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First Base PRU, Lowestoft

Newsletter September 2019

Welcome to our Autumn Term newsletter, we hope you have had a lovely summer holiday break.  We welcome, in particular, new parents and carers who have children attending First Base for the first time this term. The purpose of this newsletter is to inform you about the curriculum that your child will be studying along with other activities they will be taking part in, so that you can support and be involved with their learning.


Our topic this term is Animals that live in the sea and then after Half Term will focus on Animals that live on the land. This will allow the children to learn about habitats, animals and their lifestyles and Global warming. Our Literacy focus during this term will be based on researching facts, producing fact files, making use of phrases, labelling, captions and headings. This will be in addition to letter formation, handwriting and sentence structure as well as opportunities for speaking and listening.


This term the children will also learn about the festivals of Diwali, Yom Kipper and Christmas.


During numeracy this term the children will be taking part in activities to develop their knowledge and understanding in the areas of numbers and the number system, and calculating.  In addition to this there will be maths activities on shape, weight, time, money, place value, symmetry and capacity.


Each week the children will be taking part in learning activities in the sensory room.  This will be a fun and therapeutic way to enhance the children’s learning.


PSHE – We are a Thrive trained base. Thrive is a specific way of working with children that helps to develop their social and emotional well-being, enabling them to engage with life and learning. It supports them in becoming more self-assured, capable and adaptable. Children will be working on activities to support them here in base and in school. This is in addition to a lot of Speaking & Listening activities.


Wellies! –We make a lot of use of our outdoor learning environment in all weathers.  If possible, please send in a pair of wellies for your child to leave at First Base.  This means they will be available when needed so your child can take part fully in these activities.


A spare set of clothes would also be handy, in case of any little mishaps. This can be sent in a named bag, which can stay with us during the week. Please ensure that your child brings a coat to base each day and is dressed appropriate to the weather.


Safety Week -This term will be focusing on Fire safety. We hope to be able have a visit from the Fire Brigade to explain their role and how we can keep ourselves safe.


Arriving at First Base.

It is unsettling for the children to arrive at First Base Early. We would be grateful if you could make sure that children arrive at 9:30 so that they can all start the day together in a positive manner.


We continue to use the Teachers2Parents Text Messaging Service. This enables us to contact parents with urgent information. Please make sure we have your up to date mobile telephone numbers.


May we remind parents and carers that it is very important for the children to bring their purple Home/School/First Base booklet each day they come to First Base and take it to school, each day they attend school.  This ensures that communication between parents and all the staff who work with your child is regular and that you have the opportunity to read about your child’s achievements.  These books also prepare staff if your child has had some difficulties since their previous visit. 


This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Tim Skazick and Paul Morton are responsible for safeguarding at First Base PRU.


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