What Parents Need to Know
We have PE on a Wednesday and a Friday and the children have one session outside and one session inside. We ask that parents take their children PE kits to be washed every half term.
All children need to have:
- A white T-shirt
- Green Shorts
- Trainers (Velcro please)
- Jogging bottom and Jumper (in a dark colour, no hoods please)
- Change of pants and socks is useful.
To link with our learning in school, we set weekly activities which require the children to apply the skills that they have learned that week. These activities will range from writing and number activities to creative pictures and collages. Home learning not only helps the children to consolidate their learning from school, but also allow you to play a part in their learning too.
All children have a home learning book which will be in their book bags. Home learning is sent home on a Wednesday and usually needs to be completed by the following Monday. Home learning is a lovely opportunity to get involved with your child’s learning and support them with things that we are learning at school.
Reading is an essential skill for your child to learn. Through the learning of sounds and high frequency words within Foundation Stage the children will develop their confidence to sound out and read a variety of words. It is important that the children are exposed to a range of texts so that they can apply their knowledge of sounds and words in different contexts.
Information texts are a good way to develop the children's skills of finding answers to questions and understanding the different features within the text, for example headings, contents pages and labels.
When reading story books, the children not only need to gain an understanding of how to break down words using their phonic knowledge, but also have a good comprehension and understanding of the story. To develop their skills of understanding, you could try asking your child questions about the plot, characters and what might happen next using the pictures within the story to support them.
In reception the children are given two books twice a week and are only changed once the books have been read at home. We change the book on Monday and a Thursday is you put your child’s reading folder in the drop box provided.
Within their reading diaries we will look for each book title to be signed and dated when they have been read. A short comment also helps us to know how they are getting on with reading at home and identify any areas for support.
After the first half term we will be sending word boxes home for the children to practice key words at home. The word boxes will be sent home in each their reading and communication book for you to support your child to read them by sight.