Year R Newsletter -Autumn 1 2017
A warm welcome to North Farnborough from the Early Year’s team. This is the first of several newsletters that you will receive during the coming year. They will explain the topics and some of the activities the children will be doing each term. We hope this information will enable you to support your child at home through discussion and lots of practical fun activities.
The Foundation Stage
The Foundation Stage Curriculum forms the basis of each topic we cover. On a typical day the children will participate in activities involving all seven areas of learning which are:
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Expressive Arts and Design
- Understanding the World
- Communication and Language
We aim to do this by providing lots of opportunities for learning through play, which is a key principle of Early Years practice.
Whatever the weather, come rain or shine the children will have opportunities on a daily basis for outside play, so please ensure they come to school with a warm coat. We don’t want any children missing out on the fun!
Topics for the term
Our topic for the first half term is “Magical Me” which includes our senses, growing, families, pets and homes.
During these first few weeks we will give the children opportunities to familiarise themselves with the school by experiencing all that we have on offer. This includes painting and creative activities, curling up with a book and listening to stories and music.
We also have games and puzzles and a well stocked outdoor area ready for having some fun! The sand, water and playdoh area is used frequently as are the larger toys in our outside area.
All of our activities have a variety of purposes to support their development:
- The children will be able to get to know each other and learn to play and share.
- By working with the children and observing them we will be able to build a complete picture of each child along with the records provided by pre schools. This will enable us to ensure we continue each child’s individual learning at the appropriate stage.
Year R will be using the outdoor apparatus every day and therefore need to be wearing trainers. These must be left at school every day if your child wears school shoes, for them to change into.
IMPORTANT: If your child goes to Conker Club and will be wearing school shoes, they will need a separate pair of trainers to be kept in the Conker Club cupboard. These trainers are not accessible during the school day.
Please make sure all the children’s clothes and shoes are named so they are able to find them independently. It also makes it much easier for others’ to return the items to their owners!
Water bottles must be brought into school daily and it should only contain WATER. New water bottles are available from the office.
All children are provided with a free snack of fruit or vegetables and free milk is available until your child’s fifth birthday. Please let us know if your child does not wish to have milk so we know not to order it for them.
Please ensure that your child leaves their own toys, jewellery and other special items at home. We do not want them to get lost or broken. If we need them to bring anything in from home, we will let you know.
Each morning we ask that you encourage your child to come in on their own and say goodbye to you in the playground to help them settle into class.
Develop your child’s independence by encouraging them to carry their own Book Bag and water bottle themselves. Start as you mean to go on!
First steps towards reading.
Your child will need to bring their book bag to school every day. Once we start teaching phonics, the children will learn the sounds that each letter makes and learn how to write them using the correct letter formation. We will give you a sheet that will show you how to write the letters using our school letter rhymes and a small pot in which to keep the letter cards we have learnt so far.
When we feel your child is ready to begin reading they will bring a reading book home to share with you. The children will read with us in school once a week and their reading book will be changed on this day if your child has read with you at home and you have recorded this in the Home School Book. Unfortunately we are unable to change reading books where this has not been done, as per our school policy.
Every Wednesday your child has the opportunity to choose a book from the school library and return it the following week. We encourage the children to choose a variety of books to share with you at home and to also make use of the local library.
There will be an Early Years Information evening on Wednesday 11th October at 7.00pm when you will receive more information about how you can support your child at home.
We are all really looking forward to getting to know you and your children and ensuring that they all enjoy their first year at school. It has been lovely to come and visit you in your homes. Thank you for making us feel so welcome J
Don’t forget if there is anything you would like to ask us, feel free to come in and speak to any member of the team.
Early Years team
Nicki Essex, Laura Ireland,
Tina Todd and Donna Butler