Foundation Stage Autumn Newsletter

Dear Parents/ Carers,
Templefield Foundation Stage Unit – Autumn Term 2014 Newsletter
Firstly welcome to all our children. We hope you all enjoy your time at Templefield. We have a very exciting term ahead of us leading up to Christmas. There are lots of fantastic activities and events to look forward to both in the unit and as a part of the main school. A medium term overview, which lists the topics and activities we will be covering this term is attached with this letter.
The foundation unit will be open from 8:45 am. During the time between 8.45 and 9.00 you are welcome to stay and settle your child, register and lesson time starts at 9.00 am.
Staff:
Mrs Fuller and Miss Morris are the main class teachers for the unit for this year. However, all our staff in the foundation unit work closely with your child so please feel free to speak to any of our staff should you have any questions or concerns. Every Wednesday Mrs Wright will be the class teacher for Mrs Fuller’s class and every Thursday for Miss Morris’ class.
Medicines:
If you would like us to administer prescribed medicine for your child at any time, you must complete a permission slip. These can be obtained from staff in the unit or the school office. Any medicine needs to be clearly labelled with your child’s name. Please place inhalers in a clearly labelled container with an authorisation letter. We ask for parents to take responsibility for checking their child’s inhaler each half term, to ensure they are in date and working order. We are unable to administer medicine that is not prescribed by a doctor; however, you are more than welcome to come into the school during the day to administer this.
Snacks:
Each child in the unit is entitled to free fruit and milk up until the age of 5. The whole school encourages the children to develop a positive attitude to eating healthy, however if you have any issues with this e.g. allergies to milk or certain fruits, please feel free to come in and discuss the matter with the class teacher.
Clothing:
Please can all full time children have a named PE kit in school as soon as possible for the whole of each term. Unfortunately we only have a few spare items if anyone forgets. All children’s personal belongings should be clearly named, including hats and gloves as the weather becomes colder. Please encourage your children to become independent when dressing and undressing at home. It would be helpful if they could also have a go at learning to zip up their coats. This would be a great help.
Parents Notice Boards and Passwords:
There is a whiteboard in your child’s classroom. These provide you with a place where you can leave messages on a daily basis; for example if another parent or carer is picking up your child at the end of the day, or if you need to pick up children early for an appointment. Please ensure you let relevant people know your child’s password when collecting them.
Topic/ Theme Table
In the unit we have a topic table. Every half term or term we have a new topic and would like to invite children to contribute to this table. We would encourage them to bring in items from home that are related to the topic and aid their learning. This half term our topic is Traditional/ Fairy Tales. It would be nice to see different versions of traditional tales, story tapes or songs etc. After half term this will become an Autumn and Nature table.
Rewards:
We like to reward children for positive behaviour and good work. We reward children with ‘Ollie’ points and ‘Leo’ points each day. These are for being helpful, working hard, being kind etc. The child with the most points on Friday will be allowed to take their class mascot home for the weekend to be returned on Monday.
Reading:
A reading and sounds pack will be sent home with your child within the first 2 weeks after initial assessments have been carried out. Initially a set of sounds will be enclosed to practise with you. As they become more confident extra sounds will be added. Generally, once your child knows all 26 sounds we will begin to send home word cards. When your child is ready a reading book will be sent home too. We will regularly assess your child’s phonic and reading skills. Class teachers will hear each child read their individual reading book at least once a fortnight, however phonic sessions and reading activities will take place daily.
Parent Helpers:
If you would like to volunteer to help us in the unit, listening to readers or helping with activities we are always grateful for offers of help. If you are interested please come and speak to a member of staff. All adults have to be police checked prior to working with children. The relevant forms can be obtained from the school office.
We hope you all enjoy the term ahead.
Kind regards,
The Early Years Team

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