Key Dates for Term 1
Wednesday 23rd Sep - Parent/teacher meeting zoom or phone calls - please book using above tab
Friday 25th Sep - School photos for groups B1 and B2
Monday 28th - School photos for groups A1 and A2
Wednesday 30th Sep - Parent/teacher meeting zoom or phone calls - please book using above tab
Monday 5th Oct - All children start full time
Friday 16th Oct - Forest school taster session for all classes - please come to school dressed for the weather with school uniform in a bag to change into afterwards.
Week beginning Monday 19th - A pumpkin themed week. All donations of pumpkins or other squash very welcome!
Friday 23rd Oct - last day of term
Friday 11th September - Letter to Parents/Carers
Dear EYFS Parents and Carers,
We have all really enjoyed meeting you and your children this week! Thank you so much for all your support, getting stuck in with play and observing the safety measures we have put in place.
We are excited about spending longer with your children next week when they come into school on their own for the first time. Please can they bring their book bag and water bottle. If you don’t yet have a book bag, a plastic bag/tote bag or similar flat bag will do for now but please don’t bring backpacks. You can order book bags here https://www.pbuniform-online.co.uk/schools/paulton-infant-school.html . As a snack, fruit will be provided by school but your child may prefer to bring their own and put it in their drawer. It is also useful to keep a pair of wellies in school for outdoor play.
While data is still being processed, please could you ensure that any significant medical need/allergy is communicated directly with the class teacher, if you have not done so already, before leaving your child in our care. Children will be offered milk, fruit and breadsticks next week so we need to know if they cannot have any foods.
Next week the timings are as follows:
Parent-Teacher Meeting Zoom Calls
As we are not able to conduct home visits this year we are instead scheduling times when we can talk to parents over the phone or via Zoom. These calls are for parents/carers rather than children. There is a series of questions that we ask in order to build up a bigger picture of your child so that we can best support them in school. (A copy of these are attached so you can have a look at the questions in advance). It is also a chance for you to share any other information you feel important and ask any questions you may have.
These calls will be on Wednesday 23rd and Wednesday 30th of September. Please could you book your appointment via the school website. You can choose whether you would prefer a Zoom meeting or a phone call. Thank you very much. Please book here: https://www.paultoninfantschool.co.uk/book-online
Many thanks for your support.
The EYFS Team
Friday 25th September - Letter to Parents/Carers
Dear EYFS Parents and Carers,
Thank you for another lovely week! All children had their first dinner in school this week and we have been so impressed with them all! They are doing a really good job of remembering and adapting to so many new routines and we are very proud of them.
This week we have been reading the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt.” It has been lovely to see how many children are joining in enthusiastically with the actions and even the words. You can see Michael Rosen performing the story here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gyI6ykDwds
We have also been starting phonics by beginning to focus on the sounds we hear at the start of words. Have a look at your evidence me app to see a home challenge game of I-spy you can play. These early skills really help children to learn to read and write later.
This week we also gave each child their own pot of playdough to keep in their drawer at school. Using playdough provides fun sensory play at the same time as strengthening muscles in little fingers so it’s something we really wanted the children to have access to. They have been taught to keep it off the floor and put the lid back on carefully when they finish.
Next week we begin the longer hours of 8:30am to 2:45pm. This may be tiring for some children at the start but they will get used to it. Group A are on Monday and Tuesday and group B on Thursday and Friday. Full time for everyone begins the week of 5th October.
Please can named wellies and named PE kits now be brought into school for everyone. We are planning on doing PE outside so you can add in joggers/leggings/jumpers for warmth or children can put their school jumper on top of their PE kits. Please can everything be named, including book bags, coats and water bottles.
Thank you very much to all those who signed up for a zoom/phone parent-teacher meeting on 23rd and 30th September. We all found it very valuable talking to parents as it really helps us to build up a picture of the child. All teachers still have slots available for 30th Sep so please sign up if you have not already.
Even though drop off and pick up are socially distanced, please remember you can still get messages to us by calling or emailing the school. If it is something that requires a longer chat get in touch and we can arrange a time.
Have a lovely weekend.
The EYFS team
Update 8th October
Reading is very important to us at Paulton Infant School and we like to read many forms of text. This week for a home reading challenge we would like you to get to know the Oxford Owl website https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk and encourage your child to tell a story from the pictures in one of the books on there. Miss Light has made an informative video showing how to log in and and use the site. Login details are: Ruby20 or Jade20 or Opal20 and the password is: books.
Week beginning 19th October
This week we are reading Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper and having lots of fun with pumpkins.
Any donations of pumpkins or squash are welcome!
Please find the weekly plan here which you can refer to if you need to self isolate.