Welcome to year 1 Elm class.
Curriculum Letter Septmber 2017
A very warm welcome back to Wiveliscombe School. I hope you all had a wonderful summer and enjoyed some time with family and friends. I am really pleased to report that all the children have settled in really well.
For the next few weeks there will be a range of activities available for the children to choose from when they come into school. After this, we will move towards the whole school policy of everyone reading in class. Please feel free to stay with your child or children in the morning to read stories or hear them read. Alternatively, please encourage them to sit down with a book. Attached to this letter you will find a Curriculum Overview which will give you an idea of what we plan to learn this term. However, we do aim to respond to the children’s interest and so some flexibility exists.
Please put book bags in the box only if you need a new book. If you have a message for us in the Home School Diary (not a reading comment), please put just the Home School Diary in the book box. All other boog bags can go into children’s trays.
In Year 1, regular home work will consist of reading and spelling. From time to time, there may be other activities too.
Please do not feel that you need to read a whole book each time you read; little and often is far more important. Try to establish a routine of reading for a few minutes each day. Please remember that all of our Book Bug reading books can also be read online. All children will have their own login details ( which I will send as soon as they have been set up) and each half term, I check to ensure that each child has the correct books for their stage of development. If you are using the scheme, could you please write in your child’s Reading Diary so that we do not give you the same book to read again at home.
Your child will also have a spelling book. Some children still find writing difficult, but it is still really helpful for them to learn how to spell words. It is fine for children to use magnetic letters of letters that have been cut up. If your child is able to write, please encourage them to form their letters correctly.
We aim to take our formal learning outdoors at least once per week. We would therefore be grateful if you could provide your child with the following items (their Explorer clothes):
• wellington boots
• coat /waterproof all in one
Please ensure that these clothes are in a labelled bag and left on your child’s peg. We will send them home when they need washing. If you have any spare wellingtons or waterproof coats, trousers or all in ones, we would be very grateful to receive them as we are trying to build up a whole class set.
Helping at school
There are many ways that you can help at school. Please let us know if you would like to help in any way. We are especially keen to hear from anyone who would like to hear children read at school at the end of the day (from about 2:45) if you think you could spare half an hour, please come and see me. If you are willing to hear children read in other classes too, please let us know as this is particularly helpful.
We are lucky to have both Mrs Kneeshaw and Mrs Ekless in class every day. The children will have some sessions taught by Mrs Berry, Mr Philips, Mrs Johnson and Mrs Batstone to enable me to have time to fulfil my role as Assistant Head.
The mornings in Elm Class often seem busy, but please be assured that we will always find time to talk with you even if it means making an appointment with you for the end of school.
With best wishes
Curriculum letter January 2018
12th January 2018
Welcome back to the start of a new term and a new year! It has been lovely to return to school and all the children are really happy and settled. This term we welcome Mrs Morrell to our classroom who will be working alongside Mrs Kneeshaw in the afternoons. Mrs Eckless and Mrs Kneeshaw will both still be in Elm in the mornings.
Please see the attached overview to give you an idea of what we will be doing over the next half term.
English – Reading. Please read as often as possible with your child and at least three times per week. The pace of phonics is fast in Year 1 and children need the opportunity to read regularly to consolidate the phonics that they are learning in school. We really want to raise the profile of reading this term and so we will begin by giving house points to all children that read at least three times per week. We are happy to change books on a daily basis; just pop them in the box outside the classroom.
English – Spelling. The children will receive a spelling book again this term and we will try to complete the week 1 spelling activity in class. Please note that there may be more than one activity each week in this term. I will continue to collect the spelling books in on Friday. The children will have a big spelling test at the end of term.
Mathematics –We do not usually set any formal homework for maths, but it is wonderful if children have the opportunity to use maths in real life such as measuring furniture to move around in the home or working out what they can buy with a £1.00
PE sessions are on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Outdoor Clothes (also known as explorers’ kits) Please continue to have the children’s kit in school at all times so that we can make the most of all opportunities to be outside. We will send the kit home if it needs washing.
This term there have been a few changes to the timetable to enable me time to fulfil my role as Assistant Headteacher and also following Mrs Batstones successful appointment as Year 2 teacher. The children will not have any new members of teaching staff, but they will see more of Mrs Berry and will be taught by her all day on Fridays and at other points during the week. They will continue to have Mr Philip for PE and Mrs Johnson on Monday afternoons for Topic.