We would like to take this opportunity to give you a very warm welcome to Solent Infant School. Thank you for your co-operation and understanding, in these first few weeks, as well as before the summer holidays when transition took place virtually. We are very proud of how well your children are settling and we are really enjoying getting to know them – in person!
From the start of their time in Reception, we encourage the children to be independent, especially with self-help skills. It would be very helpful, therefore, if your child could practise using a hanger at home to hang up their coat and practise doing up their zips as well. It is surprising how quickly they learn new skills. This way they will require little adult assistance and will celebrate their success in being able to put everything on their hanger.
There will be a staff member at the gate every morning to welcome the children into school. Due to the on-going situation with Covid-19 and our social distancing requests for our families, any messages that you may have for the class teacher need to be given to a member of Office Staff on the playground or communicated to the Office Team via phone call or email.
If your child is having a school dinner, you have the facility of ordering school dinners in advance, online. We are currently only providing cold meal options as the children will be eating their lunch in their own classroom. A letter about registering has already been sent out to you via email but, if you are having any difficulties, then please contact the School Office.
At the moment, book bags are to be left at home please. We will let you know when this changes. If your child wishes to have fruit at morning break, please ensure it comes into school in a bag with their name clearly marked. As lots of the children have similar fruit bags, we suggest that they are clearly labelled for them to see quickly and easily. Your child also needs a bottle of water with a ‘sports cap’ to drink in the classroom.
An overview of our curriculum for each half term can be found on our website. You will also receive suggested home learning activities via Tapestry in the coming weeks.
Your child will be developing their phonic knowledge through the Letters and Sounds programme. The phonics programme introduces individual sounds and focuses on applying their knowledge e.g. hearing individual sounds within words and blending sounds together to read and write.
Your child will learn several new sounds each week. We will communicate with you via Tapestry to share the sounds we have been learning. Please practise these sounds with your child and use for word building at home.
Our PE day is Thursdays and your child should arrive at school in their PE Kit. Please remember to tie up long hair and, for safety reasons, if your child wears earrings, these will need to be taped over or they removed.
We hope your child settles quickly and has an enjoyable year in Reception.