Welcome to Purple Class – Reception

Dear Parents/Carers,

This is to outline some information, routines and expectations for the upcoming year.

This year in Purple Class the staff team are Georgina Westhorpe (Teacher – Mon, Tues, and Fri), Emma Haisell (Teacher –Weds and Thurs), Claire Sampson (HLTA) and Anna Bristow (TA).



Children will be greeted in the mornings in the playground at 8.40am.  At the end of the day they will be taken to the gate in the playground just before 3pm (usually between 2.50 and 2.55pm), this is to alleviate congestion at the end of the day.  All uncollected children will be taken inside to After School Club at 3.05pm.  Please be assured that even though we will collect and drop children to the playground we operate an open door policy and you are welcome to come in to see us either as you drop your child off or after school.

Please provide a named bottle for your child to access water in school, this can be left in school and we will refill it each day if that is easier for you.  In the class we ask that only water is provided in line with the Healthy Schools initiative, with juice etc. welcome only at lunch times.  We will also provide fruit in the mornings, however, you are welcome to provide your own fruit if you wish.  Other healthy snacks that are acceptable for morning break are yogurts, rice cakes, bread sticks or cereal bars.  Please no nut based products as we have allergies in school and only real/dried fruit products.

We are really lucky this year to have two sessions of PE and we ask that named PE kit is in school at all times, we also ask that children do not wear earrings on days that we have PE (Wednesday and Friday).  This will be with our Sports Coach Joe McCormack.  If you cannot take out your child’s earrings out can you please provide tape to ensure that we can adhere to health and safety requirements.

Reading skills are key to a child’s academic development and underpin much of the learning in school.  We will hear your child read a minimum of twice weekly.  To support with this we ask that you listen to your child read regularly at home as well as sharing books, rhymes and poems as often as possible.  Please always write in their reading record book to let us know when you have shared a book together.

We will provide regular phonic and keyword activities to support learning at home.  In addition to this we will provide a half termly topic related task and occasional maths activities when they are relevant to the topic learning.

To ensure learning in Purple Class is linked to the children’s interests we will be looking to them for ideas for each topic.  This initial half term’s plans are linked to themes emerging from our transition.

We will be teaching children a non-cursive handwriting style with a lead out stroke to prepare them for a joined, cursive style at a later date.

We will be sending out regular updates about your child’s learning, however, as mentioned earlier we do operate an open door policy in Purple Class and ask that if there is ever anything you are unsure of or concerned about please do come to us. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this rather long letter!  Hopefully the information is helpful and will support your child in feeling confident and settled in Purple Class.  If you feel there is any further information that could be added to this welcome letter we would like to hear your feedback.

Yours sincerely,

Purple Class Team

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Starting school brochure

Early years foundation stage

Examples of what you can contribute to the EYFS profile

Purple Class Medium and Long term planning – Parent information

Our first topic this year is – Purple Class MTP Autumn 1 – Our Wonderful World

Purple Class MTP Autumn 2 – DIY SOS

On Thursday 28th November, Purple Class joined their friends in Sunshine Class for a Federated Elf day.  We had a fun day of Elf themed tasks at Shalfleet, making Christmas decorations and Christmas snacks.  Thank you Sunshine Class for making us feel so welcome.

This year Purple Class once again joined with Little Stars for our nativity.  This year we performed the story of The Bossy King.

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