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Welcome to Reception, Purple Class at Yarmouth Primary

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome to Purple class. We are really looking forward to working with you and your child this year.

Staff This year in Purple Class the staff team are Emma Haisell (Teacher – Mon – Thurs), Georgina Westhorpe (Teacher –Friday), Claire Sampson (HLTA), Holly Chiverton (TA) and Anna Bristow/Lisa Burton (1-1).

We hope that this will be a fun and happy year with us.

Please see below for key information.

AM & PM Routines

Early morning routine – Due Covid restrictions – Your child can come into school from 0900 with book bag and lunchbox.  If your child has an older sibling, meaning they need to come into class earlier, the older sibling will need to bring their younger sibling to their classroom.

End of day routine – The day ends for the children at 14.45 with the siblings going outside to be picked up.

Uniform

Uniform – We ask that you regularly check that all clothing is clearly named, especially jumpers and coats, including their PE kit, and that all children are provided with a coat as we like to get the children out at playtime everyday, even in light rain, and a hat in hot weather.

PE & Outdoor Learning

PE & Outdoor Learning – On a Tuesday, we are very lucky to be able to take part in Outdoor Learning, followed by a PE session.  To limit cross infection, current guidance recommends that children do not change in school for sessions such as PE.  Therefore, on a Tuesday we are asking children to come to school dressed in their PE kit but with their waterproof/warm clothing for Outdoor Learning over the top.  Our Outdoor Learning session will be first, children will then remove their waterproof clothing in preparation for PE.  We would ask that all children have a pair of named wellies and plimoles/PE trainers by their peg to use each day in class.  On Tuesdays they can come to school in school shoes and change into their wellies/plimols/trainers once in school. 

There is no set requirement for what clothes children use for Outdoor Learning – you may opt for an all in one suit or over trousers with braces and a waterproof coat.  As a parent myself I have found great success sourcing such clothing in charity shops as they don’t tend to wear out but rather children grow out of them, so this may be an option you feel you could pursue.  However, please speak to a member of our team or message if you need help in sourcing suitable Outdoor Learning clothes for your child. 

On a Friday, children will have their second PE slot so once again children should come to school dressed in their PE kit for the day.

EYFS Ethos

EYFS Ethos – We have been working tirelessly to ensure that we can stay true to the ethos of EYFS whilst continuing to prioritise the safety of our pupils and staff.  Children will continue to move freely around the setting, selecting and using resources to enhance their play.  Child led learning and play based interactions will continue to be central to our daily practice.  What will be slightly different is that we will work with children to select a ‘Bubble Box’ of resources each day.  This will limit the number of resources that can be accessed in a day and the number of children who can be accessing a resource / area of the classroom at a time.  This will ensure that our stringent cleaning routine for resources is upheld.

We will engage with the outdoor environment heavily throughout the day for play, learning and when weather allows, for circle times and Show and Tell.  With this in mind it is always essential that children bring a coat to school, even if the weather appears to be fine when you leave home in a morning.

Food & Drink

Water Bottles and Snack Time – 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.

Lunchboxes – These are stored on a shelf in the classroom.

Toys & Belongings

Toys/Belongings – Please can you ensure that your child does not bring in any toys to school at the current time.

Show and Tell – Show and Tell is a key element in Reception Class.  It has such a positive impact on a child’s language development, listening and attention skills and confidence.  To adhere to current guidance, we need to limit considerably what passes between home and school and for this reason we are not able to allow children to bring in items from home to talk about.  However, we would actively encourage all families to engage with sending in photos, pictures of work the children want to share or a picture of something that has captured your child’s interest.  These can be sent via class dojo or our class email.  We would also recommend spending time with your child to think about things they may like to share with their class e.g. an event at the weekend, something they are looking forward to, a new activity or hobby they are trying.  Our Show and Tell is a Tuesday so we would ask all pictures to be sent in by the end of the day Monday so that they can be organised for the next day.  

Reading & Writing

Reading & Writing – Reading skills are key to a child’s academic development and underpin much of the learning in school.  We will aim to 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 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.

Communication

Communication – Current guidance restricts what we send between school and home.  With this in mind, all correspondence and messages will be sent via class dojo so we ask that you check it regularly for updates.  We would be sorry for you to miss key messages and information.  This is also the number one method of communication if you need to let us know something or need help with something (aside from seeing us in a morning or at pick up time) as we check the messages whenever time allows during the school day.  If you are unable to sign up for class dojo, please ensure that you provide an up to date email address for communication to be sent to.  This can be sent via our class email: purple.class@yarmouthceprimary.co.uk

To ensure we are adhering to safety guidelines, for the immediate time we will not be sending home children’s work from class.  However, we understand how much children can want to share work with members of their family and how much they appreciate their work being celebrated.  Therefore we have established a class gallery display to allow us to celebrate and honor children’s hard work and where we can, we will send pictures to show work children are particularly proud of via dojo. 

Autumn 1 in Purple Class

In Purple Class we have been busy getting to know each other and settling into our new school and class. The children have settled beautifully and have particularly enjoyed making the most of the outdoor classroom with team games being a big interest across the provision.
We began the school year with ‘All About Me’ being a key focus. We explored and celebrated similarities and differences that exist within individuals and families and made links to our maths theme of Same and Different too. Stories are a huge part of our day in Purple Class and these have helped us to talk about emotions and the differences we will see in school and around our community in our current climate as we adjust to life with COVID.
We have started teaching daily phonics and this alongside our home/school reading books are enthusing the children to begin to write, read and share their ideas orally (with our focus to speak in sentences and build our vocabulary).
Our learning themes in class follow the children’s interests and with the children’s confidence growing our learning has moved on to explore towers, bridges, measure, animal homes, hibernation and autumn. We are particularly excited to harvest our pumpkins, turnips and corn before half term.

Autumn 2 in Purple Class
Summer 1 in Purple Class

In Purple Class, the learning themes that we follow are heavily influenced by the children’s interests and for this reason we are always excited to see where the children take our learning.  This half term the weather, observations from within our garden and a link to superheroes inspired us to explore the story of Supertato. We love to use story and information books throughout the environment to further our themes and thinking.

Children worked to make their own models of Supertato which they then used in their own imaginative play, retelling stories with their own twists and ideas included.  Our interest in food and plants continued so we planted runner beans, sunflowers and potatoes, learning about the stages of growth and life cycles in the process.  As we spent more time in the garden, the children became fascinated with minibeasts and in particular worms that they were discovering in our digging zone.  We wrote letters to see if we could source the materials to make our own wormery and used the story of Superworm to inspire our learning further.  

We encourage children to use writing and maths for real purposes and therefore number games and investigations within our child led learning are heavily encouraged.  This half term we have been consolidating our understanding of number, with a focus on number composition and cardinality.  Within child led learning, measure has also been a source of great fascination with tapes being used to measure and compare shoes sizes and height.  Money has also been a key theme as the children set up their own garages selling cars and made buses and fares for us to travel to various destinations around the Island.

Imaginative and collaborative play are a huge part of our learning within Purple Class, with a big focus on PSHE to help children to nurture friendships, manage their emotions and problem solve.  We’ve been using Mojo Dojo to help us understand the importance of growing our brain and the value of mistakes in our learning journeys.  As part of Mental Health Awareness Week we considered choices and activities we can do to make a healthy heart and a healthy mind.  We made smoothies and healthy sandwiches, with the challenge of trying something new for one of our ingredients.  Children were inspired to write their own lists of ingredients and to write their own class book of ideas to help other people around the school with their physical and mental health.