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A story to begin our year together in Owls Class. Just like you Hugless Douglas starts a new school/class Password Reception2020
Welcome to Owls Class
We are looking forward to a fantastic year together!
Welcome to Owls Class and, for those of you who are new to the school, to Woody P! We hope that you are as excited as we are to begin our year together. I am Ms Hayward your Class Teacher supported by our fantastic Teaching and Learning Assistants, Ms Carmody and Mrs Gorle. Mrs B will come and see you when I am not teaching in the classroom (usually on a Monday afternoon). This is your class page and is one place where we aim to celebrate all the wonderful things that we have been experiencing, exploring and achieving together with your family and friends. We hope that they will check in once in a while here and that you will be able to share with them some of the 'magic' that happens in Owls Class Your families will also find links to some useful websites and documents that they may wish to use to support you at home now and later in our year together. There is also a small story section where I have added some story videos for your use if you so wish. They definitely do not replace sharing a 'real' book on the sofa or a comfy bean bag but I hope that you enjoy them if you do choose to make use of them.
September 2021 - We are very excited that we can now return to welcoming you back into our classroom at the beginning of the year (fingers crossed nothing happens to change this!). This is something that we have missed. So, please do come in the classroom in the morning and help settle your child, encouraging them to be as independent as possible, have a chat with us and enjoy our classroom. The plan is that this will continue until at least the mid term break at the end of October when we will ask you to say your goodbyes outside of the classroom in the EYFS garden.
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Autumn Term 1
‘Being Me in My World’
Bring your ‘Marvellous Me’ bag into school having chosen 1 or 2 objects and/or photographs that are special to you to share with us all. Maybe you would like to draw a picture and you can even decorate your bag too! We will share them with our class and then 'hang' them on our 'Board of Marvellous Me' for everyone to see
Ms Hayward, Ms Carmody and Mrs Gorle are looking forward to getting to know you all. We hope to share with you what you like (and don’t like), what you are good at and what you might like help with, all the things that make you special! Perhaps you might like to share how you celebrate special occasions with your family, if you have brothers and sisters and how many pets you have or what you do when you are not at school?! We can't wait!
This year will be full of challenges for you to master, some as an individual, others as a team. Right from the beginning you will be expected to attempt to do things for yourself, growing in independence as the year progresses. We are looking forward to watching how you master new skills and enhance existing ones. There is nothing that you cannot do ... you simply cannot do it 'yet'! We will be on hand to support and encourage you to 'do your best' and 'keep on trying'.
Together this term we will explore what our school rules Be Ready, Be Respectful and Be Safe look and feel like and how this translates into life in our classroom. What does being a fantastic Owl look like? How should we be with the people around us? How should we use the resources on offer in our learning environment and how can we look after them and keep our learning spaces clean, tidy and safe for ourselves and others?
Sharing stories and singing songs together will play an important part in your learning and in this term especially so ... let us know your favourites and we can share them together! There will be plenty of opportunities for you to make and build things, draw and paint pictures, perform shows, run, climb and balance, share a good book, 'get messy' ... and just be you!
Are you ready Owls? Let's go and see where our journey takes us!
A little reminder for the grown-ups!
Punctuality & Arrival & Departure - Please remember that children are expected to arrive at school promptly. Our day begins 8.40am and ends at 3.15pm. You are welcome to come into the classroom at the beginning of the day and help settle your child. This will be the case until the October mid term break.
Water Bottles - Learning is thirsty work! To make sure all children are kept hydrated and ready to learn, your child must have a named water bottle to bring into class. Facilities are available to refill bottles in the classroom during the day. Please only fill your child's bottle with water. Thank you. Children are also entitled to a drink of milk up to and including their 5th birthday. There is the option to purchase milk after your child turns 5 should you wish to (See Autumn Newsletter for further information).
Afternoon Snack - Learning can be hungry work too! Please provide a healthy snack of fruit or raw vegetables for your child in a clearly named box or bag. Your child will be provided with a snack during the morning.
Welly Wednesday - Your child has free access throughout the week to the outdoor learning environment during the school day. On Wednesdays we take this further still, taking our learning completely outside whatever the weather. With this in mind we ask that your child has a pair of named welly boots in school or an alternative pair of shoes. Things can and do get messy!!
PE Kits - Your child will be expected to attend school in their PE kits on their allotted day and stay in their kit all day. Our planned PE slot is Friday afternoon. We will be taking our lessons inside and outside so please ensure that the children are dressed for the cold and wet weather with sensible footwear. Thank you.
Class Fund - Each term we ask for a small contribution of £2. This enables us to purchase additional resources to support your child's learning, an example of which might be baking ingredients, specific arts and crafts materials or during the summer term, caterpillars in order to observe the life cycle at close quarters. Thank you in advance for your support. Please make your payment either via your online sQuid account under 'school fund donations' or place the cash in a named envelope and pass to a member of the class team. Some families choose to pay termly whilst others pay for the whole year (£12). We are incredibly grateful to those of you who contribute in this way it is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Within the next section you will find documents and links that will support you in your development and learning during your time in Owls Class.
Within the next section you will find our 'celebration' of all the things that make Owls Class the 'magical' place it is It is split into each term ... there will be photos, videos, examples of 'work', links to stories we have shared and lots more besides!
Please take a look and share our 'magical moments' with your children.