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Our classes

  • Ash Class - Reception - Foundation Stage
  • Beech Class - Years 1 & 2 - Key Stage 1
  • Elm Class - Years 3 & 4 - Key Stage 2
  • Oak Class - Years 5 & 6 - Key Stage 2

Ash Class - Reception - Foundation Stage

 

Daily Routine

  • The school gate opens at 8.40am and children in Ash Class come straight into the classroom until they are settled and happy with the school routine. The children put away their book bags and coats and sit and practice their handwriting and complete their Clever Fingers activities, developing their fine motor skills.

  • We tidy for registration at 9.05am. We choose the special helper and complete the date chart which allows the children to learn the days of the week and months of the year.

  • Children finish school at 3.30pm and can be collected from the main gates.

    Reading

    • In Ash Class children will bring home one library book per week to share with you at home. This is chosen by the children. They will also bring home reading books from the Oxford Reading Tree. There will be three different books changed on a Monday and Thursday.

    • Children benefit greatly from reading at home. An individual reading record will be sent home with the reading books. Please sign your child’s reading record when the book is complete and if appropriate share any information about how they have got on.

    • Sharing other literary material and text types at home is extremely useful and engaging to develop your child’s reading.

    • Practicing the red words that are in your child’s book bag will help them to develop a bank of more frequently used words for reading. Red words are tricky ones that children can’t use their phonetic knowledge to sound out in the ordinary way.

    • Once the children have learned their sounds and more sight vocabulary red words, they will bring home a RWI  (Read Write Inc) reading book based on the phonic scheme.  They will also start to read RWI ditty books in pairs at school.  They will continue to take an Oxford Reading Tree book home to share.

     

    Snack Time

    • In Ash Class we have two snack times throughout the day. One at 10.10am and another at 3pm.

    • Morning snack is provided by the school for all children. If you would like your child to have milk with this snack please sign them up onto the milk register through Cool Milk.

    • We ask that you provide a snack for the afternoon. This needs to be either fruit or vegetables.

    • Please provide children with a named water bottle. They have free access to their water bottles throughout the school day and are regularly reminded to drink from them.

    Toys

    • As a rule in Ash Class we say no toys as we do not want these to get lost or broken. Sometimes topic related items might be requested on the weekly newsletter for children to bring in and share.

       

    If you have any questions or concerns relating to your child’s time in Ash class, please don’t hesitate to speak to Mrs Dunbar or Mrs Scott. We are always happy to help!

    Beech Class - Years 1 and 2  - Key Stage 1

    Daily Routine

    • The school gate opens at 8.40am and children may enter the classroom as soon as this is open. Pupils should put their book bags, lunch boxes and snack pots in the containers provided in the classroom entrance and take coats and other accessories to their pegs. 
    • They should then read quietly until registration at 8.55am.

     

    Morning Snack Time

    • Please provide children with a named water bottle. These are kept in the classroom and children encouraged to drink regularly. Water is always available and bottles will be sent home each day.
    • If you would like your child to have or continue to have milk, please see the office to make arrangements.
    • Fruit is provided for all KS1 pupils on a daily basis. If you would like to provide additional snack of fruit or vegetables please place in an appropriate named container. Children can place these into the box on the trolley each morning.

    Reading

    • An adult will listen to children read at least once a week (this may be individually or as part of a guided reading session).
    • The reading scheme books have recently been banded by level and books will be changed a minimum of once a week.
    • Pupils benefit greatly from reading at home. An individual reading record will be sent home with reading books. Please sign your child’s reading record and make a note of which page your child has read up to. If appropriate share any information about how they have got on.
    • Children will take up to 3 books home at a time, but sharing other reading material and text types at home is extremely useful and engaging.
    • In addition to banded books, children will bring home a 'phonics' reading book which corresponds to the phoneme they are doing in Read Write Inc that week. This will come home on a Monday and should be returned to school on a Thursday.

     

     

        Curriculum and Timetable

        • Children will spend approximately an hour on Literacy and Mathematics each day.
        • Guided reading takes place daily and if pupils are not reading they are completing spelling, handwriting and comprehension activities.
        • Read, Write Inc. is a daily 20 minute session to focus on reading. Those who have moved on from this programme will be undertaking RWI spelling or support for spelling.
        • Topic work and enquiry will form the basis of the afternoon sessions. Pupils will cover different themes over each term with a cross curricular approach to include History, Geography, Design Technology, ICT and Art.
        • PE/Dance lessons will take place each week. Please ensure your child comes to school in weather appropriate PE kit on this day.
        • Children will also have at least 1 hour of Science, Music and RE each week. 

         

        Messages

        • If you need to inform the school of any additional information throughout the term e.g. your child going home for tea with a friend, inform the class teachers, Mrs Hughes and Mrs Saxty or email the office who will pass on the message. 

         

        Elm Class - Years 3 & 4 - Key Stage 2

         

        Daily Routine and Clothing

        • The school gate opens at 8.40am and children may come straight into class as they arrive.
        • Pupils should keep their book bag and lunch boxes with them.
        • Please try and keep bag sizes and accessories to a minimum as we have limited storage space in the classroom.
        • At 8.55am the children will line up and be escorted to the classroom. They should not enter the classroom before this time.
        • Please make sure children have named weather appropriate clothing such as warm coats, hats and gloves in the winter months.

         

        Morning Snack Time

        • Please provide children with a named water bottle. Water will always be available and provided regularly. The children will be reminded to take their bottle home each day.
        • If you would like your child to have or continue to have milk, please see the office to make arrangements.
        • If you would like to provide a healthy snack please place in an appropriate named container. Children can place these into the box when they come into the classroom each morning.

         

          Reading

          • Most children are free readers and are able to change their book whenever necessary. They can do so at school from the class book corner or they may bring in books from home. We have some amazing reading angels who kindly hear individual readers throughout the week. This means that the children should have a reading book and their reading record in school every day. Please feel free to write comments on your child's reading and encourage the children to comment in their own record too. It is important that the children read every day and whenever possible share a book with you either reading or talking about the book.
          • At school the children will be taught reading, both decoding and comprehension skills, through group reading sessions. These involve working with adults, independent reading activities and spelling activities.

           

          Relevant Objects, Artefacts or Information

          • If you have any of the above or items which link to the topic or could be shared with the class, please do send them into school. Any links to learning are fantastic.
          • Please make sure they are labelled and any special instructions given to make sure they are cared for and shown in their best light!

           

          Homework

          • Homework will be given out on a Thursday to be handed in by the following Wednesday. the children each have a homework book in which to record their work.

            The homework will consist of  weekly spellings, a task on Mathletics and a task linked to an aspect of the curriculum. Spellings will be given out in list form for the whole term. The lists are dated so the children know which list they are working on. Spellings will be used as part of their guided reading activities so their spelling records need to be in school every day.

               

              Timetable

              • Children will spend approximately an hour on Literacy and Mathematics each day.
              • Afternoons will be made up of various subjects such as topic, RE  and science. 
              • PE this term is on Tuesday afternoons. Please ensure weather appropriate PE kit is in school and all items named.
              • Children will also have a session of French and Music during the week, taught by a specialist teacher.

               

              Messages

              • If you need to inform us of any additional information throughout the term e.g. your child going home for tea with a friend, please send in a note.
              • If you need to contact Miss Huskisson or Mrs Scott, we are usually available just after school. Alternatively contact the school office. 
               

               

              Elm Class Overview

              Oak Class - Years 5 & 6 - Key Stage 2

               

              Daily Routine and Clothing

              The school gate opens at 8.40am and children may deposit their lunch boxes on the shelving outside before moving onto the playground. They should not enter the classroom.

              Please make sure children have named weather appropriate clothing such as coats, hats and gloves.

              PE kits need to be worn on the day of PE. At the moment this is a Tuesday but this may change termly.

               

              Reading

              In Oak class, all children will be choosing their own reading books and can change them as and when required. The children will keep a record of the books they are reading, which can be recorded in their reading records. I would strongly encourage children to read a variety of books: fiction, non-fiction, plays and poetry. Children may bring books from home or books from the county library if they prefer. It is important that they read for a minimum of 20 minutes every day and whenever possible to share a book with you either reading together or talking about the book (the plot, the characters etc.). Please encourage them to complete their daily reading record.

              Children will be taught reading through group reading with me once a week and undertaking reading, comprehension and spelling activities on the other four days.

              Whenever possible, children needing extra support will also have the opportunity to read to a teaching assistant or volunteer.

               

              Behaviour & Responsibilities

              Being a member of Oak class comes with great responsibility!

              I have high expectations of the children in terms of their attitude to learning and their behaviour towards each other.

              They are often called upon to be ‘ambassadors’ for our school, either at sporting events or when showing visitors around.

              I believe that children rise to the challenge that you set them, I have already spoken to the class about taking on important roles within the school.

               

              Homework

              Children will have weekly homework and can, if they choose to, take note of what is expected in their homework diaries; however, everything will be clearly explained on the homework sheet.

              Reading is a daily homework for the children and they should read for 20 - 30 minutes.

              In addition to reading, there are tables to be learnt. A little and often is the best way to learn for two or three minutes a day. The children should write out the table that we are learning and say it aloud as they practice. Using a timer can also challenge as the children must 'beat' their own score. We are aiming for a 5 second recall per table.

              Children may also be set Mathletics and a Foundation subject-based homework which should be completed.

               

              Breaks and Snacks

              Please provide children with a named water bottle. Water will always be available.

              If you would like your child to have or continue to have milk, please see the office to make arrangements.

              If you would like to provide a healthy snack please place it in an appropriate named container. Children can keep these in their bags until break time.

               

              Teaching

              Mrs Bell, Ms Peel, Mrs Evans and Mrs Tutt will support the class during the week, working with the whole class and with individual children.

               

              Please do not hesitate to speak to Mr Miles or the school office if you have any questions.

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