I am writing to you because I am mindful that the COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impact on your joining our school community this year. In normal conditions, during this Autumn term, we would have held face to face Induction Meetings, a Meet the Teacher Meeting as well as Parent Evening sessions - and you would have been welcome into the Reception classroom and school environment on a regular basis.
Times have been challenging, and we have tried to replace each of these events with a virtual, online experience instead to keep you informed – but we do know that this is not the same. However, one tradition that we do want to uphold is our annual Celebration of our new Reception Children.
We are delighted with the way in which they have settled into our school family – very quickly, they became part of the Saint Patrick’s gang, and now we couldn’t imagine life without them.
They are a credit to you – but whilst we have celebrated their small successes in class and school on a regular basis, this is now time for us to celebrate YOU!
As parents and carers, we thank you for the amazing job you have done to prepare your children prior to their September start at ‘big school’ – especially as for some, your child may not have been able to attend pre-school for many months due to lockdown.
We thank you for your support as we build new relationships between home and school for the joint benefit of your child. Together, we become Partners in Learning.
Your child is a special light in all of our lives, and we celebrate this – along with your involvement and support.
On Thursday and Friday of this week, Miss Jones will have your mementos ready for collection on a table outside at either drop off or pick up. Please do collect yours and enjoy it over the Christmas break.
THANK YOU for preparing your very special children to start school, and for your ongoing support as we complete the first full term.
We wish you all a very happy, holy and healthy Christmas break – and for the New Year!
R.E. McLoughlin A. Jones and all the St Patrick’s staff team!
Welcome to your first term at school!
The children have settled in to St Patrick's school really well and are off to a great start. Thank you for all your enthusiasm getting them ready and excited about school, especially during these unsettling times. Please check our class page regularly and read the school newsletter to keep up-to-date with important information.
Every day at 10am the children have snack time outside. The children who are on the milk list will have milk and the rest will have water. Please ensure your child has a water bottle or remind them to help themselves to the clean cups in the classroom. We have a different snack delivered each day but you can also provide your child with a healthy snack if your child only likes certain fruit. No juice or squash is allowed at snack time.
School dinners and packed lunches
The children really enjoyed staying for lunch last week. They all adapted to the new routines and structure really well. We sit in the lunch hall and the year 1 children join us on separate tables. Please remind your child not to share any food or drink with other children whilst they are in school. We have a range of allergies this year so it's vital the children are hearing this message daily.
Reading: Loving books is crucial to a child’s progress so do enjoy! We will start your child's school reading journey on Monday 28th September. The books have no words to start with and this is deliberate! Tell the story together using the pictures. This is the beginning of their reading journey so little, often and fun, is best. Reading books will be changed every Monday (please see the Tab on Reading for more info). Please send your child in with their reading book every day as we like to listen to children read during the school day. Please sign the reading record when you have listened to your child read.
Writing: Name recognition and beginning to write your name is such a huge achievement for children. Please encourage your child to do this. All the children have to find their name on their name tag in the morning for self-registration. Children love labeling their pictures with their name as well. Remember, you don't have to just use pen and paper. Get creative!
Number: Count everything and everywhere! Give the children the opportunity to explore numbers in the environment. Look for different numbers on walks, press the numbers on appliances, use money etc.
We will provide more detail of how you can support your child in a couple of weeks. We are currently planning a Curriculum/ School Information virtual call.
Home Learning (weekly homework)
The children will have a reading book for a week, a classroom library book (will start in a couple of weeks) and either a phonic or number activity once a week. You will receive a Home Learning Folder every Thursday. Please return this on the follow Tuesday so we can look at the wonderful work and prepare new home learning. Your child will pick a classroom library book every Tuesday, please return this the following day and only keep this for one evening. Also, do not worry if your child picks the same book every week, we all have favourites!
Please send your child into school wearing a warm PE kit every Wednesday. P.E. will start on Wednesday 30th September.
We have created a 'WOW' board in our school corridor for the Reception Children. This board will be up all year and it will be updated regularly. We are unable to have parents in currently but we still want to develop a strong partnership with families. It would be fantastic if we could hear about your child and what they may have achieved at home. This can be as simple as ''sleeping in their own bed for the week'' or ''learning to ride their bike'' or ''learning to swim without armbands'', etc. We would like parents to send in any certificates, photographs, work or slips of paper explaining the WOW moments so that we can celebrate these in class. It also develops the children's confidence because they can share their WOW moment with their peers. You can send in as many as you like throughout the year. We will also stick some of these in their Learning Journeys so that we are collecting the parent's voice as well.
If you need to send any money into school please make sure it is in a sealed envelope with your child’s name, amount and reason for the money.
Please make sure all clothes and home items are labelled so your child comes home with the their belongings.
If you need to discuss anything with me, please email the school office or phone the school.
We are really looking forward to working with you this year!
The Early Years Team J