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Seedling class update

Welcome back, I hope you have all had a restful week and batteries have been recharged. It’s hard to believe we are now half way through the academic year!


Topic: The children have displayed a particular interest in animals so we will be following this interest over the next few weeks.

We will use the book Handa’s surprise to support our literacy and story telling work as well as introducing us to a variety of animals, differing environments and cultures. We will also use the book to discuss healthy eating.


Thursday 5th March is World Book Day. Our class author for book day this year is ‘Julia Donaldson’ Mr Hopkinson will be playing some games themed around her books during PE and there will be book themed activities during the afternoon. There will also be a special book day themed dinner. Children are invited to join staff and dress up as a character from a Julia Donaldson book.


PE and Forest schools: Remain on Thursday morning and Monday afternoon respectively.


Reading bingo: Some of the challenges on the reading bingo may seem like a big ask for Seedlings children. Appropriate adaptations of the challenges to enable everyone to achieve a line is perfectly acceptable. For example reading the words in a book is going to be beyond the reach of many Seedlings children. The interpretation of this for the youngest in school would be to tell the story using the pictures.

Arlo the penguin will coming home with everyone at some point. He will bring ‘The book with no pictures’ for children to share with their families, this will also tick a bingo box. If there is a challenge that your child would like to do but you are unsure of how to approach it then let me know. Remember to send in evidence and tell us if you have a box to tick and a member of staff will sign it off.


Journals: Please remember to send in or email me a selection of pictures from home; pets, family, favourite places, toys etc We will use these to talk and write about in our new journals. Please can I have all photos by Wednesday 26th February to give me time to print them.


Teach your monster to read: This is an app which we use in the classroom to support phonics. It usually costs to download but is free for this week only. Children, this and next years reception only, have their own login, which is stuck in the front cover of their diary. If you choose to download the app for use at home I would recommend that you login using the school account to ensure that your child is progressing through the games rather than repeating sections. If you do not have access to a mobile device ‘Teach your monster to read’ is also available as a free desktop game here - https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/accounts/sign_in


Nursery fees: I have been asked to remind parents of nursery children that paid for sessions should be paid for in advance, ideally at the start of the half term but monthly, weekly or daily is fine. Payments can be made through the School Comms app in the same way that school meals are paid for. If you would like to discuss nursery payment options please come in for a chat.


Finally: CORONAVIRUS: To reduce the risk of coronavirus in school current DfE guidance requires all pupils and visitors into school to sanitise their hands on entry and exit of the building, as you would at a hospital. There will be a hand pump of sanitiser gel as you enter the classroom.

To eliminate the need to use the gel please encourage your child to be more independent. You can do this by saying goodbye at the decking door and allowing children to bring their own bag in and hang it up on their own. Please prompt children to get their blue diary out but allow them to do this for themselves.

After Easter we will be expecting Reception children to be doing this by themselves, so you might as well get a head start!


Feel free to pop in to see me or email me on n.jones@wvpschools.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Many thanks                                                Nikki Jones

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