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Dear Parents/ Carers

Spring Term 2018 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.

Staffing

This term, we welcome Mrs. Pearce back from her Maternity leave. Mrs. Sally Bridgeman will continue as Big Acorns’ Teaching Assistant on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Mrs. Pearce will be the Teaching Assistant in Big Acorns‘ class on Thursday and Friday. Mrs. Sally Bridgeman will support Little Acorns on Thursday and Friday. Mrs. Melissa Jewell is now on maternity leave, following the birth of her son Myles on 29th December. We look forward to lots of visits from them both!

Curriculum

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 then develop into Literacy work around the traditional tale ‘ The Enormous Turnip’.

Tricky Word Packets

This term, we will introduce tricky word cards to be learnt by sight recognition. Your child will be given a tricky words zip wallet folder, which should be kept in their book bag and brought into school each day. We will regularly assess your child’s recognition of their tricky words and replace learnt words with new words.

Reading

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 and sight recognition of ‘Tricky Words’ cards (in zipped packets) are daily activities and should be done as frequently as possible. Please remember to bring your child’s book bag to school every day, and especially on a Tuesday and Thursday, when 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.

Toys

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 assemblies on Monday at 9am. 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. Please see the ladies in the school office, if you would like to order and pay for your child to have a healthy snack from the snack shed. 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

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