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Dear Parents/ Carers


Spring Term 2019 in Big Acorns


Welcome Back!


I hope that you all had an enjoyable Christmas break and wish you all a very Happy New Year. Thank you for all the Christmas presents we received, it was very kind of you to buy such lovely gifts for us.



  1. term, we welcome Mrs. Laura Mathers to our staffing team. Mrs. Mathers will teach Big Acorns on a Monday and Tuesday once Mrs. Brooks goes onto maternity leave (From Monday 28th January). Mrs. Claire Webber (from 28/1/19) will cover Mrs. Brooks’ Maternity leave, teaching daily in the Little Acorns class, supported by Mrs. Helen Hewson and Miss Layla Hill. Mrs. Yeandle will continue to teach Big Acorns each Wednesday – Friday. There will be a chance for you to meet Mrs. Mathers on Wednesday 16th January at 3.20pm.



We have attached the planning sheet, for this first half of term, to give you an insight into what your child will be learning. We will begin with a focus on Winter and the People at Work. Please let us know if you can support any of these learning activities.



Please keep reading with your child, as much as possible at home. Reading is so important for helping your child to progress in their Literacy. Previous Foundation Stage results have shown that the children who read most frequently at home often achieve the highest levels in literacy. Reading should be done as frequently as possible. Please remember to bring your child’s book bag to school every day, and on a Tuesday and Thursday the children will have the opportunity to change their book. Each week, we record the amount of times children have read at home. Children reading 4 times or more in a week are awarded a Regular Reader Certificate during our achievers assembly on Friday.



Please do not let your child bring their toys from home into school. We had a number of occasions last term when toys were lost or broken and caused upset. We will let you know if there are occasions when the children can bring in something special from home to share and tell.


Arrival at school – 8.50am

This term, we will be joining the main school for all assemblies. Please try to ensure that your child is in class every day by 8.50am, so that they can be registered and lined up ready for assembly or to start their learning by 9am. The gate will be closed promptly at 9am so that teaching can start; late arrivals will be asked to register and enter school through the main school office entrance.


Snacks and Drinks

If you choose to provide your own snack, please ensure that it is named and note that we are a healthy setting and encourage children to bring a healthy snack (e.g. fresh fruit, dried fruit or cheese). We discourage crisps, biscuits or chocolate to promote our healthy eating ethos and we have a no nuts policy. We also offer the free fruit or snack shed where children can purchase a healthy snack. Your child will also need a drinks bottle to be in school every day. Often, we have snack on the playground, and there is no access to cups or drinks from the Foundation Stage classroom.


Colder Weather

As the weather is turning colder, please ensure your child has a waterproof, warm coat in school, gloves and a warm hat. These can be kept in your child’s tray.

Please ensure all of your child’s clothing is named, especially hats and gloves etc.


Please do not hesitate to come and see us at any point this term, if you need to ask anything or have any concerns.


Many thanks, for your continued support.


Claire Webber and Catherine Yeandle

Big Acorns Class Teachers