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Welcome to Willows

Autumn Term

Our Topic this term is - Nursery Rhymes



Hello and welcome to a new academic year at Ruardean CofE School.

Some of you are familiar with our school but to those of you joining us for the first time a very big welcome, I know there are many firsts and lots of unfamiliar language to absorb so if you do have any questions or concerns do feel free to speak to me.


The children in the Reception group will work within the Foundation Stage Curriculum, which will give them lots of opportunities to experience the continuous provision and enhanced activities both inside and outside the classroom. The children will be encouraged to work both independently and in groups.


As well as child initiated activities we will have adult directed tasks and will base some of our activities on our topics of Nursery Rhymes and then People who Help us. Enclosed is a general outline but this may change to reflect the children' interested and ideas.

The Year 1 children will join up with the pupils in Beeches most afternoons and will learn something about The Great Fire of London.


We intend to have PE lessons on Thursday afternoons  for everyone and Year 1's will have an extra PE lesson on Friday afternoons. 


 Reception pupils will take part in Forest School activities or Wellie Walks on Friday afternoons  so they will need the correct clothing for these days, but it may be better to leave their change of clothes in school all week.

They also need a coat for outside and, if the weather is kind to us, sun cream and a sun hat.


The children will have free access to water and the toilet.


Diary Dates:

Term starts on Wednesday 6th September

Reception pupils stay until 12:15 (pupils may wish to bring in a mid morning healthy snack)

Friday 8th, Reception Welcome Assembly at 9:15 followed by a welcome meeting

Week commencing 11th September

Reception pupils in until 1:15 (they may bring in a snack and they need a packed lunch)

Week commencing 18th September

If you feel your child is ready, they may stay until 3:15. Do talk this through with me, as school can be very tiring for young children, even if they have been to full time Nursery


Some general reminders.


Celebration Assembly is at 9:15 each Friday morning. All are welcome.

Don't forget to label all your child's clothes

The children need Wellies, a long sleeved T-shirt or jumper and trousers for Forest Schools, and remember it can be very muddy

Please check your child's book bag each day for Newsletters and their sounds and phonics cards.


Nicola Rylatt (Class Teacher)


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