Topic Webs 2023/24
Term 1 It's All About Me
More detail is provided in Miss Honey's weekly emails.
A-Z of Useful information
FS pupils get free hot dinners at school everyday.
Monday morning news
Every Monday we will be sharing our weekend news with the rest of the class. During the first few weeks of the year it might be useful if you spend some time discussing with your child what they might like to share. In the past parents have also found it beneficial to send their child in with a photo or object that relates to their child’s weekend news, this can help the children when sharing their news with their peers.
Please wait by our door to be let in. Please note that school gates will not be open until 8.30am. We will then open the door to our classroom at 8.40am. Can I remind you the Foundation Stage outdoor area is not to be used before and after school.
We really appreciate having parent helpers in class and once the children have settled into school we would love to have parents come in to help us. It is fantastic to have parents come in and help with reading, gardening artwork and playing games with the children. This can be on a regular basis or whenever suits you, if you would like to come and help please let me know. Children also really benefit from learning about the jobs people do and the hobbies they have, so if you notice that we are learning about an area that you work in or are passionate about, please let me know if you would be willing to come and talk to the class about it. In recent years we have had parents come in to talk about their jobs (Doctors, Firefighters, Vets, Builders, Nurses, Mechanics etc) and to demonstrate playing an instrument, as well as help with gardening.
We encourage parents and relatives to come in read a story to the class as a mystery reader. More information will be sent out once your child has started and settled in.
Please send your child to school in their PE kit every Friday.
Star of the week
Once the children are in school full time we will have a star of the week each Friday. This will be a child who has really shone that week. They will be given a certificate and will take home our class teddy, ‘Little Ted’ for the weekend and then record what they have done with Little Ted and share this with the class the following week.
Please don't worry about reading initially. Starting school is a huge step for all children and we focus primarily on ensuring a smooth and calm 'settling in' period so that your child is happy and ready to learn. To do this effectively will be assessing and observing all children in Term 1 in order to establish their best next steps. After initial Baseline Assessments we will begin Phonics at the end of September and then phonics homework will begin to come home. You will be invited to a parent workshop at this time and this will enable you to gain a better understanding of how to support your child with reading and phonics at home.
Those children that are ready for home reading books will also begin to get reading books to read with or to you at home. We share plenty of reading books and stories during the school day with a love of stories at the heart of all our learning .If your child is not yet ready for reading books, that is fine! Our aim is to foster a love of reading and of books, so we take the lead from your child and introduce reading books when they are ready and able to cope with the challenge. The timeframe varies enormously in Reception and is no indication of how well your child will read in the future.
Each term you will receive a copy of our plan. This is a brief outline and is subject to change depending upon the children’s particular interests. The plan for this term is with this letter.
Our topic webs (please see above) are a brief overview and Miss Honey's weekly email updates to parents contain much more information about what the children are learning.
Please could children have a named water bottle in school, these can be kept in the trays provided by the window.