New Parent/Carer Information Meeting
For those of you that were unable to attend the information meeting for new parents/carers on Thursday 24th June, you can watch the recorded meeting here.
Week beginning 30.8.21
We can't wait to meet all our new children and families on Thursday and we hope you're looking forward to it as much as we are! The classrooms look fantastic with their new carpets and lots of toys for the children to play with, and we have been busy planning some exciting activities for the first term. Please remember that the children will attend half day sessions on Thursday and Friday, and a slightly longer session including lunch on Monday, before starting to attend full time on Tuesday. Please ensure that they have a water bottle with them on Thursday, and appropriate clothing for the weather (fingers crossed it won't rain, but the outdoor learning area is always popular so it's a good idea to make sure your child is prepared!) If they have their book bag already, please send it in with them, but don't worry if you haven't had chance to buy one yet, you can get them from the school office in the first week. Please send in their PE kit at some point in the first few days to be kept on your child's peg - however we will give them a few days to settle in before we attempt changing for PE so no rush to do this on the first day! We are looking forward to getting to know you and your children and to working in partnership with you all to ensure the children all have a wonderful first year at school. If you have any questions or concerns, either now or during the year, please do not hesitate to speak with any member of the Foundation team.
This will be the final post on this section, as future information and photos will be shared on Children/ Year Group Pages/ Foundation 2 so please check there regularly to find out more about what we get up to in Foundation!
Milk and fruit
Week beginning 9.8.21
During the day, all children can have milk and fruit. In September, the children will be able to choose when they have this (although we will be encouraging reluctant snackers!) At the moment, milk is delivered in individual cartons, so it’s helpful if you can practise (maybe with cartons of fruit juice) – opening the straw wrapper and piercing the small hole at the top with the straw. If children are struggling with this, we will encourage them to ask a friend or an adult for help. Milk is free for children up to the week of their 5th birthday, so please make a note for a couple of weeks before their birthday to pay for milk if you think they would like to continue having it. All children will be offered a free piece of fruit every day. There’s usually a choice of fruit, and we encourage the children to try different things. There is no pressure to eat the fruit if they don’t like it, but there is only enough for one piece per child per day so we don’t have enough to provide extra pieces if they don’t like what they have chosen. The challenge today is about helping the children to be familiar with the fruits we offer most frequently at school.
Another exciting piece of news is that the Foundation team have been in school getting the classrooms ready for September and they look AMAZING! We have lovely new bright green carpets and we have started to set up the toys and resources ready for the new children. We'll be starting off with the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears so it would be wonderful if you would like to read this with your child at home so that it is familiar to them when we start working on it at school! Enjoy the rest of the summer and see you very soon!
End of Term
Week beginning 26.07.21
We have had a very busy week at school this week with the current F2 children enjoying their last few days, and we have all been busy getting things ready for the new children to join us in September. The classrooms are being recarpeted over the summer so should look fantastic by September. We have also been busy sorting out our outside areas and adding some lovely new toys. When the children are outside, we open up all our sheds and they can choose from the resources inside, as long as they put away what they are using when they have finished. Look at the pictures below to give you an idea of what is in store! You may notice that everything is clearly labelled, to help us at tidy up time. We also have different numbers by each label - some of them are dice, some are Numicon (an amazing visual maths resource), some are numerals, dot patterns or fingers. This is to help the children learn to recognise numbers in lots of different ways. When we are tidying up, we ask them to use the picture to know how many of each item there should be, and count to check that we have that many before we close up! This helps to make maths purposeful and helps them to practise their skills without noticing that they are practising!
Week beginning 28.6.21
The Foundation team are really looking forward to meeting you on Thursday for your first visits. The document below is a challenge that you may wish to download or print and complete with your child on your way into school. It's a list of things that the children will pass on their way into the Foundation garden. On Thursday, please wait in the garden with your children until we open the doors, and then we will let a few parents and children in at a time so that we can get them settled. Sessions will last 40 minutes and then you will be able to pick up your child from the classroom doors.
Week beginning 7.6.21
At Woodthorpe and especially in EYFS, we LOVE outdoor learning! Our outdoor learning area is open every day in all weathers, and children can choose to spend as much of their independent learning time outside as they wish. They will need a warm, waterproof coat clearly labelled with their name, and we would recommend choosing one that they can easily identify when rushing to get outside as quickly as possible! Some of our favourite activities are playing in the sand (we have a lovely new sandpit on the way for this!); climbing and balancing on the trim trail (generously donated by the Friends of Woodthorpe); playing with physical apparatus such as stilts, skipping ropes and hula hoops; large-scale construction; playing on bikes and scooters and getting muddy in our digging area. Can you spot some of these in the pictures below?
What is school like?
Click the links in the image below to find out more about what school is like. You'll find lots of things you enjoy at nursery happen at school too!
Meet the team
Click the links in the image below to find out more about us and the things we love to do!
We are really excited to meet you!
We have also been enjoying getting to know the children by reading your responses to the Microsoft Forms document (scroll down this page for the link). Thank you to everyone who has done this already. If you have not yet done so, please make sure you have completed it by Friday so that we know as much as possible about your children and their friendships before starting to allocate the classes. Thank you!
Welcome to our 2021 children and families
We are delighted to welcome our 2021 intake to Woodthorpe Infant School. We are looking forward to getting to know all of you, and we hope you enjoy being part of our school community. In the next couple of weeks, you will receive an information pack from school providing some details about us, and requesting some from you. Please follow the link here let us know a bit more about your child, their friendships and interests (the link is also provided in your welcome letter). Sarah Tyler, our Foundation lead, will also be contacting nurseries to find out more information about your child, so please make sure that nursery staff know that your child will be moving to Woodthorpe.
We can't wait to meet you at our new parents' meeting and in our transition sessions. In the meantime, please keep checking this page which will be updated regularly with information and photographs to share with our new starters. You can also explore the school with the virtual tour below.
Provisional Dates for your Diary for the new intake 2021 (please keep checking this page as these dates may need to change)
Thursday 24th June - 6pm - New Parents' Meeting - School Hall (*PLEASE NOTE THIS DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED FROM THE DATE ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED FOLLOWING MOST RECENT GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS*)
Meet Mr Hopkinson and the Foundation team and find out more about our school.
Thursday 1st July - AM - Stay and Play
Visit your child's new class with them, meet the teacher and some of their new friends. We plan to divide the classes into smaller groups, each visiting for approximately 40 minutes. Parents to remain with their child throughout this session.
Thursday 8th July - PM - Visit (*THIS DATE HAS ALSO BEEN CHANGED*)
Visit your child's new class with them, stay until they are settled and then leave them if you and your child are comfortable with this. Again, we plan to welcome the children in smaller groups for approximately 40 minutes so that we can get to know you all better.
Wednesday 14th July - AM - Visit
All children to be invited to visit their new class together. Settle your child and then leave them to get to know their new classroom and friends, and parents are asked to settle their children briefly and then leave. This will be a slightly longer visit of 1 hour.
Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th July - Individual 'Meet the Teacher'
Parents will be able to book a 15 minute meeting with their teacher and teaching assistant online via Microsoft Teams. (We have used this system successfully for parents' evenings this year.) This will enable us to get to know your child better on a 1:1 basis (for example, it helps us to know about their favourite toys so we can make sure we have something similar available when they first come to school!) It is also a chance for you to tell us a bit more about them and ask any questions. There will be one day allocated for each class and we will send out details of how to book these in June.
The Early Years Curriculum at Woodthorpe
Woodthorpe Infant School is a place that wants everyone to "Be Kind, Be Brave, Be Happy" and we have an exciting curriculum designed to inspire, motivate and challenge all our children. In the Foundation Stage, this is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. Social and emotional development, communication skills and physical development share equal importance with Literacy, Mathematics, creative development and awareness of the world around us, and most importantly, we promote the happiness and wellbeing of all our pupils. In 2020-21 we are an 'early adopter' school for the new Foundation Stage framework which will become compulsory nationwide from September 2021, so it is an exciting time for us as we continue to develop our curriculum to best meet the needs of our children. We look forward to your child continuing their learning journey with us.