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Class News Autumn Term 2023

15.9.2023 

Dear Parents/Carers,

Firstly we would like to say a huge welcome to all of you who are new to Lark Rise Academy!  It was lovely to meet so many of you at the doorstep visits, please bear with us as we try to get better at recognising you at the door each day.  

We hope you are as proud of your children as we are.  They are doing so well as they continue to settle into their sessions. There are many changes for the children as they get to know us adults and lots of new friends.  The routines are all new and many children are also staying for full days – they have been incredible.  It has been wonderful to see so many children happily entering the class each day.

Over the past week the children have been exploring the classroom, finding familiar toys as well as being introduced to new activities.  The children have been learning one another’s names and have been playing alongside others who like the same activities as themselves. Rules are extremely important at Lark Rise Academy.  Both Ducks and Ducklings Classes have been learning our class rules. They have earned lots of stickers as they have shown us that they know how to follow them, to keep everyone safe and happy.   We wonder if your child can tell you any of our class rules?

Next week we will be continuing to help your children to settle into the Nursery rules and routines and also spending lots of time getting to know them even better. We will be focussing on name recognition and looking at which letters are in our names.   We will be enjoying a wide range of stories and singing well known and new songs and rhymes.  We will be continuing to develop our listening skills through small group and whole class activities and games. 

This half term our learning is ‘All about me.’  This week the children have been looking at themselves in mirrors and have been encouraged to talk about their features.  They have also drawn self portraits.  Next week we will be reading ‘We are Family’ by Patricia Hegarty.  To help us with this, please could you post onto tapestry a family photo.  We can use this as a prompt to help your child to talk about who is in their family.

Hopefully you have been able to log into your child’s tapestry account and see some photos of their first week in Ducks or Ducklings class. We will post photos, videos and information on this platform for you.  You are welcome to share moments from your child’s life with us, you can do this by also posting on their account. We always love to find out and talk to them about what they are doing outside of school.

On Monday your child will bring home a school library book in their bookbag.  This will be a book they have chosen and will keep at home for a week.  Please share the book with your child and enjoy it together taking the time to re-read the book so that the children can familiarise themselves with the story and vocabulary.  The library book will need to be returned in their bag each Monday in order for them to choose a new book.

We love to celebrate achievements; small or huge.  If your child has had a ‘wow’ moment, we would love for them to share it with their class.  We will be sending home a set of wow slips for you to keep.  There is no expectation for them to be sent in during the next week, please wait to use them when your child impresses you.  Once completed, please send the form in with your child or in their bag, we can then celebrate and display them on our special ‘wow’ board.

A few reminders for you:

  • Please ensure your child’s name is clearly marked on everything they bring into school.  This allows us and your children to locate their items quickly and easily.  

Every day they need:

-The blue book bag

-A water bottle

- A coat

- A lunchbox (If they are joining us for lunch)

Their spare clothes and wipes should be in a blue drawstring bag and will stay in school.  If your child uses clothes from the bag, please send in replacements as soon as possible.

  • If your child is staying with us for lunch, please can you provide a drink in their lunch box.  This allows the water bottles to stay in the classroom and makes it easier for them to get ready for lunch.

  • We are always happy to talk to you at the door if you have any questions or information to pass onto us.  Please be mindful of the other children entering or leaving, and if possible wait until the end so as not to disrupt them. 

We wish you a lovely weekend,

Miss Swan, Mrs Tree, Mrs Bidgood, Mrs Hankinson, Miss Cameron and Miss Perkins

29.9.23

Dear Parents/Carers,

Your children have continued to impress us with their enthusiasm for coming to school.  They are settling into the daily routines and hopefully having lots of fun as they learn through play.  During our carpet sessions the children are practising sitting cross legged and are developing their listening skills.  In their choosing time, the children have been participating in a wide range of activities both inside and out.

Our learning theme for this half term is ‘All about me.’  Last week the children loved sharing the family photos you sent in.  They talked about who was in their family, describing each member and counting how many in the photo.  We talked about how families are different and learned about the names we give to our parents and grandparents.  This week we have been thinking about our homes.  We read ‘A house on every street’ by Jess Hichman, this inspired us to discuss the different types of homes that people might live in and the different rooms we have in our homes.  The children learnt a song about houses and used sign actions too. The children completed a craft activity to make their front door.  They were encouraged to think about what colour their door was and which numbers to stick onto their door.  They loved sticking a photo of themselves inside and pretending to answer the door!  Perhaps you could point out different front doors as you walk to and from school?  Look for the colour of the door, which numbers they see and anything else that they notice.

In our Maths learning, the children have been working on their matching skills.  We have practised matching buttons, clothing, numicon shapes and 2D shapes.   The children have also used 2D shapes to print paint with and to make shape pictures.  Photos of some of these activities will be on your child’s tapestry account for you to see.

Every week the children participate in listening activities to support them with their phonics learning. Last week the children went on a listening walk around school.  They loved looking out for older siblings and seeing more of the school.  The children were encouraged to pause quietly in places around school and talk about what they could hear.  This week the children have used musical instruments.  They have practised starting and stopping, playing fast and slow, and loud and quietly.  Every day we sing a variety of songs; the children loved playing their instruments along to some of their favourites.

A few reminders for you:

  • Please ensure your child brings a coat to school every day, particularly now that the weather has started to get cold.  During the nursery session the children have the opportunity to choose to play both inside and out.

  • If your child is sent home in clothes borrowed from the school, please can you ensure they are washed and returned as soon as possible.

  • We post photos, observations and updates on tapestry every week. You should have received login details.  Please make us aware if you cannot access tapestry and we will support you to log in. 

We hope you enjoy a lovely weekend,

Kind regards,

Miss Swan, Mrs Tree, Mrs Bidgood, Mrs Hankinson, Miss Cameron and Miss Perkins 

 13.10.2023

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have had another busy fortnight in Ducks and Ducklings Classes.  The highlight for most of the children was the opportunity to share their nursery experience with you, their family members.  Thank you to all that were able to attend, the children loved you joining in with their play and activities as well as giving you the guided tour of our classroom.  It was wonderful to talk to so many parents/carers during the session.  If you did not get the chance to briefly discuss how your child has settled, please let one of the team know and we will arrange a time to talk.

Last week our theme based learning was about harvest.  The children learned that harvest is a time to say thank you for the food we eat.  We learned about the importance of harvest in history, before food was harvested throughout the year and imported from around the world.  The children had the opportunity to explore and name a variety of vegetables. It was lovely to hear them talk about vegetables they recognised and describe what they could see.  Later in the week we listened to the story of ‘The Little Red Hen.’ The children worked in small groups to act out the story using story cards.  The children were encouraged to join in with the repeated refrains from the story.  We discussed the lack of teamwork in the story and about how it is better to work together.  This week we read. ‘All bodies are good bodies.’  We sang songs to help us name our body parts and worked in groups to draw around our friends and label the body parts.  We then went on to talk about our five senses.  The children participated in activities to explore their senses.  They particularly enjoyed guessing the scents added to batches of playdough and blind tasting fruit.

In our Maths learning, for the last two weeks we have been practising the skill of sorting.  We began by sorting by colour, then by shape, size and type.  The children worked in groups to practically sort toys.  This week we have looked at sorting rules.  The children looked at objects sorted into two groups and tried to work out what the rule was for why the objects were in each group. Perhaps you could try doing some sorting whilst at home.  When given a selection of objects can your child make up their own rules to sort them?

This week the children have loved meeting our school pet; Floss the guinea pig.  They have learned a little about guinea pigs and enjoyed helping to feed and look after Floss.  Many of the children were happy to stroke and cuddle Floss.  You will have seen these photos on tapestry.  

A few reminders:

  • Next week we will be learning about the seasonal changes that happen in Autumn.  The children will participate in an Autumn walk on site, as well as exploring Autumnal natural resources.  If you are able to collect any conkers, leaves or acorns, then we would love to receive any contributions for the children to explore. 

  • Don’t forget to send in WOW slips when your child does something impressive at home.  We love to celebrate and the children love hearing us all cheer WOW to them!  If you need any more wow slips, please do ask at the door.

  • For the child’s comfort and safety, can you please ensure they are wearing appropriate shoes for school.  Wellies can be worn in if it is rainy, but children must have a pair of shoes or trainers to change into when in school.

  • Please make sure that children’s book bags are not too bulky.  The children put their bags into drawers and this can be quite tricky for them if they have too much in their bag or bulky keyrings.

We hope you enjoy a lovely weekend,

Kind regards,

Miss Swan, Mrs Tree, Mrs Bidgood, Mrs Hankinson, Miss Cameron and Miss Perkins

 3.11.2023

Dear Parents/Carers,

We hope you had a wonderful half term, it has been lovely to hear about what the children did during the week.  We have been so impressed with how happy the children were to return and hope they enjoy all the new themes leading up to Christmas.

This week we begin our new theme for the half term, ‘Let’s Celebrate.’  Each week we will be learning about some of the seasonal celebrations as well as thinking about celebrating birthdays.

As we started the week on the 31st October, and we knew many of the children would be excited about Halloween, we did some Halloween themed activities on Tuesday.  We read ‘The Jolly Witch’ by Dick King Smith and ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson.  The children drew and coloured pumpkin faces in the writing area, and made monsters at the creative table.  They enjoyed exploring pumpkins; helping to scoop and play with the pulp, flesh and seeds.  The children were encouraged to talk about what they could see and feel.

At the end of the week we have focussed on fireworks as part of our Bonfire Night learning.  The children have represented fireworks in different ways.  They experimented with chalks using new techniques. They used their fine motor skills to make a sticker firework scene and their own bodies; making firework noises and matching whole body movements.

In our Maths sessions we have now met Number one and Number two.  The children watched Numberblocks to introduce them to the numbers.  In the carpet sessions we have looked at what the numerals 1 and 2 look like.  The children have practised using their subitising skills to recognise if there were one or two spots or images on the board.  We have also been practising using our fingers to represent numbers.

We have focused on rhyme in our phonics learning this week.  The children have listened to familiar rhyming stories, being encouraged to join in with some of the rhyming words.  They also listened for rhyming words as Mrs Tree pretended to be a witch, making a spooky witches soup.

We have included a parent/carers guide to subitising with your email today.  You may not have heard of this concept, it is one we use on a daily basis to talk about number.  The expectation is for children to be able to subitise to three by the time they start the Reception Year.

A few reminders:

  • We use our outside area throughout the day and at times the children are able to free flow between inside and outside.  As the weather gets colder, please ensure your child has suitable clothing and footwear including a warm coat.

  • Please check tapestry for updates on the children’s learning and experiences.  Feel free to upload to your child’s page.  We love to find out what they do out of school and we can share with the rest of the class.

We hope you enjoy a lovely weekend,

Kind regards,

Miss Swan Mrs Tree, Mrs Bidgood, Miss Cameron, Mrs Hankinson and Miss Perkins

 17.11.2023

Dear Parents/Carers,

It has been another busy fortnight in Nursery. Last week the children learnt about Diwali, the festival of light.  We listened to the story of Rama and Sita and learnt how the Hindu community celebrate.  The children participated in a range of themed activities including using their knowledge of shape and pattern to complete rangoli puzzles. At the end of the week the children participated in a whole school two minutes silence to mark Remembrance Day.  We talked about why we remember and why poppies are worn.  The children made their own poppies in class, choosing from a range of ways to represent a poppy.  Photos of these were put on tapestry for you.

This week started with Odd Socks Day as the school participated in anti-bullying week.  In Nursery we focussed on kindness and friendship.  We talked about how and why we should be kind and a good friend.  We agreed that we are all friends in our classroom and we should include everyone in our games.  We did a friendship quiz and the children all proved to be good friends.  Can your child remember some of the things we talked about?  We ended the week with Children in Need.  The children enjoyed wearing their spotty clothes and participating in a variety of fun spotty themed activities.  We thank you for your generosity towards this appeal. 

This week has also been World Nursery Rhyme Week.  We have followed the five set nursery rhymes, with the children singing and joining in with activities linked to each one.  More detail of the rhymes, plus photos and videos have been posted on tapestry for you.

Next week our learning will be based upon birthday celebrations.  To support your child in talking about birthdays, please can you post on tapestry a photo of your child celebrating their most recent birthday.  It would also be great if you could share the photos with your child and prompt them to be able to talk about how they celebrated. The photos will need to be uploaded by Wednesday 22nd November, ready for discussions on Thursday.

In our Maths sessions we continued to learn about number two last week. The children looked at the numeral two as well as how to add one more to make two and to take one away from three to make two.  This week we have started looking at repeating patterns.  The children have looked at ABAB patterns, eg red, blue, red, blue or stick, stone, stick, stone.  We will continue with our pattern learning next week.

The Nursery children have already begun to learn some new songs which they will perform in the Christmas performances in December.  

If your child attends morning sessions only, then please come to see them on either; Tuesday 12th December at 9.00am or Wednesday 13th December at 10.30am

If your child attends afternoon sessions only, then please come to see them on

Tuesday 12th December at 2.30pm 

If your child attends both morning and afternoon sessions, then you are welcome to come and see them on Tuesday 12th December 9.00am or Wednesday 13th December 10.30am, as well as on Tuesday 12th December at 2.30pm

A few reminders:

  • Every Friday the children have the opportunity to bring in items for show and tell.  It is a super opportunity for the children to share items from home and practise their speaking and listening skills.  It would be wonderful for more children to participate, particularly if they haven’t already.

  • Your child may bring home drawings, artwork and their creations in the book bag.  Please can we ask you to keep these at home.  This makes it easier for us to check the bags for any messages and allows the children to fit their bags into their drawers.

  • If your child is sent home in spare clothing and footwear belonging to the school, please ensure you return it as soon as you can.

  • Please check tapestry for updates on the children’s learning and experiences.  Feel free to upload to your child’s page.  We love to find out what they do out of school and we can share with the rest of the class.

We hope you enjoy a lovely weekend,

Kind regards,

Miss Swan Mrs Tree, Mrs Bidgood, Miss Cameron, Mrs Hankinson and Miss Perkins

 1.12.2023

Dear Parents/Carers

It has been another busy fortnight of learning and playing in Nursery.  A huge highlight for the children was the stay and play last week.  Thank you so much to all of you that were able to attend.  The children loved showing you their learning environment and we hope you enjoyed a glimpse into their world in Ducks and Ducklings Classes.

Our theme learning has been around birthdays for the last two weeks.  The focus books have been ‘Kipper’s Birthday’ by Mike Inkpen and ‘The best Birthday present ever’ by Ben Mantle. We talked about the month and season that a child's birthdays are in, and who is three or four.  The children loved sharing photographs of them celebrating their most recent birthdays; we encouraged the children to recall how they celebrated.  This week ended with a magic moment as we threw a birthday party for Barnaby and Bethany Bear, who are class teddies from the reception classes.  The children helped Barnaby and Bethany by writing invitations to each other so we were all invited to the party. On Thursday we baked cupcakes and decorated them on Friday.  The party was so much fun; with party games, singing happy birthday and our party tea.

Last week in our maths learning we continued with repeating patterns.  The children made party hats; using two colours to decorate and practise repeating patterns.  This week we have been using five frames.  The children played a game where they invited teddy guests to a party and used a five frame to represent how many were there.  The children were encouraged to notice what they could see on the five frames, for example; there are three spaces full and two that are empty.  We have posted on Tapestry more information about five frames and how we use them in Nursery.

Last week the children used social stories to think about how we share, ask for help and use our manners when in Nursery.  We talked about some scenarios and what each child could say or do in the situation.  The children learnt some phrases to use when sharing and asking for help.  The adults were really impressed with how the children remembered to use these as well as their manners in the following sessions.  Is your child able to remember what to do if they want something that another child has, what could they say and do?  

We are always looking for opportunities to encourage the children to develop their speaking and listening skills.  The children love show and tell on Fridays and it has been wonderful this week for them to share their weekend news.  To support the children, we model sentence starters, for example ‘At the weekend I.’ It is important for the children to begin to speak clearly and use full sentences which make sense.  Thank you for your support with adding photos on Tapestry.  These are super prompts for the children to talk and to help us to prompt them.

A few reminders:

  • Please can children bring in named hats, scarves and gloves.  We use the garden all through the winter and it is important that the children are as warm as they can be.

  • If your child’s clothing is changed in school, please can you send clothing back in so their change bag can be replenished.

We hope you enjoy a lovely weekend,

Kind regards,

Miss Swan, Mrs Tree, Mrs Bidgood, Mrs Hankinson, Miss Cameron and Miss Perkins 

15.12.2023

Dear Parents/Carers

It is hard to believe that we are almost at the end of the Autumn Term, where has the time gone?  Well the highlight of this week has to be the Christmas performances.  I am sure you will agree that both the morning and afternoon performances were incredible.  The children truly impressed us with their ability to remember all the words and actions, as well as perform with such confidence and enthusiasm.  Thank you so much for being such a wonderful audience, the children loved having you all there!

Over the last two weeks our learning theme has been around Christmas.  The children have helped to decorate the classrooms by decorating baubles for the tree and colouring pictures to be displayed.  The role play area has been changed into a Christmas home and Santa’s workshop. The children have also enjoyed exploring the Christmas theme table and some themed tuff trays.  Last week we thought about British Christmas traditions, as well as traditions from other parts of the world.  We learnt about Advent and the children enjoyed sharing how they plan to get ready for Christmas.   This week we listened to the Nativity story and learned the significance of Christmas for Christians.  The children were supported to name the characters, sequence the story and retell parts in their own words.

In our maths learning we continued with using five frames.  We sang familiar number rhymes and used five frames and counters to represent the numbers.  We then went on to look at Christmas themed characters.  The children were asked ‘What do you notice?’; the children were encouraged to subitise and talk about the patterns that they could see, for example, ‘there are two elves on that side and two on the other.’

Next Tuesday, 19th December, we are planning a Nursery Christmas party.  The children who only attend in the mornings have been invited to stay all day for the party in the afternoon.  As of January, all the children will be in Ducks Class and will be together every morning, so this is a nice opportunity for them to be together. We have planned some party games and activities to make it fun.  If your child would like to wear party clothes on this day then that would be lovely, please remember that we will still use the garden, so suitable footwear is still needed. Thank you so much to all of you that have completed the sign up sheet to donate some party food. 

A few reminders:

  • On Monday we will be collecting in library books.  Please ensure your child has theirs in their book bag.

  • On Monday we will be sending home your child’s Christmas art work.  Please can you help us by sending in a named carrier bag for them to carry their work home in.  It just needs to be big enough to fit an A4 sized book in.

  • We will also be sending home your child’s drawstring bag.  Please can you ensure it is replenished, if needed, and return on the first day back in January.

  • We use tapestry to communicate some messages home.  If you have any issues with accessing tapestry, please do let us know and we will try to support you.

We hope you enjoy a lovely weekend,

Kind regards,

Miss Swan, Mrs Tree, Mrs Bidgood, Mrs Hankinson, Miss Cameron and Miss Perkins 

Class News Spring Term 2024

12.1.2024

Dear Parents/Carers,

Firstly we would like to say a huge welcome to all of you who are new to Lark Rise Academy!  It was lovely to meet so many of you at the doorstop visits, please bear with us as we try to get better at recognising you at the door each day. 

We hope you are as proud of your children as we are.  They are doing so well as they continue to settle into their sessions. There are many changes for the children as they get to know us adults, new routines and lots of new friends.  It has been wonderful to see so many children happily entering the class each day.

This week the focus has been helping the children to settle.  They have been given plenty of time to explore the setting and play in all of our areas.  Staff have been on hand to model and support how to play and use resources.  We have children from Ducks class who attend the afternoon sessions, and they have been keen to help and look after the children in Ducklings Class too.  The children have been supported to sit with ‘criss cross’ legs in their first carpet sessions. The children have learnt how to use their name cards for self-registration and have begun to learn the class days of the week and weather songs. The children have joined in with whole class snack time and stories and rhymes.

Next week we will be continuing to help your children to settle into the Nursery rules and routines and also spending lots of time getting to know them even better. We will be using social stories to think about how to play fairly and share toys. We will be focussing on name recognition and looking at which letters are in our names.   We will be enjoying a wide range of stories and singing well known and new songs and rhymes.  We will be continuing to develop our listening skills through small group and whole class activities and games. Hopefully you have been able to log into your child’s tapestry account and see some photos of their first week in Ducklings class. We will post photos, videos and information on this platform for you.  We would love you to share moments from your child’s life with us, you can do this by also posting on their account. We can then help them to share this with the rest of the class.

On Monday your child will bring home a school library book in their bookbag.  This will be a book they have chosen and will keep at home for a week.  Please share the book with your child and enjoy it together.  The library book will need to be returned in their bag each Monday in order for them to choose a new book.

We love to celebrate achievements; small or huge.  If your child has had a ‘wow’ moment, we would love for them to share it with their class.  We have sent home a set of wow slips for you to keep.  There is no expectation for them to be sent in during the next week, please wait to use them when your child impresses you.  Once completed, please send the form in with your child or in their bag, we can then celebrate and display them on our special ‘wow’ board.

Reminders

With the cold Winter weather, please ensure your child has a warm coat in school.  We also recommend the children having a warm hat and gloves as they go outside every day.  When the children remove their coats we instruct them to put the gloves in their pockets, you could help us by popping their gloves in their pockets just before they come in.  We also instruct them to put scarves and hats inside their coat sleeve.  This helps to stop clothing falling on the floor and becoming lost when hung in the cloakroom.  Please can you help by ensuring all clothing is named and by avoiding putting hats and scarfs in their book bags.

If you do need to speak to us at the end of the day, please can you wait for us to dismiss the children, then we will be happy to talk to you.

Kind regards,

Mrs Tree, Miss Swan, Mrs Bidgood, Miss Cameron, Mrs Hankinson and Miss Perkins

 9.2.2024

Dear Parents/Carers,

It is lovely to see so many settled, happy children in Ducklings class.  The children are becoming more independent in accessing different areas of the nursery and finding their favourite places to be.  They are now in the routine of putting their belongings away when they arrive and finding their photo for self-registration.  You may have heard your child singing our days of the week and weather song at home.  Every day we have a welcome carpet session where we sing these songs to help us talk about the day and weather. Your child may have also talked about having their special day.  Every day a child’s name is picked for their turn at having a ‘special day’.  They get a sticker, have their name on the wall and help with the welcome songs.  They also get to be the line leader and choose their snack first.  The last part of our welcome carpet session is our energiser which is chosen by the child having their special day.  This is an active dance routine which gets us up and moving after the children’s carpet session.

The children have been enjoying our theme learning which is ‘Above and below.’  They looked at different modes of transport and have been encouraged to name and talk about them.  The children have thought about where and how they travelled.  The children heard the story “Amazing Aeroplanes,” and thought about what happens when you travel by plane.  The children loved looking at photos that you posted on tapestry of their experiences of travelling by plane. Then last week the children heard the story ‘zoom rocket zoom,’ and we learned about rockets and space shuttles.  The children enjoyed singing space themed songs and practised naming 2D shapes as they made shape rocket pictures.  The children loved using playdough which looked like the night’s sky.  This week the children began a junk modelling project.  Over this week and the next, all the children will work with an adult to make a model of a mode of transport.  The children will be practising skills and learning techniques to help them to independently make their own models.

As part of the children’s maths learning we have been singing lots of number and counting songs.  The children are becoming more confident to join in.  We wonder if they can remember and sing for you, any of our counting songs?  The children have been practising their counting skills as they matched astronauts to rockets by reading the numbers and placing the correct number in each one.  

To help the children with their social skills, they have been shown some social stories and have enjoyed watching the adults acting out different scenarios.  We have been encouraging the children to think about the feelings of others as they play and learn at nursery.  We have talked about how our hands help us everyday and that they must be kind to others, so we do not hurt one another.  You may hear your child talk about ‘kind hands.’  The children have been taught some words and phrases to use when playing, sharing or if someone does something they do not like.  You might hear your child say’ ‘can I have that after you?’ or ‘please stop I do not like that.’ We also have been thinking about how to use our manners.  We have been delighted to award so many stickers to children who remembered their manners in their choosing time.

In Nursery the children draw self portraits every term.  These are not only lovely keepsakes, but show progression in their drawing skills.  These have been posted to your tapestry accounts for you to share at home.

 

Reminders

  • Please ensure that your child’s belongings are labelled with their name. We have had a lot of water bottled with no names on and this can make it difficult to reunite with the correct child.

  • We are trialling having our library session on a Tuesday, please ensure your child has their library book so we can help then to change and choose a new one.

  • PE is also on a Tuesday, please send your child into school with appropriate clothing and footwear.

  • With the cold Winter weather, please ensure your child has a warm coat in school.  We also recommend the children having a warm hat and gloves as they go outside every day.  When the children remove their coats we instruct them to put the gloves in their pockets, you could help us by popping their gloves in their pockets just before they come in.  We also instruct them to put scarves and hats inside their coat sleeve.  This helps to stop clothing falling on the floor and becoming lost when hung in the cloakroom.  Please can you help by ensuring all clothing is named and by avoiding putting hats and scarfs in their book bags.

Kind regards,

Mrs Tree, Miss Swan, Mrs Bidgood, Miss Cameron, Mrs Hankinson and Miss Perkins 

Class News Summer Term 2024

26.4.2024

Dear Parents/Carers,

A huge welcome to our new children and their families. We hope you all enjoyed the Easter break and are excited to be starting with us or be back with us at school!  We have been so impressed with how well the children have returned and how the new children have settled.  They really are superstars!

One of our main focuses over the last two weeks has been helping our new children settle and learn the rules and routines of school life.  This has been a chance for everyone to be reminded of our expectations.  The children have learnt how to find their photo card to put onto our self-registration board.  We have learnt the days of the week and weather songs.  They have also participated in some carpet sessions where we have practised sitting with crossed legs.  Can your child show you how they sit with ‘criss cross’ legs for school? We have enjoyed giving out lots of stickers and praise to the children who have tried hard to follow our rules and routines.

This week our new playground was officially opened by the Mayor.  The children enjoyed the opening ceremony and performed a thank you song with the children from reception.  They have been climbing, swinging and using the pulley system in the sand pit. It is wonderful that they will have so much fun whilst developing their gross motor skills.

Next Tuesday the children will bring home a library book.  This will be a book they have chosen from school to share with you at home.  Do not be surprised if they choose a book you have at home as they like the familiarity.  They also like to choose the same books over and over again, we do encourage them to try new books but it is their choice.  They will bring the books home in their bookbags, please make sure they are back in their bags to be returned each following Tuesday.

Also this week, we have begun our new theme ‘Down on the farm’. The children have enjoyed talking about the animals that may live on a farm and have even shared some of their own experiences of visiting a farm. Can your child tell you the names of some farm animals? The children were also tasked with painting a picture of their favourite farm animal. Lots of discussions about colour choice, shape and animal features took place and the results are lovely. Please look out for photos of their paintings on Tapestry soon.

We love to celebrate achievements; small or huge.  If your child has had a ‘wow’ moment, we would love for them to share it with their class.  We have sent home a set of wow slips for you to keep.  There is no expectation for them to be sent in during the next week, please wait to use them when your child impresses you.  Once completed, please send the form in with your child or in their bag, we can then celebrate and display them on our special ‘wow’ board.

 

A few reminders:

  • Please ensure your child’s water bottle is labelled with their name and that they recognise it. Sometimes a sticker can help with this. We have identical and similar water bottles in Nursery which can be easily mixed up unless the children are sure of which is theirs. 

  • Your child should have a blue drawstring bag in school.  The children participate in water and messy play and sometimes will need to change into clean, dry clothes. If your child is changed, please make sure you send new clothes in to replenish their bag.

  • If you need someone different to collect your child, please email the school office or speak to us at the door to let us know.  It is also important that you ensure they know the password which they will need to tell us before we let your child leave with them.

We hope you enjoy a lovely weekend,

Kind regards,

Miss Swan, Mrs Tree and the Nursery team