It has been a brilliant week! The children are settling into new routines and establishing new friendships.
A few housekeeping issues to help everyone.
Electronic Learning Journeys: If you have requested to be set up to be able to send observations direct to your child’s electronic Learning Journey you will get an email once I have set you up online which you will need to reply to. Just as you get a confirm for password resets etc. It is just 2Build-a-Profiles way to ensure you did request it.
Library: We sent out library books this week. These should be returned each Friday. Your child will be encouraged to take a book home weekly, but they may not want to. The book out on loan must be returned the following week to allow another book to be taken home.
Wellies: Not all children have wellies in school yet. Please provide them asap.
PE/Games: We had our first PE lesson today. Please ensure you have provided a PE kit, which will stay on their peg until half term. This should consist of NAMED t-shirt, shorts, socks, plimsols. I noticed today that some children have been given clothes from another family, but the previous childs name is in the clothes still, which makes finding out who it belongs to difficult. Please check.
Outdoors: Remember we are out in all weathers so as the weather begins to change please make sure the children have a suitable coat in school.
Returning letters etc: Please remember that we would prefer the TAs to send their time with the children rather than checking bags, so anything important, give to the adult at the door at drop off, or put in the trays provided.
We have been introducing the children to their house teams and small groups.
House teams are red, yellow, blue and green, The children are awarded ‘gold coins’ as house points for their colour team. Its a nice way to practice our counting to see which team has the most coins.
Our groups for morning activities are foxes, mice, owls, rabbits, kittens. Ask your child which group they are in.
Photos from this week:
We are still at that important stage of settling and observing the children as part of our baseline assessment to help inform future planning. We will be observing and assessing the children’s phonic knowledge next week with a view to sending home reading books and Teddy words.
There is a Phonics presentation on Wednesday during which I will explain what you can do to support your child at home and explain how we teach your child to read. I will also have handouts available. I urge your attendance if possible.
There is a bit of a magnetic theme brewing so we are offering resources to the children to investigate which materials are magnetic and which are not.
We will be encouraging the children to draw self portraits, so we have other resources ready to encourage discussion about how we are the same, but different, and to use different media to create faces.