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Dates to remember

27TH – Back to school disco
28TH – (3pm) Macmillan coffee afternoon (any cakes appreciated)


10TH – School photograph day
16TH – Flu vaccinations
25TH – (9:15am) Harvest Festival KS1
26TH – Last day of term

5TH – First day back

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 Lester helping us each morning throughout the week. I know we’re going to have a fantastic first half term and our exciting first topic is Spain! We will be learning about the seaside, tapas (mmm
J), holidays, weather and the Spanish royal family.

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.

In Pixie class we encourage the children to be very independent, this includes coming into the classroom and putting their things away by themselves. For the first week back, please feel free to come into the classroom with your child (if you think they may need some help adjusting to a new environment). If your child is already independent and feels confident coming into the classroom, then please leave them at the door, there will always be a grown up in the room to greet the children and help them with our morning routine J.


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/s 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 Friday the diaries will be checked for comments, and how many times they have read, for every entry in their diary they will receive a Dojo point!



Behaviour ladder

Now that your children are Pixies they will be using the behaviour system that is used all the way up into year 6. Each day the children all start on “Ready to Learn” and can move up the ladder for demonstrating Gateford Park’s values. 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 week any child that has made it to out of this world more than once will get a prize from the prize box!

Star of the day chair

Each day a child will be chosen to sit in the 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 Prizes:

When the whole class are behaving well and following the school rules they can earn a pixie prize. Once the pixies have earned 10 pixie prizes 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 Thursday afternoons. Children will need their indoor and outdoor PE kit in school at all times.
  • Children should bring in their own water bottle from home (please label this clearly).
  • 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


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! Even if it’s just an hour, we would really appreciate the help. 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.

Miss Sutton and Mrs. Lester J

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