Welcome to Early Years

Hello, we are ‘Terrific Trevithick’ the Reception Class at Perranporth School.

This page will be a regular feature from me and aims to inform you of news, topics and important dates. If you have any concerns please see me or a teaching assistant as soon as possible. You can also keep up to date with what is happening school wide, by liking our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Perranporthprimaryschool

Please also email me at nlampier@perranporth.cornwall.sch.uk if you have any questions or concerns.

Trevithick Update:

This year we welcome Mrs Amy Williamson to the EYFS team. Amy will be teaching the children on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Natasha Brooks will also be completing her teaching practice with us this year, she is undertaking her SCITT year and is looking forward to teaching the class and gaining as much experience as she can.

SEAL: What is SEAL?

SEAL stands for Social and emotional aspects of Learning (see attached newsletter). Our theme for this half term is ‘New Beginnings’.

Key Persons:

Each child has a key person who will work closely with your child to ensure their needs are met. Please feel free to talk to your child’s key person and share relevant information that may affect your child’s progress.

Nadia Lampier Amy Williamson Lizzie White/ Fiona Harrington
Nathanael Cooper Zackary
Francesca Isobel Finley
Leo Caden Lenna
Ayla Frederick Xavier
Elizabeth Dillon Oliver
Charlie Charles Leo
Joshua Eden Seren
Levon Oscar Corryn
Isaac Kaya Willow
Thomas Flynn

Reading and Homework:

All the children have a book to share with you and it is important that they do a little bit of reading every night. This term I will be changing their reading books once a week, however it is important that they bring their book-bag to school everyday. Please make a comment in your child’s reading record as this helps me assess their progress. Thank you! For more information about our reading scheme please attend our ‘Parent Meeting’ later in the term.  Please check your child’s book bag regularly for notes and newsletters. Children have received a laminated copy of the 45 key words and handwriting and numeral practice. Encourage your child to practise forming the letters and numerals correctly.


  • Share books and read with your child every day.
  • Get them to school on time.
  • Encourage your child to be independent; dressing, toileting and eating
  • Practise maths together (counting, recognising and writing numbers 0 – 20)
  • Share the sounds your child has learnt each week. 
  • Contribute to your child’s learning journey. Use WOW Moments or update Tapestry.
  • Discuss, explore and question with your child whilst out and about.
  • Come along to school events like parents evenings. This lets you know what is going on and lets your child know that you are supporting them.

WOW Moments:

You will receive a sheet for you to record observations of your child at home. It can be used to help build a picture of your child’s development or any other significant information you wish to share with us. I have included some previous ‘WOW moments’ so you can see what kind of information might be relevant.

‘Ollie used my lap top to write the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.’

‘Joe sang Cornish songs to his Daddy at home.’

‘Emily used a knife to butter her own toast this morning.’

‘Ben amazed us by riding his bike without stabilisers for the first time.’

‘Jade wrote her numbers to 10 without help from me – well done.’

We are also continuing to use the ‘Tapestry’ online Learning Journey please contribute to this and we will share their successes in class.


We use a range of strategies and schemes to teach phonics these include Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds. Each week your child will be learning a new letter, the sound it makes and will be practicing forming it correctly. The sounds we will be learning this half term are s, a, t, i, p, n.  Play ‘Eye Spy’ with your child focussing on these sounds.

School Lunch:

Each child should have received a menu. Please discuss with your child what they are having for lunch before they come to school e.g. a school lunch or a packed lunch. Children are provided with water or milk at snack and lunch times but they might prefer to bring in their own water bottle. Please put your child’s name clearly on the bottle. School lunches are free for children in YR.


The Topics for the Autumn Term 

Week 1 Fireworks – Let’s Light up the Sky
Week 2 Diwali – Let’s Light up the Sky
Week 3 Diwali – Let’s Light up the Sky
Week 4 The Animal Boogie
Week 5 The Animal Boogie
Week 6 It’s Christmas!
Week 7 It’s Christmas!

This half term we are starting our learning with some activities focussed on Diwali and celebrations. We will be making Diwa lamps, rangoli patterns, tasting Indian foods and looking at how other cultures celebrate special festivals.

We will be also be using the story ‘The Animal Boogie’, playing animal snap and pairs, learning animal songs, role playing the story and looking at the patterns on the animals e.g. leopard. You could look at other animal patterns with your children e.g. tiger, zebra etc. We will also be thinking about how we can describe the animals using adjectives e.g. the slithery snake, the huge, brown bear etc. Have a go at thinking of some awesome adjectives to describe an animal!

 We will also be learning about celebrations including Diwali and Christmas. We will be sharing ‘The Christmas Story’ and discussing why Christians celebrate this festival. Both these topics lend themselves to fantastic art – have a go a designing a Rangoli pattern with your child or creating a Christmas scene using junk materials. If you would like more information about our topics or ideas for supporting your child at home please speak to me or your child’s key worker.


Reading and Homework:

All the children have a book to share with you and it is important that they do a little bit of reading every night. I have noticed that some parents are forgetting to record when their child has been reading. Please make a comment in your child’s reading record as this helps me assess their progress. Please continue to read and learn the key words and support your child with their phonics. I will be going through the key words sheet with your child this half term! Our sounds are – ck e, h, r, m, d and g. This half term we are focussing on the days of the week and months of the year. Practise these with your child and encourage them to know when their birthday is. We are also thinking about celebrations – if you have been to any celebrations, for example, weddings, christenings, birthdays, or cultural festivals and would like to share these experiences please send photos or come and talk to the children about these events. Please see the Early Years Talk Homework sheet for ways to support your child’s speech, language and communication development.


P.E is on a Friday morning. It is essential that your child has a P.E kit (black shorts and white t-shirt) and they should wear sensible footwear. Please ensure that your child’s name is written clearly in all uniform.

Round Up:

All offers of support for reading practise with the children in Trevithick Class would be gratefully received – please let me know if you are able to give up some of your time. THANK YOU to the parents who are already volunteering. Don’t forget to check Tapestry and upload any “WOW” moments. A quick reminder that children should not be bringing toys into school, the classroom can get very busy and toys go missing which leads to unnecessary distress for the children.

Important Dates:

Monday 13h and Tuesday 14th November- Parent’s Evening (please see me to make an appointment)

Friday 8th December 2017 – Christmas Fair

Monday 18th December – Trevithick & St Piran Nativity (2pm)

Many Thanks

Nadia Lampier, Amy Williamson, Lizzie White, Fiona Harrington, Natasha Brooks

Please see our EYFS curriculum policy for more information about our provision.

At Perranporth School we value your comments and views. In order for us to improve the provision and Early Years education, I would be very grateful if you would take five minutes to complete our Parent Questionnaire by clicking the link below.

Trevithick Class Newsletter Sept 2017

EYFS Questionnaire 

Early Years Policy 2017


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