Autumn Term FSU
I hope you all enjoyed a lovely, relaxing summer holiday; the children all seemed to have settled back into school routines very quickly.
The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the routines in the FSU but if you have any questions please feel free to grab either one of us or Mrs Ling at any appropriate point. Additionally, please take note of the ‘Parent notice board’ just through the front door on the left; we will update this regularly with what is happening in the FSU, letters, policies and wow-wee certificates etc. We will also continue to email a weekly newsletter to inform you of what is happening each week in the FSU.
In the FSU we centre our learning, in all areas, around a topic; one for each half term. To begin the Autumn term, we will be learning about ‘Water’. In a circle time at the end of last term, the children discussed and chose this topic. It is very open so we can incorporate the children’s interests and ideas as we go along. If you have any areas of expertise or resources that you think will support this topic in anyway, please speak to a member of staff in the FSU.
The staff in the FSU are Mrs Oliver (Teacher, Monday - Wednesday), Mrs Wells (Teacher, Thursday – Friday), Mrs Ling (Early Years Practitioner, Monday- Friday mornings and Monday and Thursday afternoons), Mrs Walters (Teaching assistant) and Mrs Hatwell (Teaching assistant).
Key person- Every child in the FSU is assigned a key person. The role of the key person is to provide children with reassurance to feel safe and cared for whilst they are in the unit and for staff to build a relationship with the child and parents.
Mrs Ling is the keyworker for nursery children and Mrs Oliver/ Mrs Wells is the keyperson for reception children.
On a Monday afternoon, Mrs Oliver has Planning, Preparation and Assessment time (PPA) for a portion of the afternoon session. During this time, Mrs Ling will be leading the class. This is the same for Mrs Wells on a Thursday afternoon.
Mrs Wells will be teaching the children PE on Friday afternoon this year, please ensure children have their named PE kits every day. We will send home PE kits at the end of each term for a wash.
In addition to these PE sessions children have daily access to a wide variety of activities to develop their physical skills both indoors and outdoors.
Reading and phonics
Your child has chosen a ‘sharing book’ to bring home this week. This book is for you to read to and share with your child at home. These books are changed twice a week but if you would like the book changed more frequently, please speak to Mrs Ling. We love reading your comments on your child’s enjoyment of their chosen books so please continue to write in the blue reading record books. Nursery children will also be taught phase one phonics daily. Phase one phonics focuses on tuning into environment and instrumental sounds, rhyming, alliteration and breaking up words into individual sounds.
We will continue teaching the children phase one phonics for the next few weeks as they settle back into school and transition into being a reception child. Following the parent phonics workshop on Thursday 20th September at 2.30pm, we will begin teaching phase two phonics which involves the teaching of sounds to read and write. Reading books with words will follow in due course when we feel your child is ready to start to learn to read.
We endeavour to hear your child read twice a week (usually Tuesday and Thursday) and ask that you read with your child as often as possible. Following the reading session, staff will comment on your child’s reading in their reading records and request you do too, this is to build up a correspondence between home and school on how your child is progressing with their reading.
Reception children will also have a phonics sticker stuck in their reading records each week to let you know which sounds/ tricky words they have been learning in phonics that week.
Please practise reading and writing these sounds at home with your child. Such activities may include looking out for sounds in road signs or labels in the supermarkets or sounding out words for children to hear and write the sounds.
Homework books (reception children only)
These purple books have been given out to each child today. Homework in the FSU takes the form of a choice of activities which support all areas of learning in the Early Years. Please support your child to carry out one of the activities each week and comment in the homework books to inform us on how your child has got on when completing the tasks.
On Friday 22nd March we will be inviting parents to a ‘sharing assembly’ where the FSU will be sharing with you what they have learnt about their current topic. The assembly will take place at 2.30pm. We invite parents into the hall to hear about what your child has been learning and will then meet you outside of the FSU for you to collect children, as normal, at 3.15pm.
We love getting out and about for walks in the local community and do so regularly. We also hope to run a whole class trip in the summer term. We will inform you of details of this as soon as we have them.
‘Wow wee’ certificates.
We really value the relationship between the childrens’ lives at home and school and our wow-wee certificates are a great way of us finding out about what children have been up to at home. We will be sending some ‘wow wee’ certificates home this week and will keep spares on the parent notice board for you to help yourself to at any point. If your child has done something you would like to share with us please note down on a certificate and we will ensure there is time to celebrate this. They will then be displayed on the board by the door to the garden. The certificates can be for really anything examples include; going swimming, being kind or helpful or doing something for the first time. Extra ‘wow wee’ certificates will be kept on the parent notices board; please help yourself.
Talent Friday (reception children only)
Talent Friday is essentially show and tell for reception children but with a focus on something your child takes part in as a hobby. We have attached a list of dates for each child’s talent Friday Please ensure that your child is prepared with something to bring in and talk about for their special day.
To encourage speaking and listening of the nursery children, we will continue to send Barnaby Bear home with members of the FSU this year. Please do not feel you have to do anything special while Barnaby is staying but we would really appreciate an entry into his diary. This may take the form of photos or a drawing/ writing by the pupil or some writing to prompt discussion on their return to class.
We very much look forward to the year ahead.
Mrs Oliver and Mrs Wells
FSU enjoying pond dipping and outdoor learning
Take a look at our new play equipment! The children were fascinated as they watched the builders putting the structure up and wasted no time familiarising themselves with the new play frame.