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Author: Mrs Davies

Welcome Letter – Willow Class 2022

Welcome to the Willow Class. This information pack will hopefully answer lots of questions you may have about the class routines this year.

Drop off and pick up: Current pick up and drop off routines will remain the same as last year. The Foundation Phase gate will be opened at 8:55am and at 3:15pm.

Seesaw – We will be using this app as a means of communication to send messages and reminders to parents so please connect to your child’s account as soon as possible and check it regularly. Joining Seesaw allows you to see what your child gets up to during the school day and lets you see the progress they are making when they share work that they are proud of with you. When you download the app you will get a notification when your child posts a photo of their work for you to see. You can like or comment on these if you wish. You can access Seesaw on a tablet, phone, laptop or PC. If you have any questions or queries you can message us using the app and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Twitter – Follow us on twitter to see some of the lovely things we do in school and for up to date news and events @CymerPrimary.

Name tags: Please make sure all of your children’s items are labelled. (Jumpers, cardigans, t-shirts, water bottles, lunch bags, wellies etc.) It is so much easier for your child (and us) to find lost items if they have their names on each item.

Reading Books: All children develop at different rates. When your child is ready, they will bring home sound cards/flash cards/reading books and will then be given a specific reading day to bring in their book/words and reading bag. More information on this to follow.

Any practise your child can do at home will have a huge impact on how quickly they will learn to read. There is a great free website: www.oxfordowls.co.uk where you can access books online for all abilities. Please sit with your child for a few minutes every day to help them on their ‘reading journey’ by sharing books, talking about the book, looking closely at the illustrations, predicting what might happen next etc. and practising their sounds/digraphs with them. Every little bit of additional help will make a massive difference to your child’s reading.

Read Write Inc.: This is the resource we use to help children learn to read. There is some very useful information and activities on the Ruth Miskin website to give you some ideas on how you can help your child. https://www.ruthmiskin.com/parents/

CAPER Books: CAPER stands for ‘Children and Parents Enjoy Reading.’

Each week your child can pick a school library book to bring home and enjoy with their families. These will be changed every Friday so please make sure they are returned each week in order to pick a new one.

P.E/Games: Tuesday

Children will need to wear their P.E kit to school on a Tuesday. They can wear joggers/leggings and trainers with their school uniform on top. Please no skirts or tights on P.E days and make sure your child has their water bottle in school every day but especially on a Tuesday.

Forest Schools: ‘Wet Welly Wednesday’

‘Forest Schools’ activities will take place on a Wednesday afternoon and will run until October half term. Please could your child wear a warm coat, tracksuit bottoms, leggings or trousers to school on a Wednesday as we will be using the all in one water proof suits which are very difficult to put on over a school skirt/pinafore dress? Your child will also need access to wellies. We have so many wellies in school that we are hoping to provide all the children with wellies this year. However, if we are short of a certain size then we will let you know.

Dinner: School dinners are currently £2.35 per day or £11.75 a week (reception children are now free school meals). Please pay via Parent Pay. You can find out what’s for lunch each week by accessing Neath Port Talbot’s Broccoli Bob Website: https://www.broccolibob.co.uk/parents/schoolmeals.asp

Milk: The children will receive a cup of milk each morning as part of a Welsh Government Funded Scheme.

Water bottles: It is important that children drink plenty of water to help them concentrate and learn in school. Please make sure your child has a water bottle with them every day with their name clearly labelled.

Parent Meetings: We are proud to operate an open door policy at Cymer Afan. The best way to contact us if you have any concerns/worries or questions is to pop us a message on Seesaw, or ring the school and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Homework: Homework tasks are usually short fun practical activities to do with (not for) your child and depend on your child’s needs. The idea of these homework tasks is for your child to practise some of the skills they have been learning in school. Please share any photos of your child doing their homework through Seesaw as the children love to be able to share things that they have been doing at home with the other children in the class. There won’t be homework every week, so on the weeks that we don’t send homework, please can you continue to practise sounds/tricky words and numbers etc. to ensure your child doesn’t forget what they have already learnt.

Text Service– Please make sure we have your current mobile phone number as the school uses this service to keep you updated on an school events or important and urgent notices. (E.g. school closure due to snow etc.)

Many thanks! We look forward to working with your children this year

Mrs Down, Mrs Quinn & Miss Prosse

Welcome Letter – Oak Class 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians,      

It has been great to have the children back to school! We’ve had a wonderful first couple of days back and it’s been so lovely to welcome back children into class and welcome our new comers. I look forward to having them all in class this year! Here is the new information for this school year and some reminders:

Seesaw – A new SeeSaw code was sent home with your child. We will be using this app as a means of communication to send messages and reminders to parents so please connect to your child’s account as soon as possible and check it regularly. Joining Seesaw allows you to see what your child gets up to during the school day and lets you see the progress they are making when they share work/challenges that they are proud of with you. If you have any questions or queries you can message us using the app and we will get back to you as soon as we can. If you are having trouble with the app, you can ring the school or speak to us at the gate.

Twitter – Follow us on twitter to see some of the lovely things we do in school and for up to date news and events @CymerPrimary.

Name tags: Please make sure all of your children’s items are labelled. (Jumpers, cardigans, t-shirts, water bottles, lunch bags, etc.) It is so much easier for your child (and us) to find lost items if they have their names on each item.

Reading Books: This year is slightly different in terms of reading books going home. Some children will continue to read novels and will be bringing them home with a reading record for yourselves and ourselves to sign. Some children will be given their books online through our Read, Write Inc scheme. More details will come in terms of this.   

Every little bit of additional help will make a massive difference to your child’s reading so reading as much as possible at home will really help your child! Reading for a few minutes every day can make a huge impact. It would be great for them to read with you and discuss the book by recounting what has happened, what they think will happen next, discussing the characters, discussing the characters feelings and etc. There is a great free website: www.oxfordowls.co.uk where you can access books online for all abilities.

P.E: Friday

Children will need to wear their P.E kit to school on a Friday. They can wear joggers/leggings and trainers with their school uniform on top. Please make sure your child has their water bottle in school every day but especially on a Friday.

Swimming: Tuesday Every other Tuesday we will go swimming, starting next week (13th Sept). Children will need a towel, a swimming costume and googles. Also, if your child has long hair then they will need to tie it back.

Outdoor Activities: Monday

Outdoor activities will take place on a Monday afternoon and will run until the end of Autumn term. Please could your child wear a warm coat, tracksuit bottoms, leggings or trousers to school on a Monday. Can they also bring wellies in a bag or older trainers. They may get wet or dirty so they may wish to bring spare clothes to change into to go home. These items of clothing are not to be left in school so they will be taken home with them every Monday. If the weather isn’t good then they will remain in class.

Dinner: School dinners are currently £2.35 per day or £11.75 a week. Please pay via Parent Pay. You can find out what’s for lunch each week by accessing Neath Port Talbot’s Broccoli Bob Website.

Water bottles: It is important that children drink plenty of water to help them concentrate and learn in school. Please make sure your child has a water bottle with them every day with their name clearly labelled.

HWB: HWB is a digital platform you can access on a smartphone, tablet or computer. We use HWB in a variety of ways in school and it is a fantastic resource for children to complete specific homework tasks. Most children know their username and password. If they do not, you can message us for their details.

Sumdog: Sumdog is the new maths website we will be using to practise maths skills in a fun and enjoyable way. We would like children to log in at home and play the games. Their details will be sent home soon.

Text Service- Please make sure we have your current mobile phone number as the school uses this service to keep you updated on an school events or important and urgent notices. (E.g. school closure due to snow etc.)

Please do not hesitate to contact myself or come to the gates to see me or Mrs Jones about any concerns that you may have or whether you just want to have a check up on how your child is doing in school and in class. We look forward to seeing/hearing from you!

Mrs E. Davies & Mrs P. Jones

Rights Respecting

Our Mascot

Here is ‘Roary the Rights Respecting Lion’.

The ‘Rights Respecting School Council’ (prefects) meet on a regular basis to ensure that children’s rights are respected in our school. We are also the voice of the school and work closely with staff and pupils to make our school a better place!

 (‘Article 12 of the UNCRC – your right to be listened to and have your opinion respected’).