Welcome to ‘Meet the Teacher’ EveningElm, Birch and Chestnut Classes18th September 2014
Curriculum Each term we will be focusing on a new topic: Autumn- Fiesta! Spring- Weird and Wonderful Weather Summer- Kings and Queens Please see the school website for the curriculum newsletter each term. We are hoping to organise a visit from a theatre company as our trip this term. This will be in late November.
Reading • Each child will be heard read at least once a week in school. They will also be heard read in guided reading sessions. • Each class will have a reading box so that the children will start to become responsible for changing their own books. • It is expected that children will read every night at home. Please sign your child’s reading diary so that we know they are ready for a new book. • It is important to support your child by asking them a range of questions and encouraging them to discuss the text with you. • A range of texts could be read in addition to the reading scheme books, such as books from home, comics, children’s newspapers, letters and signs, etc.
Bug Club • Bug Club is an online resource to support reading at home and at school. • Each child has an individual login which will be inside their reading record. • Please support your children to refer to the text to find the answers for the ‘bug point questions’.
Letters and Sounds • Letters and sounds is the government programme for teaching phonics and high frequency words. • The children have 5 letters and sounds sessions a week and are grouped across Key Stage One. • Spellings will be linked to Letters and Sounds will be given out on a Friday.
Times Tables Counting in 2s, 10s and 5s will be taughtfirst. The children need to count forwards and backwards and know the facts to 12 lots of the number, e.g. 2s to 24, 5s to 60. Times tables – 2, 10, 5 3, 4, 6 all others to 12 x 12 Expectation – for each times table the children can answer random questions within 3 seconds. Times tables and counting on will be tested once a month on random days so please practise regularly.
Homework • Homework includes a range of activities, including reading, spellings, times tables. • Literacy and Maths homework will be set on alternate weeks. This will be linked to the work the children have being doing in class. Homework should be hole punched and placed into folders. Please take the time to support your child with their homework and note down any difficulties. Homework folders should be returned to school by Wednesday each week.
SATs and Phonics Screening Check Just a reminder that Year 2 children will be tacking part in SATs in the Summer term. All Year 1 children and some Year 2 children will be taking the Phonics Screening Check in the Summer term.
ICT and eSafety • We will be using the school website, twitter and parent • mail to communicate information and photographs with you so please check these regularly. • Espresso home logins are also available inside reading records. • @IC_IvyChimneys @IC_Birch • @IC_Chestnut@IC_Elm
PE days: Birch class – Wednesday and Friday Elm class – Monday and Wednesday Chestnut class – Monday and Friday
The School Day • Begins at 8.55am and ends at 3.15pm . Please be punctual! • Holidays are no longer permitted during term time. If they are exceptional circumstances please arrange to see Mr Furness.
Parent volunteers • Please let us know if you are available to volunteer to support reading or any other activities by speaking to the class teacher. • CRB checks will need to be carried out prior to your involvement.