Year R Newsletter Autumn 2019
A warm welcome to North Farnborough from the Early Years 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 many practical fun activities.
We would like to begin by saying how proud we are of how all the children have settled in this week. They have learned routines quickly and we have enjoyed getting to know them.
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:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Expressive Arts and Design
Understanding the World
Communication and Language
We aim to do this by providing many 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 learning, so please ensure they come to school with a warm coat. We do not want any children missing the fun!
Our topic for the first half term is “This is me!” which includes getting to know each other, growing, our bodies, families, homes and much more. 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.
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.
Please make sure all of 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. Please ensure that your child carries their bottle to school, rather than put it in their book bag as we have had some very wet home school books where the bottle has leaked inside.
All children are provided with a free snack of fruit or vegetables. If you would like your child to have milk please remember to register online with the ‘Cool Milk’ service. Milk is free until your child’s fifth birthday.
Every Wednesday afternoon 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 make use of the local library.
Please ensure that children leave 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.
If you have any slips/ letters to return to school please use the black post-box located outside of the school office on the left as we may not look in all book bags on that particular day.
We would also like to introduce Mrs Matheson and Miss Oliver who will be working in the early years classes during the teachers’ PPA time.
There will be an Early Years Information evening this half term on Wednesday 2nd October at 6.30pm. This is where you will receive more information about the Early Years Foundation Stage and 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.
Do not forget if there is anything you would like to ask us, feel free to come and speak to any member of the team.
Early Years team
Laura Matier Charlotte Robbins
Tina Todd Donna Butler