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Year R

Welcome to Pine!

Mrs Mercer
Acorns Teacher
Mrs Prior
Conkers Teacher


Mrs Ware
Acorns Teacher
Mrs Mazzey
Conkers Teacher


All the children seemed to have a fantastic time on their ‘taster’ days and thoroughly enjoying Pine. We are taking great pleasure in getting to know all the children and we are so pleased with how well they are all settling in. 

We hope the information below is useful to parents/carers:


Acorns: Mrs Mercer (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoon) and Mrs Ware (Wednesday, Thursday morning and Friday)

Conkers: Mrs Prior (Monday-Wednesday) and Mrs Mazzey (Thursday and Friday)

Shared teaching assistants- Ms Davanna

Reading Books

We will be asking Pine parents/carers to begin to select/change their child’s books from Tuesday 28th September. Reading books will be available to select in boxes for each colour every morning at drop off from the table just outside the Pine entrance. The books will be kept for a week and we are asking parents to take no more than two books as otherwise, this will place more of a strain on our resources. If your child attends Kids’ Club every morning, please email the class teacher who will then change the books for you weekly. If your child is brought to school by somebody other than yourselves, we would be very grateful if you could share this routine with them.

On Monday 27th September, we will send home a copy of the Reading Record sheet. This will guide you in what books/colour to select.

Read, Write, Inc 

We will be starting to teach Read, Write, Inc (RWI) from Monday 20th September, which is the programme we use to teach reading and writing. We teach a sound a day and when the children have been taught a new sound, they will bring an associated ‘sound sheet’ home the same day, which will help to reinforce what they have been taught. These ‘sound sheets’ are to be kept in a folder. Look out for the folder containing the first sound sheet (m) in your child’s book bag this coming Monday (20th). The folder is to be kept at home so that you can help your child consolidate their knowledge of the letter sounds.  A ‘My Set 1 Speed Sounds Book’ will follow imminently and this will help your child to consolidate the sounds taught.

 Book Bags

If your child doesn’t have a book bag yet, please could you purchase one from the school office. The children place their book bag in a box in the morning and any letters are put into the book bags by an adult. If your child doesn’t have a book bag, s/he may miss out on important letters.

Home/ School Communication

If you have a message regarding alternative pick up arrangements or medical appointments, you can either email the class teacher in advance or inform a member of staff on the Pine gate. For urgent messages, please phone the school office as the class teacher may not be able to access emails until the end of the school day.

If you require a longer conversation, the class teacher is very happy to speak in person at the end of the day once all other children have been collected. If this is not possible, you can email us or phone the school office to have a telephone conversation.


Acorns- Mrs Mercer -   / Mrs Ware  -

Conkers- Mrs Prior- / Mrs Mazzey -


PE lessons

Acorns and Conkers will have a weekly PE session, every Thursday, starting on 23rd September. We would like the children to come dressed to school in their PE Kit. As the weather gets colder, the children will need to wear black tracksuit bottoms and a green jumper (which can be their school jumper).

Acorns- Monday (1st session)

Conkers- Monday (2nd session)

Each class will be split into two groups- Group A and Group B and will have PE on alternate weeks. We will let you know, via Tapestry, which group your child is in and the dates they will be doing PE.

Involving Parents

We love to involve parents in the children’s learning so if you have a job which involves helping people such as a firefighter, dentist etc or a hobby/skill such as art or gardening, please do let a member of staff know. Thank you.


As part of the continuous provision in Pine, we like to have the following resources available all the time.


-plastic lids

-recycled greetings cards (birthday, anniversary etc). Please could you cut off the right hand side of the card.

Occasionally, we may request recycling but we’ll email about this as and when we’re getting low otherwise we’ll be overflowing! Many thanks.


If your child is having hot dinners, please could you make sure that you have selected which meals your child is having through ParentPay. If you are completing this on a weekly basis, it needs to be done by Friday lunchtime at the latest. Many thanks.


  • Name labels-Please could you check that all your child’s items of school clothing are labelled, including their shoes, as we have come across some items which do not have a name in. Thank you. 
  • Water bottles- All children need to bring their water bottle into school with them every day.
  • Welly boots-please could your child bring in a pair of named welly boots if they haven’t already done so. Many thanks
  • Book bags- If your child doesn’t have a book bag yet, please could you purchase one from the school office. The children place their book bag in a box in the morning and any letters are put into the book bags by an adult. If your child doesn’t have a book bag, s/he may miss out on important letters. 

Could we kindly ask that parents arrive at school at the assigned time for their child’s class (Acorns- 8:45-8:55am, Conkers- 9:00-9:10am). In order to keep everyone safe, please avoid arriving any earlier as this will add to the congestion at the gate. We really appreciate your support with this.


We hope this information is helpful, but please do not hesitate to email your child’s class teacher with any queries.

We have had a wonderful time getting to know all the new Pine children, and we’re looking forward to working with you in partnership to make sure they all have a fantastic year with us. 

Thank you for your support.

The Pine Team