Mrs Buckley and Mrs Robinson are excited to be learning, investigating and having fun with you this year.
Our School Day
Please arrive at school for 8.30am, when we will begin our morning activities. You will need to bring a clearly named water bottle each day as well as appropriate clothing for the weather. Remember that in Early Years we like to go outdoors in all weathers, so please ensure you have the appropriate clothing to keep you warm and dry, or safe in the sun (If it’s hot, make sure you have a hat, if it’s not then bring a coat!) You will also need at least one full set of spare clothes to keep at school in a named carrierbag. All sort of ‘accidents’ can happen including spilt drinks or too much fun in the water tray, so a change of clothes is always useful. We would also ask you to bring a named pair of wellies that can be kept at school (we have a well rack specially for them!) Please make sure that all personal items are clearly labelled. (Parents please remember that if you want us to be able to return any misplaced items then it’s vital that they are clearly named)
We are a healthy school and promote healthy snacks. There will be fruit and vegetables available, or you are welcome to bring your own alternative fruit or vegetable snack. If you choose to bring grapes or cherry tomatoes, can we please ask that they are cut in half lengthways prior to bringing them to school. No nuts please!
Our PE day this term is Thursday. Please arrive in school in your PE kit on these days. PE kit includes: plain black shorts/joggers, a plain white top/Gagle Brook PE top, black trainers, a plain black jumper.
Our Learning this term
This term our big question is ‘Where will your future take you?’
At the start of term our main focus will be on welcoming you to the school and making sure that you feel happy and confident during your time with us. We will want to find out all about ‘you’, e.g. what things you like to do, so we can plan lots of fun activities to do together. We will also help you get to know all the other children in your class and to understand the school routines and expectations.
We will talk about our families, and how we will all change as we grow up, maybe even thinking about what sort of jobs you think it might be fun to do when you’re bigger!
During our daily phonics sessions you will meet ‘Fred the Frog’ who will help you learn about letters and the sounds they make, which is the first step on the journey to being able to read all by yourself!
In PHSE we use the Jigsaw scheme and in Early Years our Jigsaw piece is Jigsaw Jenie. We also have Jerrie Cat who helps us with our ‘paws for thought’ moments.
From then moment you arrive at Gagle Brook School we hope to instill a real love of books of all kinds. Our curriculum is driven by high quality texts, linked to all areas of learning which act as prompts for our discussions and learning. Each day, not only will we use carefully chosen texts as part of adult led lessons, we will also enjoy re-reading well-known and favourite stories, as well as exploring those chosen by the children. We have a lovely cosy reading corner in the classroom where you will have free access to a range of books to look at with your friends.
Every week you will get to choose one of our ‘Share at Home’ books to take home to look at and enjoy over the weekend. Then the following week you can tell your friends what you enjoyed about it and choose a new book to take home.
We are often asked, ‘How can I help my child at home?’ and for Early Years children one of the key things is to read to them often and encourage a real love of books! Talk about books, what can you see in the pictures? (Some books have amazing details and little surprises hidden in their illustrations, which children love to find!) Which characters do you like? & why? What do you think might happen next? etc We would love for you to record details of the books that you read together, comments that your child might make etc in their reading record.
‘Chatter Time’ is also a great way of developing your child’s language skills. Life can be busy, but make sure you find time each day to have a real 2-way conversation with your child, listening and responding to show them you value what they have to say. This doesn't have to be a serious conversation, they’re only little, make it fun!
Please encourage and support them with being as independent as possible e.g when going to the toilet, putting on their coat (pulling their own sleeves back through if necessary – just show them how) putting their shoes on the right feet etc.
A simple Home Learning activity will be set once a week. This will be posted on Tapestry as a Memo and you will be able to upload information as an ‘Observation’, to show us what your child has done. We can then share this and discuss as a class.
Please remember that we operate an open-door policy- please come and see us (or request a phone call if it’s easier) if you have a worry or a concern - we are here to help!
The Reception Team