Welcome to Sunflower class

Your class teacher is

Miss Smith

Your Learning Support Assistant is

Matt Hanning

and your Teaching Assistant is

Jo Butler

We have P.E. on

to be confirmed

Your child’s PE kit stays at school for the whole of each half term and then we send them home for a wash during the holidays.

Welcome to Sunflower Class!  Our page is almost ready for the new term.

Hello everyone!

Matt, Jo and I are really excited for the start of this new school year with your child. We are looking forward to getting to know your children and you too! These first few weeks we will be settling in the children to the routine of the school day and observing them to see how they learn and the best way to start off their school life!

Once we feel the children have settled we will be sending home reading books and other types of homework that you can do with your child at home to help support them in their learning. I will let you know more about this when it happens.

We held some workshop afternoons during the week beginning the 17th of September 2018, talking about and explaining in more detail what your child does at school….I hope you found them useful.  

We use the online journal Tapestry regularly to communicate to you how and what your child is learning at school. You can also use it to tell us about what your child is getting up to outside of school. We love to share their photos and activities with the whole class.

Please ensure your child arrives at school on time, this is an important time of the day for the class. Two of the Early Years staff will be at the gate to welcome the children and at this time you can pass on any information we may need to know for that day, such as someone different collecting them from school.

When school finishes you can collect your child from the garden which is in front of the Nursery building.  Members of staff will be there to see the children home and also for any conversations you may wish to have about your child.

We look forward to seeing you all! 

We learn through play in the Early Years and we do this by allowing the children to lead their own learning through activities in and out of the classroom. You will be able to see what your child gets up to through your child’s online journal on Tapestry. If you have not already done so please send in your details to us so we can set up your account. 

We will send home reading books and a reading record book in your child’s book bag. This is your chance to share books at home from our reading scheme and we would like you to carry on writing in the record book so we can see the progress they are making with you. We will write in these too.

We are teaching sounds to your children, and following a scheme called Read, Write Inc. Each day we introduce a new sound. To help reinforce and practice each sound we send home a sheet of paper with the same letter we have introduced for you to do at home with your child. It would be really great if you could complete these with your child. Click on the video link below for extra help with letters and sounds.

 

We also teach Maths using a scheme called Maths Mastery. Each week we teach a different topic of mathematics and we also will be sending home a sheet to match that topic for you to do at home with your child.

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In the Early Years at Westborough our Nursery and Year 0/Reception classes work together.

Each child has their own class base and adults, where they will arrive and go home from and have class times such as Read, Write, Inc, Maths Mastery teaching, story time and sharing news times.

The rest of the day the children have access to all the learning areas that have been set up across all four class bases and all three gardens. This is known as ‘continuous provision’ which means the children can access the classrooms and gardens to lead their own learning. The teachers and teaching assistants observe and work alongside the children to enhance their learning, help develop their skills and encourage them to apply the skills we teach them into their play. We encourage all the children to access all the areas to give them confidence to develop to their full potential at school.

Please ensure your child has all their uniform, coats, P.E. kit and bags labelled clearly. Thank you

 

School lunch 

All children in Year 0 are entitled to a free school meal.

The menu is designed and cooked by our experienced catering staff from fresh every day. The menu runs on a 3 week timetable and can be found on the link above. Every child is entitled to lunch and it is a good social and learning experience for the children as well as saving you making a packed lunch every day!

The Early Years staff have lunch with the children to encourage tasting and eating a variety of foods and good table manners.

 

Please come and ask any member of the Early Years staff anything you are unsure of. Every morning there is a member of staff at the gate that you can speak to. If it is something more detailed you can make an appointment to see the teacher after school.