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I hope lots of you can make it to the phonics afternoon tomorrow at 1.30pm. We are aiming to give an overview of how we teach phonics and will answer any questions you may have. We really do encourage you to come as many questions in last years’ parents’ evenings were covered during the phonics afternoon! If you can’t make it please find the resources below which I hope you still find useful.


Parent Phonics Info.

Letters and Sounds Phonic Information for Parents

Diary Dates

A few dates for your diaries:

20th September 1.30pm – EYFS Phonics Information Afternoon – Little Jesters parents are most welcome to attend!

6th October – Circus Night

17th October – Pyjama Drama session for Little Jesters (pm)

1st November – Little Jesters Parents Evening



Families Matter

Please find below the link to the latest ‘Families Matter’ newsletter – in it, you will find lots of information about places to visit, trips to the cinema, travel and transport, help with childcare costs and activities to share with your children. I hope that you find it useful!

Families Matter – September 2017


Little Jesters – settling in!

Our Little Jesters have settled so well and have had a brilliant start! We’ve been meeting new friends and exploring the environment – here are a few pictures of our first few days back:

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Next week, we will be introducing our new topic ‘My Family’.

ICT Questionnaire:

We would be very grateful if you could read through, complete, and return the ICT Questionnaire (link below) in order to help us to gauge what your child can already do at home so that we can plan activities to promote their development and learning further in Little Jesters. Many thanks for your help! Any questions, please see one of the Little Jesters team.




Welcome to Little Jesters!


The Little Jesters team would like to welcome back our existing families and say a very warm “Hello and Welcome!” to our new families!

We have lots of fun and excitement in store for your children this year and look forward to getting to know them, finding out their likes and dislikes, hearing all about their summer adventures and exploring their current interests and ideas!

I have placed a link to Little Jesters new Autumn Home Learning Grid below (and it is also on the main Little Jesters blog page for ease of reference)  – have lots of fun sharing the learning together! – we look forward to sharing Home Learning at Circle Time as and when it comes in! Any questions, (or for inspiration!) please see a member of the Little Jesters team.

LJ’s Autumn HL Grid PDF 2017


Community Spirit

BERKELEY PRIMARY loved waving off the amazing cyclists last week for #BSQ2BSQ!  It made it all so real for them after their week of sponsored cycling, where they collectively cycled 340 miles to help raise money and awareness for 3 charities close to the hearts of many in our community, Meningitis Now, CJD and Sue Ryder.

Many of the cyclists and the organisers of #BSQ2BSQ  are coming to school this Monday for a special assembly to share their success story and help our children to further understand the impact they have had on this phenomenal community event.

Thank you all for your support and participation in our part towards this event with Nightrider and On ‘ya Bike week. You have all helped to raise a huge amount for these charities and the children have loved being a part of this incredible community venture! What a wonderful town Berkeley is! These children are the future of Berkeley and they will never forget how much they’ve achieved over the last few weeks!

Well done to everyone involved! 😀

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Transistion Day

Just to remind you that we are offering a half-day transition session on Monday 17th July. Your child could join us in Reception for a morning session, dropping off at 9am and collecting at 12pm or an afternoon session dropping off at 1pm and collecting at 3pm. The children who are already booked in for a sessions at Little Jesters will be collected from Little Jesters and brought back after the session unless you request otherwise. Please call the office if you’d like to book a place.

Families Matter

The latest edition of the Families Matter newsletter is out now – click on the link below to access some useful  information and ideas for days out with the family:

Families Matter – July 2017

Totally Tropical

We shared lots of totally tropical experiences in Little Jesters this week.


Alfie brought in his amazing shell collection to share with us at Circle Time!


We had a Hawaiian Dressing Up day with our friends in Reception. The children looked brilliant – thank you for helping them with their outfits!

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In our music session, we listened to a song called Pearly Shells and watched a clip of some Polynesian children performing a traditional dance on a beach to it. Nicola taught us the dance and we used our upper bodies and arms to make the movements of rolling waves on the sea shore and our hands to demonstrate how clam shells open and close. Some of our friends in Reception joined us and returned to teach the dance to the other children in their class.


We made the most of the hot tropical sunshine and took a quick dip in the pool to cool off!


Our taste buds were tantalised with a variety of tropical fruits and we used a blender to turn them into delicious smoothies! Mango was a clear winner with our Little Jesters!

Transition Letter

Dear Parent/Carers,

Thank you to all those who attended the new intake meeting. As mentioned to ease the transition, we have organised regular transition afternoons and some other events detailed in the attached letter. Thank you.

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