I can not believe that we are at the end of our first half term. The children have all settled in well, it’s just a pity that so many have been off ill over these last couple of weeks. Fingers crossed that all the children are well after the holidays. Please take the week as a time to relax and recuperate. I will be sending home a sheet to record anything that you do together over the holidays, this may be going for a walk, colouring, baking or going for a visit somewhere. If your child is not in school this week any sheet of paper is fine. Your child may want to draw pictures, label, attach photos or write about their week. You could add photos to Tapestry or email them to me if you prefer.
We are very lucky to be starting a whole class intervention program called Moving to Write. An early years specialist from Cumbria County Council will be visiting school once a fortnight to play games with the children. These games are aimed at improving children’s ability to write through gross motor and fine motor activities. Further details were sent in a separate email.
We would be grateful if you could encourage your child to become more independent when getting changed for PE, putting on their coats, their shoes and as the weather gets colder, gloves (mittens are great). Could you please make sure that your child brings a coat each day, as well as a named water bottle and their book bag. As the weather gets colder please send in named gloves and a hat. All children need a pair of wellies in school too. Please could you check the contents of your child’s PE bag and ensure that they have their shorts and t-shirts, tracksuit bottoms, pe shoes, spare underwear and socks. Girls need a pair of socks if they have tights on for PE lessons.
The children in Reception have now received their first reading book.
Please chat through these books and see if they can tell you the story from the pictures. These initial books are aimed at encouraging lots of discussion and being able to use the pictures to help read the story. Talk about how the characters could be feeling, or what they could be saying. It is so beneficial to listen to your child read regularly. When you listen to your child read please make a note in their yellow reading record. Your child must bring their book bag and books to school every day, we will then change reading books and library books for both Reception and Nursery children.
The children are enjoying their school lunches. It would be lovely if you could discuss with your child their daily choices.
We have numerous conversations where children say that they do not like a particular choice and the same thing was said about the choice on the previous rotation of the menu. We much prefer happy, full children!
We have been uploading photographs, videos and observations of all the children to our online learning journey Tapestry. It has been great to see many parents logging on at home to see what the children have been doing, you can comment and ‘like’ these observations.
If you would like to add any photos of activities that your child has been doing at home, please do. We can then share these with the other children.
I hope that you have a lovely half term.