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Winterbourne EarlsChurch of England Primary School

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

Autumn Term 2020

Week beginning 21st September


A couple of little reminders;

  • Please could you send the children in with labelled Wellie Boots? If your child is happy to leave their boots at school, we have a wellie rack for their storage or alternatively they could bring them each day.  We are having to make use of the school field every day and will need to do so for the foreseeable.  It can get very muddy after spells of rain and we don't want to send your children home with muddy/wet shoes (and socks!)
  • There were several children in school today (Thursday) without coats and it did rain at around playtime.   Please can you send one in everyday as we will be going outside whatever the weather.


The class will be staying for lunch this week, followed by a playtime outside alongside year 1 & 2. If you have not booked a school lunch online, please do so, or provide a home packed lunch for your child. If you are sending in a home packed lunch, please ensure that packets and boxes are easy for your child to open independently. In the current climate the adults in school are trying to stay safe and handle as little as they can from beyond the school community. Perhaps opening packets, cracking the top of a banana, or using a peg to secure a bag would help your child’s independence skills.

The less complicated a lunch is to open, the sooner it can be eaten!!


Due to the recent warmer weather, we have noticed several children are not able to undo the buttons on their cardigans, or take off/put on their jumpers independently. It is important that you practise these skills at home with your child to enable them to dress/ undress when they become too hot/cold at school. Please make sure your child’s clothing is not so tight that they are unable to get their arms out of a jumper, or a zip/button undone on their trousers/shorts when they need the loo! These home learning goals that you will need to encourage your child to do when they dress for school and undress after school. It does take longer sometimes, but it is worth the extra effort now, before the weather gets much chillier.


During phone conversations last week we had a few enquiries regarding hot lunches. The kitchen are putting together a plan as to how this could be managed, but due to y2-y6 classes currently eating at their desks in their rooms, it is not imminent. We will update you if anything changes. However, in preparation we would advise you to work with your child on developing their use of cutlery, being able to handle a knife & fork correctly and using them to cut simple food items such as roast potatoes and sausages. This will stand the children in good stead when hot meals return to the menu again.


This week’s timings are-

Drop off between 8.50-9am (no later than 9.10 am please)

Pick up at 1.15pm (please do not come earlier as we will not send the children out of class until the playing field and playground areas are clear of children after lunch- many thanks)




Week beginning 14th September


All the children have settled into the new routines of the week brilliantly.  It's been so lovely to see them coming in through the gate, ready and happy to be getting on with their jobs...putting their book bags away, putting their water bottles in the tray, finding their names, putting coats and names on their pegs and finally, washing their hands before getting on with their play activities.  It's really amazing that they are all confidently remembering everything they need to do.  They have all come into class so happy to be in school and it's been a real delight to see.  Long may the happy faces and smiles continue. 


It's been a real pleasure to catch up with so many parents on the phone this week.  We hope we've been able to fill you in about what your child is like in the classroom setting, how they have been interacting with their new friends and us adults and hopefully you've had any questions answered.  Do remember that if there is anything you'd like to know, do email us and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.  We understand it's not as easy as it used to be to catch us in the morning or at pick up time to ask any questions as you don't want to 'hold up the queue'. 

Here are just a few reminders for the forthcoming weeks...


  • Please remember to only fill your child's drink bottles with water, not squash or juice
  • The children will need to bring their coats into school now the weather is getting cooler. 
  • Next week when the children will be staying for their lunches, pick up time will be 1.15pm.
  • The following week when the children will be staying at school all day, pick up time is from 2.55pm until 3.15pm

Looking further ahead, on Friday October 2nd, we are lucky enough to have Mrs Parsons coming into school for Music Lessons.  These sessions are called 'Start the Music'.  You do not need to send anything in for this, it is just to let you know in advance and if your child is a child who rarely shares with you what they have been doing, this might be something you'd like to ask them about! Mrs Parsons has worked with our school for many years now, teaching music to the Reception children but also teaching string instruments to children when they get into the older classes. She will be delivering Start the Music roughly every 3 weeks.  (She also teaches the same programme at Wyvern St Edmunds Secondary School on a Saturday morning as part of the SAYM group (Salisbury Area Young Musicians.  If this is something you'd like to know more about, please ask and I can pass on Mrs Parson's contact details). 


As your children begin to settle further into school life, we will begin to teach the children Phonics and Reading through a programme called Song of Sounds.  It is vital that you are also a big part of this teaching; consolidating what the children have learnt with us in class, with you at home.  In order to fill you in about what form this takes and what the programme entails, Mrs Truckle and I intend to provide you with these details via a presentation on the class page of our website.  More details of this to follow.


Wishing you all a happy and safe weekend and we look forward to seeing you all next week.

The Oak Class Team. 

Week beginning 7.9.20


Its so lovely to see the children in uniform every day, coming in through the gate on their own already!!


We have added an extra job to do on entry- please can you encourage your child to find their own name and bring it in with them? We have ever such a lot of names beginning with ‘E’ this year- it’s important your child can pick out their name. This week it is easier as your child is only searching through up to 15 names. Next week they will be one of 29 and the names will move into the garden area (as our little red table isn’t big enough,) If your child is struggling to pick out their name, then please practise at home too, with you family names. It’s important that your child recognises their own name as they will find it hard to have ownership of their belongings such as their bag, jumper or coat and ultimately will find it hard to learn to write it, if they do not know how it looks from memory. Please practise at home.


This week is all about learning to do things for ourselves, meeting new friends, building on the routines we know and playtime. We are also observing the children’s physical development, paying particular attention to their ability to run, jump, kick a ball, use scissors to cut accurately and whether they have a dominant left, or right hand.


Playtime- we will be taking the children out onto the field/playground this week for a playtime. Playtime lasts 15-20 mins and usually happens twice a day alongside Key stage 1. However, under the new Covid guidelines the children in each class are not allowed to mix and have contact and so (as you might have noticed) our field  and playground are ‘zoned’ into play areas. 

Monday/Tuesday- we will go and have a look around the different play zones with the Oak class adults,  to see what we can do and what the rules are.

Wednesday/Thursday/Friday- the children will get a chance to play in a different zone each day, whilst being supervised by the Oak class adults.


If your child has an older brother or sister in year 1/2/3, then please can you help us by explaining at home that it is fine to wave and say hi at playtime, but at the moment we can’t leave our class bubble or line to give our brothers and sisters hugs 😥 the children will have to save them up for home time. It’s also important that the older children in your family don’t encourage your Reception child to come to them and have hugs, or hug them over the garden fence when they pass, during the school day. It’s so very hard, but at the moment we have to try to keep everyone in each bubble apart, whilst at school.


Snacks and milk- we will be starting snacks and milk this week. If your child is under the age of 5 then he/she is eligible for free school milk. However, we can only give it to the children if you have completed the online registration form. You can find this at  We then get a weekly list of children who can have free  milk. If your child is not having milk then they have free access to their water bottle.

We have a ‘rolling’ snack table and the children can have their snack at any time during the free choice sessions of the day.. The snacks are bagged and the bags are named to enable your child to find their own snack without handling everyone’s. The free fruit & veg scheme provides free healthy snacks for all infant age children in school. We don’t always know what they will send, but I do know that we are having raisins on Wednesday and bananas on Thursday this week. If you would prefer to send a snack from home daily instead, this is also fine, as long as the snack is either whole fruit or vegetables. Please do not send in bars or fruit strings. And please remember that there should be no nuts as well. 


Its going to to be a busy week- don’t be surprised if your children begin to show signs of grumpiness, tearfulness and tiredness toward the end of the week. This is totally normal when they first begin daily school in Reception!

This week’s timings-

Morning group drop off between 8.45-9.10 am. Pick up at 11.50 am please.

Afternoon group drop off at 1.10pm. Pick up between 2.45-3 pm please.

Getting to know the routines and making friends in Oak class!

Week beginning 1.9.20


Welcome to Oak class!!

This week the children are having the induction week that we would normally have had, in different circumstances, in July. We are welcoming the children into class for a short time in small groups, so that they become familiar with their new classroom, Covid-safe routines, different adults and get to know their classmates too. It also allows the adults, who work with your children, time to get to know them and meet many of our new Parents for the first time.


This week we will be familiarising the children with the different classroom activities, behaviour expectations and general day to day routines such as hand washing & independent toileting. Hopefully by the end of this week the children should know where their drink bottle goes, where their coat peg is, where a painting or drawing is put once finished and the routine for going to the loo and where the toilet is! They will also be getting to know their peers and starting to come together in their group, before we become a whole class.


We would like the children to come in through the gate as independently as possible, but if your child is a bit wobbly coming in on their own then please let the adult know and you are more than welcome to come into the garden area for a short time, to help them settle. Unfortunately, due to Covid safe rules, we cannot welcome parents into the building at this time.


Please send your child into school prepared for the weather. A water bottle is a necessity, as during the current circumstances we are not using the water fountains.  Our drink and snack table is in the garden- please do not send squash or juice in the bottle. Our school policy encourages water only, as this is healthier for little teeth, plus sticky squash or juice attracts insects, such as wasps, to your child’s bottle or face.

A hat or cap is also useful and a waterproof coat can be hung on their peg in case it rains. Please ensure everything is labelled with your child’s first name, so that they can recognise it.


This week to help the children separate for longer periods of time, we will be reading the story of ‘The invisible string’.(see photo below) The story talks about an invisible string that connects us all with love and even although your special person may be a long way away, they are still connected to you with some invisible string, all the way to your heart. If you tug on the string, the person who has the other end will know.

Each child will come home with a little wooden heart ornament after their first visit. Please can you put this somewhere to help your child remember the story of ‘The invisible string’ and to remind them that even although the person that they love is not at school with them, their invisible string keeps them connected.

Two other stories that the children may hear will be 'Winnie and Wilbur Stay at Home' and 'Everybody Worries'.  They may talk about this when they get home from their visits...if not, ask them.  They may remember!


Lastly, this week is all about settling into school and being happy. If you or your child has any worries or concerns, please ask or tell us so we can help.

The Invisible String story. Week beginning 1.9.20

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