Hello and welcome to the Sunflower Class page.
We 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 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. If you haven't started your account please speak to one of us to get you started.
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 please collect your child from the playground, 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 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 that match the sounds that your child is learning at school. To share how your child is progressing with their reading we will write in their reading record book and we ask that you write in there too. (Videos coming soon that show more about how we read at school with your child)
We teach sounds and reading in Reception following a scheme called Read, Write Inc. Each day we introduce a new sound and to reinforce and practice each sound we ask that you practice at home with your child to ensure they make good progress. (Videos coming soon for each sound that we have learnt at school to help you with this.)
Here is a link for the Oxford Owl website for Read Write Inc phonic resources plus free eBooks to match the sounds we learn.
We also teach Maths using a scheme called Maths Mastery. Each week we teach a different topic of mathematics so that the children become masters of maths! We use Tapestry to tell you what the weekly topic will be and what the topic learning is, as well as songs to enhance their learning.
In the Reception classes at Westborough the children work and play 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 both class bases and in the garden. This is known as ‘continuous provision’ which means the children can access the classrooms and garden 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
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.