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A warm welcome back from Mrs Sage
A warm welcome back from Mrs Sage

Everything you need to know for the first week back

Mrs Sage would like to welcome everyone back for the new school year. There's lots to look forward to and lots of opportunities linked to additional provision to enrich our children's education.

Important aspects of our curriculum will be highlighted through some "matters" weeks, including Languages matter and Our World matters. Outdoor learning is a key area for us so we are also planning a themed week linked to Geography and creative writing where children will be able to get out and about in our village.

There will be a focus on spelling, highlighted in September with the launch of a spelling bee competition. Daily reading will continue to be important; it is really helpful if parents can write a comment in the reading record books to keep us up to date with how the children are getting on with their reading at home.

We've highlighted below some practical information you'll need before the first day back. Also see www.saltfordschool.org.uk/the-office/#school-notices for tips for parents on having your child ready for school. These include what to do about absences, tips for healthy snacks in line with school policy and the procedure at the end of the school day.

When do we start?

This year, school starts on Wednesday 4th September. Years 1 – 6 should be in school by 8.50am as usual, 

New Reception children who are in the morning group will start at 10am on this first day only. Thereafter they should be in school for 8.50am. Those in the afternoon group should come to school by 1.15pm.

What should we bring?

Children should bring their school book bags and be wearing the correct school uniform. Children are not expected to bring their PE kit on the first day back. We like to encourage the children to take responsibility for remembering what they need to bring to school and packing it in good time. Please remember to name all items. If you wonder why, take a look at our overflowing lost property box!

There will be no swimming in the first week of term, so no kit is required. Swimming for years 1 - 6 will start on Monday 9th September. The only club that will be running in the first week will be Tiger Martial Arts on a Thursday morning before school. Keep your eye on the Clubs page for up-to-date information about clubs and their timetables.

School dinners

The current menu is available on the 'school dinners' section of the website. Dinners for children in years 3 - 6 should be paid for in advance using the School Gateway. Parents of children moving into year 3 might like to revisit the letter sent last term. The menu for Wednesday 4th September can be found here.

Communications

During the first week of term, parents will receive a class letter and curriculum map that will detail class arrangements for terms 1 and 2, including swimming and PE times.

Do look out for our launch newsletter that will be emailed to every family on Thursday of the first week back. This website is frequently updated with news, pictures and practical information, so keep an eye on our newssports reports and dates for your diary pages. The weekly newsletter is emailed to all contacts every Thursday. Our school Twitter account gives you instant access to pictures and news as we have so much going on in a typical week at Saltford School.

Get involved

We always encourage parents to be engaged in school life. Please take a look at our wonderful PTA pages and find out how you could get involved. It's rewarding and it's fun.

We also encourage children to be engaged in all that school has to offer. See our 'Children' section for details of all the opportunities available to them.

 We always appreciate the help parents and extended families can give in the school day. Mrs Sage sends a letter to ask for help in the classroom each year. Please complete the form on the letter if you are able to hear children read, help with computers etc. Any offer of help is welcome. 

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