Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to Reception’s Autumn Term newsletter.
The children have settled in brilliantly and we warmly welcome you all to our family at St Francis de Sales.
Enclosed you will find a copy of:
The staff in your child’s year group are as follows:
RC Ms Clark Class Teacher
Miss Tracy Nursery Nurse
RM Miss McGrane Class Teacher
Mrs Charalambous Nursery Nurse
RV Mrs Vilaisak Class Teacher
Mrs Boyle Nursery Nurse
Mrs Williams Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Cupi Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Gosnell Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Cattini Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Melbourne Year Group Leader
If you wish to speak to your child’s teacher please make an appointment at the school office, or for a brief, informal chat speak to the teacher at 3.30pm. If you wish to have a more detailed conversation with your child’s teacher or the Year Group Leader, please visit the school office to request an appointment or a phone call.
Attendance and Punctuality
It is imperative that your child attends school punctually every day, unless they are ill. The school gates are open from 8.30am and the children can come into their classroom from 8.45am. Children will come into class to self register and start the day.
In order to encourage healthy minds and bodies in our school it is expected that children come to school each day with healthy snacks and lunch. As we are a NUT FREE SCHOOL it is essential that your child does not bring any foods containing nuts or traces of nuts, including biscuits and chocolate.
We also ask that no sweets, crisps or sugary cakes and snacks are placed in your child’s lunch.
It is very important that your child comes to school each day in correct school uniform. Please note that children are not permitted to wear jumpers or pullovers which are not school uniform. Jewellery (apart from simple stud earrings for girls) is not part of the uniform and therefore not permitted. Any inappropriate item of jewellery worn to school will be confiscated and kept in the school office for safekeeping until the end of the week when it will be sent home. All hair must be tied back if long and should be their natural hair colour with no coloured weaves or braids. The wearing of hard hair accessories (beads for example) is not permitted. There should be no extreme hairstyles or lines or designs cut into hair or eyebrows. We ask that you continue to support us in ensuring that your child is dressed appropriately every day.
Reception have PE on Friday.
The children will be getting changed into their PE kits at school so PE kits need to be kept in school at all times. We will send them home regularly for washing. On PE days, hair must be tied back and earrings must be removed.
Please ensure that all uniform including PE kits have your child’s name on them.
Children will receive ‘Dojos’ for outstanding work/behaviour.
Children should also be aware of the consequences of inappropriate behaviour. Children will always be given a warning before a negative dojo is issued. If a child receives 2 negatives in a session they will be sent for time out in another class for 5 / 10 minutes and if a child receives three negatives in a day they are placed on the 369 sheet and you will be informed.
Each class will have a class bear. This class bear will be sent home with a different child every Friday to spend the weekend with them. The bear then comes back to school with the child on Mondays. The children will bring home a recording sheet for them to record what they have done with the bear.
Wherever possible, class trips will be organised to assist in
developing the children’s understanding of class topics. Some parental assistance will be required on outings, so if you are able to help in some way please let your child’s teacher know.
Superhero Home Learning
Children will receive their superhero home learning every Wednesday. This will give parents an overview of what the children have been learning during the week. It will have ideas for activities that can be done at home to help reinforce their learning. Any home learning that is brought into class will be celebrated and displayed by the class teacher.
We will celebrate your child’s birthday in school by singing Happy Birthday to them. You are welcome to bring in fruit for the class to share or a book to go in the class book corner. We ask that you do not send in any other form of food, as many children have allergies. Please do not send in party bags.
All the children in Reception will be given an individual reading book at their personal reading level. These books are matched to your child’s phonic and reading abilities.
We recommend that children read and be read to once a day. When your child is reading their individual reading book, ask them to explore the book first. Look at the front cover, discuss the title and picture, can your child suggest what the story may be about?
When reading encourage children to point to one word at a time, use phonics as a tool of reading de-codable words, point out tricky words and encourage children to discuss the context of the story.
Remember to write a comment in your child’s reading record on how your child has found the book; this is a great way of communicating with staff about your child’s experiences at home.
The individual reading books will be changed weekly by your child’s class teacher. The teacher will hear your child read their book, give them a new book and comment in the reading record book.
Please leave the book inside your child’s book bag.
It is important to ensure reading is fun and an enjoyable time with your child. Introducing a love for reading is paramount to children’s attainment and progress throughout school.
We hope the children will enjoy their learning and very much look forward to seeing you this term.
The Reception team