Welcome to Reception! We know that it can be a nerve- wracking time when your child starts school but our aim is to make it as easy as possible for everyone involved.
We’ve had a lovely week getting to know the children in Angelfish and Starfish and have been really pleased by how well they are settling, including at lunchtimes. We’re looking forward to the children staying all day from next Monday (10th) and all of the exciting learning that will happen this term.
We would be grateful if you could fill out your hopes and wishes card and return it to school along with a photograph of your child with their family as soon as possible so we can create our display based on this.
We are always on the look out for helpers! If you can spare any time during the week to either change reading books or listen to children read, we would love to hear from you-please speak to one of the team. If you have DIY skills we would love to hear from you too, we’ve always got a project or two in mind that we need help with!
Tapestry will be online soon. If you haven’t already done so, please give us your email address if you would like to view your child’s journal online.
Please take note of the following information to help things to run smoothly for us all:
School starts at 8.55am and ends at at 3.10pm. Please let us know if you are going to be late to pick up your child and make sure that you give your chosen password to anyone else who picks them up.
Lunches are chosen on the day-please talk to your child the night before or in the morning about what they would like for their lunch so they are ready to make their choice when they come into school. Please remember that in line with our Healthy Schools policy, children are not allowed to have crisps, chocolate or sweets in their packed lunches.
PE is on a Friday. PE kit is black or navy joggers or shorts and a plain light blue t-shirt. You are welcome to leave your child’s PE bag in school and we will send it home at the end of every half term for washing.
The children will be going to Forest School once a week. Please leave a pair of welly boots in school (labelled with your child’s name) for both Forest School and outdoor play.
Every child should have a spare pair of socks in school in their PE bag.
Please make sure that your child has appropriate clothing for outdoor play, e.g. a waterproof coat with a hood on rainy days, a hat for sunny days etc. We spend a lot of time playing outdoors and it’s really important that children always have the right clothes for this.
There is a big whiteboard in our outdoor learning area. Please check it at the end of the day as we often put important information on there.
Please label EVERYTHING with your child’s name! We spend a lot of time teaching the children to be responsible for their belongings, but things do go astray and it’s so much easier to reunite lost items with their owner if they are labelled. If you use a pen to label, please keep a check as names often end up washing out and you may need to re-label.
Reading books will be sent home next week with information about how you can help your child with their reading. We will also let you you know about home learning in the next week or two once the children are settled in.
Please check your child’s book bag every day for letters etc.
There are lots of ways to keep up-to-date with what’s happening in both Reception and in the wider school community. You can follow us on Twitter, through our Facebook page, on the school app, through our blogs and of course our website which has all of the important information that you need to know.
At Wormley Primary School, we believe that every pupil should have the opportunity to achieve the best possible start in life. We are committed to breaking down any barriers to outstanding achievement and attainment; one of the ways we do this is through our use of a Government grant called Pupil Premium. Children of families who are in receipt of certain benefits may be eligible for this grant (currently £1320 per annum) which is paid directly to schools to provide educational support to help pupils achieve their full potential. To find out if your child is eligible, details can be found by searching Free School Meals at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk, or come into school where we will be happy to help you.
If you have any questions or worries at any time, please don’t hesitate to speak to one of us!
Mrs Campkin, Mrs Burling and the Early Years Team
We just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and fun-filled summer. It’s hard to believe the end of the year is here-as the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun! It’s been a great year in Reception and we’re so proud of the children and how we’ve seen them grow and blossom, ready to start in Year One after a good break.
We hope that you enjoyed the Summer Concert yesterday. The children practised so hard and we’re sure you’ll agree that they put on a wonderful performance. We’ve also enjoyed an end of year party together today with games and more dancing!
Please don’t forget to practise the things suggested on your child’s report during the summer and to keep sharing books together as often as possible, this really will make a difference to your child’s learning and readiness for Year One.
There are lots of exciting things to look forward to in Year One! In September, the children will be visiting a Science Dome at school and will be learning all about dinosaurs. Miss Tinsley and Miss Gajjar have asked us to remind you that children are not allowed to wear leggings or joggers in Year One, trousers, skirts or pinafore dresses only please.
Although it’s always hard to say goodbye, we’ll be filled with pride today as we wave the children off, knowing that they’re super learners who are more than ready to take on the challenges of Year One. Thank you for all of your help and support this year, when we work in partnership it means we can all do the very best for your child.
Enjoy a lovely summer together.
Mrs Campkin, Mrs Burling, Miss Bower and the Reception team
We have had a busy and fun half term together in Reception.
In Angelfish class, the children have enjoyed reading the book, ‘Supertato’. This has led to fantastic learning as the children have made their own ‘super veg’, created ‘Wanted’ and ‘Missing’ posters for the Evil Pea and came up with their own versions of the story.
In Starfish class, the children have been using their imagination by thinking of stories and creating their own story maps. They have enjoyed inventing their own actions and performing their stories in front of the class.
Both classes have loved following the Royal Wedding in the news. They joined in with the whole school celebration picnic and even had the opportunity to meet Prince Harry and Meghan! The children have also enjoyed practising for Sports Day and working together in their new House teams.
We have continued to revise all sounds learnt in phonics every day, along with weekly ‘looking words’ (words that can’t be read by using phonics). Please continue to read with your child at home and practise the yellow ‘looking words’ that were recently sent home. This is an invaluable way to help your child’s reading and writing skills.
After half term in maths we will be learning about money so it would be really helpful if you could let your child explore money over the holidays, for example counting pennies or handing over money to pay for something. You could also point out prices of things in shops and talk to your child about ways of paying for things other than with cash, e.g. contactless card, debit card etc. We have also learnt about halving and sharing quantities, so to practise this new skill, ask your child if they can share out the plates at the dinner table or even their sweets!
We hope you have lovely half term and look forward to seeing you for our last half term together.
We’ve had a very busy, but fun last few weeks in Angelfish and Starfish. The children (and staff!) all enjoyed Science Week where we carried out lots of different experiments with a special focus on gravity to link to the school focus on Space. The highlight of the week was our visit to the Space Dome where we learnt all about being an astronaut and their work on the International Space Station, it was a very exciting experience. We also thought about the qualities and skills you need to be a scientist and we are very lucky that this week one of our parents who is a scientist is coming in to talk to the children about this further.
This week our focus has shifted to RE as we think about the Easter Story. We will be reading a different part of the story every day to help children to develop their understanding of this important Christian celebration. We are also busy learning the songs for our Easter Services at Wormley Free Church on Wednesday 28th March-all parents and carers are welcome to join us for this celebration and if anyone can help with the walk to and from Church, we would be most grateful. Please note service times –
Morning service – Starfish and Morning Nursery
Afternoon Service – Angelfish and Afternoon Nursery
We will be in touch after Easter to rearrange our Stay and Read session after the snow cut short the last one! Please keep sharing books with your child, not just school reading books but anything they show an interest in, it really does make a huge difference to their learning.
Finally a huge thank you for all of the coins that you donated to our NSPCC collection-we managed to spell out the letters NSPCC with all of the coins we collected before we passed them onto the charity.
We wish you all a happy Easter and look forward to the Summer Term.
This term the children have been exploring magnets, ice, light and shadows. They have also constructed some amazing hotels with lego and made beautiful crowns.
In Angelfish class the children have created many masterpieces, using a range of materials, by following instructions from a craft book.
In Starfish class the children have all been eager to complete the daily phonics and
maths challenge to help grow their brains!
Both classes have loved rapping to the ‘teen number song’ to help them understand teen numbers are a group of ten and some ones. Please continue to play the weekly maths game with your child, it is a great opportunity to spend time together while reinforcing maths, turn taking and following instructions.
We have continued to learn a new sound in phonics everyday, along with a weekly ‘looking word’. Please continue to read with your child at home and practise ‘looking words’, this will help support their reading and writing skills.
We are in need of junk modeling, so please feel free to bring in boxes, bottles etc. Our woodwork bench is now available for the children to use, if there are any parents/carers who work somewhere who would kindly donate materials, please come and speak to a member of staff, it would be greatly appreciated.