We are very excited to welcome all of our new reception children and their families to Little Owls class.
As you will be aware, in our first week of school we are visiting many of you at home to give us all an opportunity to get to know each other a little bit better, answer any questions that you as parents and carers may have and maybe enjoy a quick play! The children will then start school either on Friday 8th September or Monday 11th - if you have any queries regarding this please call the school office.
Our focus for the first few days of school will be to settle in the children and ensure that they feel safe and happy. The transition into reception and starting school is a very exciting time, but can also be daunting and exhausting for some children so please don't worry if it takes a little time for them to adapt to this very big change in their lives. If you have any concerns, we are of course here to help.
Please take a quick look at your school brochure to remind yourselves of things that your child will (and will not!) need at school, times, routines and general information etc. Most importantly, please remember to NAME EVERYTHING!
We hope you are as excited as we are about sharing together the beginning of your child's school journey with us and look forward to seeing you all very soon.
Please see the school calendar.
We use an online Learning Journal call Tapestry to communicate between home and school to share achievements and offer a window for you to see what your child has been busy learning at school. You will shortly receive information about how you can access this at home ... watch this space!
Please make sure that your child has a water bottle and one healthy snack every day.
PE lessons will take place twice a week - we will let you know on which days and please could you ensure that earrings are removed for these sessions. PE kits need to be named and are best kept on your child’s peg in a named bag. Please note that we will not yet be doing PE outside and so your child will NOT need plimsolls or trainers.
Don’t forget, school dinners are free for everybody in Reception, if you prefer, however, you are welcome to send in a packed lunch for your child.
Your child will be offered free milk each day.
Even though we are hoping for some sunshine, please can you ensure you child has a NAMED coat in school every day as we will go outside whatever the weather!
It will not be long before we embark on the learning of phonics to support reading and writing and you will be invited to join us for a phonics information session later this half term.
You can find information on how we teach phonics and reading here. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to come and ask.
Here are some helpful websites for phonics information, videos and games.
www.mrthorne.com/category/phase-2/ – here you will find videos of the first sounds we introduce and their actions
www.phonicsplay.co.uk – you can find lots of helpful information for parents, and games to play