2nd october 2017

2nd october 2017

Wow! We are so impressed with how our new Reception children have settled in to school. They have now had their first full week with us and are doing brilliantly!

We are currently finalising our ‘baseline’ assessments, which means we are undertaking in-depth assessment and observation to find out what your children can do, and what we need to plan for their next steps in learning.

The Reception children are able to see their siblings and other friends across the school at lunchtimes, and have also been out at playtime. The playtime can become very busy however, so to ensure our children have a safe place to play, the Reception team have decided to go to our own ‘zone’ in the playground for the children in Buttercups and Bluebells. Please could you make your older children aware that Reception children are to remain on the playground and are not allowed inside the school at play times.

In your child’s book bag, we will be sending home a laminated sheet. On one side we have letters for the children to practice (we introduce pre-cursive writing in Reception) and their names for them to copy / trace / write over with their finger etc.

We Are Learning To:
Next week we will be starting to learn phonics, which will help us with our reading and our writing. Soon your child will be sent home with a reading book and guidance on how to help with reading at home. There will also be information meetings at school on Friday 6th October 8.50am and 2.30pm. We would really like for you to come to one of these if possible, so we can share important information with you about how we teach phonics and reading at school. Reading is such an important part of learning, we really value your support in this.
Things to remember:
Please ensure all of your child’s belongings are labelled clearly!
As the weather is being very unpredictable, please ensure your child has a coat with them every day – we will be going outside to our Busy Bee area daily, as well as out to playtime and after lunch.
We keep their P.E. kits in school and send them home at every half term. Please ensure they have a red Tshirt, black shorts / joggers and trainers. You may provide any additional clothing you wish (socks etc). We would be grateful if you could provide a pair of spare underwear and clothing in case of an accident or particularly messy play!
Finally, we are always very grateful for any adults who are able to help out in our classes. If you have a spare hour during the week and would like to assist in one of our two classes, then please let us know. (It might be that you are placed in the other class, but we would be super grateful for any extra help!)
If you have any further queries or questions, please feel free to chat to your class teacher at drop off or at the end of the day. Additionally, the office staff are very helpful if your query is general.
We look forward to having your child join us at Broadstone First School. Please keep an eye on the website and our blog for updates and information.
Many thanks,
The Reception Team