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.