Class Teacher: Harriet Woodcock
Every week the children are invited to choose a story or information book from the class book corner to read with you at home. If you would like to change this for a new one during the week, please come into the classroom and pick one out with your child.
When we feel your child is ready for a school reading book, we will start to send one home once a week. Your child will not always read on the same day every week, so please make sure their Reading Record and their reading book is in their PACT folder every day.
A labelled white T-shirt, dark shorts or trousers and appropriate footwear needs to be brought in, in a separate bag and may be left for the half term. Please make sure these are labelled with your child’s name.
Please ensure your child has a spare set of labelled clothes in school at all times. This is to be kept on their peg. If the spare set comes home to you dirty, please do ensure it is replenished with a new set as soon as possible.
There will be a piece of fruit available every day for your child. However, if you wish to pack an additional snack for them to eat during morning playtime, it must be raw fruit or veg. Please encourage your child to put it in their tray when they arrive at school in the morning.
In your child’s PACT folder there is a yellow communication book. This is for you to write any notes for staff and occasionally, staff may write notes for you. If you write a note, please make sure it is given to Harriet when your child comes into the class (if they go to Breakfast Club, please give the communication book to a member of staff there). If you have something you wish to discuss at greater length with staff, please let Harriet know so we can arrange a convenient time to meet.
Every Friday, the Reception newsletter will go onto the school website. On this you can find details of our learning during the week, along with any key dates and information you need to be aware of and suggestions for activities to support your child’s learning at home. Once we have got started with our phonics lessons, we will also send home sets of ‘High Frequency Words’ in PACT folders. These are words that appear so frequently in the English language, that it is beneficial for you to help your child practice recognising them by sight.
When the children have settled, we will start ‘Book Share’. This is a chance for your child to bring in a book that is special to them and share it with everyone. If you would like, you could practise at home to help your child feel more confident when speaking to the class. Sometimes it is useful to give the teacher a list of a few questions that you’ve talked about at home. Harriet will help them talk about it and read some or all of the book to the class.
Star of the Week
On Friday, Harriet will choose one child who is the ‘Star of the Week.’ This will be in recognition of something in particular that the child has achieved that week – maybe something they’ve found tricky for a while and worked really hard on, or for something they consistently do well. Every child will be a ‘Star of the Week’ during the school year, so please don’t worry if this doesn't happen in the first or second term. The ‘Star of the Week’ takes home Edgar the Elephant for the weekend. Please don’t worry or feel under pressure at all to have a super starry, special weekend! Just do what you would normally and, if it is convenient, take Edgar along too. If you can, some photos of what you all get up to would be fantastic. When Edgar comes back to school, your child can show the class what they did and tell everyone a bit about it. It’s a bit of fun and is great for communication and language development.