I hope you all had a lovely summer holiday and are ready for the exciting new chapter for your family. We are all looking forward to welcoming our new reception children to Longborough CofE Primary School. Starting school is a huge milestone and we aim to make the transition as smooth as possible. Due to current restrictions, we have to do things slightly differently this year. All of the new procedures are documented in the letter set out to all parents before we finished for the summer.
Despite the changes to our routines, classroom and school life we still have lots of engaging and exciting learning planned for our first adventures this term. Our first term is focused around settling everybody into our new routines and getting so know each other better. Our topic is 'Our Special Lives' where we will be focusing on what makes us special and unique, our families, people who care for us and finishing the term with Harvest celebrations. In the Year Overview, which can be found below, there is a detailed break down of the learning aims for the year.
As a Church school, we celebrate our Christian Values throughout our daily school life in the form of 'Value Pom Poms' which are awarded when a child demonstrates one of values. Each term we focus upon a specific value which is the basis of our Worship and we link this to our teaching where appropriate. This term's value is: thankfulness.
Throughout the week, I will be leading and teaching Class 1 and Little Pickles with the assistance of Miss Chammy Mountford, Ms Becky Gorton and Miss Natalie James, our teaching assistants. On a Monday afternoon Miss Mountford will lead the class and deliver Express Arts and Design activities linked to our termly topic. Mr Ben Daldry is a PE specialist and will be teaching Class One and Two on a Thursday afternoon. Every Friday morning, our specialist Forest School teacher, Mrs Ellen Swayne, will be in charge of the class and lead our Friday Forest School and Outdoor Learning Session until lunchtime.
Day to Day Essentials:
As part of the Early Years curriculum, we encourage the children to use our outside area and the field as part of their learning in all weathers. Please ensure that the children have PE kits, wellies and coats in school every day.
It is always useful to provide a spare pair of underwear in the children's PE or book bag in case of any accidents, you may also wish to provide a spare pair of trousers/skirt to change into. We will speak to you at the end of the day discretely and return any washing to you in a carrier bag if needed.
On Thursday afternoons, Mr Daldry will be teaching PE in Class One. All children should have their PE kits in school everyday, as we may do other physical development activities that require PE kit through out the week.
The children will be participating in Forest School and outdoor learning in our wonderful grounds whatever the weather. Please ensure that your child always has wellies, a warm jumper and a waterproof coat in school for these sessions. We have school waterproof leggings/dungarees and waterproof coats available so that all of the children can participate without getting cold or wet. We encourage the children to come dressed in outdoor clothing on a Friday morning so they are ready to start straight away and can change into their uniform for the afternoon.
I look forward to working closely with you and getting to know your child and family better over the year. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or would like to discuss your child's time at school.
Miss Georgina Holder
Class One Teacher and Nursery Manager
Your child's learning journey is always accessible via Tapestry our online learning journey tool. When your child starts you will be sent a parent log in via email (please check your junk mailbox). Your child's learning journey documents learning and exploration that takes places at school and how this meets developmental expectations for their age. In order to get the whole picture of a child's journey we ask parents to share pictures, video and comments for outside of school.
How to upload to Tapestry:
Choose the ‘Add Observation’ option (or the ‘plus’ icon on your iphone/ipad) and add the relevant information into the boxes on the screen. Photos and videos may be uploaded by choosing the ‘add media’ option. When you have saved your observation, you may go back to the home screen at any time by choosing the ‘Obs’ tab or clicking on the logo (on the cloud, top left corner).
We operate a 'key person' approach in Class 1 for the Nursery and Reception children. Whilst all staff work with the children and are there to make them feel safe and happy, we have small groups allocated to a member of staff. Even though all of our staff will be very familiar to the children due to our small numbers, these groups aim to make sure that there is a specific person who takes charge of supporting the child’s physical and emotional well-being. These groups are also used during class activities and their key person will tend to be their lead adult for certain activities.
The Reception children's key person is Miss Holder.
The pre-school children's (who will be starting school in September 2021) key people are Miss Holder and Miss Mountford.
The two and three year-old children's key people is Miss Mountford, Ms Gorton and Miss James.