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Brockenhurst C of E Primary School

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Year R

Early Years at Brockenhurst C of E Primary School

We welcome our Early Years children into school and aim to make the transition from home to school as smooth as possible for both children and parents. The influence of the home as the earliest learning place cannot be underestimated, as each child is unique with different aptitudes and interests. In order for parents to share their views of their child's experiences and strengths we like to arrange a home visit for the class teacher to meet the children in the security of their own home.

We also have a good liaison with local playgroups, which we visit, to meet the children prior to them starting school. Children are also invited to make a visit with their pre-school leaders.

Before they start school, children have learned a great deal with their parents. They use all their senses to learn about the world around them and the people in it. At our school, we continue this pattern of learning by giving children opportunities to explore and investigate their surroundings. By taking part in carefully planned play experiences, we enable them to develop skills and cooperate with others, whilst exploring the outside world.

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  • Being Bright and a Festival of Light

    Published 19/10/17, by Ruth Stack

    We had an exciting and bright day in school today. We joined forces with Y1 and Y2 to find out more about the different ways in which Hindus might be celebrating the festival of Diwali which starts today.

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  • Mathletics and more

    Published 13/10/17, by Ruth Stack

    Congratulations to the Longslade team who were the Year R winners in this year's Maths Olympics! All the children really enjoyed doing our fun sports and counting up the scores. The money you gave today goes towards our School subscription to Mathletics which hopefully you will soon be able to access yourselves. Every child will have their own individual login and password which they can use anywhere you have the internet - with your support.

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  • Badgers, Badgers, Badgers - Here we are!

    Published 07/10/17, by Ruth Stack

    I can't belive this has been only the second full week for the Badgers, they seem so settled and confident already. Watching the children around the school both within the classroom, outside or in the hall for lunch mixing with others, knowing where to go, remembering new names and faces I am very impressed with how  quickly they are taking everything in their stride.

    Here we are in the hall practising our letters in the air having just learnt bbbb - balloon! The children have learnt quite a few of our speed sounds now and once we have introduced them all we will send a copy home for you to look through with your child.

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  • The end of our first full week

    Published 29/09/17, by Ruth Stack

    Thank you to all those Grandparents who were able to come in today. It was lovely to see you although things were a little rushed in getting ourselves ready to go to church. Thank you also for all your Harvest contributions. These were taken to church and the children took them up during the service.

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  • Arrangements for Friday

    Published 27/09/17, by Ruth Stack

    On Friday we have both Grandparents Day and our school Harvest Festival at St.Saviour's Church. The children have all been asked in assembly to bring in a tin or similar that can be passed on to the foodbank in Lymington. If they wish they can bring this in tomorrow or on Friday - Just send it in their bookbags. Bear in mind that they will be expected to carry the tins to church themselves.

    As we will be walking to church no matter what the weather please also ensure that your child has a good waterproof coat on Friday.

    Please send your child in as usual on their own on Friday morning. Don't feel you have to wait for the door to open to put their snack boxes in the basket or drinks bottle on the trolley outside, do it as soon as you arrive. Our Y6 helpers have really helped in settling the children who have needed support this week.

    Grandparents are welcome but will need to go through the main office and sign in as a visitor. Then they will be shown round to the classroom. We will have a short time with them in class before we get ourselves ready to go to church. We are anticipating that Grandparents will be walking down to church at the same time as us and come to the Harvest festival with us before returning to the school for refreshments. Then they will be able to sign out and leave. They will not be with us all day. We understand that not all grandparents will be able to come and that not all children have Grandparents and are mindful of this so please don't worry.

    If grandparents are coming back  at the end of the day to pick up your child please don't forget to complete an orange permission slip at the office so we know.

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  • Friends reunited and new friends made

    Published 22/09/17, by Ruth Stack

    We made the most of the sunshine today and spent alot of our time outdoors. Of course there were the inevitable tricky goodbyes for some but thank you parents for your patience and persistence. I know it can be hard but it was great to see that in just a few minutes all tears had gone and all children had settled into various activities around the room and the children from both groups mixed really well. Mrs Lever also came in to join us for the morning so we had all of Badger class together for the first time!

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  • PE kits and Welly boots

    Published 20/09/17, by Ruth Stack

    Please can your ensure your child has their PE kit with them in school. They can be kept in their locker until half term when we send them home for washing. We do recommend they have trainers for PE as these are much more suitable for sports outside. Today and tomorrow were our practice days for getting PE kits on and not everyone had theirs which was a shame. They certainly all enjoyed the PE lesson but they didn't all get the practice of getting changed. Stickers went to all those who did manage to get changed and put all their bits in their bags - well done!

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  • Next week in Year R

    Published 15/09/17, by Ruth Stack

    Thank you for your support in getting the children sorted and settled in the mornings. Next week please come in if you're able to on Monday or Tuesday with your child as we have one extra job you may be able to help them with after they have put their things in their lockers. We would like them to find their name and match them up to their photo to see who we have each day.

    On Wednesday and Thursday see if your child can manage saying goodbye to you at the door and sorting themselves out so that they have the chance to practise in a smaller group than on Friday when they are all in (and there won't be any parents).

    It has really helped only having half in at once and getting to know your children and what they are like. I think it has given them the chance to form relationships with ourselves as well so we do appreciate the arrangements you have made to allow this to happen. Thank you.

     

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  • Badgers making themselves at home

    Published 15/09/17, by Ruth Stack

    Both groups have successfully completed their second day which included a tour of the school, a chance to help Mrs Groves tidy up our gardens, make a fish of their own which they could catch with a magnetic wand and play pat a cake with  the playdough. They also got opportunities to get to know and play with their new classmates both indoors and out and find out more about our Golden Rules.

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  • First day fun

    Published 13/09/17, by Ruth Stack

    Mrs Lever, Mrs Groves and I have had an enjoyable first day with both the Jungle and Ocean groups. Thank you for all your help and support in getting them ready for school.

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  • First few days for YR Badgers class

    Published 10/09/17, by Ruth Stack

    Thank you for making us so welcome on our home visits. It has been really useful to get to know yourselves and your child that little bit better before they officially start school. I hope it helped you too to get to meet us and ask any questions and find out a bit more about what to expect. As our home visits are almost complete I thought it might be helpful to give you a checklist to remind you of some of the things we covered:

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  • First few days for YR Badgers class

    Published 10/09/17, by Ruth Stack

    Thank you for making us so welcome on our home visits. It has been really useful to get to know yourselves and your child that little bit better before they officially start school. I hope it helped you too to get to meet us and ask any questions and find out a bit more about what to expect. As our home visits are almost complete I thought it might be helpful to give you a checklist to remind you of some of the things we covered:

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