Welcome to Fox Class
Welcome back to a new school year. I am delighted to be keeping hold of many children from last year’s Fox Class. I am also very much looking forward to getting to know the children coming up from Hedgehog Class and the new children that are joining our school.
I appreciate that a new class can feel a little daunting at first – particularly for the parents! If you need to talk to me, or you have any questions, I hope that you will feel that you are able to do so. Ideally, it is best to fix a time to meet me at the end of the school day. Mornings are less good as I am busy getting ready for the day.
This year I will be in school every day. My PPA (Planning, Preparation and Assessment) time will be on a Wednesday afternoon – in other words, I will be in school but out of the class at this time. On Wednesday afternoons, the children will have R.E, with Miss Withers and P.E with a Sport’s Coach. In addition, Mrs West will be supporting the leaning in our class on a Monday and Tuesday morning and Mrs Glanville will be in on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.
At the end of each school day, I will bring the class out around the back of the Hedgehog classroom. It would be helpful if you could pick your child up from this point and if you could make sure that, I know that your child has been taken.
Home Reading Books
Books will be changed on a Monday and Thursday. You will find a new ‘Reading Record’ in your child’s book bag. Please could you record in this book, not only when you have read with your child, but very importantly when you have finished a book. If you have not recorded that a book has been finished we will assume that it has not and the book will not be changed. Children should be able to read their book with a certain degree of fluency but it should still hold some challenge for your child. If you feel that their reading book is either too easy or too hard, please write a note in the reading record book and I can re-check their reading level. Book boxes are provided for the children to put their book bags in. They are not really big enough for a ruck-sack so I would encourage your child to use a book bag. Book bags that are not put in the boxes will not have their Reading Record books checked and their books changed.
Do try to read as often as you can with your child and remember there are certificates to be ‘earned’ based on the number of times your child reads! These are presented at Collective Worship on a Friday.
Homework and Spelling
For most Year 2 children, homework will be given out on a Wednesday and should be returned to school on the following Monday. This term Year 1 and some Year 2 children will be given a ‘Maths Pack’, which should be completed over the course of the term. A new pack will be given out after the October half term. This will be explained in more detail when the pack is given.
In addition to homework, your child will also be given a Spelling book. A set of words to learn to spell will be stuck in this book and will be sent home every Friday. They will either be words that follow a spelling pattern e.g. green, speed, feel, or they will be given High Frequency or Common Exception words (these terms are explained in the ‘Parent Pack’ which your child has brought home.
Reading at School
At school, hearing children read will largely be done through Guided Reading (reading and discussing a text in a small adult led group). This will be established as a class routine over the coming weeks. A note will be made in the Reading Record book to say that a Guided Reading Session has taken place. It may include a suggestion of what you could do to reinforce or follow up on some learning at home. Children will also read on a 1:1 basis with parent and voluntary helpers who come into school. This will again, be noted in the Reading Record book.
P.E will usually be on a Monday and a Wednesday. This can vary, however, so please ensure that your child has all their named P.E kit (including trainers) in school at all times.
Children should have indoor and outdoor shoes. Please can you ensure that these are clearly named, to avoid morning mayhem in the cloakroom! Children do not need to have a pair of wellington boots in school, as they did in Hedgehog Class, but they may want to wear them as their outdoor shoes on particularly wet days.
Children should bring a named water bottle into school every day. This should be taken home at the end of the day so that it can be refilled with fresh water.
Fruit will continue to be provided by the school as a snack, which they will eat before morning play. If you prefer, your child can bring in their own fruit snack.
Show and Tell
Every week about three children will get a chance to bring something in to show and talk about. After a few questions from the whole class, they will then be able to choose a friend to go to the ‘talk table’ with to spend a little longer looking at and talking about their item. A note will be sent home with the children whose turn it is going to be to bring something in. Our topic for the term is ‘A Magic Adventure’ if your child wanted to bring in something related to this topic.
I do hope that his information helps to give us all a smooth start to the term. If you are uncertain about any point or have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Mrs M Phillips and the Fox Class Team
Year 2 Parent Pack information is shown below
Year 1 Parent Pack information is shown below