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Letter from the Head of Infants

News and Reminders from our Head of Infants

Dear Parents,

In typical Dover Court style, we are all extremely busy with our teaching and learning as well as planning a multitude of events for our students and families…

EVENTS:

The excitement for UN Day is mounting. Mr. Henkel is well underway with a wonderful array of items for the Concert.  Country groups are seen meeting regularly making plans for the organisation and decoration of the classrooms. Children will begin next week rehearsing for the Parade.  I have also received several scripts from particular country groups for the commentary that I will be reading as students march out to their chosen country music.  We look forward to seeing you all on what many would say is one of the best days on our calendar.

Infant students will not perform class items in the UN Day Concert, however, on our return from half term break the Infant Department will perform an ‘Infant School Deepavali Assembly’.  Rehearsals are well underway and items include the Story of ‘Rama and Sita’, ‘Rangoli Patterns’ and a ‘Bollywood Dance’.   Please keep this date free in your diaries: Friday 24th October at 10:00am.

Towards the end of the term the Infant children and staff look forward to inviting you to our Christmas Production.  This year we have chosen a very traditional script of the ‘Stable Story’.  Thank you to those parents who have offered their time to come in and join the fun in the sewing room, making gorgeous costumes and fun props for this event.  We are really grateful for your assistance.

Remember, if you would like to volunteer support you can still read and send the reply through. The letter can be downloaded here.

IN AND AROUND OUR CLASSROOMS THIS WEEK:

In Nursery the children have been learning about our school and all the different areas in which they can play. The new playground and the big sand pit are a big hit. Outdoor play time is spent either climbing, running, sliding or in the sand pit digging and making things.

Reception children have been busy settling into their new classes and routines. This week in their topic lessons they have been learning about their skeletons, making use of our interactive whiteboards to identify the main bones in the bodies. Students took part in many different skeleton activities, including making skeletons with plasticine and drawing skeletons with chalk.

The Year 1 teachers will be running two workshops for parents on Wednesday 29th October – from 8:40am – 9:20am and from 6:00pm to 6:40pm.  They will show you how we teach phonics to your children through songs, actions and games.  They will explain the different methods used for blending (to read words) and segmenting (to spell words) and how we deal with the tricky sounds and words in the English language. 

In the Year Two classes this week students have had an exciting time in their Science lessons with a focus on Healthy Living and the importance of hygiene.  They had great fun looking at how germs are spread with the glitter experiment:  They put some hand soap and glitter on their hands and then they shook hands with their friends.  Their teachers asked them to look at their hands after a minute and they saw all the glitter germs they had collected.    Students learned that although germs exist they cannot be seen without a microscope thus the importance of washing hands properly.

We have seen some excellent achievements this term in all areas of learning.  We have been particularly proud of students who have achieved awards in Assembly for kindness, sharing and caring - our ‘Do as You Would be Done By’ theme is most evident!

HOMEWORK AND ROUTINES:

I would like to thank you for the support and involvement you are giving to the children's home reading and homework. It has invaluable impact when parents share at home their children’s achievements and that they support school learning objectives.  The teachers very much appreciate your assistance here.  Please be aware that the children’s reading is continually taught and assessed through regular shared and guided reading session in class.  Individual reading should take please at home on a daily basis with parental support, using the children’s home reading books.

Year 2 children are our eldest, and are considered our ‘leaders’ in the Infant Department.  They are expected to model sensible behaviour and to lend a helping hand to the younger children.  An expectation of both Year One and Year Two children is that they arrive at school in an independent fashion.  If you accompany your child to school (e.g. arrive by car), then would you please make use of our car collection area, both in the morning and at the end of the day.  If you do need to pass on a message to the teacher, please consider using the communication book (teachers read this first thing every morning), email, or for more urgent matters, then pop into the classroom very briefly.  Children arriving at school between 8:00 and 8:30 are expected to unpack their bags independently, change readers and generally prepare for the day.  Please support us by allowing your child to do this on his/her own.

Whether your child is in Nursery of Year Two, if you do arrive at school early to collect your child at the end of the day, instead of waiting outside the classroom, please wait in our canteen area.  This will ensure the teacher has your child’s full attention right up until the end of the day.  Please arrive at your child’s classroom between 2:55 and 3:00pm for your child to be dismissed.

Thank you parents for your support and we look forward to seeing you in and around our happy, busy school.

Anne Curtis