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.
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!
Morning Snack Time
Curriculum and Timetable
Morning Snack Time
Relevant Objects, Artefacts or Information
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.