This half term we have been learning all about ‘Under the Sea’. As part of our learning journey, we have recently been on a trip to the Blue Planet Aquarium and had a wonderful time finding out about lots of different sea creatures. When we returned we decided to write a recount, letting all our friends and family know about our day. In the video below, you can see the children orally rehearsing our recount using talk for writing actions.
Information for Parents/Carers
The start of the school day
The Reception gates will open at 8.45am once the bell has rung to indicate the start of the school day and will close at 8.50am. Please encourage your child to come into school by themselves as it encourages independence and allows for a calmer start to the day. If there are no adults on the gate please take your child to the main entrance.
The end of the school day
At the end of the school day, the children will leave from the same gate as they entered. We ask you kindly that you stand well back from the gate as it can be daunting for the children to see a sea of legs as they make their way to their parents/carers. For safety reasons, we will want to make eye contact with whoever is picking your child up before we let them make their way to you.
Home School Books
Each child has their own Home School Book which allows them to record their weekend news to share with their classmates. These books are sent home on a Friday and should be returned by Monday. On a Friday, we will insert a sheet with a snippet of information as to what we have been learning about in school that week. Sometimes there may be a related question for you to work on with your child.
Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school on a Tuesday (navy blue shorts, a white t-shirt and pumps). Your child’s earrings must be removed for PE due to health and safety regulations and we are not allowed to remove earrings. Please ensure your child can take out their own earrings or that they do not wear them on a Tuesday so they can take part in the lesson. Please could you ensure your child’s PE kit and uniform is clearly marked with their name so no items are misplaced.
In Reception our set reading days are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. This means your child will read to an adult and change their book on one of these days. There may be times however when we listen to your child read on other days so please ensure your child has their book and reading record in school every day. Please note we will only change their reading book if it has been signed by an adult.
High frequency words
At the end of the year, your child is expected to be able to read and spell a selection of high frequency words. I have attached these words below so that you can practise these with them.
Bernard the Bear
Each Friday a child is chosen for Star of the Week. When your child is chosen, they will take home ‘Bernard the Bear’ who spends the weekend with them. We love to know what mischief he has been up to and would like you to complete the card that comes home with him. On a Tuesday, the child who is star of the week will share their adventures with Bernard with the class. Please ensure Bernard is returned by Tuesday for this to happen. Thank you!
In your child’s home school book you will find ‘Wow Moment’ cards. These can be found in the back of the Home School Books. These are to be used for sharing their wonderful achievements from home for example riding a bike for the first time, any extracurricular achievements or personal targets such as writing their name independently. We love hearing about the wonderful things your child does at home!
Please can you ensure your child has a waterproof coat and wellies in school every day as we like to learn outside, come rain or shine! We also participate in Forest School lessons and therefore these are essential.
At Fairfield Road we really value communication with parents/carers. Staff are available at the start or end of the school day to speak with you. Please communicate any concerns or questions you may have and together we will find a solution.