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Winterbourne EarlsChurch of England Primary School

‘As each one does their part, we grow in love’

Autumn Term 2019

September 9th-13th 2019


The children did really well with the added routine of staying for lunch this week.  It's a lot of new things to think about, instructions to listen to and decisions to make but they all seemed to take it in their stride.  The Year 6 children from Sycamore Class did a sterling job of escorting the children from the hall to the playground after our class had finished eating and there are some lovely bonds forming already between the oldest and youngest members of our school. 

The children were pretty tired towards the end of this week.  Do speak to one of our Reception class team if any of your children are struggling, particularly with staying all day from next week.

We have a very informal meeting this coming Wednesday (18th) at 2.30pm to inform you about our plans for the year ahead in terms of teaching your children to read.  We did give you this date at the induction meeting in July and it has been on the 'Acorn' page through the Summer hols, but we apologise for not reminding you about it since returning to school!  If you are unable to attend we will ensure to put any information up on this website so that if you are unable to attend the meeting, you can find out about Phonics and Reading from here.

Thank you so much for allowing us to carry out our Home Visits this year and for making us feel so welcome.  It's been a really valuable way of getting to know you all and to see your children in their home settings.  In the past, some parents have said that they have found it hard that they don't have an opportunity to discuss their child's morning with us at school every day like at nursery.  As you can appreciate with the lowered ratios of teaching staff to parents, this is no longer possible on a daily basis when your children start school but please do catch us if you need to.  We're always very happy to talk about your children with you!

Dear Parents

So how did the first week go?  Were they excited...or did they want to go back to pre-school?


At school, we tend to call this the 'honeymoon period'.  Everything is new and exciting- a novelty- so they are normally happy to come in and sometimes may wobble initially- even if they didn't wobble when they went into Nursery or pre-school.  Keep persevering, being positive and remember that the wobblers will keep testing your resolve- they check your responses and see if you are being consistent.  They also get tired- even if they attended nursery or pre-school daily.  There is a lot to take on board- routines, organisation, new rules, people's names, other children, new names, assembly, lining up, lunch time (90 children!) playtimes etc.  Think about how you would feel if you had to walk into a new job where you didn't know anyone (at least 27 people who work directly with you and another 180+ who you see every day), didn't know the layout, didn't know the rules, didn't know the boss, every day for a week.  It takes a while to settle and its mentally exhausting.

If they are coming into class confidently then enjoy the moment and praise them.  

Once the 'honeymoon period' is over, then every day becomes, well everyday.  Sometimes even the most confident children wobble.  This is NORMAL.  It is very rare for a child to be upset all day and we would always talk to you if there were any issues at school.  Children are great at pushing our emotional buttons (trust me- I have an 11 year old who started secondary this week) and we, as Parents, have to be consistent, positive and guide our children to find solutions, helping them to understand their emotions.

Its a whole new world at school and it sometimes takes a little while to get used to it.


Monday 9th- Friday 13th September

The class will be attending for the morning and staying for lunch, going home at 1.15 pm.

Please bring your child to school for 9 am- our door opens at 8.50 am.  If your child is in class after 9 am they will receive a 'late' mark in the register.  The playground gate is shut at 9.10 am so please bring children to the office to be signed in and brought to the classroom by Mrs Hyde (in the office).  Please collect your child after lunch- do not come into the playground until all children have vacated it and gone to their classes.  Our door will open at 1.10 pm- please collect by 1.15 pm at the latest (or we will be late for our afternoon home visits)  Many thanks.


Hot school lunches- Please ensure that you have logged onto the school system and indicated the choices for your child.  The teachers do not book the children in for lunch- it is a cashless system that is completed online by Parents and this information is available to the office to pass onto the school kitchen in the morning (so they know what to cook)  If your child has dietary requirements/allergies please make sure the office is aware and that you order accordingly.  Please make sure that your child knows what to expect for lunch.  Talk with them about the choices and get them to help decide.  Make sure they know what is for lunch.

Packed lunches- please send a lunch box in with your child that includes a drink and chill pack.  The lunch boxes are stored in the Oak class cloakroom on the bottom shelf until lunch time.  Please uses boxes and packets that your child can open independently-or you have attached pegs or partially opened for them.  Mrs Hayter and I will help the class in the hall, but with 28 children all needing help, your child may have to wait some time.  Make sure your child's lunch box, bottle, chill pack and any boxes are all named clearly- this way we can get them back to you if they are misplaced.

You can mix and match hot school lunches and packed lunches if you wish.  This helps if there is not an option on that days menu that you know your child will eat- Please make sure that your child knows what they are having when they come to school.


Next week's routine-

9 am- Self registration on arrival- find your name pebble and bring it into class to put in the basket.

9-10.30 am- selection of activities in class and in the garden.  Snack and milk at a time of your child's choice.

10.30-10.45 am- break time- going out to play in the playground/field with Year 1 and Year 2

10.50-11.20 a- selection of activities in class and in the garden.  Snack and milk at a time of your child's choice.

11.20-11.40 am- Tidy up, wash hands and prepare for lunch.

11.45-12.20 pm- First sittings- Oak class go to lunch first, followed by Year 1 then Year 2. (total of 90 children in the hall) Once the children have finished eating they go out to play in the playground/field with the rest of the school.

12.30-12.55 pm- break time- playing with each other and the rest of the school.

1 pm- line up and go back to class.

1.10-1.15 pm - Parents collect.


What to bring

Your child needs a coat, book bag, hat/cap and a water bottle.

Please ensure everything is labelled clearly with your child’s name.


 (We will not be doing PE for 2-3 weeks, so a PE kit is not needed straight away.)


Water bottles- water only please!

(No juice, squash or flavoured waters as they are not good for little teeth and they attract insects such as ants and wasps)


Sun screen- if needed please apply at home before school. We do not provide sun screen at school.


Snacks- Oak class children are provided with a daily snack which is either a piece of unpeeled fruit or vegetable. We never know what will be delivered, so it’s always a surprise!! Our snacks include apples, bananas, pears, strawberries, tomatoes, carrots, peas, cucumbers, raisins or baby sweet corn. We have something different every day. The children can choose 1 item at any point during the day and sit at our snack table to eat it.


We are looking forward to seeing you all again on Monday!