Periwinkles 2019 - 2020

Mrs Crawford

Mrs Crawford

Mrs Christine Crawford - Teacher

Mrs Campbell

Mrs Campbell

Mrs Rachel Campbell - Teacher

Mrs Rees

Mrs Rees

Mrs Cara Rees - Teacher & Nurture Lead

Miss Staff

Miss Staff

Miss Laura Staff - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Deponeo

Mrs Deponeo

Mrs Lindsey Deponeo - Teaching Assistant

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Snack time is an important social event for young children to partake in. At the Arches we try and ensure 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. Over the year the children will learn how to perform a number of skills i.e. spreading, cutting, scooping, blending.

Daily, the children have access to milk, water and fruit. Snack time happens during the morning, at a charge of £1 a week.

As the year progress' the children also have the opportunity to prepare their own snacks and for their peers.  

We encourage this to support them with their personal, social, emotional and physical development.


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

Once your child has been taught a number of phonic sounds (please see phonic section) we will begin to send reading books home for them to practise identifying these new sounds within words/sentences.


Alongside their home reading book, this year we are providing a library for the children to access. This is to encourage your child to choose a book which interests them and they would like to share at home. These books can be read by an adult to the child or the child to the adult. The library book will be changed weekly, so please ensure your child’s book is in school to be changed on their given day. A log of book signed out will be kept in school.


Please make sure your child reads at home every night and their book is signed by an adult every time. We love to read your comments! J


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


Your child may also enjoy this wonderful online reading resource available to them 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. Your child will be given a unique username and password once reading books begin to be sent home.


If you have any questions or would like help/guidance with supporting your child, please speak to a member of Periwinkle Class staff who will be happy to help.



In Periwinkle Class we introduce phonics and reading using the principles of letters and sounds. The system aims to build children's speaking and listening skills and prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills.


So 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.




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