Welcome to Class 2!
Hello and welcome to Class 2 where your child is encouraged to work hard and have lots of fun in all that they do. It is going to be a great year full of new experiences, discoveries and learning. Miss Rimmer and Mrs Hold are here to support you and your child. Mrs Baldock will be in Class 2 on a Wednesday in session 3 and Mrs Jones will be in Class 2 on a Wednesday in session 4. Both teachers have access to SEESAW. Within the classroom, both students and parents are cared about so please let us know if you have any concerns – ideally via Seesaw. Each day your child is required to bring to school a coat, book bag, water bottle, lunch and snack (unless they order a hot dinner or toast) and on a Friday, their reading record.
Messages between school and home
Seesaw will be our main method of communication within this academic year. We know that most of you are new to Seesaw. If you need any guidance in how to work the app, please do not hesitate to ask Miss Rimmer or Mrs Hold. Please try where possible to send any message big or small (remember no message or question is silly and Miss Rimmer will always get an answer for you as promptly as possible) through the inbox tool on Seesaw. Class 2 has a school iPad which will be in class with Miss Rimmer every day where she will access your messages. Support staff based in Class 2 may also respond to you if they see a message and can provide you with an answer. Miss Rimmer is aware that messages can pop up at any time but would kindly ask that if a message is sent in the evening or over the weekend, it may be seen, however depending on the content of the message it may be responded to the following school day. Likewise, Miss Rimmer will be mindful and give advance notice of any messages/announcements that she sends too.
Behaviour and Rewards
The whole school follows three rules: kind, ready and safe. Likewise to Reception, 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 have a sticker chart for each child, which will be displayed on the classroom door. Children can earn stickers for their chart through good behaviour, hard work and stand out moments. When they complete their sticker chart, they will advance to the next level and therefore the colour of their sticker chart will change. They will also receive a small prize from Miss Rimmer.
Reading records need to be in every day. You are expected to comment in their reading record on how your child has read at least three times a week; it does not just have to be about a school book. It is important to allow your child a chance to discuss the book; author, illustrator, its themes, features and language, all of which are important for your child's comprehension and literacy skills. We endeavour to hear your child read 1 x week as a part of a guided reading group or individual if needed. The children will take part in a whole class-reading lesson 1 x week too. Your child will receive a raffle ticket weekly if they have read three times a week, which is put into a raffle and pulled out termly to win a book token worth £5. Any additional reading will be rewarded with a sticker.
Miss Rimmer will have a tracker in class to monitor reading records coming and going throughout the year. Can it be mentioned here that if a reading record is lost, as the first one is given for free, there will be small charge to replace it. These details, if needed, can be found from Mrs Staveley.
Bug Club is a literacy program designed to support the effective and engaging reading. The books are set to the child's direct book band. The children all have their own individual logins; therefore, we will be monitoring the use of Bug Club every Friday. It is a great app/website that children can enjoy reading books onscreen and completing fun quiz questions found in the eBooks. The quiz questions will help the children practise their reading skills.
Reading an eBook
Click on the book cover and see how many quiz questions there are. Read the book and click on the bug icons to open the quiz questions. Your child does not need to finish all quiz questions in one sitting. They can come back to a book later. However, the book is not marked as read until all questions are answered. Bug Club books are an additional reading resource for your child.
Class 2 will be using our 'Reading Vipers' during their guided reading whole class lessons. (Vocabulary, Infer, Predict, Explain, Retrieve, Sequence) 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. On here you will find a link with the Reading Vipers strands with example questions that we encourage you to ask your child at home during reading sessions.
Class 2 children will have two sessions of PE a week. This term PE will take place on a Wednesday morning with Coach Craig and a Thursday afternoon with Coach Craig. Children are required to come into school wearing their PE kits on their PE days. We request the children to wear a school PE kit with a logo or a plain white t-shirt with plain black shorts/bottoms. We also have a school hoodie which can be worn as a jumper on PE days as part of the PE 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.
As you all know, 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. Spelling lists will additionally be added to Seesaw every Monday. 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 Rimmer. This is the best way to communicate with school staff. You can send a private message via the inbox. Staff will reply to these messages but be aware that they may not be seen during the school day whilst staff are teaching. Please ring the school if you have an urgent message.
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 sent a spelling bookmark that you will find on Seesaw that practises the rule. The words on the bookmark will be directly from their words on your child's year group. 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. We have decided this year that we will NOT continue with the Spelling Bee competition, however children who receive full marks for the whole half term will receive a certificate and be celebrated at the end of each half term (we will allow one week, where one is incorrect.)
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.
Birthdays and Treats
We will ensure all children whose birthday it is are recognised and that their birthday is celebrated by school, however we would prefer not to distribute cakes and sweets or gifts in class as this can take up quite a bit at the end of the day and can put some parents under pressure to provide this treat for everyone. We are also a 'Healthy School' and should not be actively promoting sugar treats on a regular basis. Thank you for your support with this.
How to help your child
Here are some websites that you may find useful to support your child's learning.
Autumn Curriculm Map Year 1.pdf
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, doubles, 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-2-5 - Phonics games
Please always ask if you need anything to support your child at home.