Firstly, thank you to all those parents who hear their children read regularly. Children in class 1 should be reading to an adult, at home, at least 3 times every week. Your child’s school reading book and diary should come into school every day. We aim to hear children read once a week in class 1 and this is when they can change their books but only if they are familiar with them and have read them at home. For this reason, it’s really important that you fill in the reading diary every time you hear your child read.
We are encouraging children to read with fluency and expression and to understand the text. You can help by encouraging them to read the same book (or passage) more than once and by asking them questions about the story, setting or characters. They can even draw a picture from the story or write a book review.
If you have read the school books a couple of times, Please do not come into school to change books yourself. Your child can read a book from home, from the library, online or even a magazine or newspaper. Variety is helpful and promotes other useful reading skills. Just remember to fill in the diary so we know you have done this.
Welcome to Class One!
This term our topic is Homes. We will be learning about homes in the past, modern homes, and writing stories around Hansel and Gretel. In Science we will be looking at the materials used to make homes, and also properties of materials and reversible and irreversible changes.
PE is currently on Fridays, with swimming on Mondays. Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school every day.
Class homework is to read at least three times each week, and to practise the 2, 5 and 10 times tables, as well as addition and subtraction bonds within 20. Reading journals are checked on Wednesdays and children who have read get Dojo points. When your child needs a new reading book, please ensure that it is recorded in their Reading Record that they have read their book. Please feel free to come into school before or after the school day and choose a book with your child. Some children also get homework from their Read, Write, Inc. group; please see your child's Read, Write, Inc. teacher for more information about this.
Children in Class One should bring a water bottle with them, which can be refilled at the class drinking fountain.
I am on the playground before school each day, so if you have any comments please feel free to speak to me then.