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Dear Parents/Carers


Summer Term 2017


Welcome back to Summer Term 2017 in Acorns Foundation Stage. We hope that you have all had a lovely Easter break. We welcome all our new families, who have joined in Little Acorns this term. We also welcome Miss. Mia Horrell, who will teach Big Acorns Class for the Summer Term. Mrs. Webber, will continue to be the Early Years Leader and will work closely with Miss. Horrell and the EYFS team.


Attached is the planning that your child(ren) will be following this term. We will begin by exploring different lifecycles and mini-beasts. We will then move onto exploring our ‘Once Upon a Time’ topic, looking at fairytales and traditional tales. Please ask if you have any questions or if you feel you have any resources that could support us for this topic.


Big Acorns Home Learning – Home learning will commence this term. It is given out to the children on a Friday, and needs to be returned by Wednesday the following week. Last year, the children really enjoyed this home learning and then sharing it with their friends in school. Reading their school reading book daily and practicing of sight recognition word cards are also part of our home learning agreement. Please ensure that you record when you have read with your child at home in their reading record book.


Summer Weather – Please ensure that your child has a sun hat, sun cream and a water bottle in school daily. With this letter, you should receive a copy of our Foundation Stage Sun Safety Policy and we ask all parents to return the permission slip, allowing staff to administer sun cream. Children need to come into school, already wearing sun cream and we will reapply sun cream before the hottest parts of the day.


Big Acorn PE Kits – All Big Acorn children, will need to have their PE kits in school by Monday 24th April 2017. They will be supported to change into their PE kit, but getting dressed and un-dressed independently is a skill that is good to be practiced at home. Please let us know if you have any problems with PE kit items.

Transition into School/Year 1 – There will be a series of events in the 2nd half of this summer term, to prepare your child for starting school or moving up to Year 1. Dates about these events will be sent home in June and you will be able to meet your child’s new class teacher at the Open Evening (date to be confirmed).


Illness – Please ensure that you keep your child at home if they are unwell. We have had occasions where children have been brought into school and have been unwell. If you are unsure of the school’s policy on certain illnesses, please call and speak to us or refer to our school website. We follow guidance from Devon LEA on times children need to be away from school. If your child has had sickness, they must be off for 48 hours after their last bout of sickness. Please ensure you contact the school, by 9am, to ensure your child’s absence is recorded in the class register.


This is busy, exciting term but please do not hesitate to come and speak to any of us if you have any questions, queries or concerns.


Kind regards


Acorns Foundation Stage Staff Team