Welcome to Acorns Foundation Stage and Year 1
(Little Acorns – Preschool, Big Acorns - Reception Class and Year 1)
Autumn Term 2020
Firstly a huge welcome back to you all. We have missed you all so much and have really enjoyed being back with your wonderful children this week.
A big well done to all our families for keeping home learning going during lockdown and it has been so lovely to hear all the children’s news about what they have been learning with you at home. By the sounds of it, we certainly have lots of talented bakers, gardeners, artists, musicians, dancers, farmers, nature lovers and writers in our class.
A big welcome to all our new families and children who will begin with us this term. We welcome: Ava, Brooke, Lennox, Aiden, Amelia, Abigail, Evie, Felicity, Fredde and Tyler into Little Acorns and Lenny into Big Acorns.
The class will be taught by Mrs Claire Webber (Early Years Leader), with Mrs Catherine Yeandle covering Mrs Webber’s leadership release time on Thursday all day..
Mrs Sally Bridgeman, Mrs Helen Hewson, Miss Layla Hill, Mrs Sarah Pearce and Mrs Sue West will support the class teacher in their roles as Early Years Teaching Assistants and Mrs Tina Hill will support the class during lunchtimes.
Attached to this letter 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 www.stjohnstiverton.co.uk
This plan details the curriculum areas of your child’s learning and some of the activities that they will be doing this half term. As the children in Foundation Stage work on the same Early Years curriculum, this can be differentiated to meet the needs of all ages from 2-5 and all activities planned to meet the developmental needs of all the children within the class, ensuring the challenge and pace is right for all ages and developmental stages.
Year 1 children will be following the National Curriculum and their medium term jigsaw plan is attached to this letter if your child is in Year 1.
During this first week, your child will be issued with a reading book and a picture book (Reception and Year 1) or a picture book (Preschool). Due to Corona Virus restrictions we will support your child in changing their book.
Please try to share your child’s reading book with them daily and write in their reading diary when you have read at home. Reception and Year 1 children will receive acknowledgment in our achievers assembly if they have read at least 3 times in the previous week.
We will also be running an online reading workshop for parents of Reception and Year 1 children soon– more information to follow. This will give parents more details about a new reading and phonics scheme we will be using called Read Write Inc.
Forest school will take place on a Friday afternoon throughout September and October, starting from Friday 18th September. All children will need to ensure they come to school wearing a long sleeved top, trousers and socks and bring wellington boots and a waterproof coat and hang on their peg each Friday.
If your child has an all in one waterproof suit please also bring this in.
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) and wellington boots 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.
Your child will not need PE kit. For PE, the children will simply remove their jumpers and ties Reception and Year 1 Children only will require PE kit in the Summer Term (after Easter). Reminders will be sent nearer the time.
Children need to bring a full refillable drinks bottle to school every day. We provide one fruit snack each day, or children may bring in their own healthy snack to eat at snack time. Drinks bottles can be refilled in school, during the day, if needed. Water and Milk is available for the children at snack times. All snacks need to be in a Tupperware or wrapped and clearly named.
School Lunches - Hot Meals and packed lunches options
We are fortunate to have an excellent school cook, who can provide hot meals or packed lunches for children at lunchtime. These are free under the Government’s Universal Free School Meals initiative for Reception and Year 1 children but must be paid for and ordered in advance for Preschool Children. Menus can be located in the school office. Children in receipt of Early Years Pupil Premium may also be entitled to free school meals at preschool – please speak to Mrs Webber about this.
Please ensure that your child has a spare set of clothes (pants, trousers/skirt, t-shirt, tights or socks) kept on their peg, in case they need changing during the day. If your child wears nappies please provide fresh nappies, wet wipes and nappy sacks in your child’s bag.
Website – www.stjohnstiverton.co.uk
We try to keep our Foundation Stage page of the class website updates, so please spend time looking at our news feed to see photographs and stories of what the children have been up to.
Currently we are unable to operate our normal open door policy, so please email us, or call the school office to leave a message for a call back if you need to contact us at any point.
Our emails are:
Mrs Webber - firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Hill – email@example.com
Mrs Hewson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Pearce – email@example.com
Mrs Webber can also be contacted via the messaging app on Class Dojo. This will be set up over the next week for new starters and you will receive an invitation to join this private messaging group and more information explaining its use.
Claire Webber and the Early Years and Year 1 Team