on Friday, 08 September 2017.

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F1 Autumn Term Newsletter

Sneinton C of E Primary School

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you all enjoyed the Summer break and would like to welcome everyone who is starting F1 this year and those children who are returning. We know it can be a big change starting school and we will work with you to make your child’s transition as smooth as possible. Please do not hesitate to speak with us if we can support you and your child in any way.

Our timetable includes taught maths and phonics each session, project based activities, dance based handwriting sessions and other small group activities. Within the foundation unit there is a great deal of learning through play. We play alongside the children in areas of their choice to extend their learning and develop their social skills.

Kitchen discoOnce all the children are settled we will do PE and dance sessions in the hall. These will be on Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons. In F1 we do not get changed for PE, however the children will be required to take off their shoes and socks. It would be a huge help if you could support your child and give them the chance to do their shoes and socks at home by themselves. If children wear tights to school on a Monday or Thursday they will need to take them off for PE, so you may prefer them to wear socks instead which are much easier to get on and off!

Bear hunt

 Our project work is centred on books and the children’s interests. We are starting this year reading the story Kitchen Disco by Clare Foges and Al Murphy. We will be learning about all the different fruit in the book. There will also be lots of activities including making banana splits and having our own disco! We will also be studying the book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen.                          

Special events

There will be lots of events going on throughout the term, please check the weekly newsletter and the information board in the foundation unit to keep up to date with everything that is going on.

The structure of the day for the F1 children is as follows

8.45 – 9.00 Welcoming parents and children

9.00 – 9.25 Register and maths on the carpet in groups

9.25-10.45 Free flow where the children can choose to be inside or out and targeted activities where children work with an adult individually, in pairs or in small groups

10.45 -11.00 Phonics in groups

11- 11.15 Squiggle while you wiggle handwriting session

11.15 – 11.45 Lunch club outdoor play

11.45-12.15 Lunch in the hall

12.15-12.45 Lunch club indoor session

12.45-1.15 Register, maths and indoor play

1.15-2.50 Free flow where the children can choose to be inside or out and targeted activities where children work with an adult individually, in pairs or in small groups

2.50-3.00 Phonics in groups

3.00-3.10 Squiggle while you wiggle handwriting session / Story

Other activities:

Rhyme rattle and reward – this will start in the next few weeks on a Thursday. You will be invited to join us for a selection of nursery rhymes at the end of the session and we will give out star of the week certificates.

OUTDOOR PLAY - Every day the children can choose to go outside for 75 minutes in each session. Please make sure that your child has a suitable coat because we go out in all weathers including the rain! Please bring wellington boots on wet days.

I hope that this helps to explain what is happening in the Foundation unit with the Foundation 1 children.

                       Yours sincerely,

                        Miss. J. Curtis (F1 teacher)