Welcome to Class 2
Welcome back after the break, I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas. I was really pleased with how all the children settled in well to Class 2 last term and I am looking forward to another exciting term ahead.
Hop on board a big, red bus and head for England’s capital. Yes, that’s right, we’re learning all about London!
This half term, we’ll take tea with the Queen and visit Buckingham Palace online. Using maps and research, we’ll locate Buckingham Palace, understand compass directions, plan routes around London and learn about the countries of the United Kingdom. Our research will take us back in time to the Great Fire of London and to famous London landmarks, as well as giving us an understanding of what it’s like to live in a big city. We’ll write adventure stories, take a virtual trip to London Zoo and make souvenirs for tourists. At the end of our project, we’ll share our skills and knowledge with you. Our class will tell well-known stories about London, make a stop-motion animation and share traditional British songs and nursery rhymes.
We will also be going on a visit, more details to follow in the coming weeks!
Here are just a few bits of information and reminders:
The statutory phonics check will take place on the week commencing Monday 10 June 2019. It is really important that children practice their phonics sounds on a daily basis at home and are encouraged to look for ‘special friends’ when reading and sounding out new words. If you would like any more advice in how to help your child, please come and ask me. I will also be sending more information out over the next few weeks.
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 (part of homework). 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.
This term we will still be doing do lots of letter formation practice, using the ‘Read, Write Inc.’ letter formation rhymes that your child has been taught in the Foundation Stage. Handwriting worksheets will be sent home for homework this term.
This term homework will be sent out on a Wednesday to be handed in on the following Wednesday please. Homework will be sent home for reading, maths, spellings/handwriting and phonics.
Thank you to everyone who completed a topic project last term, it was lovely to share some of the children’s dinosaur homework. Our topic homework is an optional project based activity that can be completed and handed in any time this term before the Easter holidays. A list of activities for this term can be found attached to the class newsletter. Your child can choose one of the activities on the sheet or an idea of their own related to our topic. Children who complete the homework will be rewarded with 5 DoJo’s and a pick out of our prize box. You may want to have fun helping your child complete an activity.
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.
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.
‘Show and Tell’
We kindly ask that children don’t bring toys, teddies etc. into class but we have a weekly ‘show and tell’ session. All children should now know which day their ‘show and tell’ is on.
We are going to be introducing the class teddy this term. The children will bring him home on a rota basis at the weekend, along with his diary. Please help your child write a few things about what ‘Teddy’ has been up to during his stay with you, 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 up 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 3:15pm 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 would like to thank you in advance for your continued support. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to come and speak to me.