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Let us find out more – Parent and school partnership October 2020 Nursery and Reception

We are currently carrying out parent consultations to discuss how your child has settled into Carlyle. To continue to keep the home and school partnership, it’s important to work together and continue to build the picture of your child, so we can continue to cater towards their likes and interests and build this into the curriculum. Please answer the following questions

Reminder – Sign up with Carlyle Infant and Nursery Academy on Class Dojo

Class Dojo – Urgent – sign up required from parents

Please take the time to read this letter and sign up. We currently only have 20% of families signed up. This means that 80% of our community will not be receiving important updates from November 2nd and will be missing out. If you need any help, please contact the Academy office on 01332 760369 or email


Note to Nursery & Reception Parents

We would like to ask you all for a kind voluntary contribution towards the early years provision. We want to give all children the best start in their education. The Foundation Team would really appreciate a kind contribution of £2 every half term. The money will be directly invested back into the resources your child will use in the classroom/outdoors.  If you would like to support our creative ventures then please set up this £2 voluntary payment every half term through ParentPay. This contribution will be warmly received. Your continued support will make such a difference to the learning opportunities given to your child and their peers. 

PE information for Reception parents

The PE day for Reception children will be Fridays. This will begin after half term (week commencing Monday 2nd November).

We are asking that children come into school on their PE day wearing their outdoor PE kit. This will reduce the need for large bags and extra personal items in school. Children will remain in their PE kit all day.

The outdoor PE kit your child will wear to school should consist of the following:

  • Trainers/Pumps
  • Plain t-shirt
  • Jogging bottoms
  • Long sleeved top/hoodie

For example:

For health and safety reasons our PE policy stipulates earrings cannot be worn during PE lessons. We are unable to remove children’s earrings so request that if your child can not do this independently, they are removed before coming to school.

Thank you for your continued support.

Lunches for Reception Children Only

Hello Reception parents/carers,

Your children have been enjoying pack up’s provided by school, and have been eating these in the classroom. We would now like to notify you of some changes around this.

From Monday 28th September onwards, your child will begin to have free hot school meals in the dinner hall, following the healthy schools guidelines. We will provide a meat and vegetation option.

If you have informed us of your child having any allergies/dietary requirements, we thank you for this. However if you have not yet done this, please notify your child’s class teacher ASAP. Please also encourage your child to use utensils at home, to continue to support your child at lunch times.

If you wish for your child to have a pack lunch from home – please feel free to bring this instead. They will still have this in the dinner hall with the other reception children. May we politely ask your child does not bring nuts in their lunchbox due to nut allergies in the school.

Due to children finishing at 12:50 on a Friday, they will be having a school pack lunch in the classrooms on this day, or alternatively feel free for your child to bring a pack-up from home.

If you have any queries regarding school dinners, please contact the school office.

Thank you for your support!

Regards, Mrs Hayre

Reception parents/carers only – Equipment reminder

  • Please can your child leave a pair of named wellies in school
  • Every Wednesday – children to come wearing clothes appropriate for the outdoors. Please can your child wear school shoes or trainers coming to school, where they will then change into their wellies when we go outdoors.
  • Your child can bring a book bag to school. We will change your child’s reading book weekly so please make sure the reading book along with the reading diary is kept in your child’s book bag. This week you will receive the reading diary to go alongside the reading book. When your child has read with you, please write the title of the book, the date and a comment/sign in the reading diary. We will then change your child’s book on the selected day. There will be a slip in your child’s bag this week to tell you which day their book is changed. You have the reading book for a week, therefore you may wish to split it over the week, and ask many questions (please see the reading booklet sent out previously for more information on how to support your child with reading at home).
  • A named water bottle everyday
  • We will update you soon regarding PE

Curriculum Information and Home Learning

As you will be more than aware, we have fully reopened and are really getting stuck into the new academic year. Thank you for your support in helping your child settle.

There are a number of questions that you might have and we’d like to update you now.

Curriculum coverage

In September we will be spending time working together to settle children, helping to nurture them and understanding where they are in the curriculum. We will measure this against their age related expectations and just before October half term, you will receive a report to demonstrate where your child is currently working within those areas. At the end of September, we will analyse the information we have and set about drawing up our long term planning for the year, matching the National Curriculum. This has been agreed by the Harmony Trust and Academy leaders. With regard to the Friday afternoon PPA closure, we are ensuring that children have extended school days with the current Covid timings and shorter lunchtimes which are currently managed by classroom teachers and teaching assistants. This means that we are utilising all available opportunities to work through the broad and rich curriculum we wish to deliver. At the start of October, you will receive a curriculum coverage map of learning that will be taking place in your child’s class. We are working together also on how we best approach parent consultations at this time. The Harmony Trust will be making a decision based on careful health and safety considerations nearer the time.


If your child is required to self-isolate for the 14 day period and subject to them being well enough, the class teacher/year group teacher/key stage leader will provide work on Purple Mash. This will be accessible from Monday 21st September. If you have problems accessing this, please do contact the Academy office. We are taking each symptom extremely seriously and even if the symptom appears to have gone before the 14 days, you will need to keep your child off school. We understand that this is not great for your child’s education, however we must stick to our health and safety risk assessments. We are currently working on plans with The Harmony Trust around how to best facilitate full remote learning for those where a bubble closure might take place following a positive test of someone in the bubble. We are aware that some of you are struggling to obtain tests. The Harmony Trust are sharing this issue with Public Health England and the DfE.

Forest School and Outdoor Learning

Again, as part of our curriculum, nurture and health and safety measures, we very much value at this time the use of outdoors, in first and foremost keeping children safe and ensuring that children are able to get the most from their learning. We are proud of our Forest School and outdoor learning which enhances our curriculum. You will see links to this across the curriculum map when these are released. You can find out more about Forest School from our Academy website.

Communication with the Academy

We have been extremely pleased over the last few years to be able to meet and greet you, with the ability to communicate at the school door. The current situation puts a stop to this and therefore we are asking that you do book to speak with your class teacher on the telephone. Our class teachers are now busily preparing both onsite academy learning and Purple Mash Learning, so will of course get back to you within 24 hours. Thank you for your understanding.

As always, it is very important for us to work together in a positive way at this extremely challenging time.

More information about our wrap around care will be out by the end of the week. Please note that this will start from 28th September, with booking ahead and full payment upfront via Parent Pay.

Best wishes, Mrs Besenzi and the Carlyle Team