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Welcome to Class 1!

We are delighted that all reception children settled so easily into school life and are continuing to make great progress. Mrs Lockhart and Mrs Moore are here to support you and your child so please feel free to grab us quickly in the morning or send us a message via seesaw.

School day Essentials

  • We ask that all uniform and PE kits are clearly labelled, this is to ensure that if your child takes off a piece of uniform we are able to return it to them.
  • We require all children to bring in Wellingtons and if possible puddle suits to ensure that all children are able to access our outdoor area in all weathers.
  • Labelled water bottle, school water bottles are ideal.
  • Please have your child carry their water bottle into school and do not place them in their book bags just in case of any spillages.
  • If your child has a pack lunch we ask that they still bring in a water bottle and that they have a separate drink in their pack lunch.
  • Book bags, ideally with a small key ring so children can recognise them easily.
  • Change of clothes (Shirt, pants, underwear, socks etc.) that the children can get changed into if any accidents occur.
  • Healthy snack, unless your child is ordering toast.
  • Reading records and Reading books every day.
  • Library books on a Friday.

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Communication between school and home

Mrs Lockhart and Mrs Moore are here to support both the children and parents and their main form of communication within this academic year is Seesaw. We are aware that most of you are new to Seesaw so if you need any guidance on how to work the app, please do not hesitate to ask. If you need to send a message then please try to do this through, the inbox tool on Seesaw. Although seesaw is monitored continuously, we would ask that messages with regards attendance or picking up/collecting are done via the office as we would hate to miss anything important. Both Mrs Lockhart and Mrs Moore have families at home and although do work late into the evenings, please do not always expect a message to be returned outside of school hours.  

Behaviour and Rewards

The whole school follows three rules: kind, ready and safe. When the children follow these rules they are given stickers for their sticker chart. The children love earning stickers and trying to fill their charts as quickly as possible. These are displayed in the classroom so that all children can see how quickly they are filling up. Alongside our sticker charts there is a sun, cloud and thunder storm. All children will begin and hopefully end the day on the sun; however, if a member of staff feels that your child has not chosen to be kind, ready or safe, they will be given time to think about their actions (cloud) and if they persistently choose not to be kind, ready or safe, they will be spoken to privately by the teacher, moved onto thunder and it will be communicated to you via seesaw. Each child will always start the day on the sun, regardless of the previous day's actions.

Reading

At the beginning of the year your child would have been given a reading record, these need to be brought into school every day in your child's book bag. You are expected to comment in their reading record on how your child has read at least three times a week. We feel it is important that your child has a chance to discuss the book and encourage you to ask your child questions whilst reading with them. Please note those children that read for short periods of time on a daily basis do make the most progress.

We change your child's reading book every Friday and so please ensure that you are sending these into school as then we can ensure we have enough copies of books for a whole class swap. We also encourage parents to use our online reading tool- bug club. This is a great way to support reading further and has lots of fun and interactive phonic games and books.

Alongside your home reading book, your child will receive a library book. The library book comes in a clear plastic bag and the children do not have to bring this in every day. We ask that the library book is returned only on Fridays.

If a reading record is lost, as the first one is given for free, there will be a small charge to replace it. These details, if needed, can be found from Mrs Staveley.

Mrs Lockhart and Mrs Moore will hear your child read at least once a week and we will note this down in their reading records.

PE

Class 1 children will have two sessions of PE a week. This term PE will take place on a Monday morning with Mrs Lockhart and a Thursday afternoon with Coach Craig. Children are required to come into school wearing their PE kits on their PE days. We request that the children wear a school PE kit with a logo or a plain white t-shirt with plain black shorts/bottoms. We also have a school hoodie which can be worn as a jumper on PE days as part of the PE kit. If your child does not have a kit in school a note will be put in their reading diary, if they continue to forget their kit a text message will be sent home. After this it is a phone call home and then if this continues a letter will be sent home.

 

 

PPA

 

Every Wednesday morning, Mrs Lockhart will be out of class to have time for planning, preparation and assessment. During this time Class 1 will carry on with their normal timetable and be taught PHSE, music  and Phonics by Mrs Jones. Mrs Lockhart will also be out of class for some time during Thursday afternoon to complete work related to her SENDco role. Mrs Moore will be present in the classroom everyday.

 

Birthday Treats

We will ensure all children whose birthday it is are recognised and  that their birthday is celebrated by school, however we would prefer not to distribute cakes and sweets or gifts in class as this can take up quite a bit at the end of the day and can put some parents under pressure to provide this treat for everyone. We are also a 'Healthy School' and should not be actively promoting sugar treats on a regular basis. Thank you for your support with this.

 

Seesaw

 

Seesaw is an interactive journal where your child will be able to share their work with you. We use seesaw for all areas of the EYFS and we aim to send you photos of your child's work or during provision every day. You will be able to like and comment on your child's work, which will be shared with the children. Any questions at all about the seesaw app or how it works please do not hesitate to ask Mrs Lockhart. Seesaw is the best way to communicate with school staff. You can send a private message via the inbox but please be aware that these messages may not be seen whilst staff are teaching. Please do not hesitate to ring the school if you have an urgent message.

Websites that may help your child's learning

 

Maths

http://www.ictgames.com - Fun and exciting maths and literacy games available.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies- Numerblocks

 

English

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm  - Phonics.

www.topmarks.co.uk  – for games and support materials in maths and literacy. 

 http://www.bigbrownbear.co.uk/magneticletters/ -  A fun different way to practise and test spellings.

https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/list/phonics-games-phase-2-5 - Phonics games

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