Dear Parents and Carers
Welcome back! It is wonderful to see the children return to school happy and full of enthusiasm after the Christmas break.
Firstly a big ‘thank you!’ for supporting us and your child with the new morning routine. We have been so impressed with how grown up the children have been walking down to the classrooms independently. Please remember general messages can be given to the adult on the gate or written in the yellow home school diary but if you feel you need to talk to your child’s teacher urgently about a private matter that cannot wait, you are welcome to walk down to the door before 8:50 or alternatively can ring the office to speak to us.
Curriculum and Key Dates
January begins with ‘999: What Is Your Emergency?’ We have already booked visits from the local fire brigade, the police, the ambulance service and nursing and will be learning about the important work they do to help people in our community. After half term our topic will be ‘Down on the Farm’ which will be kicking off in style with a visit to Middle Farm! We shall be learning lots about animal lifecycles and why particular animals can be found on farms. All of our learning will relate to the writing we shall be doing in class. In RE our first big question is ‘why do we go to worship’ through this we shall explore the meaning of coming together as a school community and how God and Jesus are an integral part to school life. We will then be moving on to learning about the meaning of Easter and why the cross is an important part of an Easter garden.
Throughout this term we will also be continuing to learn new skills in reading, writing and maths whilst consolidating and embedding the skills we have been learning since September. In phonics, we will be moving onto phase 3, learning new sounds and using them to blend and segment simple words. In maths we will be looking at early addition and subtraction and thinking of how to record our learning in different ways. An overview of the curriculum can be found on the website at http://www.stwilfrids-hh.school/reception
Here are a couple of key events for Spring term:
From this term we will be joining KS1 on Fridays between 9:00 and 9:20am for ‘Special Assembly’. This is an opportunity for each child to share their learning and celebrate their achievements and successes. When it is your child’s turn the class teacher will send you an invitation to come and watch. Older and younger siblings, including those in KS2, and extended family are also welcome, there is no limit to how many family members can come and watch.
Learning at Home
Children will continue to bring reading books home from school and they should be sharing a book and/or reading for 10 minutes every day. Please fill in the home school book with the title of the book you have read and if possible write a brief comment at least once a week about how your child got on with their chosen book. We shall be encouraging the children to read as often as possible by giving out reading certificates when they have read a certain amount of books. In addition to this, the phonics books will be sent home with the phase 3 sounds in for your child to practise at home. These can be brought in on a Friday if your child wishes to share them with us at school but this is not mandatory.
Please remember that if you have any concerns at all related to your child’s learning we are always here to listen and help and are happy to provide ideas for fun activities you can do at home to further support your child.
This term we shall be doing PE as a whole cohort concentrating mostly on gymnastics related to the skills in ‘Moving and Handling’ from the prime area of ‘Physical Development’. This will usually happen on a Wednesday morning first thing. This will mean the children will come straight into school on Wednesday and change into their PE kits so please ensure your child has a complete kit in school every day in case our days changes due to other commitments. PE kits will be sent home to be washed on the last day of each half term. If there is any reason why your child cannot participate in a PE session, please let the class teacher know through the Home/School contact book. PE is only cancelled in the event of heavy rain, icy or extremely cold conditions. Therefore, a pair of jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt (ideally navy) are useful. If your child does not have an alternative sweatshirt, they will have the option of wearing their school one. Children with pierced ears must be able to remove their own earrings or cover these with tape provided from home.
Water Bottles and Snacks
Please remember to bring in a filled water bottle every day. Children will be provided with a fruit snack for playtimes but may also bring in their own fruit to have as an extra fruit snack throughout the morning.
Please ensure your child has a waterproof coat in school every day. Children are expected to wear sensible, black shoes as part of the school uniform. All clothing, including PE kit, should be labelled with your child’s surname. Lost property is located in the first aid area, which can be found near the infant toilets.
We are looking forward to a great spring term. If at any point you have a message for your child’s teacher, please write it in their home/school diary as they are checked at the start of each day.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Miss L Hedgecock and Mrs S Drew
Curriculum and key dates
September begins with ‘All About Me!’ This term will be centred around starting school, making new friends, developing social and communication skills and becoming familiar with our school environment and routines. We shall be learning through play and using the children’s interests to move them on in their development. We shall be thinking about our families, how we’ve grown from babies to now and thinking about celebrations in our own lives and in the lives of other children from different world religions.
Religious education is an integral part of school life and our ethos and values. We shall be learning all about creation and the story of when Jesus was born. At the end of the term we will be inviting you to our nativity that we perform with KS1.
We will be having a ‘settling in’ meeting where you will be able to share and discuss with other parents how you felt the transition went from nursery to school and what to expect throughout your child’s year in Reception. We will also be discussing the Early Years curriculum and what your child will be learning during their Reception year.
EY/KS1 Special Assemblies
From the spring term we will be attending these assemblies where 6 children are chosen from one particular class to share their learning and celebrate their achievements. These take place on a Friday from 9:00 - 9:20. When it is your child’s turn you will be invited to attend, please note siblings and extended family are invited as well.
Reading at home
Soon into the term we shall be reading with the children 1:1. This will happen weekly and a stamp will be in the diary to show when your child has read with a teacher or teaching assistant. From then your child will bring a reading book home to share with you. We recommend sharing a book for 5 minutes every day and books can be changed as often as required. Sharing a book together might be talking about the pictures, making up the story in their own words or listening to you read to them and answering questions about the book. Once we begin learning the sounds and tricky words your child will be able to start engaging with the text and pictures.
Please fill in their home school book each time you read at home, filling in the title and page numbers. If you would like to write a brief comment about how your child got on that is always helpful. The children will be taking part in a reading challenge and we will send more information about this shortly.
PE in Reception is usually on a Monday afternoon. Please can your child’s PE kit be brought into school at the beginning of every half term. We will then send them home again at the end for washing. Please remember to name all items of your child’s kit and include spare underwear and clothes if there are any concerns that they may have an accident whilst at school. If there is any reason why your child cannot participate in a PE session, please let us know through the Home/School diary. PE will only be cancelled in the event of heavy rain, icy or extremely cold conditions. Therefore, a pair of jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt (ideally navy) are useful to have as part of their kit all year round. If your child does not have an alternative sweatshirt, they will have the option of wearing their school one. Children with pierced ears must be able to remove their own earrings or cover these with tape provided from home.
Water bottles and snacks
Please remember to bring in a named water bottle every day. Children will be provided with a fruit snack and offered milk at lunchtimes.
Please ensure your child brings a waterproof coat into school every day. In the Reception garden there is access to a mud kitchen, please can children bring in a waterproof outfit and a pair of wellies, these can be left at school for children to access when needed. All clothing, including PE kit, should be labelled with your child’s name. Lost property is located in the first aid area, which can be found near the infant toilets.
We are looking forward to a great Autumn term. If at any point you have a message for your child’s teacher, please write it in their home/school diary and put it in the box by the door ready to be checked. If there are no messages then the diary can be left in your child’s book bag.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Mrs S Drew and Miss L Hedgecock