Term 3 Blog

Happy New Year to you all!

                   

I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful Christmas holiday. All the Reception team would like to say a huge thank you for all the kind words, cards and gifts we received at Christmas, we very much appreciate them.

                  

This term we will restart Forest School. The new fencing is in place and as soon as we are given the thumbs up we will start our outdoor learning sessions. Forest school is the chance for children to take their learning outdoors where they will experience a mixture of direct teaching and self directed activity, just as in the classroom. Outdoor learning is hugely advantageous to young children, both physically and mentally. Forest school helps children to learn by experience, build confidence and independence whilst developing their empathy for each other as well as nature

                  

Approximately half of the class will go down to the Dell for Forest School on Thursday mornings after phonics. The group will be led by Mrs Jackson who is an experienced Forest School leader. Children not in the first group will continue to be taught by Mrs Street-Poulsen who will use this time to stretch and challenge each child according to his or her particular needs. After half term the groups will swap so that everyone experiences a small group Forest school. In addition to the Thursday session, the whole class will visit the Dell for a short session on Friday mornings. The groups will continue to alternate each half term until the end of the school year.

 

For Forest School sessions it is very important that the children are dressed appropriately. Please ensure your child has a warm and waterproof coat, waterproof trousers, a hat and, very importantly, warm gloves in school. Girls should wear trousers or tights to ensure their legs are warm. Children who are cold do not enjoy or receive the benefits of Forest school so please do make sure your child is properly dressed. In the Summer months children will require a sun hat.

 

The children are making good progress with their reading. Children should be practising their reading at least 4 times each week with an adult. Children have a variety of material to practise with in their book bags. They could practise reading from their school books or their Read Write Inc sheets and words. You can encourage your children to sound out words in the supermarket or read numbers on speed limit signs. Everything counts, get your child to show off exactly how much they can do and praise them for every effort! The more you do this, the more they will want to show you and the better they will become. Please remember to record the reading in your child’s diary. Everyone likes to tell us how many reads they are up to. Some children will receive their ‘100 reads’ badge this term!

Some children are beginning to try writing notes to us and each other. This is an important and exciting step. Do encourage your child to write all the sounds they can hear in a word. But please don’t worry at all if their spelling isn’t quite right yet, it’s more important to have the confidence to give it a go!

Some children are not bringing their book bags each day. Please ensure your child has theirs so we can read with and to them, change their book if necessary and record this in the reading diary. This is also where we will put any communication to you from us or others (ie party invitations).

A gentle reminder that water bottles should contain water only please……

As always if you have any worries or questions about your child please do come and see us.

Thank you for your continued support,

 

The Reception team

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Term 3 Overview

We would like to wish all our families a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Dear Parents,

 

Wow! Term 2 already, this year is flying by. We are really proud of how well the children have settled into school life and how much learning is taking place every day. Thank you for all your support settling your child into school. Please remember to send your child with their book bag every day as this is where we will put communication to you.

 

PE will continue on Tuesdays. This term we will be changing. Children will need black shorts and a plain white T-shirt. PE can be done in bare feet or in plimsolls. Trainers will not be needed until the Spring term when we go outside. Please make sure everything is named. Children will be encouraged to change themselves, staff will be on hand to help if necessary but children will be expected to try to dress themselves. Please help your child by practising at home as much as you can. It is a good idea not to wear tights on Tuesdays! Please make sure long hair is tied back and earrings are removed.

 

We will continue to send home story books from our class library. Please take time to share a book regularly with your child. Encourage him / her to tell you what is happening in the story by “reading the pictures”. This is great preparation for starting to read. As children begin to demonstrate they can blend sounds into words, they will also bring home a reading book to read to you. Please be aware some children find blending very difficult and so may not receive their reading book for a few weeks. This is perfectly normal and does not mean your child will fall behind. Unfortunately if children do not bring a book bag they will not be allowed to borrow class library books or reading books.

 

Finally, if your child is unwell please telephone the school office on 01993 702599 as soon as possible. If children have vomited or have had diarrhoea they must stay at home until 48 hours after the last episode. Children with coughs and colds shouldn’t be kept off school. We are always grateful for any donations of boxes of tissues!

 

If there is anything at all you are worried or concerned about don’t let it fester - please come and talk to us.

 

Thank you for all your support,

 

The Reception Team

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Dear Parents,

Welcome to Tower Hill! We are enjoying getting to know all the children and are really proud of how well they are settling into school life. We have already made a start with phonics and the learning so far is tremendous! Thank you for all your support settling your child into school.

                   

Our online learning journal, where your child’s achievements are recorded in notes, photographs and sometimes video clips is called Tapestry. If your child attended Tower Hill Nursery they will already have a Tapestry account. These will be up and running again in the next few days. If your child is new to the school we will create an account for them. Tapestry will then send you an email to create a password for your child. Existing accounts will keep the same password as last year.

              

PE will be on Tuesdays. Children will not need their kit this term as we will do PE in bare feet for this term. However as the weather becomes colder it is a good idea to wear trousers instead of tights on Tuesdays! Please make sure long hair is tied back and earrings are removed. Although children do not need a PE kit this term we would like all children to have a change of clothes including underwear just in case of accidents. If you have not already done so please make sure this is in a small named bag on your child’s peg.

              

Sharing story books regularly is an important part of learning to read. Each Monday we will change your child’s story book and record it in their reading diary. The reading diaries are new this year. We hope the stickers and certificates in the diaries will help to excite the children and we will monitor who has earnt their ‘25 reads certificate’ and celebrate with them in class too. Books can be changed daily if your child wishes, just take a new book out of the basket and return the old one for someone else to borrow. The books in the basket will be changed regularly. To help your child with their reading you can encourage him / her to tell you what is happening in the story by “reading the pictures”. Guessing what might happen next or remembering a time when something similar has happened to you is also great preparation for starting to read. Unfortunately if children do not bring a book bag they will not be allowed to borrow class library books. Please try to remember your book bag every day as this is where we will put any letters to you.

              

Some children have not yet brought in their wellies and waterproofs. As with all items of clothing these should be clearly marked with your child’s name. We would be grateful if these could come into school as soon as possible in order that we are prepared for the wet weather. Rain and snow are exciting and we go out in all weathers!

 

Finally, if your child is unwell please telephone the school office on 01993 702599 as soon as possible. If children have vomited or have had diarrhoea they must stay at home until 48 hours after the last episode. Children with coughs and colds shouldn’t be kept off school. We are always grateful for any donations of boxes of tissues!

 

If there is anything at all you are worried or concerned about don’t let it fester - please come and talk to us.

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