PE: Tuesday afternoon
Please come to school wearing your PE kit (including jogging bottoms on cold days) and your school jumper.
Forest School: Friday morning
Please come to school wearing your Forest School clothes and bring your waterproofs and wellies in a bag.
Class Celebration: Friday afternoon
We will celebrate our Stars of the Week as a class every Friday. These will be posted to our class page. We will also reflect on our weekly Superhero Challenges. The children who have completed at least 5 Superhero Challenges during their independent learning time will receive some GOLDEN TIME on a Friday afternoon. The children who have read at home every day will receive 5 Dojo points and the children who have achieved 3 progressions on Maths Whizz will also receive 5 Dojo points. That's 10 weekly Dojo points up for grabs!!
School reading books will be sent home every Monday and are to be returned to school every Friday. Please read with your child every day and record this on Tapestry. You can take a photo, short video or simply make a written entry. Please use the heading "reading" when posting to Tapestry and include the name of the book, how many pages read and anything your child did well or needed help with in the notes (as you would normally do in your child's reading record). We really want reading to be enjoyable for both you and your child. We have found for this to be most successful, it is best to read little and often. I recommend that you spend 10-15 minutes reading with your child each day.
This is part of your weekly homework. Complete at least three progressions a week.
Spellings will be added to our class page every week from week 3 for your child to practise reading and writing at home. Year One children will have a spelling test of these words on a Friday.
Every Monday, your child will bring home a book from our school reading scheme and a story book from our class library. These are to be returned to school every Friday. You should spend around 10-15 minutes reading at home with your child each day. Try to make this a fun, enjoyable experience to foster a love for reading early on. Initially, your child will bring home a picture book. This is for them to develop their understanding of the structure of stories and improve their vocabulary alongside you at home. It is a great opportunity for you to “scaffold” the use of story language (which supports their comprehension and writing skills), such as “once upon a time”, “suddenly”, “next”. Reception children will begin to receive reading books with words as their knowledge of phonics and blending develops during the first term.
As you may be aware, throughout the year we gather evidence of your child’s learning across all areas on Tapestry and within their books. We would like you to be able to contribute to this as we know that lots of learning takes place at home too. You can do this by filling in a ‘Proud Cloud’ to share your child’s achievements at home. These will be displayed within the classroom so your child can share their achievements with their teachers and peers.
Examples of achievements you might like to tell us about are:
▪ dressing independently
▪ using a knife and fork
▪ putting shoes on independently
▪ sharing and taking turns with siblings/friends e.g. when playing a game
▪ pointing out letters or numbers they recognise in the environment
▪ finding all the rhyming words in a story you have shared at home
▪ riding a bike
▪ swimming without armbands
▪ helping with the supermarket shopping
▪ helping with cooking or weighing ingredients
▪ writing a birthday card
▪ reading a whole book independently
▪ attending a new club
▪ finding a new interest
▪ celebrating a special family occasion
▪ an exciting day out or holiday
All we need is a short paragraph to explain briefly why you are pleased with your child, your signature and the date. We will send them home once every half term but if you would like one at another time please just ask.
We look forward to celebrating your child’s achievements in class.