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Seedlings Newsletter

Seedling class Autumn term update


Happy New Year and a massive thank you for all the gifts that were showered upon the Seedlings staff before the break, we feel thoroughly spoilt!

During this half term we will be basing our learning on the topic of space using the book ‘How to catch a star’ by Oliver Jeffers as a catalyst to support us. Through the book we will look at space, day and night and light and dark. Afternoons will be taught using the Talk 4 Writing approach which enables children to develop and form their own stories supporting literacy teaching.

Reception will now begin to find that they are sitting to work at tables a little more than before and Nursery will start to experience the expectation that they are sometimes required to complete activities with an adult.

Reception children will also begin phase 3 phonics which introduces further digraphs where 2 letters join to make 1 sound, such as ch, sh, th and some trigraphs such as igh and ure. If parents require any support with their child's phonics please call in to see me.

Welcome; To all our new starters in nursery this term. There will be a new to seedlings drop in session in the next few weeks. If you have any burning questions, want some help using Tapestry or just want to meet some new faces then do come along. It is helpful to know how many to expect so please let us know if you plan to come with a note in your child’s diary. This session is open to all Seedlings parents, not just new faces.

WOW wall: We have already seen some wonderful pieces of work, photos and memories come into school for the WOW wall. Please continue to send in things that the children can talk and answer questions about. 

Positive praise: The children love to be called to the front of class for lots of positive praise when a star certificate is sent in from home. Stars can be sent in for any reason however big or small. Spare certificates can be found in the black diaries basket in the classroom please help yourselves.

Children also receive a leaf on their reading tree  if they have reading at home recorded in their diaries. For reception this should be the child reading to a parent for nursery this can be children listening to a story read by an older sibling or adult.

Tapestry: Thank you to everyone who is logging on and adding to their child’s learning journey. Your observations are a crucial part of our assessments as children will often do things at home that they do not do at school.

There is now a ‘documents’ section on Tapestry. Over the next few weeks I will be adding some useful resources for parents to access. If you are looking for support with reading and writing strategies, useful websites and more do take a look you may find the answer you are looking for.

Forest School: Will be on a Monday afternoon this half term. Please ensure children have adequate clothing for the potential cold weather that they could encounter. They will go outside whatever the weather for at least 1 1/2 hours so warm trousers, socks, jumpers, warm coats, hats and gloves.

PE: Kits should contain footwear suitable for outside PE in a variety of weather conditions and a pair of jogging bottoms; it is also useful if kits contain a spare pair of socks. PE will continue to be on Thursday morning.

Water bottles: A polite reminder that unless agreed with myself children’s water bottles should only contain water, this is in line with whole school policy.

Finally: Please sign your child’s blue diary weekly to acknowledge any messages sent home and record any reading at home so that staff can judge if books need changing.

Thank you: With new starters and the growth of the class it is becoming increasingly difficult to speak to everyone in the morning. If you need to speak to a member of staff we are always happy to oblige but appreciate your patience if we need you to wait while we settle children, as I’m sure you will agree they are our priority. I check emails every morning before school this is also an easy way to pass on messages.

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

Nikki Jones

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