Welcome to Fox Class
Our recent trip to Birdland and Cave painting!
Welcome back to a new school year. It is great to have had a couple of days with your child on the ‘Moving Up’ days in July. I am really looking forward to getting to know them better 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.
If you need to talk to me, 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.
At 3.05pm I will bring the class back out to the playground. I would be grateful if you could wait until all the children are assembled on the playground before taking your child and to make sure that I know they are being taken.
I am in school on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. The timetable for Thursday, when I am not in school will look like this;
9.00-9.30: Handwriting and basic skills practice (with Mrs Vousden)
9.30-10.30: P.E (with Sports Coach)
10.30-11.00: Collective Worship/Morning Play
11.00-12.00: Maths (with Mrs Vousden)
1.00-2.00: RE (with Miss Withers)
2.00-3.00: Music (with Mr Maloney)
Books will be changed on a Tuesday and Friday. 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 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 level.
Homework will be new to the Year 1 children and to some of you! 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.
Your child will also have a Spelling book. A set of words to learn to spell will be stuck in this book and sent home every Friday. They 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).
In addition to homework and spelling, I would encourage you to read with your child as often as you can. Reading to your child and hearing your child read regularly, really will have a huge impact on your child’s acquisition of reading skills and fluency. There are, of course, also certificates to be earned based on the number of nights that your child reads!
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. Children will also read on a 1:1 basis with parent and voluntary helpers who come into the school. This will again be noted in the reading record book.
P.E will usually be on a Monday and Thursday. 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 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.
We will be carrying on with ‘Show and Tell’ in Fox Class. Every Friday 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 ‘Poles Apart’ so we will be having an icy Arctic theme! It is always great if the ‘Show and Tell’ can tie into our topic.
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