Early Years Unit Newsletter
Autumn Term 1
Dear Parents and Carers,
We hope you have had a wonderful summer holiday and the children are ready to start school. This is always a very busy and exciting term. We hope the children settle well and enjoy their first experiences of school. Our topic this half term is Can you tell me about your new class? We will use this as a way of getting to know new people, we will talk about similiaries and differences, likes and dislikes and become familiar with the rules and routines of the classroom.
The environment and staffing will continue to be organised to enable us to respond to the children’s interests immediately in order to gain the full value of each child’s curosity and engagement. By skillfully meeting each child’s needs at the critical moment, learning and progress should take place.
If you have any resources that you are happy to share to support this topic we would be very grateful.
P.E. Kits for Reception
After the Christmas break the Reception children will require a P.E. kit. The kits must be placed in a drawstring bag to hang on coat pegs. Please ensure that all items of kit-including pumps and the drawstring bag- are clearly labelled with your child’s name. Hopefully, this advance warning will give you plenty of time to get a kit for your child. Kits are available to purchase from school or you can provide your own shorts and tops. We are unable to order pumps from school.
Foundation Stage Fund
We would like to remind you about the Early Years Fund mentioned at the induction meeting. The money enables us to buy ingredients to bake with, make fresh playdough each week incuding sensory and textured playdough; plant bulbs; purchase modelling clay to make outdoor sculptures with. Please support your children again this half term by donating £5. Parents can pay the full £30 for the year if they prefer and this can be done via the ‘Schoolmoney’ system.
Please could we ask you to ensure that all items of uniform including shoes, water bottles, lunch boxes and spare clothes bags are clearly labelled with your child’s name. Inevitably, items are put on the wrong peg, left in the classroom or accidently go home with the wrong child. Clear labelling allows the children to become independent and enables us to find items quickly and return them to their owner.
Outdoor Play Bag
As the weather changes and becomes colder, please ensure your child has a waterproof coat, hat, scarf and gloves and wellingtons if possible for outdoor play. Due to lack of storage room wellingtons will need to be brought daily and taken home at the end of the session.
Dates for your diary:
Sunday 10th September- Starter Service at Christ Church (11 am)
Monday 18th September- Individual photograph day
Monday 9th October- Reception Parent Meeting (Further details will follow)
Wednesday 11th October- Nursery Parent Meeting (Further details will follow)
Friday 20th October- Half Term
Christ Church are starting a ‘Mother and Toddler’ group during term time only,
starting Wednesday 13th September 10am-11.15am. This will take place inside the church and will be ran by Steph Openshaw.
Any unwanted baby and toddler toys; in good condition, could be donated to help support the start of the group.
Thank you in anticipation for your support and help
The Early Years Team