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EYFS Welcome Letter

9th September 2022

Dear Parents/Carers,
We are delighted that you have chosen Sigglesthorne Church of England Primary Academy for your child’s EYFS setting. This is the beginning of a partnership in which we will share with you the important task of educating your child.

We want all our children to feel confident to take part in all of our activities and this is best achieved through working together with you as partners.

We hope that this letter will provide answers to any questions you may have, but please do not hesitate to come and talk to any member of staff. Alternatively you can contact the school on (01964) 533770 or message us via Tapestry (our online learning platform).

We are really looking forward to working alongside you to provide the best education for your child.

Mrs Wrightson and Mrs Loney.

Tapestry
Tapestry is an online learning platform that we use to communicate between home and school.
An account will be created for your child that is accessible by parents or carers and allows staff to post observations and photographs of your child learning and playing within the setting.

You will also receive information via memos therefore it is important that you check your account regularly to keep updated with forthcoming events and notices.

Downloading the app to your phone and enabling notifications is the easiest way to do this.

A typical school day
This is a general guide to our day as timings can vary. Group learning changes daily and
covers the seven areas of learning outlined in the EYFS framework.

AM PM

8:45am – Doors open
9:00am – Doors close- choosing time.
9:30am – Group work
10:00am – Snack (snack is available at any time)
10:15am – Group work
10:30am – Choosing time
11:40am – Story time
12:00am – Lunch

1:00pm – Check in
1:10pm – Choosing time
2:00pm – Group work
2:15pm – Choosing time
3:10pm – Story/singing
3:30pm – Home time

Fruit
A piece of fruit is available at each snack session. We encourage children to try the
different fruits that are on offer.

Water
Your child will need to bring a water bottle to school with them. This is available for
the children to independently drink at any time of the day. We encourage the children
to drink at regular intervals. The children are also offered milk at snack time.

Knowledge Organiser
Each term we will send home a knowledge organiser to let you know about the topics that we will be covering or anything new happening within our class. This will enable you to talk about the learning that is happening at school.
We will also keep Tapestry updated with all the wonderful learning happening in class, so please do check regularly.

School Uniform
Uniforms all look similar so please do label your child’s clothes so that they can be returned easily. Ensure footwear is suitable for practical activities. We encourage all children to bring a spare set of clothes to keep on their peg in case they get wet. This doesn’t have to be school uniform. We also request that children have a named PE kit in school.
FS1 children are not required to wear uniform but can so if they wish.

Belongings
Each child has their own peg to hang up their personal belongings. Please encourage
your child to leave their toys at home as they are precious to children and we don’t
want them to get lost.

Collecting your child.
Doors open at 3:30pm, please wait in the EYFS playground. If another adult is
collecting your child please let staff know when you drop them off.

Please follow the link to the Hedgehog’s Knowledge Organisers.

Hoglets F1 Knowledge Organiser EYFS F1 AutumnTerm 2022

Hedgehogs F2 Knowledge Organiser EYFS Autumn term. 2022

This document gives an overview about what your child will be learning this term.

Please find some useful links to documents relating to the new EYFS Development Matters framework:-

DfE_Development_Matters_Report_and_illustrations

EYFS – characteristics-of-effective-learning-display-poster

EYFS_framework_-_March_2021

Welcome Chester – our School Dog

From time to time Chester the Dog visits school to work with the children.  A full risk assessment has been completed which will be available on our website. Chester is nearly 2 years old, a labradoodle (hypoallergenic) and belongs to myself (Mrs Owens).

There has been extensive research about the many benefits that can be seen by having a school dog.   

  • Dogs teach children about responsibility – by children having to remember to feed and give water to the dog it can give them a sense of importance and satisfaction that they may not get from other responsibilities.  
  • Dogs teach children patience – they do not always do as they are told first time!  
  • Dogs teach children compassion – just like us dogs feel pain and emotion.  
  • Dogs teach children about socialisation – by the children learning how to interact with a dog they can better learn how to socialise with other children.  
  • Dogs are fun – they greet you with a wagging tail every day and put a smile on your face, even on a bad day. 
  • Please follow the link to the Risk Assessment for this activity:-  Risk Assessment – Dogs in School- Sigg

Please follow the link to the letter which was circulated to parents/carers:-  School Dog letter