Children can come to school in their PE t-shirt and shorts with their school jumper on top. Plain black or grey joggers can be worn over the shorts if desired, a hoodie can also be brought in colder weather. Children can come to school in trainers or school shoes and change into their pumps in school should PE be inside. Named pumps should be kept in school in named PE bags so please send those in.
'Outdoor Explorers' and P.E.
'Outdoor Explorers' will take place on Friday mornings for Early Years children. As P.E. takes place on the same day in the afternoon, consideration needs to be made for clothing. The ideal solution would be for children to wear an all in one waterproof puddle suit over the top of their PE kits, but I understand not all children will have these.
If you are unable to acquire one of these, an alternative would be for children to wear their PE shorts and top under some outdoor learning clothes.
Clothing for outdoor learning should be comfortable, that you don't mind your child getting very muddy and wellies! After 'outdoor explorers' children can either remove their clothing if very muddy and do PE in their kits which will be underneath or remain in those clothes for the PE session too if suitable.
So every Friday, send your child to school wearing their PE shorts and top under outdoor learning clothes (or puddle suit) wearing wellies with trainers to change into, in a named carrier bag!
Just a reminder at the start of the school year, that all items of uniform must be labelled with your child's full name in order to avoid misplaced items. Children do, at times, need to take their jumpers off in class, and clothing can quickly become lost or mixed up if it isn't labelled.
Please also try to encourage your child to practise putting coats and jumpers/cardigans on and off independently. We have found lots of children are unable to manage skills such as orientating their clothing correctly, turning sleeves the correct way out, getting their arms in the correct holes etc. All before even attempting to zip the coats up! This means we are needing to give lots of support at break times which can be time consuming.
Practise, practise practise!
We will communicate predominantly through Dojo, and will also add photographs of your child's work throughout the year. If you haven't already, you will be able to download the app to your digital device, and like and comment on your child's work. If you would like to connect an additional parent to Dojo, please let me know, however, we are unable to connect anybody other than parents.
Please note that Dojo messages will only be received during the hours of 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday, so please don't worry if you don't receive an immediate response.
Why read? Sharing books and stories with your child is fun! It is a great way to build special memories and moments with your child, and can easily become a favourite part of the day.
It also helps children:
• Understand the world around them.
• Develop social and emotional skills.
• Build confidence with communication.
• Strengthen their bond with you and other family members.
We have now started sending home library books with your child which will currently be changed on a Thursday. Please sign and date their reading record when you have read. You are welcome to write comments, such as their enjoyment, engagement, comments or questions and understanding.
If you would like more information on reading at home with your child, please see the fantastic resource below from 'The BookTrust' which contains lots of great information and advice.
Your child is now bringing home phonetically decodable books, for guidance on reading with your child at home such as encouraging them to recognise phonemes and blending to read, please watch the demonstration video I have recorded and shared with you all via email. In addition to this, please see a presentation from the phonics evening below, which will provide you with more information about this important area of learning.