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1 Western Primary School Foundation Stage 2 (Reception) Curriculum Letter ~ Autumn Term

2 Contents 1. Overview of the Term 2. Staff 3 and 4 Key information 5.Tapestry 6.Useful Dates 7.Helping your child at home 8.Reading at home

3 Welcome to Early Years Reception Classes! We would like to offer a warm welcome to all the new and returning parents and children. The first half term in reception class is about settling into school life and establishing rules and routines. The children will find school days tiring at first as they adjust to the changes of our busy day. Our focus as staff is really getting to know your children and finding out what they know and can do. We will be finding out what the children are interested in and taking our learning forward based on their fascinations. We have started with finding out about our families and homes. We will keep you posted on where our learning adventure takes us next! If you have any questions about our learning please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Early Years team. Mrs Magill and Miss Jeffery Overview of the topic

4 Staff This term we are lucky to welcome some new staff to Foundation Stage! Please see our super team below! Mrs Magill Infant Team Leader/ Reception Teacher Miss Jeffery Reception Teacher Mrs Hevey Teaching Assistant Miss Kenny Teaching Assistant After School Club Assistant Mrs Woolaston Parent Support worker Parents and Toddlers Leader Mrs Winstanley Teaching Assistant Mrs Major Teaching Assistant Mrs Barton Teaching Assistant Miss Quinn After School Club Assistant Mrs Edwards PPA cover (cover for teacher planning time) Mrs Major PPA cover (cover for teacher planning time) Mr Longley Breakfast Club Mrs Reilly After School Club Assistant Miss Duke After School Club Assistant

5 Independence We open the doors to welcome the children at 8.55 a.m. Please let your children come into school and put away their own belongings on a morning. The cloakroom gets very congested and children need to be able to organise their own things. A number of children are trying to come in by themselves and are becoming upset as they can not get past all the adults. We will be talking to the children about saying their goodbyes at the door and coming in by themselves from next week. Miss Jeffery and/or Mrs Magill will always be at the door to support the children or speak to any parents who need us. Breakfast and After School Club We have spaces in both our breakfast and after school clubs. Breakfast club opens from 8.00 a.m. After school club opens from 3.15 p.m p.m. Our before and after school early years care is staffed by experienced school staff. The care is based in the early years classrooms and the equipment provided is suitable for children of this age. The children also have access to our early years outdoor area. We feel that children benefit from being in this safe, familiar environment at this age. Please see Mrs Magill if you have any questions, require further information or if you have a specific requirement we are not currently offering. FS Information

6 Home Time Routines If someone other than you is picking your child up, there are procedures that you must follow. Please complete the going home book situated in the entrance. Teachers will not let children go unless it is in the book or they have been told. Please bear with us at pick up times as we become familiar with all the adults collecting children. There are a lot of faces to remember and we try our best! P.E P.E. is on a Wednesday. For the first school term we would like the children to come in their P.E. kit on a Wednesday. We will not be changing after P.E. and therefore the children do not need to bring a change of clothes. Please ensure all P.E. clothing and pumps are labelled. Clothing Please make sure all clothing is clearly labelled with your child s name. This should include all footwear! Parent readers If any parent would like to help with reading in school, please see your child s class teacher. Parents must hold a valid DBS check. We start parental help with reading after the October half term when the children are settled. Junk Modelling The children love making models; please send in any boxes and tubes you have at home that you no longer need. Please make sure that boxes sent in are appropriate and do not include boxes for medications which we do not want children to see as play materials. Boxes can be placed in our outdoor modelling area under the canopy near the reception entrance. Independence Please let your children come into school independently. Lots of the children are trying to come in by themselves and are struggling to get past all the adults in the cloak room. Water We do have fresh water and cups available all day. Children can bring a water bottle also if they would like. Please label these bottles with your child s name. FS Information

7 At Western we use an online learning journal called Tapestry to record photos, observations and comments, in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, to build up a record of your child s experiences during their time with us. This system allows us to work with parents and carers to share information and record the children s play and learning inside and outside the classroom. Tapestry allows us to share some of these observations and moments with you. Please ensure that you have completed the Tapestry permission letter. Spare copies of the letter are in the early years reception entrance. Please ask a member of staff should you require a copy. A Tapestry app can be downloaded to smartphones and i-pads which gives parents easy access to their child s learning journal and also allows parents to upload their own pictures to contribute to the children s learning record. FS Information

8 Useful Dates Autumn Term 1 Tuesday 20th September 5.00 p.m. Reception New Starter Meeting. Wednesday 11 h October- Autumn walk Valley Gardens 9.20 a.m. Letter to follow. Tuesday 4 th October p.m.- Parent s Evening. Letter to follow. Thursday 6 th October p.m. Parent s Evening. Letter to follow. Wednesday 19 th October 9.20 a.m.- Harvest assembly- reception children will be singing some songs to support the nursery children. Autumn Term 2 Monday 31 st October School re-opens 8.55 a.m. Monday 21 st November- Individual Photos Tuesday 13 th December Foundation Stage Nativity a.m. Wednesday 14 th December Foundation Stage Nativity p.m. Thursday 15 th December Christmas Party 1.30 p.m. Children can come in party clothes. Friday 16 th December- School closes for the Christmas break at 2.30 p.m. (Polite reminder there will be no after school club on this day.) Friday 21st October- School closes for half term at 3.15 p.m.

9 Helping your child at home Reading- Please ensure your child s books and reading folder come to school in their red bag every day! Please use the information sent out in your child s reading folder to help you support them learning their letter sounds. Children need to practise the actions that go with the sounds as included in the pack. All reading support materials will be given out during the next couple of weeks. If you are unsure on the pronunciation of the sounds check outhttp:// Please share your child s reading books with them. If they have a shared book, read together and talk about the pictures. Use some of the questions on the next sheet to help you. If your child has a reading scheme book, encourage them to point beneath with their fingers and follow the text. Ask them to find individual words. Ask them to sound out simple words if they can. Maths Children should be practising recognising numbers to 5, 10 and 20 at their level. Some children may need to practise numbers beyond 20. Children should practise their recognition of 2D shapes.

10 There are many aspects of a book to cover at home to help maximise your child s reading development. Here some helpful questions to get you started: Book introduction: Who is the author? What can you see on the front cover? What do you think this book is going to be about? Does the blurb give us any more clues? Who do you think the characters are going to be? Reading at Home Understanding what you have read: What do you think is happening here? What happened in the story? What might this mean? Which part of the story best describes the? Which words or phrases do this? What part of the story do you like the best? Recalling information from the book: Where does the story take place? What did he/she/it look like? Who was he/she/it? Where did he/she/it live? Who are the characters in the book? Discussing the story: Could this book be better? Is it as good as? Which did you prefer? Why? Who was your favourite character? Which was your favourite part of the story? Giving reasons What makes you think that? How do you feel about? Can you explain why? I wonder why the author...? Which words has the author used to show that this character is funny/naughty/mean/ kind?

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