Welcome to the rest of the reception children who have now all started school

The older children have done their first full week, many coming into school all by themselves and settling to play. They have enjoyed learning about harvest, doing some indoor athletics and painting their own version of Van Gogh’s ‘Wheatfield with Crows.’ This group of children have their logging on ‘password’ to practise ready for Mondays lesson.

The younger children have made a great start, getting used to the daily routines and coping with dinners in a busy dining room. They have experienced all types of indoor and outdoor learning both child initiated and teacher led.

The children have learnt the sounds s,a,t and i using the Jolly Phonics songs and actions. The 'sound table' has been well supported by most pupils and already the children have some words in their word box to practise reading by blending their sounds. They have a Lotto game to play at the weekend which will help them to use the sounds we have learnt this week and blend the sounds to read words. The words can then be matched to the lotto baseboard.

With daily activities to promote and practise gross and fine motor skills all children are working hard to perfect the skill of writing their name with the emphasis on correct letter formation and to write their numerals.

Good luck with the homework. Spend some time to support your child with their reading and writing and everyone will soon be reaping the benefits of us all working together to support their learning.

Don’t forget ‘Show and Tell’ on Tuesday which is a photo and be able to talk about yourself e.g. what you like doing, who your friends are etc.

Please remember that on Monday, parents will not be able to come in with their children. It is too crowded and the children will soon learn to become independent at sorting themselves out and settling to early morning play. The children whose parents have opted for a whole day can be met at the reception fenced area at 3.20. The children who are only doing half a day can be collected from the school foyer at 1.00pm.

Have an enjoyable weekend and we look forward to hearing about the adventures of Bertie, Bessie bear and Winnie the Pooh on Monday.