Welcome to Elephant Class!
Hello and welcome to Elephant Class. We are are enjoying getting to know your children and watching them play alongside others and forming friendships.
Elephant class is part of Reception in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with 30. We are taught by Mrs Norton, our general teaching assistant is Miss Barry and Mrs Salt is our SEN teaching assistant. Every Monday and Tuesday Miss Martin will be teaching us because Mrs Norton doesn't work Monday and has her planning and preparation time on a Tuesday.
On our webpage, you will find regular updates on our learning and useful information. Alongside our webpage, please see our class ‘Dojo’ for our regularly updated class stories and any new messages.
Please keep visiting the 'Parents' tab regularly, to view Mrs Houseman’s new updates and information.
If you have any questions or any concerns, you are very welcome to message me through 'Dojo' or via my school email: email@example.com
Monday 7th September - First day of school 9:00 - 3:15pm
Thursday 22nd October - Last day of term
Friday 23rd October - INSET DAY (subject to change) - Children are not in school
AUTUMN TERM 2 starts - Monday 2nd November
AUTUMN TERM 2 ends - Friday 18th December
Our School Day
Due to the current situation, as a school we are using staggered start and end times to the day for each year group to ensure ‘bubbles’ aren’t mixed.
EYFS Morning drop off time – 9am through the Main Green Gate (near the bins).
EYFS Elephant Class end of day pick up – 3.15pm near the pink gate next to the climbing wall
If our Elephants have siblings in the school, please select the earliest drop of time and let me know through ‘Dojo’ so I can arrange an adult to collect them from the correct gate.
At the end of the school day please use the latest time for any siblings to be collected. We are the latest anyway so will hold onto the children until they are collected by the known adult.
You will shortly receive a text message /email about joining 'School Money'. This is our system on paying for things in school as we do not handle cash. This will include things like school milk, trips wrap-around club etc. Any questions please Dojo, email or ring the school office.
Our PE day will be every Thursday. This will include alternating indoor and outdoor PE. All PE kits will be kept on their own peg. Please can you ensure all PE clothing and footwear is labelled with your child’s full name. PE kits will be sent home every half term to be washed.
Exploring the outdoors is a fundamental part of EYFS learning. We love to go outdoors come rain or shine, therefore, please can all children have wellies and a waterproof raincoat in school. Please can you ensure these are labelled with your child’s full name.
We encourage all children to bring their own water bottles into the classrooms everyday with their full name clearly labelled on the side. Children are provided access to their own water bottles throughout the day to ensure hydration. Please could you ensure that only water is put into them and not juice! This will be returned each day to be washed and refilled for the next school day.
While the children are 4 years old, they will receive milk for free. Once your child turns 5 years old, unfortunately they will no longer receive it. If you wish for your child to continue to have milk at school, please visit: www.coolmilk.com.
To celebrate this special day, the birthday boy or girl can come dressed in their own clothes for the school day. If their birthday is on the weekend, they are welcome to pick the closest day to come in non-uniform!
Jewellery and Hair
To ensure the safety of your child our school policy regarding jewellery, hair and nails is as follows:-
- Jewellery can only be worn for religious purposes.
- Any recently pierced ears need to be kept covered for the advised time of six weeks.
- We recommend that children who have long hair (below their shoulders) should tie their hair back for school; however, it is essential that it is tied back for PE lessons.
- Nail varnish should be removed for the school week.
Rewards at Dovedale
At Dovedale we have a positive approach to behaviour management and use different strategies to reward positive behaviour. They are as follows: -
Both classrooms have a smiley chart. Each child starts on the green smiley face every morning and throughout the day if they show progress towards our ‘REACH Rules’, they have the opportunity to move up the chart to the silver (where a sticker will be placed on their chart) or gold smiley. The gold smiley is highly regarded and only 1 or 2 children achieve this each day. If they achieve the gold smiley they will receive a reward which may include a golden ticket or prize.
Alternatively, children who struggle to follow our ‘REACH Rules’ may have to move down on the smiley chart to have thinking time or to visit a member of SLT. This will additionally be communicated to their parents. However, they will always have the opportunity to move back up the chart before the end of the day.
If your child comes home with a smiley sticker this shows they have had a good day at school.
Children receive stickers for a wide range of reasons within the school day. As they gather stickers on their chart they will gradually be getting closer to achieving a bronze, silver and gold award. Children need to achieve 25 stickers to achieve each award.
Children across school are allocated a place in either the Gold, Sapphire, Emerald or Ruby House Team. Throughout the school day, children achieve house points for their team which are calculated at the end of every week. At the end of each half term the winning house team receives a small prize and an additional play time.