Class Teacher: Mr Matt Smart
PPA Cover: Ms Alessandra Lombardi (Thursday mornings)
RE: Miss Sarah Abrey (Monday afternoons)
Spring 2019 Information
Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to the Spring Term! We hope you had a restful Christmas break and the children are excited for the New Year. We, as always, have lots going on this term with a new topic ‘It’s a Cool World’, the aim of this topic is to name and locate the 7 continents and 5 oceans, using world maps to identify different countries. Many aspects of the curriculum teaching is done within our topic wherever possible however some curriculum areas are not linked to the topic. Please see the topic map attached to this outlining what your children will be learning this term.
This term Dr Lombardi will continue to teach Year 1 Science and PSHE on Friday and Year 2 Science and Maths on Thursday, while Mr Smart and Miss Abrey will continue to swap classes on Monday afternoons teaching P.E. and R.E.
Reading is vital. The best way to encourage reading is to read aloud to your child every day. Not only is reading the door to knowledge but it is also the best way to improve spelling and I will be encouraging the children to read at every opportunity. We will have guided reading sessions and reading activities every day but there is nothing better than reading to a parent or carer. Please invest this time with your child…it will make all the difference! They will change their reading books regularly, daily should you read that much. Please write the title of the book into the Reading Record book and sign that you have listened to your child read and send it in their bag every day. We will monitor this and give weekly feedback in their Reading Record books.
Following feedback on a trial homework Year 1 did last term, both classes will be sent a Pick ‘n’ Mix page stuck in their homework books with a range of options of homework activities. Children will be expected to hand one homework in every two weeks (14th January, 28th January, 11th February). They should pick a task from a variety of boxes. The way the children choose to present their homework is open-ended.
A spellings menu will also come home, this will give lots of fun different ways for you and your child to practise each week. You can choose a different activity every day or use one for a week and try a different one the following week. Year 1 will be given spellings on a Friday to learn every week and will be tested on these on a Thursday. Year 2 will be given spellings on a Friday and will be tested on a Wednesday.
P.E. Kits and Uniform
All children must have their own P.E. kit (shorts/leggings/tracksuit bottoms, white/blue T-shirt and trainers) kept in school. Children need their PE kits in order to take part in the lessons. Long hair needs to be tied back and earrings and other jewellery removed for health and safety reasons.
Please ensure that your child’s name is on every item of clothing.
Please ensure that your child brings in a labelled water bottle filled with fresh water every day. We will aim to send these home every day.
We would love to welcome parent helpers into our class and on trips. If you are interested in helping out either in school or on trips, please let us know.
Parent and Staff Communication
Please hand any notes to us in the mornings. We must be informed if your child is going home with someone else on a particular day, unless it is a regular arrangement that we are already aware of. We will not allow any child to leave with any other adult unless we have your permission. Please do speak to us if you have any concerns or queries or contact the office who will forward your message to us. Their email address is email@example.com .
Mr Matt Smart and Miss Sarah Abrey
KS1 Class Teachers
Please help your children learn our nativity songs by using these video links to practise the words:
Please note there is not a song 2. There are 6 (numbered 1-7) in total.