What a wonderful start to the term we have had. The children are coming into class well and making all of our staff very proud by how well they have settled into the new routines and expectations on them. The children are working hard and enjoying our work on bubbles at the moment. They are loving the new climbing frame outside and use it at every opportunity.
Due to staggered start and end of the school day different years groups are starting at different time. Reception times are 8.45 am-3.15 pm. If you think you maybe late picking up your child please phone the office so they can get a message to us.
Please can I remind all parents that the children do require a PE kit with trainers or plymsols in as we do do PE outdoors every Wednesday morning. if you are aware that your child does not have kit in school please can you ensure it is sent in named in a named bag we can hang on their pegs.
The children have had their first forest school session this week when we went up and familiarised ourselves with our woodland area. The children were very excited. Please can I ask you to ensure your child has a set of waterproofs in school as we will go on out even if it is raining. These must be named and in a named bag. They will also require their own set of wellie boots. Again please name these as we already have a few
duplicates and we want to ensure your child has their own boots.
The children are also loving using the mud kitchen and water areas, despite wearing aprons some children are still able to get themselves wet and messy so we would ask for all of them to have a minimum of 1 full set of changes of clothes.
The children now have reading books and reading records to allow them to read daily with you and for your to record they have in their records. This can be as simple as the book title and you signature or feel free to comment on sounds they knew or struggled with, parts of the story they enjoyed or even how they related it to their own lives.
The children have their first home learning this week which has been shared on tapestry. If you have still not activated your account please ask a member of the team or the office for some help to get this resolved. It is a wonderful thing to share pictures of their learning both at school and at home.
We look forward to welcoming children back into school. Some children may be excited, and some may feel daunted, I’m sure many of you parents feel a little apprehensive and we all have a mixture of feelings.
Below is a pdf that can be shared with children to support new routines that we will have in Nursery and Reception now. It has been made by another nursery in Surrey and we have been allowed to share it with you. The pictures are lovely and words are reassuring describing how school is going to be different, but more importantly, that school will be a fun and positive place to be.
If you could look at the book together at a quiet time, it will help the children understand these changes and feel more settled about coming back. We are likely to also share and discuss it in school too.
A message for any families who are due to be starting our Reception Class in September.
I have attached a pdf story of a child starting school for you to share with your child. This will enable you to introduce the idea of staying all day at school, and will help all children that will be full time in September. Read the story and talk about it with your child. Doing this several times every now and again will help your child understand some of the experiences that will be ahead for them and help them cope emotionally for what could possibly be a challenge. We are very much looking forward to meeting you and your child and begin the process of getting to know you all.
Georgina Wilson, Early Years Leader