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Dear Parents


Welcome to Big Acorns (Reception Class)

Autumn Term 2017


We hope that you all had a lovely summer holidays and enjoyed some family time with your children.  We are very excited to welcome all the children to St John’s School and hope that they enjoy their first term with us in Big Acorns. 


Teaching Team

As you are already aware, Mrs. Catherine Yeandle will join our Early Years teaching team this year.  She will teach the Big Acorns class on Wednesday Morning, Thursday and Friday.  Mrs. Claire Webber will continue to teach the Big Acorns Class on Monday and Tuesday.  Mrs. Webber and Mrs. Yeandle will have their joint planning time on a Wednesday afternoon and during this time, the Big Acorns class will be covered by Mrs. Sarah Al Sadoon. 

Mrs. Sally Bridgeman will continue as the Early Years Teaching assistant in Big Acorns class and Mrs. Donna Hussell, Mrs. Becky White, Mrs. Melissa Jewell and Mrs. Helen Hewson will be our Little Acorns Early Years Practitioners, with Mrs. Sue West supporting lunchtime cover.  Mrs. Claire Webber will remain as Early Years Leader and have overall responsibility for the Little and Big Acorn Classes.  Please do not hesitate to speak to any of our Foundation Stage Team if you have a query or concern. 



This term, our learning will focus around the theme - ‘In the Toy Box’.  Attached is a copy of the planning for the first half of term.  This can also be viewed on our Foundation Stage page, on the school website.  This plan details the curriculum areas of your child’s learning and some of the activities that they will be doing this half term.  We will be exploring our local area at different times during this term, and will need adult helpers.  Please let a member of staff know if you may be able to assist us with this.  Dates and times will be set during the term. 



As mentioned in the parent’s meeting, before the Summer Holidays, your child will not need PE kit this term.  When PE takes place, the children will simply remove their jumpers/ties and shoes/socks.





Outdoor Learning

The children will be going out into the school environment in all weathers, especially to our forest area.  Please ensure your child always has a waterproof coat (with a hood), sun hat and sun-cream kept in school.

We will be visiting the forest area every Tuesday afternoon, so please ensure your child has wellington boots in school, so they don’t get wet/muddy school shoes.  We have a few spare sets, but not enough for every child.



Children need to bring a named healthy snack and full drinks bottle to school every day.  We can only provide one fruit snack each day.  Drinks bottles can be refilled in school, during the day, if needed. Milk is available for the children at morning snack time.   Healthy Snacks can be ordered from the school office on a weekly basis (£1.50 per week).  Please order these at the school office by the Monday of each week.  You can order for the whole term and pay in advance.  Please pop in and see Stacy in the school office to find out more.


Spare Clothes

We only have a limited supply of spare clothes for Big Acorns children, so please ensure that your child has a spare set of clothes (pants, trousers/skirt, shirt, tights or socks) kept on their peg, in case they need changing during the day. 


Parent Helpers

We are always extremely grateful of any parent support in the classroom or on trips.  We would value however much time you could spare to either the hear children read, accompany us on adventures outdoors or around the local area.  Please let us know if you think you could spare any time to help us. 


Lastly, we operate a very open door policy, so please come and speak to us at any time if you have any questions or queries.  If you need to arrange an appointment to speak to Mrs. Webber or Mrs. Yeandle, please speak to a member of staff and we will try to arrange a mutually convenient time. 


Many Thanks





Mrs. Claire Webber and Mrs. Catherine Yeandle 


Big Acorns Class Teachers