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St Andrew’s Class
Welcome to St Andrews Class
Term 1 and 2's topic is 'All about me and other Animals'. We have lots of fun activities planned, please see our termly letter and topic web below.
Our new reception have settled in so well and have quickly become an important part of our school community.
Reception parents - please use Seesaw to share your children's learning and events
The following information should support parents with how the class operates.
Mrs. Hardcastle is the teacher in St Andrews class. St Andrews class is made up of 19 reception children and 7 year 1’s.
Mrs. Gray will support the class most mornings and Mrs. Huxtable in the afternoons. Mrs Huxtable is also with the children every lunchtime.
On Thursday’s I have my Planning, Preparation and Assessment time (PPA) During this time the children will have Mrs. Griffin for PE and Computing. On this day I will be in school in the morning in Term 1 and the afternoon in Term 2.
In term 1 children will also have PE on a Friday afternoon.
Please make sure your child comes into school wearing their PE kit on a Thursday and Friday in term 1.
In term 2 children will also have PE on a Tuesday afternoon.
Please make sure your child comes into school wearing their PE kit on a Tuesday and Thursday in term 2.
Our PE kit: consists of a white PE sports t-shirt, red or black shorts or trousers with sensible trainers. Please ensure everything is named.
Please don’t let your child bring in anything from home except the things that are needed. We need to try to limit the movement of things between home and school.
Reading and Spelling
The children will change their reading books on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. When you have shared the book with your child please sign or write a message to let us know it is finished with. We will send two books home each time but it will help to develop fluency when children re-read books a few times.
During the first term please try and establish a routine where you share a book with your child. This should not be just before bed as that is a time for them to relax and listen to a story. Find a time when your child isn’t too tired and sit down for about 5/10 minutes to share/discuss a story and then record this in the yellow reading book. This could simply be a tick if you are busy or a sentence telling me what your child enjoyed about the story or the discussion you had over a new word etc. Some parents find first thing in the morning a good time, or after a snack time when they have just got home. Or even when they are in the bath - a captive audience!!
Reading at home is not only essential in a child’s development but also a wonderful opportunity for your child to share their book with you. Your child would benefit from reading at home for ten minutes every day; however we realise that with hectic lives that is not always possible! If you could aim to read with your child at least three times a week, it would be of great benefit to them. Also opportunities for children to be read enhance their learning of stories and story language.
It is important that each child remembers their reading folder every day as they will have opportunities for quiet reading during school time. Your child will be heard to read in a guided reading session every week this will not be recorded in their yellow reading record book. Please make sure the children have a book bag not a back pack.
Phonics and spelling will be taught in year group’s everyday which will support their reading, spelling and grammar development.
Reception Parents - There will be a phonics meeting held near the end of term 1 to support parents in supporting reading at home.
Year 1 Spellings will be sent home termly from week three of this term, please practice reading and spelling these words with your child. There will not be a formal test just several activities to support these words throughout the week. Spelling is really important the more you can support this at home really helps your child.
For the first two weeks of term 1 we are following a Make your Mark programme which develops fine motor skills for handwriting. We are using the text, ‘‘The Other Ark’ by Lynley Dodd, we hope you enjoy hearing about it.
The curriculum will be studied through topics, which both infant classes will be following together. Term 1 and 2 topic is, ‘All about Me and Other Animals’ please see the attached topic web for more information. We are planning a school trip and other events within school so please watch out for this.
Please send your child with a named water bottle everyday as it’s important children have regular drinks.
Our partnership with you
If there are ever any problems, questions or worries, however small they may seem, please feel free to email the school office to make an appointment to see one of us or try to catch us around at the end of the day.
It is important to us that your children feel safe and secure at school and dealing with any worries straight away will help to create a productive and creative environment, where your child feels able to take risks in their learning. We know how important it can be to the children and sorting the little problems out quickly, makes it less likely that they will develop into ‘big’ ones later on.
Year 1 Information
Please press the blue 'Home learning button' below to find each weeks work.