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Seedling class Autumn term update


Welcome back! I hope you have all had a restful summer.


We will begin this academic year with the topic of ‘Fairy Tales’ using this as a catalyst to support our learning as we settle in and get to know each other. We will spend time settling into the new routines of the school year and learning to be independent in what we do.

For the first few weeks of this year we will be taking part in the trial of the new government baseline assessment scheme for reception children. This will take the form of a number of short activities which staff will undertake with each child on a 1:1 basis. If you have any questions, queries or concerns please speak to me.


Welcome: To Demi, Marshall, Tabitha, Grace P. Milly and Grace C who are joining us in reception and nursery this year.


New routines: Every morning each reception child will have an activity laid out for them to complete on a table in the classroom, for the time being nursery are welcome to make their own choice from the other activities laid out. As part of your morning routine, when saying goodbye, please support your child in settling at the activity laid out for them. The ultimate aim is for reception children say goodbye to parents at the classroom door, though we do understand that for new faces, and parents, this can be daunting and may take time. This routine helps to reduce the traffic in the classroom and keep it a calm, working, environment for the children. If your child is already happily saying goodbye at the door then staff will direct them to their activity each morning.

As always staff will be on hand to help, take messages and answer questions.


What your child needs each day:

  • Waterproof/warm coat for wet and cooler weather. We will go outside whatever the weather, sun, drizzle, downpour and snow. Please ensure that your child has appropriate clothing in school every day.
  • Wellies, they will need them every day.
  • A spare set of clothes, including pants and socks. Whether because of a toileting accident or fun in the water tray or mud kitchen, it is important that we can change your child if needed.
  • Water bottle – named please, or we will write a name on it!
  • PE kit, shorts, jogging bottoms, t-shirt, sweatshirt, spare socks and trainers. PE will be held on a Thursday morning however; PE Kits should be in school at all times and will be sent home every half term.


Toys in school: While we understand that children often need an item from home to help them settle and feel secure we need to limit what comes into school. For this reason please only allow your child to bring comforters to school if it is entirely necessary. Toys should not be brought to school at all, we find that children of this age encounter enough challenge learning to share the toys provided in the classroom!


Blue diary: The blue diary is a useful tool for getting messages to staff in school. A member of staff will check the diaries daily.

If we have any messages for you they will also come home in the blue diary. You should check this daily as it may contain details of homework (Reception only) or important information about an incident or accident that has happened during the day. Messages regarding accidents should be initialed by a parent on receipt and diaries should be signed and dated routinely at the end of each week, in the space provided.


Maths and phonics games: These will be issued and collected in weekly each Friday afternoon for reception and on your child’s last session each week for nursery. Please leave returns in your child’s tray each morning and we will deal with them at the appropriate time of day.


Fees update: Nursery parents will shortly be receiving a letter regarding the payment of nursery fees, which are required to be paid a week in advance. You will also be reminded of our policy for payment of fees when a child is absent.


Book swap area: Instead of issuing weekly library books we will be trialing a new system for a term. As you arrive in the mornings you will see a book swap shelf on the decking. The books on this shelf are available for you to help yourselves to on the understanding that you either return the book once finished or replace it with another book, one that your children no longer reads at home. Often children want to keep the books they become fond of so we felt this was one way we could meet that need.


FOMSA: The Friends of Mendham School Association is a small and very friendly group of parents working together to raise funds to purchase additional extras for the children at school. As children leave and move on, so do parents, meaning that FOMSA shrinks in size. The current team consists of staff and parents. We URGENTLY need new faces. If you can spare a little time to support FOMSA by joining the committee, attending an occasional meeting or by just letting us know your fundraising ideas then do let me know. The school provides free extended schools care for school age children while you are attending FOMSA meetings.


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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