Welcome to Acorns Foundation Stage
(Little Acorns – Preschool and 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 you all back and a big welcome to all our new families and children who will begin with us this term.
We welcome: Riley, Jessica, Noah, Luxton and Jacob into Little Acorns and Lola, Aria and Julian into Big Acorns.
The classes will be taught by Mrs Claire Webber (Early Years Leader), with Mrs Catherine Yeandle covering Mrs Webber’s leadership release time on Wednesday and Thursday mornings and one hour on Thursday afternoons. Mrs Webber will be the key person for all the children in the Foundation Class.
Mrs Helen Hewson, Miss Layla Hill, Mrs Sarah Pearce, Mrs Tina Hill and Mrs Sue West will support the class teacher in their roles as Early Years Teaching Assistants.
This term, our learning will focus around the theme - ‘Inside 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 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.
During this first week, your child will be issued with a reading book (Reception Class) or library book (Preschool). These can be changed when your child has read them, when you enter the classroom each morning. There will be a book changing table for you and your child to select their new book from the correct box.
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 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 a reading workshop for parents in the next couple of weeks – more information to follow.
Forest school will take place on a Monday afternoon throughout September and October. All children (Big and Little Acorns in on a Monday afternoon) will need to ensure they have wellington boots (we have some spares), a waterproof coat, long sleeved top and trousers and socks on their peg each Monday. 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), 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.
Your child will not need PE kit. For PE, the children will simply remove their jumpers/ties and shoe/socks. Reception 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 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. Reception class children can also purchase a daily snack for 30p from the snack shed, by making a termly advance payment to the school office – please pop in and speak to Mrs. Heard about this.
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 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.
We only have a limited supply of spare clothes for children, so 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.
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.
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.
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. I can also be emailed on firstname.lastname@example.org or contacted via the messaging app on Class Dojo which we will set up over the next week and you will receive an invitation to join this private messaging group and more information explaining its use.
Early Years Foundation Stage Leader