Pandas Class Letter - November 2023
Miss Wagstaff (Monday-Thursday)
Mrs Salter (Friday)
We have some fantastic teaching assistants who also double up as 1:1
Mrs Phillips (Monday - Wednesday)
Mrs Finch (Monday-Friday)
Welcome to Pandas
We hope you have all had an eventful, but restful, half term. We have re charged our batteries and are ready for our exciting term which is titled ‘Let’s celebrate!’ The curriculum web attached will give you an understanding of what learning will be taking place this term.
Physical development is embedded into our curriculum and we will be developing both our gross and fine motor skills every day. On a Wednesday afternoon we have a hall slot where we will be learning some simple balancing and ball skills, for this session we will be changing into our PE kits. Please ensure your children keep their named P.E. kits in school throughout the week as extra sessions may occur. While in school the children get themselves dressed and undressed to help aid this why not let them have a go at getting themselves reading for school in the mornings or getting dressed for bed.
Homework will continue to be set every Thursday. This will link to our two newly taught sounds each week and will consist of two segmenting activities and two new flashcards. Please continue to expose your children to all the previously learnt sounds in the folder and why not also have a go at finding these out and about in the environment. Please remember to return the phonics folder the following Wednesday so we can add in their new sheets and flash cards ready to go out on Thursday.
Reading: children will continue to be set a reading book online through their given logins (for them to read to you once they have learnt new sounds) and they will begin to take home a ‘real’ book each week. Each week they will have a ‘snuggle’ book for you to cuddle up and read to them.
Please make sure that all items of clothing (not just P.E. kits and even socks as we always have some floating around) are named to avoid disappearances as everyone has the same items. It can also be helpful to have something small on their book bags at the front so they know they are theirs, e.g. a sticker or a small keyring.
We advise that the children have wellington boots for those wet and muddy days. These will be kept in school on the wellington rack. As the weather is getting much wetter it would also be useful for all children to have waterproof over trousers as we go out in all weathers and can get quite wet and muddy.
We provide a different piece of fruit every day for your child’s snack however if you prefer or they are not eating (we will let you know this) then you are more than welcome to bring in your own piece of fruit. This term we will start to introduce “Toasty Tuesday” where the children will be taught how to make their own toast for snack. This will be done in small groups with adult supervision.
Please remember to send your child in with a named water bottle (preferably a non-spill one) every day as learning though play is thirsty business and a bookbag as this is where the children put their work they want to take home and where we will put their reading books and phonic folders.
If you have any queries or concerns please feel free to contact the school office to arrange a suitable meeting time although, we are available after school most days for more pressing matters.
The Panda class team.
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