Welcome to Reception 2018!

Friday 7th September 2018

Dear Parent/s, carers

We hope you had a relaxing summer and are feeling ready for an exciting milestone in your child’s life – starting school! It was great to meet all the children again during consultations and we are looking forward to finally getting them all together as a class. We hope that the induction process will make the transition to school as painless as possible and are confident that the children will soon be feeling settled and happy.

Reception is an important year in your child’s development, not only socially but in terms of equipping them with key skills to send them successfully on their learning journey. To make the experience as rich and enjoyable as possible, we will be covering a variety of topics beginning this term with ‘Ourselves’. We will be finding out about each other and our likes and dislikes. We will be painting self portraits, investigating our skeletons and using and comparing parts of our body such as eyes, ears and hands to explore similarities and differences between us. We will also look at how to keep our bodies healthy, as well as beginning our focus on phonics and number.

During the first half of the term, we will be performing baseline assessments, looking at each child’s current skills and stage of development. This will help us to tailor our provision to provide the best learning experience for each child individually. These assessments will follow the seven areas of learning outlined in The Early Years Foundation Stage. (Further information can be found at http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2014/08/EYFS_Parents_Guide-amended.pdf). We will feed back our findings and outline the next steps in their learning at the first parent consultation meeting which will be held in November.

Reading books will be sent home in the week beginning 17th September, the first week when the children will attend full time. Books will be changed twice a week on Mondays and Fridays, but please ensure that they are returned to school every day in their book bag as we will listen to the children read regularly. Further information will accompany the books.

P.E. lessons will take place on a Monday but it is useful to have a named kit in school all week in case we need to reschedule. Just a reminder, we will not expect the children to have trainers as part of their P.E. kit until the summer term.

Show and Tell will take place on Friday afternoons on a rota system which will shortly be displayed on the notice board outside the Reception classroom, and a paper copy will be provided in book bags. This will start in the w/b 17th September. For their session, the children can bring in something from home such as a toy or photo/s to share with the rest of the class. Please avoid sending in anything too precious or breakable!

Some additional information:

–  Miss Hannah Powell (our Nursery teacher) and Mrs Adrienne Hinrichs will take the class on Thursday afternoons while myself and Mrs Carmichael have our non-contact time for planning, preparation and assessment. (If anyone has a couple of hours to spare on Friday afternoons and would be willing to help us with cutting, sticking and laminating resources, please talk to one of us – it would be very much appreciated!). Two regular faces in our classroom with whom your children will also become familiar are Mrs Diane Penketh and Mrs Abby Wildman who will be providing 1:1 support to a fellow classmate.

–  I will be holding a parent information evening on Wednesday 26th September at 6.30pm about our phonics scheme Read, Write Inc. This is intended to familiarise you with some of the terminology used in the scheme and how we will use phonics to support your child with their reading and writing. Hopefully, this will enable us to work in partnership, ensuring a consistent approach at home and at school. If you are new to Skyswood or would simply like to refresh your memory, you are very welcome to attend.

We are looking forward to a fun and productive year and to getting to know you and your child. If at any time you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to speak to us.

Yours sincerely

Jenny Kerr (Reception Class Teacher) & Jane Carmichael (Early Years Practitioner)