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Welcome back!

Welcome back everybody! We hope you have had a nice half-term holiday filled with fun! I would like to take this opportunity to say I am so pleased with how the Pixie’s have settled in to year 1. Mrs Sharpe, Mrs Lester and I are so proud of every single Pixie and we hope you are too!

Over the next few weeks, we are learning about London and what it was like in the olden days and more excitingly, the Great Fire of London! After that it is Christmas Time and Nativity preparation!

Dates to remember

 NOVEMBER

1st – Harvest Festival - 10:45am
7-8th – Parent’s evening
14th – Flu vaccinations
24th – INSET day

DECEMBER

TBCNativity performance
7thPTFA Winter Warmer 3:20-5:00pm
19th – Christmas Dinner/Christmas Jumper day
21st – Pantomime at school and last day of term.
22nd – INSET day

Reading

I would like to say a massive thank you to the parents that read with their children as much as possible, it makes such a difference to their learning and the progress they make at school. It also expands their vocabulary and deepens their imagination.

Please carry on reading as much as possible with your child this term! A reminder to please make comments about how your child has read in their reading diary and please keep asking questions about the story to improve their reading comprehension.

As usual the reading diaries will be checked each Friday for comments and to update the reading chart. If your child has read 4 or more times in one week they will get a star on the chart. Any child with 6 or more stars when the half term has ended will win a special prize!

Homework Challenge

I am still speechless with how overwhelming the response was from the first homework challenge! It is amazing to see all the work you do together at home! Our challenge wall was full up and I hope we can fill it again this term!

Instead of putting the homework into two different challenges I have put London and Christmas together. The first four weeks back we are covering London and the Great Fire and we will start our Christmas topic on the 27th November. Any London themed homework is still welcome after this date! J

Homework Challenge for Autumn 2

Milk at School

A few of the Pixies have been telling me they would like milk. I have reminded them to let parents know if they want milk but I am not sure if they have. If you are wanting your child to have milk here is how you can set it up:

If your child is over five:
1. Go to www.coolmilk.com/register.
2. Register your child.

2. Pay Cool Milk online.
3. Just pay before 5pm on Tuesday for your child’s milk to start the following week.

The cost is roughly £15 per term, or you can pay per half term or the whole school year too. If you are entitled to free school meals you qualify for free milk.

General Reminders

  • Thank you for labelling your children’s uniform and PE kit! Unfortunately, we are still finding jumpers and cardigans without names on! Please label as much as you can, even the white polo tops!
  • PE will be every Monday morning (starting next week) and some Wednesday afternoons (weather permitting).
  • A polite reminder to stand at the fence (on the top playground) when collecting your child from school, this is for the safety of all children in Pixie and Gnome class. J

If you have any queries, concerns or questions, please come and see me, either briefly before school starts or come and see me after school, my door is always open.

 

Thank you.

Miss Sutton, Mrs. Sharpe & Mrs. Lester.

Pixie Class Newsletter

Dear Pixie families,

 

Welcome back to a new school year! I hope you have had a wonderful summer holiday and are excited to start the first term back. Your little Gnomes are now fully fledged Pixies and I am looking forward to getting to know them better over the next few weeks.

 

This year myself and the Pixies are lucky to have Mrs Sharpe spend all day with us and Mrs Lester helping us each morning throughout the week. I know we’re going to have a fantastic first half term and our exciting topic is “Splish! Splash! Splosh!”. We will be learning about the seaside, holidays from the past, lighthouses, oceans and too many more to list!

 

We are aiming to make the transition from reception to year one as smooth as possible. Play will still be a very important part of the Pixie’s learning however we will be slowly moving into a more formal learning environment which reflects the national curriculum as the year goes on.

 

 

Reading:

 

Reading in year one is more important than ever. Children are encouraged to read daily to prepare for the phonics screening check in June (more information will be given out closer to the time).

 

Children will be given a book to read at home along with a reading diary for you to fill in and return to school. When children can read the book easily then it will be swapped for another. Each week one child who has done fantastic reading will be the book worm of the week and can choose a prize!

 

I will check the reading diaries each Friday and if your Pixie has read more than 3 times that week (incl weekend) they will get a star on the reading chart. Any child with 4 or more stars when the half term has ended will win a book!

Behaviour

 

Behaviour ladder:
Now that your children are Pixies they will be using the behaviour system that is used all the way up to year 6. Each day the children all start on “Ready to Learn” and can move up the ladder for good behaviour and good work. However, they can also move down the ladder and face consequences of any wrong choices they may make. Children can move up and down throughout the day. At the end of the day, children will either lose or gain Dojo points or choose a prize (depending on where they are on the ladder).

 

Star of the day chair:
Each day a child will be chosen to sit in the newly revamped star of the day chair! Children can earn this reward by behaving well, doing good work, being a good friend and/or following the school rules. They will assist in special jobs all day, such as taking the register to the office with a friend of their choice and standing at the front of the line.

 

Pixie stars:
When the whole class are behaving well and following the school rules they can earn a pixie star to go in the class jar. Once the pixies have earned 10 pixie dusts they can have a treat of their choice (film and popcorn, playing games, ice lollies etc).

General Reminders

 

  • Please label everything! So many cardigans and jumpers end up in lost property each year because the children’s clothes are not labelled, it must cost a fortune to replace! If you do not have permanent markers, come and see me because I have plenty!
  • PE is on Tuesday afternoons and every other Monday morning. Children will need their indoor and outdoor PE kit in school.
  • Children can bring in their own water bottle from home (please label this clearly). If a child forgets their bottle or doesn’t have one, they will be given a plastic cup to keep in their tray to use.
  • A polite reminder to stand at the fence (on the top playground) when collecting your child from school, this is for the safety of all children in Pixie and Gnome class. smiley

Dates to remember

OCTOBER

4th – Families are invited to come to school in the afternoon for a whole school arts event in the hall.
5th – Families of Pixie and Unicorn class are invited to school in the afternoon to make lighthouses.
6th – Macmillan coffee afternoon, any donations of cakes would be greatly appreciated!
20th – Families are invited to come to school for a fish and chips lunch, more information to follow. This is also the last day of the half term.

Finally, if you are interested in becoming a parent helper (listening to the children read or help with spellings) please let me know as soon as possible!

 

If you have any queries, concerns or questions, please come and see me, either briefly before school starts or come and see me after school, my door is always open.


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