Dear Parents / Carers,
RE: EARLY YEARS – AUTUMN TERM
Welcome to our new families and welcome back to our familiar ones. This is an exciting term for
both the parents and children. We will have lots of new children starting school this term and later in the year as we have changed our admissions policy and are now admitting younger children. We have had to rethink the names of each age group.
Eggs - 2yr olds
Caterpillars - 3 year olds
Cocoons – 3 years old turning 4 this academic year
Butterflies - 4 year olds turning 5 this academic year
It is a big step for many children and we will be working with you as their parents and
carers to make sure that we settle all the children in so that all the children feel safe and secure at
school. Some children settle very quickly others take a long time to settle. Please trust us and work
with us as we know what we are doing.
Our RE topics for this term will be “Our class Saint”- The Nursery children will learn about Our Lady the mother of Jesus and Butterflies will learn about St Anne, the mother of Mary. This will be followed by, “God’s wonderful World and after half term My family” - Nursery
“God’s World and after half term God’s family” – Reception
Our first unit topics will be “Ourselves” and then “Birthdays after half term.” This will be a time for the children to find out about themselves, their friends, their families their similarities and differences and to learn that we are all unique and special and loved by our families, the staff at school and God. We will all visit the farm and continue to do so throughout the year to look at the changes that occur around us in our environment. The Butterflies are also hoping to visit Bethnal Green Toy Museum later in the term but the date has not yet been finalised.
We will be having a meeting for the Butterfly parents once all the new Reception aged children have started school to explain how you can help support your child at home with their phonics and reading on Thursday 20thh September at 8.30am and 3.30pm. All parents of Butterfly children are expected to attend this meeting and it is run both before school and after school to accommodate working parents. When you attend this meeting we will be supplying you with a set of the phonic cards that the school use to help your child at home.
Every Tuesday at 2.30pm each Butterfly child will be choosing a book of their choice to enjoy from our school library. We ask that you read and share this book with your child. If you wish to come and
help your child choose their book you are very welcome to come to these sessions. Just speak to
Once the Eggs, Caterpillars and Cocoons are feeling confident in the classroom we too will be visiting the library and they too will be able to choose a book to bring home with them. We will notify you of the date and times later. It is important that the children return their library book each week so that they can take a different book home. If a book is lost or damaged it will incur a cost of £5.00 to replace it.
The Butterflies will also receive a reading book and a reading record book. How to use these books to support your child’s learning will be explained at the above phonic meeting.
After the half term the Butterflies will begin rehearsals for the Infant Nativity Play which will be with the years 1 and 2 on 10th December at 2.00pm. The Eggs, Caterpillars and Cocoons if feeling confident enough then they too will rehearse for a simple Nativity play which will be performed on Tuesday 6th of December at 10.00am for full time and morning children and 2.00pm for full time and afternoon children in the Junior hall. All parents and other family members or friends are welcome to attend both events.
Looking forward to meeting you all.
The Foundation Stage Team