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. Mrs Cook teaches for one geometry session on a Thursday morning to cover Miss Sides’ planning time. Miss Sides teaches English, Geography, RE, PSHE, Science, Music, DT and Measures in Maths. Miss Brown teaches Number in Maths (including Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions), History, Art, PE, Computing and Grammar. Both teachers teach Phonics/Spelling, Handwriting and Reading.
As you are aware, Thatchers is a mixed Year 1 and 2 class this year. 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 ‘play to learn’ activities in Thatchers class. These activities 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, discussions and targets 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 ensure they have plenty of practice. 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 will 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. 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.
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.
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
Now the children 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 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.
On Thursday afternoons, at 1:30, Thatchers will continue with Welly-Walks. These will be linked to either Geography or Science. For this to happen we will need volunteers. Anyone interested in helping can email Miss Sides. All help will be gratefully received. We are very much looking forward to them!
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