Welcome to Class 1 (Reception) and I hope that you all had a lovely summer.
It goes without saying that this year is going to be a very important time in your child’s educational development; in fact it is going to be the foundation of their future learning. That is why it is known as the Foundation Stage. For this reason it is up to us as a partnership to make it as smooth, happy and constructive as possible.
As you are aware even the smallest of things can have a dramatic effect on your child at this age, from an hours less sleep, to a fall on the way to school and I would like to know about these things as they do have an impact on the day’s events. The same goes for yourselves, if there is anything you would like to know or are unsure about throughout the year, please come and see me so that we can give your child the best start to their educational life.
In Class 1 we work within the Early Years Foundation Stage and to deliver this we use topics. Throughout the year these topics will be highlighted on ‘What are we doing this half term?’ page. In order to give you even more detail on what is being covered you can have a look at the ‘This week’ page. Of course if you have any questions about what we are covering then pop in and ask.
Your child will get the best education if we work as a partnership. On the ‘Supporting your child in Class 1’ page you will find lots of ideas on support and I will continue to add more information as the year passes. If you would like more information please ask. The most important thing you can do is to spend quality time with your child, talking, sharing books, counting and cuddling them everyday. It is a lot to ask but it does make a world of difference.
Children are brought to school between 8:40am and 8:55am. Mr Pratley or myself will ring a bell or blow a whistle and the children will line up – I will be there to show you where the children need to be (it is a line nearest the school building facing class 1). Class 4 will lead in first followed by class 3 and 2 finally we will be the last to enter the building. I will be out from 8:45am to chat to anyone and to answer any questions each day.
Collecting your child:
At the end of the school day the children need collecting from the gate next to the parent’s shelter at 3:15pm. It is vital that you inform us if someone different is collecting your child. If we are unsure your child will remain at school with us until we can contact you.
The week is made up of many activities/lessons. The three that need mentioning are PE, Forest School and Allotment.
PE is carried out every week and, therefore, your child will need to keep their labelled PE kits in school throughout each half term. We will send the PE kit home at the end of each half term or when it is dirty.
Forest School and allotment are excellent additions to the school week and are about learning in the outdoors. For these activities your child will need a pair of wellington boots in school every week and also, depending on the weather, a warm coat, hat and gloves. Having wellington boots to keep in school also means that along with the school waterproofs the children get to access our great outdoor area whatever the weather.
Every morning the children take part in snack time. This is a short break from their activities to enjoy a snack and a drink. During this time the children have a selection of fruits and vegetables to choose from (provided by the school / government) and a milk (if you have signed for this) or water. It is very useful if your child could have a (labelled) water bottle in school every day, they can then help themselves to it whenever they are thirsty.
Reading books - always an important issue in school! They will come home as soon as we have covered a few of the letters or I feel the child is ready for them. There is nothing worse for parent and child than trying to share a book that is full of symbols that are not recognisable. Put yourself in your child's shoes and imagine trying to read a book full of 'Chinese writing' - it is extremely frustrating and in most cases demoralising. In the meantime take the opportunity to read an extra story to your child to help build up their language, vocabulary and story skills and look at and play with the sounds that we have covered in class. The sounds that we cover in class are not in alphabetical order so please take note of the sheets your child will bring home each day so as to know what letters to play with at home. For more information on reading and writing at home and to offer a little support I will hold a Parents information session in the coming weeks, so watch this space.
Class 1 is taught by myself (Mr Bundy) and my Teaching Assistant Miss Evans. On a Wednesday morning and also when I am training the class is taught by Mrs Dodd. We are a very close team and communicate daily about the class. If I am not around and you have an urgent question then please feel free to talk to Mrs Dodd or Miss Evans and if they cannot answer your question they will pass it straight on to me.
Please remember to order your child’s lunch online at ‘Black Pepper’ if they are having hot dinners.
At lunchtime class 1 will go into the hall together and they will be shown where to sit by one of the lunchtime supervisors and myself. During the first few weeks or until they are reasonably confident I will be checking on them regularly and working closely with the lunchtime staff. We will monitor their eating and the amount they eat and if there are any issues I will let you know straight away.
There will be a 'Welcome to class 1' meeting on Tuesday 11th September at 2:45pm where I will go through all of the above and answer any of your questions about the year ahead.
If you would like to know more or have any questions regarding absolutely anything then come and talk to me and remember the important thing about school life is NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS!