In Oak Class we always try to encourage independence and confidence in all our children and have several routines to support this process.
Children can come into school from 08:45 and should enter from the playground entrance to their classroom where a member of staff will be waiting. Registration is at 08:55 when the door will be closed.
If you would like to speak to me, you are welcome to come into my classroom with your child in the morning so we can have a chat.
Each child will have a named peg to hang up their belongings which will remain theirs for the school year. Each child should have their own named water bottle and children have access to fresh, cold water from the water dispenser all day.
There is a trolley in the cloakroom for packed lunches and a water carrier for water bottles.
When children have reading books, they will be expected to take their reading books out of their book bags and place them in the book tray.
Once this has been done, and depending on the time the children arrive, they will either participate in an activity or sit on the carpet waiting for the teacher to begin the day.
We operate a rolling snack all day and children can choose to eat a piece of fruit or vegetable and have a drink of milk or water from their bottles. During continuous provision (when the children are choosing their own activities) children are able to drink freely and use the toilet facilities without the need to ask permission from staff.
Children in reception are not expected to attend daily Collective Worship initially, but will be invited to participate where the content is accessible to them. Their participation will increase during the school year ready for when they join Sycamore Class.
As Oak Class have regular access to the outdoor area, as well as the large playground, throughout the day, they will remain with their class during morning and lunchtime 'whole school' playtimes. Children become absorbed in their activities and disruption can affect their concentration, learning and progress. In the summer term, children will begin to participate in these sessions as part of their transition into Sycamore Class.
Oak Class have their lunch with the preschool children at 12:00 and there is a member of staff to support them whilst they are eating. They are expected to line up sensibly, collect their lunch and carry their plate back to the table. The staff will then help them cut up their food, take their plate when they have finished and bring their dessert.
Once children have finished their lunch, they will be taken back to the Early Years Unit where they can play inside or outside until 13:15, when the afternoon register will be taken.
Children gather on the carpet at 15:00 for a story or a whole class activity before being dismissed by a member of staff to their parents waiting on the playground.
The safety of the children is our utmost priority and we will only dismiss children to parents or family members that have been introduced as people who will be collecting children. If you ask someone to collect your child from school, please be advised that we will only release your child to them if we have been notified of the situation by you. This could be done personally with a member of staff in the morning, by letter or email to the class teacher, or by telephone or email to the office.
It is possible to have a standing arrangement with another parent that gives permission for them to collect your child and this can be arranged by notifying the office who will put that person down as an authorised collector of your child.
Our PE day is Tuesday and the children will have a PE lesson taught by Mr MacLeod during the afternoon. Children should come dressed in their PE kit each Tuesday ready for their lesson.
The children will have the opportunity to use our library to borrow a book to share with you at home each week. Please note that only one book is permitted at a time and if children wish to select a new book, the one on loan must be returned before a new one can be taken out. There is no limit on how long a child can keep a library book before it is changed, so if you haven't had a chance to read the book over the week, please hang on to it until you have enjoyed it together.
Family Collective Worship
Once a term on the last Friday of the first half-term, children will attend Family Collective Worship at 14:45 where one of the classes will present what they have been learning about to the rest of the school. Parents are invited to attend this event which also shares celebrations of children's achievements. A child will be chosen from each year group by their teacher to receive a special Star Award. This certificate can be awarded for many different reasons but it is in recognition of a child's achievements across the curriculum or as a member of our school community.
These dates will appear on our website and I will also send out a reminder to parents when it is Oak Class' turn to present their work during Family Collective Worship.