Dear Parents and Carers,
Firstly, a big welcome to all the new Meadow class children and families. The children have really impressed us by their confidence and super behaviour. We think saying Goodbye to you in the Early Years garden is working really well and we have decided to continue with this up until Christmas in the first instance.
When it rains we politely ask that you wait under our veranda area and we will open up the classroom door at 8.50am.
As regards pick-up arrangements, please let us know if your child is to be collected by someone different. If your child is late or has had a medical appointment, please let the office know to ensure we have correct attendance noted in the event of fire or emergency. If your child goes to breakfast or after school club, we have a contact book to pass on messages.
Our Topic this half-term and next is ‘Traditional tales and rhymes’. So far we have been reading at The 3 Billy Goat’s Gruff and The Gingerbread man. These stories provide lots of fun learning opportunities. We will also be asking the children to think and talk about their favourite stories from home.
Our outdoor P.E. session is on a Tuesday afternoon and our indoor P.E. session is on a Friday morning. Sometimes we will use the hall on a Monday morning but will usually just change shoes and socks for this session. It is best to keep P.E. kits at school and take them home at half term to be washed. It is essential that all items of clothing your child brings into school are named. It also helps if your child knows where to find and recognises the label.
Meadow Class Rules
The children of Meadow class came up with these rules recently. Please discuss them with your child and perhaps ask the question, ‘Why do we need classroom rules?’
- Use kind hands and words
- Share and take turns
- Walk sensibly inside
- Be a good friend
- Listen carefully to adults and each other
- Tidy up and put things back
- Look after yourself and the toys
- Use a quiet voice when working
To promote good behaviour we use individual stickers and praise, our Sunshine chart; with an opportunity to move up onto the rainbow for excellent behaviour, Star of the Day with a postcard home and whole class rewards in the form of a ‘goal in the back of the net!’
Whilst we use rewards to encourage good behaviour, we also have a need for sanctions when unacceptable behaviour occurs and this is in the form of our Sunshine/Cloud chart where a child’s name may be moved onto a cloud (with opportunities to move back to the sun) or time-out depending on what best suits the situation. We use this time to talk about how to better manage those feelings which led to the behaviour next time.
Persistent cases of inappropriate behaviour will be dealt with by the Key Stage One Co-ordinator (Year 2 teacher - Ms Philips). The most serious issues will be dealt with by the Head teacher.
Ways you can help –
- Read our School Behaviour policy.
- Talk about the Class Rules with your children.
- Be specific with your praise e.g. well done - you remembered your book bag by yourself!
- Talk about feelings and ways children (and adults!) can manage them.
- Highlight how and why characters behave a certain way in stories – use these as prompts to chat with your child e.g. Have you ever felt like that? What else could they have done?
We have a water fountain that children may use but we politely ask that EVERY child has their own
clearly-named water bottle to keep in class. In line with healthy eating initiatives please only give water.
Recyclable and craft Materials
We are always in need of small items of junk for our making corner or material off-cuts, buttons, ribbons etc. which might inspire the children’s creativity, so please bear us in mind before throwing things away!
If you are able to come in and help after Half Term, please let your Class Representative know. All help is appreciated but it would be great if you can come in on a regular basis or let us know a few days in advance as then we can really make the most of your help. Parents and Carers helping on a regular basis need to be CRB checked so please see the school office for details.
We have begun our daily ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics programme by focusing on the sounds; s, a, t, i, p, n,
Look out for the sign on our door informing you which sounds we are focusing on each week. If you would like to follow these up at home, then here are some ideas;
* Find/sort objects, pictures or words that begin or end with these sounds.
* Play word games such as ‘I spy…’
* Invent a silly shopping list/sentence where everything must begin with one of the sounds
* Encourage your child to look for these letters in signs, posters, books, catalogues etc.
* Make a ‘sound scrapbook’.
If you feel your child is very confident with these sounds they could go onto putting the sounds together and ‘blending’ them to make words e.g. i-n, i-t, a-t, t-i-n, s-a-t, s-i-p, s-n-a-p etc. Please go at your child’s own pace, give them lots of praise and have fun with the activities!
From September 19th the children will be choosing a class story book to bring home and share. We have found this to be a successful way of establishing a home/school reading partnership and also helps the children become familiar with our class collection of books. There will be a parents meeting about how we teach reading and how to support your child at home on Wednesday 12th October and after this your child will receive a weekly ‘reading book’ or activity from some of our school schemes to support and develop their own reading skills.
Thank you very much to those of you whom have already donated £5.00 for this half-term. This money really does make a difference and covers the cost of ingredients for malleable activities such as play dough/cooking activities etc. We also use it to provide wet wipes in the toilets to encourage and support the children to manage their own hygiene. This may be paid weekly or termly at the office. Thank you.
Dates for your diary:
Monday 10th October at 3.15pm – Parents drop-in session.
This drop-in session occurs throughout the whole school. It is an opportunity for your child to show you around the classroom.
Wednesday 12th October – Meeting on how to support your child’s reading.
Tuesday 4th October at 9.15am – Infant Harvest Festival Celebration
If you would like to discuss anything in this newsletter or have any other questions, please feel free to talk to us at the end of the school day.
With best wishes to you all from The Meadow Class Team