Welcome to Reception! – Thursday 7th September 2017
What a fantastic start the ‘busy bees’ have had at school. The children have settled in well and are getting used to the routines and expectations. They are eager to learn and excited to find out what we are going to be doing each day. We hope they have been sharing all the busy things they have been doing and learning at school but we do know that sometimes children are reluctant to, so don’t forget to read the ‘busy board’ at the end of the day to find out some of the activities we have been doing. We also write important messages on the ‘busy board’.
There are a few things we would like to remind you about and some important pieces of information to share with you.
Please ensure your child has a PE Kit in school. The ‘busy bees’ will have PE with Mr Carson-Doughty every Monday and Tuesday morning starting on Monday. PE in an important part of their learning and without the correct clothing it will be difficult for your child to get fully involved. They must have a t-shirt (white) and shorts (black). Their PE Kit must be named and in a bag which should be placed on your child’s peg. Your child will also need tracksuit bottoms and a tracksuit top/jumper as they also have PE lessons outdoors.
Bookbags and Home School Folders – Please ensure your child brings these in to school every day. When they come to school they should put their Home School Folder in the blue box and their bookbag in the yellow box. All letters for parents/carers will be put in your child’s Home School Folder so please make sure you check it every day.
Reading books – Reading books are changed every Tuesday and Friday. We encourage you to share your child’s reading book with them at least 3 times a week. Each time you read with your child please make sure you write a comment in their purple reading record. We will also write in their reading book when we have shared/read books with your child. We do not expect your child to be able to read their reading book to themselves at this stage. It is important to talk about the pictures in the book.
Water bottles – Your child may bring a water bottle in to school. This should be named and placed near the sinks in the classroom. Bottles should only contain water, no juice please!
Snack – Your child does not need to bring a snack in to school. Within the classroom we have our own snack room. Children have access to this during the morning. We are training the children how to use this safely and independently. The children can choose from bagels, fruit or cereal to eat and milk or water to drink. We encourage the children to wash up their own bowls, plates and cups when they have finished.
Lunch – Your child will experience staying for lunch one day next week. (If you are unsure of what day please come and ask) before staying full time the following week. All children in reception are entitled to a free school meal. However, if you wish to provide your child with a packed lunch you may do so. Please be aware that there are children with allergies within school therefore we have a no nuts policy this includes chocolate spread. Packed lunches should also not contain fizzy drinks, sweets or chocolate bars.
Behaviour – At Winyates we have a whole school approach to behaviour and as part of our behaviour policy promote positive attitudes to learning. There are several ways in which we celebrate these positive attitudes:
- House points – each child is part of a house (Murray, Ennis or Smith)
- Hot Chocolate Club – one child from each class has Hot Chocolate with a senior member of staff on a Friday afternoon
- Certificates – these are awarded to those who go above and beyond
- Positive phone calls home
Tapestry – In Reception we use an online learning journey to record your child’s learning and progress through observations including photos and videos. Shortly we will be opening Tapestry up to parents/carers allowing you to view and contribute to your child’s learning journey. In order to do we require an email address to set up your account. Please fill in the slip attached to this letter with your details.
Play and Stay sessions – In Reception we like to get parents/carers involved in their child’s learning so keep a look out soon for information regarding special events and play and stay sessions that will be taking place.
‘We are Stars’ board – We will soon be launching our ‘We are stars’ board. We like to celebrate those things that make you proud of your child and encourage you to share them with us. We will be sending home some shine cards shortly and would love you to fill these in telling us those proud moments. Maybe your child has learnt to ride their bike without stabilisers, or got themselves dressed for the first time. Whatever it may be we would love to hear about it!
If you have any questions/queries/or worries then please come and talk to us.
We would like to thank you for all your support so far this year.
Miss Venters and Mrs Corbyn