First few days for YR Badgers class
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:
School starts at 8:45. You can come in with your child through the side gate and in to the Reception playground to wait. The side gate is openede at 8:30 by Mr.Harvey (our caretaker) and Mr. Littlewood (head teacher)
You will need to bring with you:
- Clearly named shoe box containing change of clothes
- Book bag
- Snack to have mid morning, named and no nuts
- named water bottle
- lunch box if your child is having packed lunch (you can decide this on a daily basis)
- glasses case if your child wears glasses
These will all be needed on their first day. Other things they will need but not til the second week are:
- PE kit (shorts, t-shirt and trainers essential)
- named waterproofs for all weather outdoor play
- named welly boots
If you want to bring these in during the first week that's fine but with little hands to hold and so much to think about you don't need to bring everything on the first day. Please don't bring in anything else from home as it can run the risk of being lost, broken or stolen. If there is something special we want the children to bring in we would inform you first.
We are happy for you to come in with your child for the first few sessions to help them find their locker, choose their lunch and settle to an activity. You can leave as soon as you feel happy to leave your child but we will be asking all parents to leave by 9am so we can settle the children to a story and begin our school day.
Our story to start is Sharing a Shell by Julia Donaldson as we will be encouraging the children to share the toys and resources at school and also as we have a bit of a seaside theme running through our different activities. This is to promote conversations about things the children have done before. Our other theme is Nursery Rhymes so if you want to remind your children of any of their old favourites then feel free to do so! However our main priorities in these first few weeks are to settle the children in their new surroundings, help them to access both the activities inside and outside independently and to get on with all their friends both old and new as we get to now them better too.
At the end of the day the side gate is opened at 3pm and again you can come through to the YR playground and at 5 past 3 we will be letting the children come out to join you one at a time ensuring they go to the correct adult. Please bear with us if this takes a little while at first.
We have a list of all children who are going to the after school club and on which days but otherwise if your child is to be picked up by anyone other than their parent then you must inform the office who will complete an orange slip and pass on to ourselves. We cannot let your child go with anyone other than a parent if we don't have this orange slip so please don't forget. Also any medication at any time during the year must go to the office.
Mr.Littlewood tells me he has included you all on last week's newletter which includes useful dates and news from the PTA. We hope you all received this. We will agree with him a suitable date to host a new parents evening in the not too distant future to keep you informed about the routines of Year R and how your children are settling in.
You should know now who your key worker is but you can approach any of us if you need to ask anything or pass on information about your child. Our focus in the morning is to settle the children but we can speak at the end of the day or you can contact us via the office with a phone call or email.
I'm sure I've probably forgotten something too but hopefully nothing too important.
We are looking forward to seeing your children and welcoming them into the Badgers class.