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Dear Parents


Welcome to Big Acorns (Reception Class)

Autumn Term 2018


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.



This term, our learning will focus around the theme - ‘Wings, Wheels and Sails’. 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. For PE, the children will simply remove their jumpers/ties and shoe/socks.


Outdoor Learning

The children will be going out into the school environment in all weathers. Please ensure that they always have a waterproof coat (with a hood), sun hat and sun-cream kept in school. As the weather gets colder, please provide your child with a warm hat and gloves. Please ensure all items are named clearly, so they can be returned if lost.



Children need to bring a full drinks bottle to school every day. We provide one fruit snack each day. Drink bottles can be refilled in school, during the day, if needed. Milk is available for the children at morning snack time. Healthy break time snacks can be purchased– 30p per day and served daily from our snack shed on the school playground. If you would like to take this option, please order in advance from the school office.






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.


Teaching and Learning Staff in Big Acorns

Big Acorns class is taught by two Early Years Teachers - Mrs. Claire Webber and Mrs Catherine Yeandle. Mrs Webber teaches the children on Monday and Tuesday and Mrs Yeandle teaches on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.


Mrs. Sarah Pearce, Miss Layla Hill, Mrs Helen Hewson, Mrs Jenna Thrupp and Mrs Tina Hill are Early Years Practitioners, supporting the children within their learning activities.


This term, we also welcome Mrs Kim Brooks as our new Preschool Teacher in Little Acorns. Please speak to any of our EYFS team if you have any questions or queries.


Reading Books

The children will be given one of our reading scheme books to share with you at home. Books can be changed on a Tuesday and Thursday in the classroom. Please accompany your child to change their book if you wish. When you have read with your child at home, please write and sign their reading record diary so we know their book has been shared. Regular reading (at least 3x per week) is recorded and rewarded with a weekly certificate.


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 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. We can also be emailed on or


Many Thanks


Mrs Claire Webber and Mrs Catherine Yeandle

Foundation Stage Teachers