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Happy New Year!

Welcome back everybody and we hope you have had a good Christmas. For most children this is their second term, but some are just starting their learning and education with us at West Road Primary school. We are so glad you have joined us.

Spring Term 2018

What are we learning about this term?

This term our theme is ‘Our Wonderful World of Animals ‘. Through this theme we will be looking at pets, Frodo the school dog, farm and wild animals that live in the wild. We will be looking at the wild animals that live in the Kenyan Masai Mara National Park such as giraffes and lions.

We will also be exploring different celebrations such as the Chinese New Year, Birthdays and Easter.

This term’s author

Our author this term is Nick Sharratt.

He has written many fantastic and funny books for children such as Shark in the Park, Pants and Don’t put your Finger in the Jelly Nelly! If you google him, you will find so many books which he has written. Why not pop down to the local library in Moorends Family Hub to find books by him?

Reader Leaders in Reception

Please help your child to become a reader leader at school by sharing and reading their story book with them at least three times, filling in the passport and exchanging their book after school.

They need to exchange their book at least once a week to become a reader leader.

Family Open Weeks

There are two family open weeks this term:

Week beginning 5th February 2018: with a focus on reading.

Week beginning 12th March 2018: with a focus on speaking and listening.

These open weeks will enable you to understand the expectations for your child in these areas and offer advice and ideas. This is to ensure your child reaches their age-related expectations in these areas. These open weeks follow the hugely successful open weeks last term that focused on writing and handwriting.

We always look forward to seeing you all at these events.

Bags of Fun for Nursery

Remember to change your bag of fun whenever you are ready. There are many bags to choose from with some fantastic books and activities inside for you to share with your child. Please check all contents are in the bag before you return them.

Your child can exchange their bag with you every Friday at the beginning of their session.

Free School Milk

Until your child reaches the age of 5, they are entitled to free school milk. In order to receive this

you must register your child every term with Cool Milk.

If you have not already done so, please can you go onto the website below and fill out the registration.

www.coolmilk.com/register

Baking in the Foundation Unit

Children love to bake and every child gets a turn each term. To support this, we ask for the following donations:

Nursery 30p a week

Reception £1 a term.

All children will bring something home or eat them in school.

Imagination Library

FREE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN AGED 5 YEARS AND UNDER

Remember to register your child for free books every month with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Register now if you haven’t as the books are amazing and absolutely free!

www.imaginationlibrary.com

PE Kits, Uniforms and Clothing

All children in the Nursery and Reception classes must wear the West Road Uniform. It gives them a sense of identity and belonging to the school. It also enables them to save their better clothes for home, as children at school explore as they play and their uniform can get dirty with paint, glue and mud!

Reception children need to bring their PE kits to school the first day back each term. They can leave it at school for the term where it will be returned for washing. They will need a T-shirt and some shorts in a small PE bag.

PLEASE MAKE SURE ALL UNIFORM AND CLOTHING IS NAMED.

WE CANNOT GUARENTEE THEIR RETURN WITHOUT THEIR NAME ON AS THERE ARE OVER 100 CHILDREN IN THE FOUNDATION UNIT!

Fruit and Water

Your child will receive a free piece of fruit every day.

Reception children can also bring a piece of fruit from home to eat at school if they wish.

All children can bring a bottle of water to school to drink or use the beakers we provide. Children are only allowed water as part of the school’s policy for healthy eating (unless there are medical                             requirements).

So what is happening in the Foundation Unit this term?

At the moment the unit is having a new heating system installed. This is to replace the old broken one. There is also a refurbishment of the areas and classrooms. All ceilings have been lowered and new ones installed with new brighter lighting. The process should be fully complete by the end of January. The unit will look amazing and be so cosy and warm.

We have won funding to develop the outside area this spring so keep your eyes peeled for the new changes and outside equipment. There is already a new castle climbing frame installed.

Homework and Reception Reading Bags

Children in Nursery and Reception receive weekly homework activities which support the learning they have done in school that week.

It is expected that all children do these weekly activities to help support their learning. It also enables you to see what they have been learning and support them in their learning too.

Reception children need to practice their letters and words at home each day and bring their reading bag to school every day. This enables the adults in their class to hear them read and change their words and letters when necessary.