Welcome to Thatchers class….
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Welcome to Thatchers Class of Year 1 and 2 pupils. I hope this page will help you understand our busy and exciting class. If you have any further questions, please do contact either Miss Sides or Miss Brown. There is no question too small.
Teaching and Learning
Class teachers in Thatchers are Miss Sides and Miss Brown. Miss Sides teaches on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and Miss Brown teaches on Mondays and Wednesdays. Miss Brown and Miss Sides work together to plan and teach the English, Maths, guided reading and phonics sessions across the week. Miss Sides also teaches Geography, RE, PSHE (which follows our school values), Music, DT, History and Computing. Miss Brown teaches Science, Art, and PE. Together we use the termly topic to embed learning and the separate subjects often link and enhance learning so all planning is carried out collaboratively.
As you are aware, Thatchers is a mixed Year 1 and 2 class. Whenever possible, the children will all learn together and the different objectives for Year 1s and 2s will be met by careful differentiation. The children will still enjoy time for own learning and can now benefit from a role play area which allows opportunities for continuous provision. This area will be planned to extend and enrich the learning taking place in the classroom.
Reading and Homework
Thatchers children will be heard reading every day, in many different contexts. Children will be heard formally on a one to one basis or within a ‘guided reading’ group twice a week. Whilst reading will not always be recorded in your child’s reading record, comments and areas to work on will be recorded when your child reads their own reading book to a teacher on a one to one basis. Please do try to listen to your child read at home daily to support their progress. Remember to ask your child questions as they read to check their comprehension of the text. It can be useful to talk about how the characters are feeling, what has happened so far and what your child thinks might happen next. Discussing new words will also help them to build their vocabulary. If you do discuss anything, feel free to write a comment about this in their reading record, so that we can follow this up in school to embed any new vocabulary or comprehension skills. The children are encouraged to change their reading books independently in Thatchers class, however Sounds Write books that support decoding skills, are limited so adults may change these for the children at times. If they bring home a book they have read before, don’t worry. Reading a book a second or third time is excellent practice and provides a great opportunity to focus on questions about the text. When children can recite a text by heart, the language will transfer to their writing. Books will be changed less frequently for the time being to allow for quarantining of books before they are sent home with other children. Books will be changed twice a week, usually on a Monday and Thursday.
Each term, the children will bring home a ‘POWer Project’. This provides ideas for a range of things you can do at home to support the learning taking place in school. The activities are entirely optional but if you want to further school learning at home, they provide some ideas for doing this. These will not be marked but the children will have a chance to share them with the class at the end of term. You will also find this document on the website.
Alongside phonics and spelling lessons in school, the children will have words to learn at home. These will compliment, imbed or pre-teach spellings that the children will encounter through their phonics lessons. Please do practise these at home. In the back of their homework books there are some fun and effective ideas for practising those particular words that they are finding tricky.
Keeping in Touch
For those children who are moving out of a Foundation Stage class, you will no longer receive a parent partnership email. However, there will be plenty of information about what we are doing in class. The Parent Overview (this can be found below and in homework books) shares what the children will be learning this term. Please remember to read the newsletters carefully for information about what your children have been doing; also looking at the school website, Class Dojo and Twitter will give you a good insight. And of course, you are always welcome to come and ask Miss Sides or Miss Brown about anything at all.
Thatchers will continue with Welly-Walks. These will usually be linked to either Geography or Science. These are such a great way to support learning and it is always fun to get out into our school’s beautiful environment. This year we will be more flexible with when these occur to ensure they enhance the learning in the best way possible. This means they will not be on a regular day. Look out for information on Dojo and via emails as to when these will be happening. Long trousers, wellies and appropriate clothes for the weather will be needed.
Knowledge Organisers for Can Do Maths
Look at some of these maths games to support your child.