Welcome to Class 2
Welcome back after the summer holidays, I hope you have all had a fantastic break. I am really looking forward to getting to know all of the children in Class 2 and I am excited to see all of the amazing work that they can do.
Stomp, crash, roar! Watch out – there are dinosaurs about! Yes, that’s right; we’re travelling back in time to the age of the dinosaurs. This half term our topic is Dinosaur Planet and we have already begun our topic by going on a ‘Dinosaur Hunt’ around the school grounds, which the children found very exciting. Keep looking out for pictures on this website page and on Class Dojo. We’ll look closely at ancient fossils and study reptiles to understand how dinosaurs may have lived and eventually died out. We’ll learn about the great fossil hunter, Mary Anning, and follow in her footsteps, studying dinosaur teeth and bones to find out what dinosaurs liked to eat. Learning dinosaur names, creating puzzling riddles, writing fantastic fact files and creating exciting dinosaur stories are some of the other activities we’ll be involved in this half term. We’ll also use our artistic skills to make model dinosaurs and to design dinosaur landscapes.
Here are just a few things that might be helpful for you to know about Class 2…
Start of the Day
The classroom doors open at 8:45am and close at 9:00am. We politely ask that you say goodbye to your child at the classroom door where I (or another member of staff if I’m not in school) will be waiting to greet you and your child. At this time you can pass on any information you need to let us know or ask us any quick questions. If you would like a lengthy conversation, we can arrange a meeting for another time.
Stay and Play
On the last Thursday of every half term, we will be holding a ‘Stay and Play’ until 9:15am. During this time a morning activity will be set out for you to complete with your child. It also gives you an opportunity to see our classroom environment and ask me any quick questions. We do kindly ask that you leave promptly at 9:15am on these days, so that we can begin our learning jobs. I will send a reminder out on Class Dojo nearer the date of the first one.
We ask that all children have a water bottle available in school every day. This should be taken home at the end of the day, so that it can be washed and refilled. All children will be provided with a healthy snack. If you wish your child to have milk you will need to pay on a termly basis for this at the school office.
Our P.E. days are on a Monday and a Tuesday. Please ensure your child has correct PE kit in school on these days. Kit consists of a t-shirt, shorts and trainers/pumps. There are times when we will go outside for PE, so a jumper and joggers are also recommended for the colder months. Children will also need earrings removed on these days (staff are not allowed to remove them) and long hair tied back, due to Health and Safety reasons.
We ask that children bring their book bags and reading records into school every day. We aim to give children opportunities to read in school whenever possible. Book bags are kept in the children’s drawers and will be given out at home time to take home. We recommend that children read with an adult at home every day if possible but at least 3 times a week. When you have read with your child, we ask that you write this in their reading diary, with a short comment stating what book they have read and the page number they have read up to. Reading records will be checked every Friday and new books placed in their book bags. Children will be sent home with enough reading books to last them throughout the week. This does not mean that they have to read them all! In Class 2, when your child reads 10 times at home (one read per day!) they get to choose a prize out of our class rewards box.
At the end of Year 1 children are expected to take a statutory phonics screen check. This will take place in June and we will be holding a meeting in the next term to go through this in more detail and explain how you can help your child. In school we follow the Read, Write Inc. Phonics and Get Writing programmes.
In Year 1 we do lots of letter formation practice, using the ‘Read, Write Inc.’ letter formation rhymes that your child has been taught in the Foundation Stage. A copy of these will be sent home, so that you can help your child practice their letter formation and handwriting at home. We will also send handwriting worksheets home sometimes for you to help your child do.
In Year 1 there are some common exception words that your child needs to learn how to spell. Your child will be sent home with a few spellings to learn each week on a Friday and on the following Friday we will check how they are getting on with them.
This will be set every Friday to be completed before the following Friday. It will either be a short worksheet or a game to play (sometimes on Active Learn), which I will inform you about via Class Dojo.
Our topic homework is an optional project based activity that can be completed and handed in any time this term before December. A list of activities can be found attached to this newsletter and your child can choose one of the activities to be completed or an idea of their own related to our topic. Children who complete the homework will be rewarded with Dojo’s and a prize from our class rewards box. You may want to have fun helping your child complete an activity.
‘Show and Tell’
We kindly ask that children don’t bring toys, teddies etc. into class but we will have a weekly ‘Show and Tell’ session. A rota will be set up for the children and this will be sent home, so that you know what date your child’s ‘Show and Tell’ is.
We are going to be having a class ‘Dino the Dinosaur’ that the children will bring home on a rota basis at the weekend, along with his diary. If you could help your child write a few things about what ‘Dino’ has been up to during his stay with you that would be fantastic, so that your child can share this with the rest of the class on Monday morning.
Class Dojo is a good way of communicating with each other. I often post messages on Dojo about homework or items that your child may need to fetch into class. I also post photos of some of the activities that we have been doing. You can also message me on Dojo but I may not always pick these messages straight away and may not always be able to immediately reply. If you haven’t got a DoJo account set up, please ask for more information.
Names on Items
Please could you put your child’s name on all of their items, including clothes, PE kit, water bottle and book bag.
End of the Day
In Class 2 we finish school at 3:15 pm and the children are released via the door that they enter in the morning. Staff will only release the children when they have seen the adult who usually picks them up. If someone different is going to be picking your child up, please let us know in the morning. The children will be taken to reception at the end of the day, if an adult isn’t waiting for them on time. We do have an after school club, which you can pay for your child to attend, if you know that you aren’t able to pick them up on time. Please ask at the school office for more details.
I am very much looking forward to the year ahead with Class 2 and I would like to thank you in advance for your support. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to come and speak to me.