Dear Parents / Carers,
RE: EARLY YEARS – SPRING TERM
Welcome back to our Spring Term. It is nice to see the children returning back to school full of energy and enthusiasm.
Welcome to any new pupils and parents who have joined the Caterpillars or Butterflies we hope you will be very happy in our school.
Our first unit topic will be “Animals” – polar and then farm and other animals. This will then link into “dinosaurs” followed by “Spring.” Our Nursery RE topics will be: The Holy Family and Good Friends, our Reception RE topics will be Getting to Know Jesus and Sorrow and Joy.
After half term the Butterflies are hoping to visit Crystal palace to see the dinosaurs in there and the National gallery later this term. If would be helpful if as many parents as possible could come on these trips so that we have a high child to adult ratio.
We would like it if each child could also bring in some seeds to sow after the half term. During your visits to the park please look at the differences between Autumn and Winter. Talk about animals there that may hibernate and how we have to be careful to protect these animals such as hedgehogs. See if you can point out how the weather changes as you walk to school and the clothes that we need to wear.
This is a good season to work on your children putting their own coats on and off and trying to fasten their own coats and zips. Please ensure that your child does come to school with a hat, gloves and a warm coat and one that is waterproof on a wet day. If it is very cold, we do not let them out without a hat.
Reception are enjoying the “All About Me boxes.” This is a box of items and objects that the children bring in that will tell us about what is important to them about their home and family. Mrs Renton will talk to you about this activity when it is your child’s turn.
The Reception children are making good progress in their handwriting, we would like to thank you for all your hard work and support. It will be a skill that we will be focusing on throughout the rest of the year. Nursery parents you will see that any handwriting written by the adults in Nursery is written in the pre cursive form, please use the laminated name card that we gave to you on entry to school, at home to help your child write their name. The only capital letter they should use is at the start of their name.
As you may have noticed we now have our lovely new beach huts/sheds in the playgrounds. It gives us the option of storing more resources and having more space to play and run.
Thank you so much for supporting our fund raising events this year. We will be planning to have an EYFS Valentines party for the children on Thursday the 14th February from 3.15 – 4.15pm. All children who wish may wear red/pink to school on that day for a charge of £1.00 and for the party we will charge an additional £2.00. Please can you ensure you make arrangements to ensure that no siblings attend this event. We do not have the adult to child ratio to support this.
If you have any ideas on how we can raise more funds that include either you or your children enjoying yourselves please let us know.
The Foundation Stage Team