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Welcome back letter

Dear parents and carers,

 

We are delighted to be approaching the start of the new academic year! We hope you have had a wonderful summer. This letter is to remind families about some of the systems that we have in school.

 

All pupils (except reception and Year 1) will return on Thursday 2nd September. School will start at 9.00 with children welcome on the premises at 8.50. School will close at 3.30. Smilers is available for wrap around care however you must pre-book this with Paula who is the Smilers manager.

 

There will no longer be staggered start and finish times. However, KS2 pupils (Year 3-Year 6) will still be required to walk around the school premises and enter towards the back of school. Staff will assist with this. This is to ensure reduced numbers of people in confined areas on the school site. If parents need to drop children off at different areas around school, staff will be considerate of this in terms of start times. Parents can either collect children from the KS2 playground in the allocated zones, or class teachers will walk pupils to the front of school. Children can wait with the teacher until you are able to collect.

 

Children in Key Stage 2 are allowed to leave school independently unless the school is told otherwise by parents. Children must notify the class teacher when leaving school. This permission only applies to children leaving school at the end of the school day: any child leaving school early (e.g., for medical reasons) must be collected by a responsible adult.

 

Reception and Year1 slow starts- the cohorts have been halved with some pupils starting on Thursday and some starting on Friday. Letters have been sent to all parents and carers to confirm start times.

 

 

Equipment and PE:

  • Children in KS2 are allowed to bring into school their own pencil case. However, this is not an expectation. If children do choose to do this, they are responsible for their own equipment.
  • All children are encouraged to bring a labelled water bottle into school
  • School uniform must be worn at all times; however, children should come into school wearing their PE kit on PE days. Class teachers will confirm this day with parents using parentmail.
  • If children have 100% weekly attendance, they can wear their own top on a Friday as part of ‘Fashion Friday’
  • Children are encouraged to bring their reading book to school each day, along with their planner.
  • If it is necessary, on occasion, for children to bring a mobile phone, for contact purposes after school for example, then it must be handed in at the office for safe-keeping. It will be the responsibility of the child to collect it at the end of the day.

 

School Uniform:

Please make sure that all items of uniform including coats are clearly labelled with your child’s name. This will help us to prevent items getting lost.

 

Children are asked not to wear jewellery.  If necessary one small pair of stud ear-rings and a watch will be permitted.  However, the school will not take responsibility for any items that are lost or stolen.

 

Dress code for our school:        

  • Red Sweatshirt/Jumper/Cardigan                                                                            
  • Red or White Polo shirt / T-shirt
  • White Shirt/ Blouse
  • Black or Grey Trousers/ Skirt/pinafore
  • Black Shoes (if trainers avoid bright colours and logos). Alternatively, black plimsolls may be worn inside with old shoes/ trainers for outdoor wear at playtimes, lunchtimes, etc.

 

PE kit:

Indoor PE Kit:  Black shorts and White Tshirts are to be worn. Please do not send football shirts or other coloured T-shirts for PE.

 

Outdoor Games Kit: Children should have a pair of pumps or training shoes for outdoor games lessons.  Many children also wear dark coloured, plain tracksuits for outdoor games. 

 

If you wish your child to wear stud ear-rings please ensure they are able to remove the earrings themselves for PE lessons.  

 

Hair:

We expect a sensible approach to hairstyles.  Whilst doing PE long hair should be tied up with a soft band. 

 

Autumn Term Dates for your diary:

School visit dates will be sent out as soon as they are confirmed.

Wednesday 

01.09.2021 

INSET Day 

 

Thursday  

02.09.2021 

 Pupils return to school

Monday 

27.09.2021 

UK National Inclusion Week begins  

European day of languages (26th Sept) 

Friday 

01.10.2021 

Start of Black History Month 

Wednesday  

06.10.2021 

Harvest assemblies  

No.1 – 9:30AM  &  1:30PM  

F1 – 10AM & 2PM  

F2 – 11am  

Yr 1 & Yr 2 – 1PM  

Thursday 

07.10.2021 

Harvest assemblies  

Yr 3 & 4– 11AM  

Yr 5 & 6– 10AM  

Friday 

08.10.2021 

Whole school Black History Month showcase 

Tuesday

12.10.21

Parent’s evening

Friday 

15.10.2021 

Wear it Pink Day  

Tuesday 

02.11.2021 

Yean 3 fire safety talk  

Thursday 

04.11.2021 

Diwali begins

  

Friday 

05.11.2021 

Bonfire Night  

DT whole school showcase 

Thursday 

11.11.2021 

Remembrance Day – Whole school assembly/ Minutes silence 11am  

 

Friday 

12.11.2021 

Children in Need  

Monday 

15.11.2021 

EYFS nursery rhyme week  

Anti-Bullying Week – United against Racism  

South Yorkshire Safeguarding week  

Tuesday  

16.11.2021 

Anti-Bullying Week 

South Yorkshire Safeguarding week  

Wednesday 

17.11.2021 

Anti-Bullying Week 

South Yorkshire Safeguarding week 

Thursday 

18.11.2021 

Anti-Bullying Week  

South Yorkshire Safeguarding week  

Friday 

19.11.2021 

Anti-Bullying Week 

South Yorkshire Safeguarding week 

SEND: Support plan meetings – completed by 20th November 

Monday 

29.11.2021 

Start of Hanukkah (28th Nov)  

Monday 

06.12.2021 

End of Hanukkah  

 

Wednesday 

08.12.2021 

Careers Day 

Christmas dinner day 

Thursday 

09.12.2021 

KS2 Christmas Production 

Monday 

13.12.2021 

EYFS Christmas Production 

Tuesday 

14.12.2021 

KS1 Christmas Production 

Wednesday 

15.12.2021 

Christmas Party Day 

Thursday 

16.12.2021 

End of term virtual assemblies  

No.1 – 9:30AM  &  1:30PM  

F1 – 10AM & 2PM  

F2 – 11am  

Yr 1 & 2 – 1PM  

 

Friday 

17.12.2021 

End of term virtual assemblies  

Yr 3 & 4– 11AM  

Yr 5 & 6 – 10AM End of Term 

SEND: Provision drop in’s to be completed  

 

We are learning to… weekly class newsletters:

 

All children were sent a Welcome to… leaflet where they were introduced to their new staff and the topics that they would be covering this year. This was sent through parentmail. It also included information about changes to home learning.

 

This year, we will continue to send home our weekly, ‘We are learning’ letters. This tells parents about the key objectives that children will be learning each week. It tells you the new vocabulary that they are learning and it gives you questions to ask children about their learning. Children are also given ideas about how they can do further learning. It would be really helpful for your child’s development if you could look at this with your child each week. The purpose is to get them to talk about their learning. These letters will be sent out via parentmail.

 

Home learning:

This year, our home-learning is changing- Chat, read, do! This again is focused on encouraging children to talk about their learning at home.

 

 

 

Students who are struggling academically may be more likely to request parental assistance with homework, but parents may be unfamiliar with the most effective teaching methods. As a consequence, we encourage parents to redirect a struggling pupils to their teachers rather than to take on an instructional role.

 

3 times a week reading

Regular reading is vital. For children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, home learning should largely consist of regular reading with parents/carers, looking at books together. Reading practise and listening to others read then continues to be essential right through primary school.

Phonics Practise (Year 1 and Foundation)

In Foundation Stage and Year 1, children will be given phonics related activities based on their current understanding of the Phase. This will regularly checked through Phonics Assessment.

 

Spelling Practise  (Year 2 onwards)

Seesaw will be used to send home-learning. This allows for teachers to give feedback and acknowledgement online.

Home learning will be set on a Friday with a deadline of the following Wednesday to submit this via Seesaw.

 

We cannot wait to welcome all of our children back and to welcome our families back onto our premises! We are incredibly excited about the new academic year especially as we are able to start with so much more normality.

 

Please also take time to read our parent and school communication strategey as this outlines how we will keep families updated and provides guidance about how to contact school.

Best Wishes,

 

Rebecca Austwick

Head Teacher

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