8th September 2017
We would like to say a big welcome to Long Itchington Primary School. I hope you all had a wonderful summer with lots of exciting events - from talking to the children it appears that they had lots of fun.
Back at school, the children are settling in nicely into Reception Class and are beginning to learn the rules and routines of school life. School can be a very scary place at first but the children are all adapting to the change fantastically and we are enjoying getting to know all of them.
We are aware that it is also a big change for parents too, but if you do ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to pop in and see us at the end of the school day.
For this first two weeks we will be focusing on settling the children in to their new environment, allowing them to explore their surroundings and interact with their peers. We will also spend some time getting used to school routines and deciding on classroom rules.
Next week we will begin to look at our topics for this half term. They are ‘All about me’ and ‘Autumn’ which will involve children discussing special features about themselves, naming parts of the body, painting self-portraits and talking about their families and things they like to do together. If possible could all children please bring in a family photo (with their names on).
Our autumn topic will involve lots of welly walks where children will have the chance to explore our grounds looking for signs of autumn and creating autumn pictures.
PE and Games
The children will have PE lessons Friday mornings. They will need suitable PE kit on these days (white t-shirts and blue/black shorts). These sessions will be taken in the hall and so children do not need pumps until the summer term. Please can you ensure that all uniform and PE kits are named. The kit will be kept in school until the end of each half term when they will be sent home to wash.
The children will be taking part in welly walks around the school which will give the children the chance to explore our beautiful grounds Please can you ensure that children have wellies and coats in school for this.
We will soon be sending children home with appropriate reading books. At first these books will be picture books that allow children to tell a story in their own words. Please encourage your child to talk about what is happening in the pictures, how they think the character is feeling and what may happen next. These are all very important early literacy skills that will enable children to become capable and confident readers. It is extremely important for you to hear your child read every night where possible and encourage them to look at a variety of different texts. Children will be heard read by a teacher, a classroom helper or parent each week.
Could children please bring a named water bottle into school with them each day filled with water only. These will be sent home with children at the end of the day.
If any parents are free to volunteer their help in school with listening to readers this would be greatly appreciated. You will need to fill out a DBS form which can be filled out online with details from the school office.
Notes for teachers from parents
Just inside the entrance to our classroom where you drop your children in the morning there is a whiteboard. Please feel free to write notes on there which you might have for us, e.g about your child going to LIAS or if somebody else is picking your child up. We check it daily.
Gemma Townend and Sara Lees
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