The first month is over in N3!

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The first month in Nursery 3 have passed by with remarkable ease! There have been a few tears as expected but the children are happy and have settled well into their daily school routine.

A couple of points for your information;

  • The school day is from 9-16:30h and your child should be at school by 8:45h, although if necessary there is a teacher available from 8:15h. We would ask you not to enter the classroom until 8:1h5 when you can then leave your child with a teacher. All children should have had breakfast before they arrive to school.
  • We are in the playground (boat) from 16:00- 16:20h; this is where you can pick up your child. At 16:20h we then go back to the classroom. If necessary there is a teacher available until 17:00h. All children should have been picked up by 17:00h.
  • The children should have a school smock .These will be sent home every Friday for washing and should be returned to school every Monday. We are encouraging the children to be independent and will be working on the habit of them trying to put on as well as take off their own smock.
  • Also in your child’s school bag it is strongly recommended that there is a spare change of clothes. At times it is necessary to change a child due to water spillage or an “accident”.
  • In the window of both classrooms is a weekly timetable for your reference. The timetable is flexible and activities maybe extended or cut short depending on the interest and ability of the class. We will be regularly putting up photos of our activities as well as displaying the children’s work. Please take the time to have a look and see what your child has been doing in school.
  • Once a week the children will practice recognising and tracing their name. If you wish to reinforce this at home, please be aware that in school we teach the children that the first letter is a capital, while the rest are small e.g. Sarah, not SARAH.
  • We have also begun introducing the alphabet: 1 letter per week .The children will be introduced to the small letter sounds through stories, songs and art activities. If you would like to reinforce this at home in the classroom we use www.youtube.com Jolly phonics phase 2.We would like to emphasise that the children are not expected to learn or remember the letters and sounds. At this age learning should be fun without any pressure or expectations.
  • All school correspondence will be sent via email. Please check with the reception that they have your correct e-mail address.
  • If you feel there is anything we need to know e.g. your child did not sleep well or a family member is away please don’t hesitate in talking to a member of the Nursery 3 team, we will also do the same. Your child’s wellbeing is of upmost importance to us.

Thank you for your cooperation.

The first month is over in F4!

The first month has passed by with remarkable ease!  A couple of tears were to be expected, but all students are happy and have settled and adapted to their new class and routine.  As well as welcoming wonderful new boys and girls – Chloe, Demyan, Andrei, Ulyana, Rui, Robeen, Ricardo, Oya, Laia & Artur – we have two new class mascots; Peppa Pig in F4R and Macucu Macaca the Monkey in F4N (name voted for by the class!). Incidentally there is a breed of monkeys called macaca / macaque!  Every Friday Peppa Pig or Macucu Macaca and a children´s digital camera will go home with one student for the weekend.  Can you help your child to take photos of our class mascots visiting different places (your home / a park / a shopping mall etc.) and on Monday this student will share and explain their photos.

Thank you to those of you who came along to the welcome meeting a few weeks ago and for your feedback & questions. It was great to meet you all!  Below are a couple of points about some of the things we talked about:

There will be no homework, but initially students will need a little guidance from you with our Sound of the Week activities. Every week we will introduce a new sound (sometimes two new sounds since there are 42 main sounds in English and only 36 weeks in the academic calendar).  These sounds will be visible on our notice board.  Each week students are expected to find one picture or one object beginning with this sound.  The object will go onto our sound chart to be returned in a couple of weeks, and the picture will form part of a class dictionary / collage.  Pictures & objects may be dropped off in the yellow tray alongside students’ cups.

For those of you would like more information about what we are doing in class, a plan is available on our class notice board for you to refer to, but please be aware that this plan is flexible – all activities are dependent on the students’ interest, ability and mood. There is also a list of some of the songs, stories and resources that we use, as well the objectives we hope to reach by the end of the year.  Regarding story books, students are welcome anytime to share a favourite book from home. We will read at least one story per day so please make sure that books are labelled and we will read the book as soon as we can and return it within a few days.

Here are our confirmed excursions for the year:

  • Wednesday 4 November – El Xaragall
  • Monday 14 March – Mas Banyeres
  • Third term excursion to be confirmed.

(Keep an eye on the school website for more information & confirmation.)

Mums & Dads, your feedback and participation in class is very important to us. If you have a particular interest or hobby or activity that you would like to share with the class, we’d love you to come along! Together we can arrange a convenient time during the week. Our classroom is informal and hopefully a lot of fun, so please don’t hesitate.