Welcome to Early Years!
Gold Class is a Reception class of 30 incredible children with two lovely teachers: Mrs Kamanyire (Monday through Thursday) and Mrs McInerney (Friday). Silver Class is a Reception class of 30 equally incredible children with two equally lovely teachers: Ms Dil-Afuz (Monday through Wednesday and Friday) and Mrs McInerney (Thursday).We have a great team of teaching assistants in Early Years:Ms Catchpool, Ms Stewart, Ms Reeve, Ms Foroughi and Ms Chapman. We work hard together to build a happy and engaging learning environment for everybody to thrive in and to have the best possible start to their exciting school learning journey.
Our new topic for the half term is Magical Moments and we will be finding out what people celebrate around the world. We will be learning about different festivals and exploring similarities. Children will be encouraged to talk about what and how they celebrate.
The first festival we explored was Diwali and the children enjoyed making large-scale rangoli patterns outside. We then had a Spooky Day and looked at how and why Halloween is celebrated, making links to the Mexican Day of the Dead.
We welcome parents coming in and talking with the children about a festival you celebrate – please speak to your class teacher if you are interested.
Daily whole class phonics sessions are well underway with the children progressing through Phase 2 of Letters and Sounds and we are really excited to begin Guided Reading sessions. Please ensure your child has their reading record and reading books in school on their reading day.
Don’t forget we have our workshop on November 7th “Supporting your Child with the Early Years Curriculum” 3:30 – 4:30. Please come along and find out what we will be learning and how to support this at home. We hope you can make it!
We encourage parents to read regularly with children and to record this in their reading record book. Each week your child will come home with a book from the colour banded selection, at an appropriate stage for them to access. They will also choose a book from the class library. Please ensure that both books are in their bags on their Guided Reading Day so they can change them.
P.E. lessons will take place on Wednesdays mornings, and will either be outdoors or indoors, weather dependent. Please keep PE kits in school so we can take advantage of opportunities on other days too. PE kit consists of: navy blue shorts, white t-shirt, navy blue tracksuit, trainers or plimsolls and spare socks in a draw string bag – remember to name all clothing and bag clearly!
Children have a fruit snack every morning and milk in the afternoon (the milk is available through Cool Milk and free for all children up until the age of 5 and then you will be asked if you wish to continue and contribute to the cost) Children have access to water throughout the day and are expected to independently help themselves.
If you have any questions about school, please contact the Office by phone, email or in person, or come and find us!