Welcome to Oak Class
Welcome to Oak Class at Coppice Valley Primary School.
It is a big step starting school and we aim to work hard with you and your child to make sure they settle into learning with us as smoothly, quickly and comfortably as possible now that the term has begun.
Working in partnership with families is a key feature of our ethos in Oak Class and we look forward to getting to know the parents, families, key adults and anyone who is important in the care of our new class.
We are looking forward to working in partnership with you to share information about the development and learning of your child.
Our staff team is
Miss Baxter and Mrs Pacey- Class teachers
Mrs Nalder- Teaching Assistant, in class every day
Mrs Batty- Teaching Assistant, who helps our class to come in each morning and works on Tuesday morning and Wednesday afternoon each week in Oak Class.
Here are some of the most important and useful things to think about in this first Autumn term.
Don't forget also to look out for news in letters sent home via book bags, and remember we try to keep key information written up daily on our class notice board outside Oak Class gate in school.
As with all good EYFS practice, in Oak Class we do not have just one topic or learning theme in our class, the EYFS is all about exploring children’s Unique interests. However there are some aspects of our learning that we will all begin to explore together in literacy- (phonics, Talk4Writing, handwriting, and early reading skills) and in maths.
We will also develop the children’s learning through their shared, common interests and so some ‘topic’ type themes will emerge as the term progresses. This is something we will develop with the children, but it is carefully planned to match their learning needs.
Please keep talking to your child about the things they are playing with as they learn in Oak Class, and make an appointment to talk to us if you have any queries or questions about why things are happening.
We call the children’s self-chosen play ‘Busy Learning’ time and adult chosen activities are referred to as the ‘jobs’ they must complete. All of the learning, whether child initiated or adult directed, is carefully planned to ensure learning and development.
In Oak Class work is play and play is work.
The main focus for learning during this first part of the Autumn term is on teaching the children how we learn in Oak Class as part of the Coppice Valley School community. There are many new routines and experiences we will be offering them in Oak Class and our aim is to make sure they build relationships with us that will support them to be secure in school and help them really make progress with their learning.
The start and end of the school day
Our aim is to make the children as independent as possible when coming in to school.
School starts at 8.55am when the children line up to come into class. The line for Oak Class children is next to the fence adjacent to our outside play area. The teacher is outside on the playground before 8.55am when the whistle blows each morning and makes sure all of the children walk in safely down the steps to the classroom. Mrs Batty and Mrs Nalder welcome the children into school and support with our morning routines every day.
Each child has a named peg in our cloakroom for their coats, coloured according to their house team group and a coloured box for storing book bags.
School finishes at 3.25pm and we send the children home only with adults known to us to be authorised to collect them. To ensure the children’s safety please let us know if there is any change to the authorised person collecting your child.
Please help us by being patient at the end of the school day. The children will be sent out to you one by one from the classroom door only when we can see there is an authorised adult ready to collect them. Please wait for them at the Oak Class gate.
Please send your child into school each day with their named book bag as this is our main means of sending home letters and messages to you from school. Please try to remember to look in the book bags regularly for school letters as the children do not always remember to tell you about these when they are excited about coming home!
Our PE day is on a Friday. Please make sure your child has a PE bag with their PE clothes all named and in school each Friday for PE lessons. We will then send the PE kit home to you to wash again every half-term. Please leave it in school.
Outdoor learning, Waterproof clothing and Wellington boots
Thank you, if you have already sent in named Wellington boots for your child to wear when they are playing outside. We keep the Wellies safe on our trolley outside the classroom. The children must have Wellington boots for safe outdoor play. (Please come and see us if you need help with this.)
The Outdoor Classroom
Every Friday afternoon we will learn outside in the Outdoor classroom that is across the school field. We do go out when it is wet and Welly boots are essential. Waterproof clothing is essential to make the session more enjoyable for your child too, so please provide waterproofs if you possibly can do so.
Again, please make sure this clothing is named clearly and kept in school. Our spare school waterproofs are very worn out now, we are fundraising for new ones and sadly do not have 30 sets anymore!
The children will often get wet, muddy and dirty learning in the outdoor classroom, so please make sure they have some spare clothing to change into on Fridays.
Some spare socks/tights/trousers are really useful to have in school each Wednesday, especially as the weather changes.
Stay and Play
We hope you may be able to join us in school for a Stay and Play session. This is a time when you are invited to join your child in Oak Class and share the afternoon learning with them. We really enjoy having parents and family joining us in school on these Stay and Play afternoons. It is a chance for us all to share learning ideas and for your child to show you how they play and learn in school. We look forward to seeing you in February.
Tapestry Learning Journals
Log in to Tapestry at https://tapestryjournal.com or enter Tapestry into ‘google’ search. Use your secure password to look at your child’s learning and progress and to share homework and other learning from home with us.
Homework will be sent home on Fridays each week for you to share with us on Tapestry or in the homework book.
Please send the homework back each week on Monday after the weekend.
School uniform and spare clothing.
Please could you send in a set of spare underclothes for your child to keep in their book bag- just in case of accidents. We do have some spare clothing but they are often more comfortable in their own clothing!
With thanks in anticipation of your support and partnership working,
Miss Baxter, Mrs Pacey, Mrs Nalder and Mrs Batty.
A fun way with Foxy, to listen to different sounds and to identify the correct order.
An excellent activity to learn about the parts of a flower and what plants need to grow.
This website has lots of free games that you can play to support your child's phonics at home.
Jolly Phonics songs
This link has the Jolly Phonics songs in the correct order. You could practise singing up to where your child is up to with their flash cards at home.
Cbeebies - Fun with Phonics
This website is very useful to support your child's phonics at home as it links to the Phonic Bug scheme that we use at school. The DVD is available to buy if you wish but you can also find clips on you tube.