If adults talk with children effectively—taking the lead from the child, elaborating on what they say, asking questions, sharing rhymes or songs or books— then children are given the best start in developing the cognitive tools they need to succeed at school.
Early Intervention Foundation, The Best Start at Home, 2015
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Welcome to Oak Class
Welcome to Oak Class at Coppice Valley Primary School.
Starting school is a big step and we aim to work with you and your child to make sure they settle into learning with us as smoothly, quickly and comfortably as possible. At Coppice Valley, we believe that partnership with parents is essential in ensuring that your child develops to their full potential. We look forward to working together to support your child's learning and development.
Our staff team is:
Miss Baxter and Mrs Leach - Class Teachers
Mrs Nalder and Mrs Batty - Teaching Assistants
Learning and Development
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. Throughout EYFS and KS1, we the Phonics Bug scheme to support teaching and learning. We will talk in more detail about this at the reading meeting. In Literacy we use phonics and also follow Talk4Writing in which we learn a text inside out and use the structure and language from the story to create our own version. For handwriting, we use the Teach Handwriting website throughout school which may be useful at home too. We will also work together in maths to learn about number, as well as shape, space and measure. 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. Throughout school we have also invested in the Cornerstones Curriculum which enhances planning and teaching, giving inspiration for creative, hands on, exciting learning opportunities.
In Oak Class learning consists of a balance between child initiated learning where the children work in the areas of provision in the classroom, carefully planned to enhance independent learning, and adult led focused activities, working on specific learning objectives. The adults will also work alongside children in the areas of provision to observe, scaffold and extend their thinking in child-initiated learning.
In Oak Class work is play and play is work.
The main focus for learning during the first part of the Autumn term is teaching the children how we learn in Oak Class as part of the Coppice Valley School community. There are many new routines and experiences 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. As we move throughout the year, learning will become more structured in preparation for their transition into Year 1.
The Start and End of the School Day
Our aim is to make the children as independent as possible when coming in to school.
Oak Class gate will be open from 8:45am for a 9:00am start. Please try to say your goodbyes at the gate and encourage them to come to the door independently. Someone will always be at the door to greet them. The gates will be closed at 9:00am so if you are running late, please go through the front entrance and let the office know that your child has arrived. This staggered intake gives us the opportunity to greet children and parents, and have a calm start to the day, ready to begin learning at 9:00am.
School finishes at 3.25pm in EYFS and KS1. The children will be sent out to you one by one when we see an adult that we know is authorised to collect your child. An adult will be at the gate checking that each child goes out safely so if you need to speak with a teacher, please hold on until all the children have been seen out safely. If there are any changes to the adult collecting your child, please let us know. We will not let a child go unless we are confident that we have received the parents permission.
The children each receive a school book bag when they join our school. We use this to send home reading books and other information so please ensure that this comes to school each day and is clearly named. It may help to give your child a special key ring to help to recognise their own bag.
The children will be given their own reading book and record once they are ready, along with a sound and tricky word mat linking to our phonics. Please keep this in their book bag as we will change books daily and read individual books in school weekly. Please aim to listen to your child read daily where possible. They will also get a weekly library book which is changed each Friday for you to read to your child. We would also recommend reading to your child daily, whether this is their library book or a book from home.
The children will each be given a school water bottle at the beginning of the school year. We have a water cooler to refill bottles and the children can access these at all times. If the water bottle is lost, it can be replaced for £1.50 at the office, lids are 50p. We would recommend that you use a sticker or a different colour lid initially to help the children to identify their own bottle. Alternatively you can provide your own named reusable bottle.
The children will be offered a free piece of fruit in school each morning but you may also send them with a healthy snack such as a piece of fruit, veg or cheese if you wish.
Should the children wish to have a carton of milk for snack, they need to be registered via the Cool Milk website. Milk is FREE to children under 5 and for those parents claiming 'free school meals' (you must be registered for this). After their fifth birthday, there is a charge of around £15 a term.
The children need a PE kit containing a white t-shirt, navy shorts, navy joggers and trainers with Velcro straps. Please ensure that each item is labelled and the children are confident in getting themselves dressed and undressed. We will support with tricky bits such as buttons if needed. Oak Class usually do PE on Monday afternoons with Mr Sowerby but we may do other sessions during the week too.
In Oak Class, the children free-flow into the outdoor learning area daily and often work in the nature area. We go out in all weathers so the children require waterproof trousers, coat and wellies in school. Please make sure that these are clearly labelled.
The children also need a bag containing a full set of spare clothes, ideally school uniform but it does not need to have the school logo. The children often have accidents or get wet/dirty.
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 have a session each term that you will be invited to.
Wednesday 12th December 2018 - 1:30-3:00pm
Wednesday 3rd April 2019 - 1:30-3:00pm
Wednesday 22nd May 2019 - 1:30-3:00pm
In Oak Class, the children each have an online learning journal that helps us to work in collaboration with parents to record, track and celebrate children's progress in their early years education. You can access this via the web page or download the Tapestry APP. We really value parent's contributions too as this helps us to create a full picture of the children's learning.
Parents Meetings will be held in the Autumn and Spring Term. Appointments can be made via the School Interviews web page.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We will be available for quick chats on the playground before school and after school. If you need a longer meeting, please arrange an appointment with the class teachers.
Many thanks for your support,
Miss Baxter, Mrs Leach, Mrs Nalder and Mrs Batty