Coots Class is for our Reception children. The class teacher is Mrs Sims, and she is lucky enough to be supported by Miss Stevens and Mrs Sultana.

Dear Parents and Carers,

A very warm welcome to our Reception families. I hope that you have all had an enjoyable summer and are refreshed and ready for the Autumn term. Here’s some useful information for the year ahead.

Book-bags – Please make sure these come to school every day.  Book-bags are checked by us daily and any letters that need to go home will be placed inside, so please have a look in them regularly.  When your child comes into  class each morning, they will get their reading book out and put it in the basket, and then put their book-bag in the labelled box.

Home/School book – Please use this as much as you wish! Use it to share queries, concerns and news. If your child has any worries, is feeling under the weather, has had an unsettled night etc, it is always useful for us to know, so please mention it. Likewise, we will pop notes in from time to time, so please check it daily. There will always be a member of staff on the gate in the morning and in the classroom at the end of the day if you would prefer to speak directly to someone.

Reading – Reading with your child is one of the most important things you can do  to help them learn. Our expectation is that they will have the opportunity to read every day at home; this may be the whole book or a few pages. Each time you read with your child, please record it in the home/school book, writing the date, title of book and the pages that were read. Then, just initial it. Books will be changed once they have been read at home or at school twice. We promote ‘reading for pleasure’ in our school. This involves time spent in our library and story-telling.  The children will be visiting the school library every Monday afternoon with Mrs Livermore and Mrs Sultana.  Our school library is open after school on a Wednesday for you to visit and share a book with your child.

Lunches – Each morning we read out the menu and the children say what they would like for lunch. Please make sure your child knows the choices and you have discussed what they will choose! If you prefer your child not to order a particular choice, please let me know. You may prefer to order lunch using the 'Pupil Asset' app.

Home time – At the end of the day the gates will be opened and you can come round to the outside door of the Coots classroom to collect your child. If your child is being collected by someone else, please let us know in advance,  as this helps to avoid any confusion at home time!

PE – Our weekly PE lessons are on a Wednesday, so please make sure your child has their named PE kit and trainers in school.

Handwriting – We introduce pre-cursive handwriting from the beginning of the year. You will hear your child talk about whooshes in and whooshes out. As the year goes on we hope that your child will begin to join their handwriting, in the style known as cursive handwriting. If you need any help with this, please ask.

And finally…

We really hope your child will enjoy a fantastic Reception year. Please ask if you have any questions at all about what is happening in Coots.  Thank you for your support and interest.

Mrs Sims

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