Behaviour and Rewards
The whole school is following three new rules: kind, ready and safe. All our previous rules will come under these three headings and we will have opportunities in school to discuss them further with the children. Displayed in class is a sun, cloud and thunder storm, all children will begin and hopefully end the day on the sun; however, if a member of staff feels that your child has not chosen to be kind, ready or safe, they will be given time to think about their actions (cloud) and if they persistently choose not to be kind, ready or safe, they will be spoken to privately by the teacher, move onto thunder and it will be written in their reading record. Each child will always start the day on the sun, regardless of the previous day's actions. We will be rewarding children who remain on the sun throughout the week and notifying parents via the reading diary.
The children will be expected to read every night and practise the times table they are currently practising; Year 1 the children should know their 2s, 5s and 10 times tables. Additionally, children will receive up to 10 spellings a week taken from the Spelling Bee termly card.
Reading records should be in school every day. They are used to send messages home and if you want to send any messages to school. You are expected to comment on how your child has read at least three times a week (remember it doesn't just have to be about a school book) this allows the child a chance to discuss the book; its themes, features and language, all of which are important for your child's comprehension and literacy skills. Your child will receive a raffle ticket weekly if this has been done, which is put into a raffle and pulled out termly to win a book token worth £5.
Class 2 will be using our 'Reading Vipers' during their guided reading whole class lessons. The reading vipers have had a massive impact on developing language, comprehension and inference skills. Attached to the website are key questions that can be asked to the children whilst they are reading at home. This will give you the chance to see the type of questions that they are asked during lessons and assessment periods.
Class 2 children will have two sessions of PE a week. This term PE will take place on a Wednesday morning with Craig and a Thursday afternoon with Miss Higham. Children may take their PE kits home with them on a Friday if they wish but they need to be returned with them on a Monday ready for the week ahead. We request for the children to wear a school PE kit with a logo or a plain white t-shirt with plain black shorts/bottoms. If your child does not have their PE kit in school, they will have to use a spare kit from the PE kit box. They will not be allowed to borrow another child's kit. If your child does not have a kit in school a note will be put in their reading diary, if they continue to forget their kit a text message will be sent home. After this it is a phone call home and then if this continues a letter will be sent home.
Seesaw is an interactive learning journal where your child will be able to share their work. It will be used in all subjects from problem solving in Maths to Dance in PE. We invite you to set up your very own parents' account where you can receive notifications when your child or Miss Higham has uploaded a piece of work. You will be able to like and comment on your child's work which will add to the great sense of achievement that the children feel when using the app. Any questions about Seesaw and how it works please feel free to ask Miss Higham.
Class 2 will be continuing to use the scheme this year. Your child will learn a rule on a Monday morning and will be expected to use the rules that they have learnt in all of their written work.
Every Monday your child will be given a spelling bookmark that you will find in their reading diary that practises the rule. The words on the bookmark will be directly from their words on the spelling bee card.
Your child will be tested on the rule the following week however it must be reminded that we will be testing your child's knowledge of the rule not a list of words. Additional words may be added by the teacher to assess your child's understanding.
Attached to the website page is a list of spelling for your child's year group that they will learn across the term. Again please be aware this is not a comprehensive list your child will be learning a spelling rule not a list of words.
Spelling Bee Record Card YR1 Autumn Term.pdf
Times table challenge
Every Monday, children will complete their times table challenge. Children will not be given this prior to the lesson however there is support to help your child that you may find useful on our webpage. (Please be aware this is done by Halton and can take a little time.)
We have introduced sticker charts for each child which will be displayed in the classroom. Children can earn stickers through good behaviour, work and stand out moments. Once a child has completed their sticker chart, they will receive 5 marbles during celebration assembly on a Monday and the sticker chart will be put in their diary. We hope every child will aim for the Gold sticker chart by the end of the year. As an extra reward system, Miss Higham has introduced raffle tickets for times when children are being 'kind, safe or ready.' The raffle ticket will be put into a jar with the child's name on and picked at random on a Friday to receive a small prize. Good luck children!
How to help your child
On our class webpage is a yearly curriculum map so that you can see what your child will be taught throughout the year in each subject.
Here are some websites that you may find useful to support your child's learning.
http://www.ictgames.com - Fun and exciting maths and literacy games available.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks1-collection/zbr4scw - The children LOVE this! Engaging maths, literacy, PSHE and MFL songs.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/4_11/site/numeracy.shtml - A BBC website with all maths topics covered.
http://www.mathszone.co.uk/ - Lots and lots of games and tools to help your child with maths at home.
http://www.teachingtables.co.uk/ - Fun games to support the learning of times tables. Table Mountain is recommended and can be played in demo mode.
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button - Great to practise number bonds, soubles, halves and times tables!
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm - Phonics.
www.topmarks.co.uk – for games and support materials in maths and literacy.
http://www.bigbrownbear.co.uk/magneticletters/ - A fun different way to practise and test spellings.
https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/list/phonics-games-phase-5 - Phonics games
Please always ask if you want anything to support your child at home J
Class 2 Autumn 1 curriculum map.pdf
Class 2 Autumn 2 curriculum map.pdf