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Archbishop Cranmer CofE Primary Academy Striving for life in all its fullness. John 10: 10

Mrs Maxey - Foundation

Welcome to all the New Starters at Archbishop Cranmer Primary CE Academy September 2021

Welcome to all the new children starting school for the first time ! 

It is wonderful to be welcoming children to start their school journey at Archbishop Cranmer Primary CE Academy. The start of a new chapter of your child starting school may feel exciting and daunting all rolled into one. Please let me reassure you that this is normal and that your child will very quickly adjust to the new routines of school life. School is a busy, happy and exciting place to be, with lots of learning and enjoyment to be had.


Magnificent Me


Our first topic for the Autumn Term is all about celebrating who we are as people, talking about the important people in our lives, learning about how our bodies work and getting used to the new routines of school life. Please see below the medium term plans for Magnificent Me. 


Important Information

Every week PE lessons are on a Wednesday, please can your child arrive at school already dressed in their PE kit. They will need to wear trainers, black joggers or black PE shorts, a red Archbishop Cranmer PE T-Shirt and a school cardigan or jumper. 


In Foundation we have a fabulous team of Teaching Partners who help to support the children in their academic studies and provide pastoral support too ! They are truly wonderful and we are very lucky. On Mondays and Fridays we are very fortunate to have the wonderful Miss Maule supporting the children in Foundation. On Monday, Thursday and Friday we have the amazing Mrs Chilton supporting the children in Foundation. Finally on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the wonderful teaching partner Miss Young supports the class.


Every day your child will need to arrive at school with a named water bottle, already filled with water and a warm waterproof coat as no one can predict the British weather ! 


Please can you provide a pair of named wellington boots in a carrier bag, which can be placed on your child's peg. We often do outdoor learning and having wellington boots in school will mean that your child will be able to keep their shoes clean and tidy for moving around indoors.


Reading Books will be given out after the children have settled into their new school routines. The first few weeks will be about establishing good routines. Then following our Reading and Phonics Workshop Meeting for parents your child will be bringing home their first book. We recommend that you establish great reading habits and try to hear your child read at least three times a week. Your child will have their books changed every Friday, ready for the weekend.  Please write in their reading diaries to show that you have heard your child read.


Sometimes, even in September, the weather can be sunny and hot. On such days please can you ensure that your child arrives at school with their sun cream already applied and wearing a summer hat.


Seesaw Online Learning Journal will be an excellent digital portal for you as parents this year to share any learning or experiences your child has at home. We too will be sharing information with you and your familysome of the exciting things we get up to in the school day. A letter detailing how to access Seesaw on your ipad, tablet or mobile device will be sent home in the first week of school. 


We are all really looking forward to meeting you and your delightful children. See you very soon on Monday 6th September.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any concerns at any time and we will do our best to assist you in whatever way we can. 

Mrs Maxey

How can I help my child be School Ready for their First Term at School?

Seesaw - Online Learning Platform- Parent Partnership



This online learning journal will be an excellent way of working in partnership with school for the education of your child. We will be sharing the learning that takes place in the school day and hopefully capturing some of those magic moments in EYFS for you to celebrate at home with your child. We would also recommend parents upload proud learning moments at home, or special family events, awards or discoveries of the natural world. This will be a great talking tool with the class during school hours. This year we ask for no show and tell to be brought into school, instead Show and Tell will be online, so please upload any photos you would like your child to share with their class to their online journal. Please can you ensure that you fill in the Seesaw consent forms and adhere to the rules surrounding using Seesaw too. 

Diary Notes

First Day of Autumn Term 2021 - Monday 6th September 

Phonics Parents Meeting on Zoom TBC

Welcome Meeting for Foundation Class at St Thomas Church TBC

Parents Evenings TBC

HALF TERM week commencing Monday 25th October

End of Autumn Term Friday 17th December








Phonics Advice - How do I encourage my child to blend?

Super Jargon Phonic Buster

Phonics Family - How do I pronounce the sounds?

How to pronounce correctly the phase 2 and phase 3 phonemes ?

Welcome Meeting for New Starters - Power Point - Monday 7th June 2021


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Termly Letters

Key Stage 1 Presentation Standard

Year 1 First Hundred High Frequency Words

Foundation Stage First 45 High Frequency Words

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