This year we have 27 fantastic children in our class and are both looking forward to a fun filled year of learning, starting with this term where we are getting to know our new class. It has been wonderful to meet the parents at our individual meetings and we are thrilled at how well the children have settled into their school life here. During this half term our topic is 'Let's be friends', where the children are getting to know each other, building relationships and learning all about life at school. They will be exploring the school, meeting staff and children and learning the new rules and routines of school. We are spending time with the children, getting to know each individual, so that we can adapt the teaching and learning to suit each child. Topics and planning are based on the children's interests and observations.
We love books and reading and read lots of books at school. This could be in the classroom, at forest school, outdoors or with our year 5 reading buddies. Each child in Red Class, will bring home a reading book to share with an adult at home. They are not expected to read this, but to enjoy the book, track the text from left to right, talk about the story and begin to develop a love of reading. When ready, each child will bring home a graded reading book, which they will start to read at home. These books come home after we have taught some phonemes and have begun reading at school. It is amazing, how many words the children can read! We also send home 'keyrings' which contain common 'tricky' words, which can be practised at home, alongside the teaching of these in school.
As soon as the children are ready, we begin our synthetic phonics scheme, to teach the children to read and write. After we have taught a phoneme (sound), the children will bring home a phonics book, to practise reading and writing that phoneme at home. We have a phonics and maths meeting at school to explain this further.
In Red Class our intent is to build a deep understanding, confidence and confidence in maths. We do this through providing lots of engaging activities and many opportunities to develop and extend mathematical skills. We enjoy activities involving the 'numberblocks' and the children are encouraged to give explanations and reasons for their mathematical answers, furthering their understanding and deepening their leaning. We send home maths games for children to share with their families and use 'Doodlemaths' to support learning.