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Welcome to Willow Class

4th October 2017 

Dear Parents/Carers of children in Willow Tree Class,

A very warm welcome to the start of the new school year! We are really pleased with the way the children have settled into ‘big’ school. We feel very lucky to have such a lovely group of children who are so eager to learn!  They have been enjoying having fun with all their new friends! They are already becoming confident and independent and are keen to explore and use all the areas of the classroom such as the role play home corner, drawing and writing table, maths area, the construction and small world area, nature table, art and craft area, book corner and the lovely outside garden area too where there are lots of other activities such as the sand tray, water tray, bikes, model making area, large chalks, climbing frame and seesaws!  They also are getting really good at sitting on the carpet and joining in with our whole class Maths, Phonics, Literacy and Topic carpet sessions!

The adults in Willow Class are:

  • Mrs L Driver - Teacher: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Ms M Wije - Teacher: Thursday and Friday
  • Mrs Abeysudera - Teacher: Monday afternoon 
  • Miss Williams - Full time Teaching Assistant
  • Miss D Groves - Volunteer adult helper. 

Topics

For this half of the Autumn term our topics are All about Me, Autumn and Starting School. The children have and will  be doing a variety of learning activities in the following areas of learning as detailed in the Topic Plan below. A quick reminder of our request for you to send in three photos of your child as a baby – toddler – child (recent) to show how he/she has changed and grown each one labelled with your child’s full name and approximate age when the photo was taken. We will be using them for a special activity and to create a display and then be returning them later in the term. Thank you if you have already sent them into class!

Phonics

We hope you found the Phonics evening and the Phonics information folder helpful and informative. If you were unable to attend and have any queries about the information in the packs please do not hesitate to ask. It will really help your child’s progress in reading and writing if you can support them to reinforce what they are learning at school.  Your child will get a further set of letter/ sound cards each week. When you have used the sound cards with your child please record this in their reading record adding the date, sound cards used and comments, e.g. which sounds they could/could not yet recognise, if they were able to blend to read a word made with the sound card such as s a t – sat,  A list of suggested words that you can make with the letter sound cards will be given to you during the Parent Consultations.

Preparing your child for School

This information sheet was given to you during your home visit. It has many fun and practical ideas for you to help prepare and support your child with their learning, whilst doing everyday activities, during their time in Reception.

‘Show and Tell’

This is an opportunity for children to bring in and speak to the whole class about something that is special to them e.g. a toy, a photograph, something they have made, a certificate, something relating to a special event, trip or activity that may have taken place recently. ‘Show and Tell’ is a fantastic way to develop all of the children's speaking, questioning and listening skills. Five children each week are asked to ‘Show and Tell’. Here is the rota for the Autumn Term.

Show and Tell Rota-Every Tuesday

Autumn Term First Half

Week beg. Week beg.

09/10/17

Week 6

Lola

Kai

Sophia

Elodie

Archie

Autumn term Second Half

20/11/17

Week 4

Lola

Kai

Sophia

Elodie

Archie

16/10/17

Week 7

Conor

Hollie

Serenna

Madeleine

Tamara

27/11/17

Week 5

Conor

Hollie

Serenna

Madeleine

Tamara

Autumn term Second Half

30/10/17

Week 1

Set 5

Riley

Isabella

Ava

Emma

Lexie

04/12/17

Week 1

Set 6

Riley

Isabella

Ava

Emma

Lexie

06/11/17

Week  2

Anu

Elsie

Iestyn

Ella

Blake

11/11/17

Week  7

Anu

Elsie

Iestyn

Ella

Blake

13/11/17

Week 3

Liliana

Leo

Lenny

Sophie

Linus

18/11/17

Week 8

Liliana

Leo

Lenny

Sophie

Linus

P.E. and clothing

The children will now be having a PE lesson every Friday morning. Our aim is for the children to undress, fold their clothes up and put them in a pile, put their PE kit on and then after the lesson get dressed again independently. We will be helping and supporting them to achieve this goal! Therefore we would be grateful if you could encourage your child to dress and undress by him/herself at every opportunity including their outdoor coats. Also to learn to turn clothes that are inside out round the right way and also to fold the clothes up.  It is very important for your child to learn these skills now they are at big school.

Name labels

We are very grateful to you all for clearly labelling your child’s belongings. Just a reminder as Winter is coming that all of your child’s clothing needs to be clearly labelled with your child’s full name including shoes, plimsolls, wellington boots, vests, hats, gloves, scarves and coats to ensure it is returned back to your child if it is mislaid.  Please make sure that your child knows where the name labels are so they can check they have the right clothing.  If we find your child has an  unnamed item of clothing we hope you don’t mind if we write their name on the label.

Wellington Boots

If you haven't done so please could you send in a named pair of wellington boots for your child to be kept in school. This means your child will be able to play in  our outside area in all weathers and also to wear when we go on walks around the school grounds and the local countryside.

Reading/Book bags

Please ensure that your child has a book bag and that he/she brings it to school every day with the Phonics Cards zip wallet.  When your child is confident in blending sounds together to read words we will begin to send a simple reading book home. Please ensure that you complete the reading record with the book title, your signature and/or comments when you have shared the book with your child so that we can change the book. The books will usually be changed at least two times a week.

Water bottles

Please make sure the bottles are filled , that they have your child's full name on them and are not put in your child's book bag!

Resource List

We always need more resources for both the inside and outside curriculum. We have listed the items that we need to collect. If you can help us we would be very grateful! 

Resource List

paint brushes (decorating type)

old phone directories

white sheets or material

silver material

net curtains picnic basket

material- wool, fur, cotton, felt etc

Old cards eg. birthday

newpapers,

cardboard rolls, boxes of different sizes, e.g. cereal, chocolate, oxo.

ice-cream containers with lids if possible

yoghurt pots

Unwanted card and paper for drawing, creative activities etc.

Old diaries, calendars, notebooks, envelopes

If you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us

Thank you for all your help and support!

Miss. Driver

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Tewin Cowper C of E Primary School
Cannons Meadow,
Tewin,
Hertfordshire.
AL6 0JU
Telephone:
01438 717378
Fax:
01438 718586
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