WELCOME TO PANDAS
Welcome to the beginning of the new school year. I hope that you all had a fun and refreshing summer and are ready and raring to go this term. I am very excited to be teaching Reception and embarking on my third year at Marcham School!
This term our topic is ‘This is Me’. This topic gives us a chance to explore the world we live in and think about what makes us unique and special. We will using the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’ to compare our own environment with others around the world.
This year PE will be on Thursday afternoons. Please ensure your child has the correct, named kit in school, including trainers for outside. This can be left on their pegs throughout the term. Children should not wear jewellery to school; although a single pair of stud earrings and watches are permitted (these should be removed on PE days).
Children should bring their book bags and water bottles with them each morning and place them in the boxes provided. Snack will be provided at break time but if your child wishes to bring their own fruit or vegetable they may.
Homework will be handed out on Fridays and returned the following Thursday. The activities set will link to what the children have been learning throughout the week and will enable them to practise and strengthen these skills. We also encourage reading with your child to take place as often as possible (4-5 times per week) to further develop their phonic knowledge and understanding of different texts.
As part of supporting your child’s reading we keep track of when they are reading at home as this helps us to ensure your child is on the appropriate reading level. Your child will be able to swap their books on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This allows them time to read the story and spend time discussing the text and illustrations which is an important aspect of their learning. Initially your child’s book will mainly have illustrations which encourages them to tell the story in their own words.
Mrs Hillier and myself will always be ready to welcome the class into school and help settle your child into the school day. If you have any problems or queries please speak to one of us at the beginning or end of the school day. We will be more than happy to help.