Dear Parents and Carers
We hope you had a fantastic holiday and that you and your child are looking forward to beginning a brand new adventure with us at St Wilfrid’s. We can’t wait to see the children in their new uniforms on Friday and would like to give you the opportunity to come in with them on their first day to look at their new learning environments and settle them into their classroom. After they are settled there will be refreshments and support from our Parent Prayer Group who will be running a ‘tears and tissues’ session in the main hall.
From Monday, we will be encouraging the children to say goodbye to you at the door and come into school independently.
Our Early Years team is organised into two classes which are Newts, taught by Mrs Drew and Tadpoles, taught by Miss Hedgecock and we will be supported by 2 teaching assistants, Mrs Fermer and Mrs Crudgington.
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