Newsletter Week commencing Monday 18th September 2017
First, I would like to say how well all of the children did last week. They were all very grown up and sensible about coming to school and fitting in with the new routines, which was lovely to see.
This week we will continue to focus on ‘settling in’, meeting new friends, exploring the environment and thinking about some of the rules we will need to remember in order to keep ourselves safe.
Phonics: This week we will be learning to recognise the letter sounds ‘s’, ‘a’ and ‘t’, to do the associated actions and sing the Jolly Phonics songs. We will also try to identify words that start with these letter sounds by listening very carefully to how they are said. Please find enclosed, the Jolly Phonics sheets and Sounds Book that will enable you to support your child’s learning in this area.
Jolly Phonics colouring sheets. These are for you to keep. They depict the action and picture associated with the sounds we are learning. The children are welcome to colour them in and may practise forming the letters if they are ready.
Sounds Book. This will be updated each week as we learn more sounds. Please keep this in your child’s book bag. Please practise reading all the letter-sounds with your child on a regular basis so that the recall of each sound and action becomes automatic. This is a tremendous help when children begin to blend sounds together in order to read words.
BookTrust. Please look out for your child’s free book distributed to all new school entrants from the literacy charity, BookTrust. Happy reading!
Menus. Today I have sent home the school lunch menu in preparation for next week.
This Friday (22nd September) as part of the national campaign to raise money for children who suffer from conditions associated with genetic disorders, the School Council have arranged a ‘Jeans for Genes’ day. This means that children will be allowed to wear their own clothes to school (including a pair of jeans if they can) instead of school uniform. Should they wish to make a donation, children are invited to bring in £1.
The teaching and learning in Year R is based on the Statutory Framework and revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum introduced by the Government in September 2012. There are seven areas of ‘Learning and Development’, and, as in the past, children work towards meeting the ‘Early Learning Goals’ specified in the Framework. There are 17 Early Learning Goals.
The EYFS Framework emphasises the importance of play and active learning to enable children to explore, investigate, use their imagination, build relationships and become critical thinkers. It recommends that schools provide an appropriate balance of child- and teacher-led activities to underpin learning across all areas, in order to support children and ensure that they remain effective and motivated learners.
The seven areas of Learning and Development are:
The Prime Areas:
Communication and Language. This involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; developing their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and encouraging speaking and listening in a range of situations.
Physical Development. Children will be provided with opportunities to be active and to develop their co-ordination and control. They will be helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development. This involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, to work co-operatively with others, to manage their emotions and to respect the feelings of others.
The Specific Areas:
Literacy. Within schools and at home children should have access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems and other written materials) to ignite and sustain their interest. They will be encouraged to hear sounds within words and to link sounds to letters in order to begin to read and write.
Mathematics. Through child- and teacher-led activities children will be given opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating and exploring shapes and measurements.
Understanding of the World involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive Arts and Design. Within a creative environment children are encouraged to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. They will have opportunities to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, dance, role-play and design and technology.
Mrs Prendagast is the fulltime Teaching Assistant (TA) in Year R. Together with Mrs Powell she will take the class on Monday afternoon whilst I am absent undertaking planning and preparation tasks (PPA) with others on the teaching staff.
Newsletter: A newsletter setting out the week’s learning will be sent home at the start of each week. Please note, the letter will also be posted on the Stocks Green website.
Water Bottle: Please bring in a named water bottle containing fresh water every day. This will be available to your child throughout the day and refilled as necessary.
Sharing Book: Please return this book every day with any relevant comments. It is checked by the TA each day. Please let us know if your child will be collected by someone other than a parent or is attending an afterschool club.
Sun Cream: Unfortunately we are not allowed to apply sun cream. If you would like sun cream re-applied during the day please send it into school in a named bottle so that your child can apply it themselves.
Name labels: To avoid loss, please name all items of clothing.
Wellington Boots: It is useful if your child has a pair of Wellies in school throughout the year, so that we can visit the woodland area - even when it’s muddy!
Birthday Assembly: Together with Years 1 and 2, we have a Birthday Assembly every Monday. Children who have had a birthday in the preceding week are invited to bring in a present they have received to show the other children.
Celebration Assembly: Held on Fridays (from the beginning of term 3), this is an opportunity for children to share their successes with the rest of the school. Please send in any certificates, medals or trophies your child may have earned taking part in out-of-school activities.
Show and Tell: The weekly letter will be sent home in book bags at the start of each week. It may contain suggestions for ‘Show and Tell’. Children will be invited to bring in items that support their learning.
Lunches: Children opt for packed lunch or school dinners each day. Cooked school dinners are free to all EYFS and KS1 pupils.
Packed Lunch: It is school policy that there should be no nut products in packed lunches, for example ‘Nutella’ or some cereal bars.
Snack: Free fruit is supplied by KCC to all children in KS1 and will be offered to children at snack-time (10am). Parents can provide fruit alternatives if they wish.
Milk: All children below the age of 5 years are entitled to a carton of free milk each day. From the age of 5 upwards, a small charge is levied. You can register your child on-line on or by post (please ask for details).
Parents as Partners: We will hold three sessions of ‘Parents as Partners’ this year. This is when parents are invited to attend a ‘plan, do, review’ session to share in their child’s learning.
Book Corner: Your child will be encouraged to take home a book of their choice every day. This is for you to share with your child. When you are ready, please return the book so that your child can choose another book to take home.
Jolly Phonics: We will begin to introduce the Jolly Phonics scheme next week. Please help your child to learn the sound (and associated action) that each letter or combination of letters makes and to practise forming the letters if they wish. Each week we will send home sheets to support your child’s learning of these letter sounds (there is no need to return them). In addition the sounds will be written in their ‘Sounds Book’ to practise at home. Please return the ‘Sounds Book’ every day in the book bag.
Reading Books: When children are ready, they will begin to bring home a reading book. Further information about supporting reading and arrangements for returning books will accompany your child’s first reading book home.