Newsletter 6.9.13

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Dear Parents,

Every week we have a newsletter that tells you what we have been doing this week and what we will do next week. Today this newsletter is in paper copy but from next week onwards the newsletter will be on the class blog and on the school website, as we are an Eco school and like to reduce our paper waste.

This week was our first week at school. Day by day we have grown in confidence and become used to our new learning environment. We love that we have so many different things to choose and learn with, we have a sand pit, water, Building Area, Investigation Area and much more. We had a treasure hunt today from Percy which was brilliant and at the end we found chocolate! We really have had a great week. Miss Irwin and Miss Kippen think we have all settled in really well and we are making good friendships already. Apparently we are a very lively class Jonah!

Next week will be our first full week in school and we will be starting our new topic which we planned today! Our new topic as chosen by us is…’. Next week we will also start with our full time table of learning. We will also be having P.E, show and tell and assembly on Friday.

P.E days are Monday and Wednesday. P.E kit is navy bottoms and white top. We suggest shorts and jogging bottoms, as then we can go outside and inside through out the year. It’s also a good idea to have pumps and trainers for the same reason. All P.E clothes are available from the office.

On Thursday morning every week Mrs Armitt covers the class for Miss Irwin’s PPA time and she will be doing Music time and R.E. We met her yesterday and we really like her.

Every day Miss Irwin picks somebody to be her super star of the day and this person gets a badge to wear home and for the next day. It must be returned the next day so it can go to somebody else.

On a Friday Paddington Bear gets to go home with somebody who has worked really hard all week at their learning, behaviour and friendships and has followed the class rules. Paddington stays the whole weekend and we get to fill in the book of things he did with us at home. Then we bring it into school and share it with our friends.

Today we went home with our leaning packs. In our learning packs are lots of things to help our brains to grow big.We have a reading diary which can be used to communicate with school if we can’t speak to a member of the Reception team. We have laminated cards, sounds and helpful hints. The reason why we have these things is because if we learn at home and at school our brains will get even bigger!

In our learning packs are sound pockets with sound cards we have learnt this week, with Phoneme grids to eventually make words in with our sounds. We need to practise these at home with you. As we learn more sounds and words they will get put in our packs too. We will continue to be tested on these at school to make sure our sounds are secure.

Next week when we have all shown Miss Irwin how good we are at our sounds we will start to come home with reading books and we will be given a bugclub log in to read online books at home on the computer.

How can you help at home this week?

  • Practise the new sounds ‘s’ and ‘a’. Can they write the new letters, show you the actions and sing you the jolly phonic song. When we write ‘s’ we start at the top and do a curly top and then a curly bottom. When we write an ‘a’ we start at the top and give it a curly belly, we go up the stick and meet the top then down the stick and flick.
  • Go on the computer and practise the jolly phonics songs ‘s’ and ‘a’.
  • Practise number formation on our new formation cards.


Don’t forget it is inset on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th. Merekats Out of School Club are contactable through Miss Kippen.

Reception Welcome Evening- Tuesday 24th 6pm. This evening is to go through the curriculum, answer any questions, show you bigclub and explain what is expected in Reception and school from children and parents. All parents are invited and a leter will be sent out nearer the time to confirm numbers. This is an important meeting that would be very worthwhile your attendance for you and your child.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Irwin and Miss Kippen


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