Teacher; Miss Robertson Nursery Nurse; Mrs Murrell
Welcome to Oak Class, we are really looking forward to getting to know you all!
To begin with in their first week, all new children will be going home for lunch and are welcome to return in the afternoon at 1.15. They do not have to come back in the afternoons but we do recommend returning at least for a couple of days in order to get the children used to a full day at school.
Please provide your child with a pair of PE shoes, and keep these in a PE bag on their peg. Please do remember to clearly label your child’s uniform (especially jumpers) and PE shoes with their name!!
Our first topic will be Nursery Rhymes, we will be doing lots of fun and creative activities linked to the topic this half term.
We will also have an interest table in the classroom, if your child has a book or toy linked to the topic or rhyme of the week then they may bring it in to share with the class.
We will begin doing shared reading and sound work everyday. Once all the children have started school, there will be a reading meeting for all parents on the 11th October. Following your attendance at this meeting, the children will be given book bags to take home daily. We will provide you with more information about this at a later date.
All the children will be encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas with their classmates. Children will be supported to speak in full sentences and use as much interesting vocabulary as possible.
We will begin work on Letters and Sounds phase one, and will have fun phonic activities everyday. If you would like some ideas of what you may do at home, please find a link at the bottom of the page.
We shall be doing shared reading everyday from a big book or nursery rhyme, and the children will begin to focus on key words. We will also begin some individual reading sessions in which the children will be encouraged to talk about the pictures, characters and sequence of events. Once the children have taken their book bags home, they will also be given a word pack with some focus words from our big book and other tricky words to learn.
The children will be given lots of opportunities to write and draw, and we shall be encouraging them to form all the letters correctly. If you would like to help your child with letter formation please refer to information you were given at the meeting before the summer. Those children who are not quite ready for writing will practise fine motor control and mark making in a variety of media.
We will be doing daily problem solving, reasoning and numeracy activities. This will include encouraging the children to recognise, say and use numbers in the correct order, copy and make their own repeating patterns, making sets of different objects and discussing the methods that they have used. We will begin to explore and talk about 2D shapes and their properties.
Please take the opportunity to reinforce number recognition, counting and basic practical adding and taking away with your child at home.
Our first Religious Education topic this half term will be ‘Myself’. You will get a separate RE newsletter giving you more information about the work we will be doing for each topic. We will be doing lots of work about themselves and their family, we will also be teaching them our school mission statement and daily prayers.
You are all invited to join us to celebrate the beginning of the school year by having a special celebration mass led by Father Sean in the church on the 29th September at 9.15am. If your child has not started school by then, please do try and join us as we would like all children and as many parents as possible to come.
The children are provided with a piece of fresh fruit as a midmorning snack, please help us to encourage them to eat this. Also we like children to have constant access to water so on their first day at school your child will be given a water bottle. Please refill their water bottles daily and make sure they remember to bring it to school.
Once all the children have all settled in school we would love to have parents/friends to help in the classroom. Please speak to one of us if you are interested. Please note that all volunteers have to have had a police check and be cleared.
If you have any further queries or issues you wish to discuss, you are welcome to pop in after school or ring to arrange an appointment.
Please do not hesitate to do so, as we are more than happy to resolve any worries or concerns that you may have.