Periwinkles 2019 - 2020

Mrs Moffatt

Mrs Moffatt

Mrs Ceri Moffatt - Teacher & KS1 Co-ordinator

Mrs Crawford

Mrs Crawford

Mrs Christine Crawford - Teacher and Topic Subject Leader

Mrs Campbell

Mrs Campbell

Mrs Rachel Campbell - Teacher and Topic Subject Leader

Mrs Deponeo

Mrs Deponeo

Mrs Lindsey Deponeo - Teaching Assistant

Mr Nicholas

Mr Nicholas

Mr Chris Nicholas - Teaching Assistant

Welcome to Periwinkles!

Summer Term 2020

Now we have started PE every Wednesday make sure your child comes into school in their PE kit-black legging or joggers, white/purple polo shirt and a pair of trainers. Your child will stay in their PE kit for the whole day.

Our topic this half term is people and our local community. We will look at where the children live, the types of buildings and places of interest in and around Blacon. 

Our role play this half term is a hairdresser's shop. The children are enjoying creating hairstyles on one another! Please look on Twitter for photographs of the childrens creations! 

If you have any queries or questions please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff of FS2.

Thank you for your continued support

FS2 Team


The children are enjoying snack time. At the Arches we try and make sure that the children have the opportunity to try a range of foods and where possible we try and link it to topic in class. This allows us to introduce different foods which children may not have tasted before i.e. simnel cake at Easter etc. Snack time also allows the opportunity for the children to develop their physical development and engage with a range of equipment safely.  The children are learning how to perform a number of skills i.e. spreading, cutting, scooping, blending. The children have enjoyed a range of food during snack time. They have enjoyed hummus and dips, peppers and dips, homemade soup made by chef Deponeo, sausages, fruit kebabs and as the odd little treat hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows. The children also have the opportunity to prepare their own snacks and for their friends in our class. We encourage this to support them with their personal, social, emotional and physical development.

The children have access to milk, water and fruit during the day. Snack time happens during the morning, at a charge of £1 a week. Please give your child their snack money in an envelope with their name on to give to a member of staff on a Monday, thank you. 

Attendance and Absence

The attendance and lateness of children is monitored by the School as well as the Educational Welfare Department of the local authority. From September 2015, the government stated that persistent absence is where a child’s attendance is below 90%.

Please remember that children should arrive at school for 8:45am. Active learning begins at 8.55 am and children are officially late from this time, and if your child arrives after this time your child will recorded as late.

Lateness affects children in a variety of ways:

·       They may feel embarrassed or upset about coming into a classroom once the session has begun.

·       They miss out on learning.

·       They don’t feel included in the daily routine from the start and this affects confidence and well-being.

·       A child arriving late can disrupt the learning of the rest of the class.

Lateness Procedure

The school gates are locked promptly at 8.55 am. After this time you will need to bring your children into school through the main entrance, where you will be asked to sign your child in at the school office, giving the time and reason for lateness.

Absence Procedure

If your child is unwell, please phone the school on the morning of your child’s absence by 9.00am. The office staff will record this information and will not need to bother you with follow up calls or letters.

If you forget to call in, a member of staff will follow up this absence either with a call or text letter asking why your child/children are not at school, in the first instance this is to ensure your child’s safety however we also need you to clarify the reason for all absences or else we have to mark the absence as unauthorised.

Should your child’s absence rate be high or they are persistently late Mrs Plested will first make contact with the you to offer assistance to improve the situation.

School uniform

The school uniform helps us to promote a sense of ownership and pride within our school. All children at The Arches Primary School are asked to wear the following;

  • Purple jumper / cardigan
  • Grey or black trousers / skirt or pinafore
  • White shirt / polo shirt
  • Black school shoes (No trainers please)
  • Purple gingham dress (During Summer months)

Pupils with long hair are advised to wear it up. If your child wishes to wear a bow please ensure it is either purple or white and of an appropriate size. Children are discouraged from wearing jewellery to school, items include; earrings, watches, rings, bracelets and necklaces.

The Arches Uniform.

Click the link above to get directed straight to their website.

Please ensure that ALL uniform is clearly labelled.

Outdoor Learning Classroom

In Periwinkle class we are very lucky to have a wonderful outdoor area attached to our classroom for the children to access. The area allows the children to explore and engage with outdoor activities in a safe and secure way. The activities provided for the children allows them to engage with the EYFS curriculum in a fun and creative way. We ask that the children come to school dressed in their school uniform and suitably dressed for the weather to ensure all children can participate.

For example:

Winter months – warm coat, hat, scarf and wellies (in a bag)

Summer months – cap, shorts, sun cream

Parental Involvement

At The Arches Primary School we love to hear about what your child has been learning and the skills that they are developing/ practising outside of school.

We would really like you shared these moments with us by either writing them down or sending us an e-mail to:

We can then add these important moments into your child’s learning journey to give a true reflection of your child development.

Reading Books

Your child has been taught a number of phonic sounds (please see phonic section) and we are sending reading books home for them to practise identifying these new sounds within words/sentences. Your child will bring two reading books home on a Monday and they will keep these books for the week. As we are encouraging a read for pleasure ethos try and read these books as often as you can. It is important that your childs book bag is in school on a Monday so we can change reading books and library books.

We are also providing a library book from our class library once a week. This is to encourage your child to choose a book which interests them and they would like to share at home. We hope you are enjoying the library book at home.These books can be read by an adult to the child or the child to the adult. 

If your child’s book is damaged or lost a charge will be asked of £5 to replace it.

We are in the process of setting up an online reading resource called ‘Active Learn’. This is a bright, colourful and child friendly web-site which aims to support your child with reading at their level. Accessing this resource regularly could help your child greatly.


What is phonics?

Phonics is recommended as the first strategy that children should be taught in helping them learn to read. Words are made up from sounds called phonemes. Phonics teaches children to listen carefully and identify the phonemes that make up each word. When phonemes are written down they are called graphemes.

Phonemes can be graphs, digraphs and tri-graphs:

  • A graph is a single letter making one sound.

                       s     a     t     p     i     n

  • A digraph is two letters making one sound.

                  ai    ee    ur    oa    oo

  • A trigraph is three letters making one sound.

                   igh    ear     air     ure

Once they know some of these, they can begin to sound out and blend to read words and segment to spell words i.e. c-a-t   cat,    s-i-t    sit ,    b-oa-t    boat  etc.

Here are some links to useful phonics and reading websites:

Phonics Play-

Topmarks phonics games-

Book Trust-

The School Run-

BBC Bitesize phonics-

BBC Bitesize KS1-

What are common exception words?

Common exception words are those tricky words which cannot be sounded out e.g. the, no, said etc. You can support your child by regularly reading through them. We suggest that you only focus on learning just 2 or 3 a week, so not to bamboozle the child. As well as reading them you could also encourage them to write them. We spell out common exception words as they cannot be sounded out. Please find a list of common exception words in your childs book bag.

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