Dear parent / guardian,
I hope you’ve had a lovely summer, despite the lack of sunshine! We’re so happy to welcome your children into Dosbarth Pili Palas (year 1 and 2) this year. My name is Mrs Littlewood and I’ll be working alongside our wonderful classroom assistants Miss Hughes, Mr Morris and Mr Dawson (in the mornings).
What a lovely start to year we’ve had already! The children have all settled in so brilliantly and I’m so proud of how quickly they’ve adapted back into the routine.
Throughout this year your children will continue to access a great variety of engaging activities to promote a love of learning and improve their independence. These activities will often cover more than one area of learning, such as:
• Expressive Arts
• Language, Literacy and Communication
• Science and Technology
• Mathematics and Numeracy
• Health and Wellbeing
I’m very excited to introduce our class to our adventurous new topic, “Let’s explore!” which will take us on a voyage around different locations globally! I can’t wait to immerse our class in a variety of cultures and I am especially looking forward to cooking different cuisines with the children! Please do ensure that the office has up to date allergy and medical information so that your children can participate in these activities! Your children will be immersed in a range of exciting and interesting activities both in class and through learning outside the classroom, for this reason, we ask that children come into school prepared for daily outdoor learning activities by wearing their active uniform and a waterproof coat. The active uniform is also essential for P.E. and Forest school. Please ensure that clothing is appropriate for each season, as outdoor learning will be taking place daily throughout the year come rain, wind or shine (within reason). Coats must be warm and waterproof and we ask that children come to school wearing sunscreen in hot weather.
Children have a daily snack time as part of our healthy schools programme and are welcome to bring in a piece of fruit each day to eat alongside their free milk. Children also each have their own water bottle in class with free access to this during the day.
Your child’s reading book will be changed on a MONDAY, however, reading takes place throughout the week so your child needs to ensure their book bag is in school EVERY DAY. Reading to or listening to your child read regularly will have a significant impact on their learning across the curriculum, please use the reading record to note down any reading efforts at home. Any damaged / lost books will need to be replaced by parents / guardians at a cost of £5. Books will not be sent home without a suitable bag to keep them safe and they will only be renewed once the old book has been returned to school. Should you need a replacement book bag, there will be a charge of 50p. Oxford Reading Tree also have free E-books on their website https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/free-ebooks/, you will just need to register with them to access these.
Please can we remind you to put your child’s name in all items of their uniform, including shoes and coats. It is inevitable that the children will take items of their uniform off for dressing up, painting or in the hot weather. Names will help to avoid items of clothing from getting lost. Although we will always monitor clothing and do our best to keep track, it is the children’s responsibility to look after their clothing and ensure jumpers/ coats are kept on pegs when taken off. Should your child be prone to accidents, please ensure that they have spare clothing. If they do not have clothing with them we may need to phone home for spares to be brought in. If your child is given any clothing to change into from school, please ensure this is brought back clean as soon as possible.
We ask that you’re patient with us at home times and wait for your child to be called to the door by a member of staff to ensure the safety of pupils. Children must be collected from the class door by an adult. If your child is to be collected by somebody different, please let us know.
Thank you for your continued support!
Mrs Littlewood (Class teacher)