• Mrs Paula Higgins

    Learning Assistant

  • Mrs Sharon Bennett

    Level 3 SEN Learning Assistant

  • Mrs Elizabeth Swain

    Learning Assistant

Welcome to Grasshoppers!

We are really excited to begin our learning journey together in Grasshoppers! Our first topic is 'All About Me' where we get to learn about each other. We will use lots of circle time and play to find out your child's interests, family and hobbies.

We will also be focusing on developing our self-regulation strategies by exploring our feelings using the text 'The Colour Monster'. This book will guide us in identifying different emotions and support us to create strategies to help each other when we are experience different feelings.

At every opportunity we seek to encourage the children to be creative, collaborative and curious about their learning. We are really keen for the children to develop a love of the outdoors and outdoor learning. With this in mind, we would be grateful if you could ensure that your child has a pair of wellies in school at all times. 

If you have any questions please contact us as we are happy to help. We can't wait to start your child's adventure at Oakmeadow and getting to know you all! 

Topic: PE this half term: Important Dates:
All About Me!
Jungle Journey - TBC
Please come into school on this day wearing suitable PE kit according to the school policy. Please ensure all clothing is clearly labelled.
Forest fun - TBC
Please ensure your child has wellies at school. We will provide the children with a puddle suit. 
Monday 2nd September -
PD day children NOT in school.
Tuesday 3rd September - Children back to school.
Thursday 17th October -
Children break for half term.
Friday 18th October -
PD day children NOT in school.
Monday 4th November -
Children back to school for Autumn 2.
Bug Club Phonics - please see the 'Our Curriculum, Our Way - EYFS' tabs for full details about how to support your children with a range of Bug Club videos and resources.

Reading at home

Your child will soon be bringing home a reading packet following our parent phonics workshop in Autumn 1. This consists of a reading book, reading record, phoneme mat and phase 2 phonics words that are not yet decodable. Please read with your child every day. We can not overstate the impact that this will have on your child's progress. 

All reading packs need to be brought to school every day. We will listen to your child read on a 1:1 basis across the week and will change their reading book once they are fluent. Your child will need support to recognise and articulate the phonemes to start. The phoneme mat we have included has an image for each grapheme which will help prompt them. We have uploaded the videos of actions for these onto our 'Early Years' website page. The inside cover of their reading book has helpful information to share with your child before reading the book. Please encourage them to sound out and blend unfamiliar words when they need to, and then encourage them to re-read each sentence without decoding to build up their fluency. If you feel your child is ready for a new book, please don't hesitate to let us know so we can change them on a regular basis.  

The phase 2 words on a fan are to gradually learn. They won't yet be fully decodable for your child. Encourage them to spot the aspects that they can decode before discussing how we articulate the rest of the word. We would expect your child to be able to read all of these words fluently by the end of the Autumn term.

The phoneme mat is to support your child when they are writing at home (the images also help in remembering the phoneme/grapheme). We teach phase 2 in  Autumn, phase 3 in Spring and phase 4 in Summer. They are produced in the writing font we teach the children in school and are a useful model for their letter formation when writing lists, notes, cards etc. at home.

We are more than happy to have a chat with you about your child. Please feel free to come and see us whenever you need. If we can’t chat at the time, we will make arrangements so that we can do so as soon as possible. Thank you for your support.

You will have already received two Seesaw codes. The 'family code' allows us to share photos of your child's learning and communicate important information. The 'home learning code' can be used to upload pictures for your child to share in class for talk time. Please log on to this as soon as possible.
Active Learn Bug Club & Numbots
We also use core interactive and exciting programmes to support our learning, which can be logged into at home using the children's provided usernames and passwords. All passwords will be inside your child's reading record. 
Below you can download supporting documents: