5th September 2019
We hope you have all had a lovely, relaxing summer and both you and your child are now ready to begin the exciting first year we have ahead. Our priority this term is to help the children to settle into the school routines, and to make friends within the class. So far, during the visits we have been really impressed with how the children have settled in. We are particularly proud of how many children are already happy to come into school from the gate in the morning with help from Miss Haywood.
It has been a fantastic first day and we look forward to getting to know your lovely children further over the next few weeks. During this time the children will also be completing a range of activities which enable us to identify their current knowledge and understanding before more formal teaching commences. The children will also be finding out about our school rules and routines.
REWARDS AT DOVEDALE
At Dovedale we have a positive approach to behaviours management and use many different strategies to reward positive behaviour. They are as follows:-
- Smiley Chart- 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 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 but 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.
- Sticker Charts-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. You will receive a letter of invitation to come into school to watch your child collect their award in assembly. These letters are usually sent home in advance to enable time to make any necessary work arrangements. Children need to achieve 25 stickers to achieve each award. The sticker chart scheme is separate to the class smiley chart stickers given at the end of each day.
- House Points- 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.
We encourage the children to bring their own water bottles into the classroom. Please ensure that only water is put in them and not juice. There are baskets for the children to keep their water bottles in, enabling them to have easy access to them throughout the day. We ask that the water bottles are clearly labelled with their name. If the children forget their water bottle there are water fountains in the corridor that the children have access to at all times.
We are always very grateful for any extra help and support in school from parent helpers, grandparents, aunties and uncles, or anyone else you know who may be interested. The jobs we tend to ask people to help out with range from hearing the children read, craft activities and working with small groups of children to help them with their work. To help in school you are required to have an up to date DBS check. This can be arranged via the school office. If you, or if you know of anyone who would like to help out in school please come and see Mrs Wilson who will arrange the necessary paper work for you.
JEWELLERY / 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.