We have really enjoyed welcoming your children to St Wilfrid’s and seeing them start their new adventure.
We are writing to share some additional information about the term ahead.
Curriculum and key dates
September begins with ‘What makes me special?’ 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. An overview of the curriculum can be found on the website at https://www.stwilfrids-hh.school/web/curriculum/363101
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.
Reading at home
Soon into the term we shall be reading with the children. 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 again be taking part in the reading challenge where they will be earning certificates for reading 20, 50, 100 times and beyond and these will be awarded to the children during assembly times.
We will be teaching P.E in the first half term. Please encourage your child to dress and undress independently to help them when they start changing for P.E.
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 P.E session, please let us know through the Home/School diary. P.E 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 every day, however, you can provide an extra healthy snack if you wish (e.g. raisins, apple, or crackers). Please ensure snacks are both nut and egg free. In addition to this, children will be provided with free milk at lunchtime.
We use our outside area in all weathers so please provide a waterproof coat/outfit and wellies to stay in school for the year. Please ensure EVERYTHING is 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 you have a message, it would help us if you left it open when it is put in the box.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Mrs S Drew and Miss L Hedgecock