(Mrs Johnston teaches on a Monday and Tuesday and Mrs Kearns teaches on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
(Miss Russell and Mrs Humphreys help us Monday to Friday and Mrs Feghali-Brown helps us Monday to Thursday mornings)
As part of our Science and Geography this term, we have been learning about seasonal changes. We explored our school grounds and observed some signs of autumn; autumnal colours and fallen leaves could be seen all around us. We took our own photographs and gathered a magnificent collection of autumnal treasures! Some have been used in our 'Seasons' floor book within our classroom.
Whilst standing in our wonderful outdoor space, we took a moment to reflect on the creation story, on how truly amazing God's creation really is and how we must all collectively work to protect it.
As a mixed Foundation Stage and Year One class, we will always ensure both year groups of children access the curriculum they require. Our mornings will focus on Maths and English, as well as Handwriting, Guided Reading and Phonics sessions. In the afternoons, our Foundation Stage children will join Julia Donaldson class next door where they will be given further opportunities to build relationships with their peers and be involved in activities with a greater focus on child-initiated learning. Our Year Ones will focus on foundation subjects, such as History, Geography and Science.
We will read with your child on a weekly basis during guided reading sessions. We would ask you to read with your child as often as possible at home too- it really does make a huge difference to their progress. If they are not in the mood to read to you or they are tired, it is fine to read to them or to take it in turns to read a page each- it should be an enjoyable experience, not a chore! They will bring books home from school, but they may sometimes rather read things they choose at home or at the library and this is fine too! Talking about what they have read or asking questions about a story you have read to them is also invaluable and we are really grateful for your support in this area.
To encourage greater independence and to ensure children are choosing books that appeal to them, we'll be involving them in their book changes, alongside a TA. Children will be asked to bring books in to change on a Monday and a Thursday; they will be given time during the day to make a new selection.
Spelling lists for year one children will be sent home via seesaw. Children will be tested on their spellings every Friday. The spellings may practice a particular phonic pattern, or be taken from the "common exception words" list of high frequency words that are tricky to spell.
Our PE lessons will take place on a Monday and Thursday. Please ensure that your child comes to school in appropriate PE kits on those days. Our school PE kit is black shorts or joggers/leggings, a plain white t- shirt and trainers for this autumn term. We ask that other gym wear and football shirts are not worn.
Seesaw is a great resource. We use seesaw to share useful information with families as well as photos and videos of your child's super learning. It's also a great way for parents and teachers to communicate with each other. Please send us a message if you have any questions, worries or queries or even if you'd just love to share something your child/family have been up to and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Every child has a house team. They will remain in the same house team throughout their time in our school. Our four house teams are Dragons (Green), Griffins (Yellow), Pegasus (Blue) and Phoenix (Red).
Children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One will be provided with a fruit snack every morning.
Children are to bring a water bottle in from home. These can be refilled whenever necessary.