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Autumn 1, Weeks 1-2

What a successful week we have had in Class One this week! All children have settled extremely well into their new routine and it has been a joy to get to know some of our new intake over the course of the week. The children have been up to many different and exciting activities including rainbow sand mark-making, painting, PE lessons with Mr Smith, number work, phonics sessions, a visit to St Ippolyts church and more. It is also really lovely to see so many children coming in so independently and seeing how our much big Year One children have grown!

The Year Ones have risen to the challenge on trickier work and have been busy getting to grips with writing and working in their new exercise books. They have been busy writing about their summer holidays, doing some RSHE work on feelings and hygiene and have had fun learning their new spellings in their spelling books. We are all amazed at how much they have produced this week so a big well done to them all!

A big thank you to all the new parents for being so patient at the gate as we learn all of your names and faces and also for ensuring that all school uniform is clearly named. This has made things much easier for us all this week and is very much appreciated, especially with 3 PE lessons already this week!  Our PE days in Class One will be on a Tuesday and Wednesday this year where the children will change into their full kits and on Thursday we will have a short 'fine and gross motor-skills session' which the children can stay in their uniforms for.  We do ask however that children keep their kits in school all week; if you would like them to bring it home for a wash at weekends, just let us know and we will make sure they bring it home to you on a Friday.


  • A reminder to all parents that children’s reading books will be changed each Monday, Wednesday and Friday if your child is in Reception. Your child will be heard read by the class adults throughout the week so please ensure these come into school each day in book-bags. Year One children are encouraged to change their book daily (only if they have read at home).
  • Water bottles should contain still, unflavoured water only. Your child may also bring in one fruit or vegetable item each day to eat at their snack-time. We ask that you do not send in cereal bars/ crackers/ yoghurt covered fruit/ cheeses or other similar items please. We are also kindly asking at the moment that children bring their snack either as a loose piece of fruit/ veg OR in a disposable bag only please (no snack-pots or tubs).
  • As part of the Early Years Curriculum, children are encouraged to work and learn outside as part of an ‘extended classroom’ in out outside area. We have a saying in Reception that there is no such thing as bad weather, only wrong clothing! You may therefore like your children to bring in some wellington boots to keep in class each day, so that they are suitably dressed for all weathers. Some of our best learning and experimenting comes from playing in the rain and with puddles!
  • Lastly, all children are expected to change for PE at school with a level of independence. Whilst we will always help those who need it, we encourage children to ‘have a go’ at doing up/ undoing buttons and ties, before seeking help from a grown up. We therefore ask that you practice this at home with your child over the next half term or so, so that they can get used to dressing and undressing with confidence. You may also wish to support your child to recognise their belongings by ensuring they can read their name themselves.
  • Last of all, a big thank you to parents for being so prompt with morning drop-offs and afternoon pick-ups at the gate. Due to our COVID staggered timetable at school, all teachers are aiming to get children in/out as quickly as possible/ within 5 minutes and so we ask kindly that you only stop to chat to a member of staff if you have a pressing or urgent notice.

Thank you to all for a great first week, it has been lovely chatting to some of you at the gate and I look forward to getting to know you and the children more over the coming year!

Miss Ingle and the Class One team

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