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 Stokes - 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.
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.
School starts at 8.55am when the children line up to come into class. The line for Oak Class is the first on the left of the playground. Please say your goodbyes on the playground before this and the class teacher will lead the line into school. If you wish to speak to a teacher before school, please do this before the whistle so that we can focus on ensuring that the children enter school safely. Mrs Nalder and Mrs Batty will help the children to put their things away in the cloakroom and find their morning jobs.
If you arrive late, please come through the front entrance and let the office staff know your child has arrived.
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, particularly as we get to recognise you in the first term. 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. If you wish to speak to the teacher, please hold on until the children have been seen out. The children's safety is our priority.
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.
Your child will be given a school water bottle at the beginning of the school year. This will be sent home each week to wash and return at the beginning of the new week. 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 at the office, lids are 50p.
Your child will be offered a free piece of fruit in school each morning but you may also send them with a piece of fruit, veg or cheese if you wish.
Please make sure your child has a PE bag with their PE clothes all named and in school for PE lessons at the beginning of each half term. We will then send the PE kit home to you to wash again at the end of the half-term.
In Oak Class, the children free-flow into the outdoor learning area daily. We go out in all weathers so please make sure that your child has waterproof trousers, coat and wellies in school at all times. Please make sure that these are clearly labelled. These will be sent home to wash each half term.
Please ensure that your child has a spare set of clothes in school at all times. Children may have accidents and they may also get wet/muddy outside.
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.
Autumn 1: Wednesday 18th October - 1:30-3:00pm
Autumn 2: Thursday 21st December - 1:30-3:00pm
Spring 1: Thursday 8th February - 1:30-3:00pm
Spring 2: Wednesday 28th March - 1:30-3:00pm
Tapestry Learning Journals
Log in to Tapestry at https://tapestryjournal.com or enter Tapestry into ‘google’ search. Please use your secure password to see your child’s learning and progress, add comments and to share learning from home with us weekly. Please ask if you need any assistance, we are more than happy to help.
Parents contributions on Tapestry are essential in creating a full picture of your child's learning and development. Each week, we will share some of the children's Tapestry observations with the class, particularly if they have done some learning at home.
Your child will bring home a Tapestry challenge each week in their book bag for you to do at home and share on Tapestry to help to build a record of their learning and development.
Parents meetings will be held in the Autumn and Spring Term. Please return your letter to book a meeting.
Autumn: Tuesday 14th November 2:00 - 4:00pm, Wednesday 15th November 2:00 - 4:00pm and Thursday 16th November 4:00 - 6:00pm.
Spring: Tuesday 27th March 2:00 - 4:00pm, Wednesday 28th March 4:00 - 6:00pm and Thursday 4:00 - 6:00pm.
Reports will go out in the Summer Term.
We will be holding a meeting to discuss and model how we teach reading in school, Wednesday 13th September at 5:00pm. Please return your letter to let us know if you would like to attend.
We will be holding a meeting Wednesday 27th September at 3:00pm in Oak Class once the children have settled into school to talk about learning and routines in Oak Class and answer any questions that you may have.
Friday 13th October from 8:30am
Super Pupil Family Assembly
Friday 29th September and Friday 20th October 2:45pm
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 Stokes, Mrs Nalder and Mrs Batty