Welcome to Year R
Meet The Early Years Team
Our Class Governor is Father Charlie
Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who turned up for our first chat,play and read. It was nice to see you all.
A big hello and warm welcome to all the new boys and girls who have started school. Also a very warm welcome to our parents. We hope that this year is going to be filled with lots of fun,curiosity, exploration and independent learning. It is important that your child settles into school life and feels safe. During the early days you can bring your child into the classroom and help to hang up their coats and put their book bags away in their trays. If you feel your child is happy to come into the classroom on their own please feel free to allow this to happen as this will speed up the transition and allow your child to become independent. If you need to speak to a member of the foundation stage team then we are available before school and after school for a quick chat. However if you need to speak at length then you will need to make an appointment.
During the first few weeks the foundation stage team will be observing and talking to your child to get to know them and also make a baseline assessment so that we know what your child can already do and what they need to work on. Once this has been completed teaching and learning will begin.
When your child is ready for a reading book this will be sent home with a reading record book. It is very important that you hear your child read at least 3 times a week. Once you have read with your child can you please sign the reading record book and put it back in their book bag to be returned to school. The reading book must be available during the school day so that your child can read to a member of staff, volunteer helper or even their gardener.The reading book should last about 1 week and then it will be changed.
P.E will be done every Thursday so please make sure that P.E bags are in school. The P.E bags can be taken home at the end of every half term to be washed.
Your child will be part of a house-Towneley,Queens, Scotts or Thompson. They will be given house points during the day for good work, being kind and helpful or anything else that needs to be recognised. We also have a behaviour chart so during the day your child may move onto a bronze, silver or gold medal. In the event of unacceptable behaviour your child may be shown a yellow card. If their behaviour then improves they will go back to the start of the behaviour chart. In the rare event of the behaviour not improving a red card will be shown and a text will be sent to you to inform you of this behaviour.
The reception class curriculum is very exciting and very hands on. We use a lot of resources such as ingredients for cooking and other items used for interesting mark making and items for topic work which in turn will help to improve fine motor control, aid mathematical development, language development and also improve creativity. We try our best to ensure children wear suitable aprons for the very messy activities but sometimes the children may forget or their aprons unfasten. I apologise in advance for any messy clothes! At least you know they are having fun.
I have posted some photos of the first group of children to start school and will post other photos later next week.