children are used to the routines at the beginning of the day, we would like to encourage them to become independent in putting all their things in the right place when they come to school. To encourage this, to ease congestion, and importantly for safeguarding reasons around toilets, from Monday we ask that your child puts their own things in the cloakroom whilst you wait for them in the classroom. A member of the team from each class base will be there to assist. Thank you for your help in this
- Gate – on the subject of safeguarding your children, thank you for waiting outside of our wooden gate at the end of the day until a member of the team comes to open it.
- Naming items – thank you so much for naming your child’s belongings as it saves much confusion and distress. Please can I add shoes to this as we have lots of children with the same shoes…and the same size feet!! I have to say you win the prize for the best ever Reception parents to name things! It is hugely appreciated.
- Phonics – from Monday we begin our formal phonics programme in school, and at the end of next week your child will be bringing home their phonics book with the sounds they have learned so far. Please help your child to practise these alongside their reading book… and please remember to comment and sign your child’s reading diary so we know they have read.
- School bears – I have loved looking at the adventures you had with your bears in the holiday, if you still have photos etc. to bring in please do so as we are currently building a Bears display in each class base. Next week each child will be making a bed/safe place to keep their bear so please make sure your child has their bear in school every day.
Thank you for your continued support, have a lovely weekend and enjoy the unexpected sunshine!
Early Years Phase Leader.