Newsletter – 7th September 2018 Welcome to all of our new children, they have all settled really well over the last few days and are gaining in confidence each day. We look forward to seeing this continue next week. This is our EYFS newsletter for Little Chicks and Ducklings. This newsletter will be sent out every fortnight, usually on a Friday. It will inform you of the themes, activities and learning the children have been partaking in and those which we will be covering. There will also be suggestions as to how you can support your child’s learning at home. Requests for items they/we may require such as boxes for junk modelling, dates for your diary and lots more information. We will also pass on day to day information informally at “Meet and Greet” and “Goodbye” time when you drop off and pick up your children. This is also a time for you to let us know of anything that you feel is important. The newsletter will usually be emailed out so if you change your email address or require a paper copy please can you let Mrs Deaville or Miss Savage know in the office. This week the children have been learning our four ‘Golden Rules’: We are kind We share the toys We tidy-up We walk in the classroom So far this week, we have been making lots of new friends, learning the names of our new friends and staff, finding out where we put our belongings in our classrooms and learning all about our daily routines. Over the next few days we will be putting lots of photographs of our first few days in school on our blog on the school website. Throughout the year the blog will be the place to look each week to see how the children are learning and what they are up to. Arriving at Little Chicks – Each child has a ‘Chick’ on the wall which they should take off the wall and place in the basket next to the smartboard. Whilst your child is doing this please can you sign your child in and write down their lunch order if they are having a school lunch. ‘We are reading!’ – Like most Lancashire schools, we are taking part in this reading initiative and all year will have a big focus on reading. Each child will be bringing home a small heart shape which will form part of a whole school reading display. Please can you ask your child what it is they like about reading or what their favourite book or character is and for you to write it in their heart and return it school, by next week. ‘Little Chicks are story sharers’ and ‘Ducklings are everywhere readers’ are our mottos. It would be really lovely if you could send in or email in photographs of your child reading for our display. So photographs of Little Chicks sharing stories with their families and Ducklings sending in
photographs of them reading everywhere, for e.g. reading a street sign, a birthday card or reading a story in the garden! The stranger, the better! email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Many thanks. Ducklings’ Teachers Mrs Catterall and Mrs Lees have some time out of class each week to plan, prepare and assess. Mrs Lees will be out of class each Thursday afternoon and Mrs Catterall each Wednesday. During these times Mrs Stock (who the children know) will teach the Ducklings. Ducklings’ PE Ducklings will have PE each Wednesday. Please remove all earrings or cover them with plasters, before coming to school. Long hair needs to be tied back every day and not just on PE days. Thank you. Reminders Wellies and Puddle Suits- If you haven’t yet sent in a pair of wellies for your child or a puddle suit, please can you do so as soon as possible? The children learn outdoors every day and in all weathers! Names – Please can all items of uniform and other belongings, including shoes be named. You can help your child learn by: spending time to talk about their day. What have they enjoyed doing at Little Chicks? Who have they played with? Don’t be surprised or worried though if they say “I don’t know,” it is a natural response and I can assure you they have all been very busy! WANTED! - Donations for our dressing up collection, items such as old hats and scarves, waistcoats, ties, handbags, etc. How can you help? Spend time talking about their day. What have they done? Who did you play with? Over the next few weeks we will be starting our topic all about Ourselves. Talk about the different parts of the body. What can you do with your body? How are we all the same and different? Practise putting on and taking off your coat, especially if the sleeves are inside out!
Dates for your diary: Monday 10th September – Ducklings Meet the teacher @ 3.30pm and 5pm Friday 21st September – Reading Day, Volunteers to listen to readers or tell a story –let your child’s class teacher know! Wednesday 3rd October –Talk about Phonics, Reading and Writing for Ducklings’ Parents in The Wing (at the front of school) 9.00-9.45am School closes for half-term – Friday 19th October at 3.30pm Monday 5th November – School re-opens