Welcome to Fox Class
Welcome back to a new school year. I hope you have all had a wonderful (and for once, sunny) summer holiday! It is lovely to be welcoming back some of my ‘old foxes’ and to welcome ‘new foxes’ to the class! I am looking forward to getting to know the Year 1s over the coming weeks. I am also looking forward to getting to know all of you. Please do introduce yourself to me, if I have not already met you.
I appreciate that a new class can feel a little daunting at first – particularly for the parents! If you need to talk to me about anything, the best thing is 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). You can make the appointment by either catching me at the beginning or end of the school day or alternatively by phoning or emailing the office.
I am in school every day. My PPA (Planning, Preparation and Assessment) time is on a Tuesday afternoon and I will not be in the classroom at this time. On a Tuesday afternoon the children will have their ‘Show and Share’ time and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) with Mrs Stinchcomb, from 1-2pm. This will be followed by P.E with a Sport’s Coach, from 2-3pm. Mrs McMeekan will be supporting the learning in our class on Monday through to Thursday mornings.
At 3.05pm I will bring the class back out to the playground. This year I will bring the children down the side ramp alongside our classroom. It would be helpful if you could pick up your child from this point and if you could make sure that I know that your child is being taken.
For ‘Show and Share’ three children will get a chance to bring something in to show and talk about. After a few questions, 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 at the beginning of the week to the children whose turn it is going to be to bring something in the following week. Our topic for the term is ‘Beautiful Birds and Brilliant Beasts’. It is always great, but not necessary, if the ‘Show and Share’ can tie into our topic.
Books will be changed on a Monday and Thursday. You will find a new ‘Reading Record’ in your child’s book bag. It would be really helpful if you could record in this book, not only when you have read with your child, but importantly when you have finished a book. If you have not recorded that a book has been finished 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 your child’s reading book is either too easy or too hard, please write a note in the reading record book and their reading level can be re-checked.
Weekly homework will be new to the Year 2 children. It will be given out on a Wednesday and should be returned to school on the following Monday. The homework will usually be something that gives your child the chance to reinforce basic skills, such as number bonds, or something to reinforce what we have been learning in school. Year 1 children will receive a ‘homework pack’ each term. This does not need to be handed in. It will provide your child with things to practice at home, focusing on basic skills such as counting or number bonds. Key homework for Year 1 continues to be to read as regularly as possible.
At school, hearing children read will largely be done through ‘Whole Class Guided reading’ (reading and discussing a text as a whole class) and ‘Group Guided Reading’ (reading and discussing a text within an 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 when a ‘Group Guided Reading’ session has taken place but not when a ‘Whole Class Guided Reading’ session has taken place. I can assure you that reading will be done across the week through many areas of the curriculum and on a daily basis. Children will also read 1:1 with parent and voluntary helpers who come into the school. This will be noted in the reading record book.
Your child will also have a red Spelling book. A set of words to learn to spell will be stuck in this book and sent home every Friday. They will also be tested on their spellings on a Friday. These will either be words that follow a spelling pattern e.g. make, made, snake… or they will be ‘High frequency’ or ‘Common Exception’ words (these terms are explained in the ‘Parent Pack’ which your child will be bringing home).
P.E will usually be on a Monday and Tuesday. If you were a ‘Fox’ last year, please note the change of P.E days. This can vary, however, so please ensure that your child has all their P.E kit (including trainers) in school at all times. Can I also make a plea that all P.E kit is named? This avoids confusion and things getting lost.
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. Please ensure that daps are named clearly to avoid morning mayhem in the cloakroom!
Children should bring a named water bottle into school every day. This should be taken home at the end of each day so that it can be refilled with fresh water. Fruit or veg 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 or veg snack.
I do hope that this 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
Year 2 Parent Pack information is shown below
Year 1 Parent Pack information is shown below