Foundation 2018 - 2019

Miss Garner

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome to Highfields! I hope you have all had a lovely summer and did lots of exciting things. The children have a wonderful new classroom to explore as well as the rest of the school. Myself and Mrs Gardner are looking forward to developing the classroom with the children.

Just a few dates for your diary:

8th/9th October – Life Education Bus

25th October – Key Stage 1 Football Tournament

26th October – Last day of half term

We have had a very busy first week back and all of the children have settled into school really well. We are very proud of them all.

This half term our topic is ‘Animals’. Lots of the children showed a keen interest in this during the transition days and they have loved exploring animals in the classroom. We will be looking at a variety of different books including ‘Dear Zoo’ ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘Meerkat Mail’

In the first couple of weeks we will be assessing the children’s current knowledge so that we can build on this.

In Literacy, we are focusing on listening to and making sounds. We are going to make marks and discuss what they mean at this early stage in the school year.

In Maths, our focus this half term is numbers. The children will be looking at numbers to 10 and beyond and identifying and writing the number. Children will learn to estimate and touch count to ensure that they have gathered the correct number of objects.

PE will take place on a Monday afternoon, so the children will need their PE kits in school. PE kits can stay in school until the end of the half term or if they get really mucky they can go home beforehand. We will also be starting Forest School on a Tuesday so the children will need some suitable clothes for this (Wellies, long trousers, long sleeved top, socks, jumper, waterproof coat, hat,




gloves). Please bring these in a bag with the children’s name on and they can be left in school in our cloakroom.

The children will be meeting their buddies on a Thursday before lunch where they will read and change reading books. We have started to look at reading books with the children and these will be given out in due course along with their reading diaries. It is important that you write in your child’s reading diary every time you listen to them read. Your child will also have key ring words that need to be learnt by sight and we will swap with new words once they know them by heart. These will be looked at in school once a week.

I’m sure you will be having some very tired worn out children by the end of the day but they are all doing amazingly well. We hope you have found this information helpful and we are really looking forward to working with you to make your child’s first year of school special.

If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact us. Our door is always open!

Miss Garner & Mrs Gardner

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