Class Teachers : Mrs Spring ( Mon – Thurs ) Mrs Davies ( Fri)
Specialist Teachers : Mme Campbell ( French) Mr Peters ( PE)
Teaching Assistants : Mrs C ( EYFS) Mrs Feltham ( Maths) Mrs Howe ( Forest School) Mrs Godwin (PSHE), Mrs Ruth Limb
Welcome to Acorns Class – KS1
Children in EYFS follow their own curriculum planned by Mrs Spring and taught by Mrs Spring and Mrs C. Where appropriate EYFS will join the main class for story, PE, RE, Music, French and PSHE. Science, Topic, Art and Design will be adapted to meet the needs of EYFS children and they will be taught alongside the older children. In Maths and English, EYFS follow the EYFS curriculum and provision is made both within the classroom and in the large outdoor learning area. As the year develops, very good transition arrangements are made to ensure the transition from EYFS to Year 1 is seamless for the children.
Children in Years 1 and 2 work in separate year groups for Maths allowing us to really deepen understanding. In all other subjects the class works together with tasks being adapted to suit the age and stage of each pupil within the class.
The timetable may change from term to term depending on the topic focus, any enrichment activities and swimming lessons.
Supporting Learning at Home
Please encourage your child to read to you daily in order to meet their termly reading target. We listen to each child read during the week, however, children who also practise at home make the most progress. Children in Year 1 and Year 2 use the Accelerated Reader Software which allows the children ( with some adult guidance) to select from a range of books that will help develop their reading and their comprehension skills. Each time they complete a book in the scheme, they will take an online quiz, the results of which are accessible to parents.
Please ensure that you make a note in your child’s reading record every time you hear them read.
Phonics is taught daily in EYFS and Year 1, with Year 2 children joining in if this is needed. In phonics we teach the children the sounds letters make in order for them to read. There are 6 phases. Phases 1 – 4 are taught in the EYFS year, Phase 5 in Year 1 and Phase 6 in Year 2. Phase 6 is largely connected with spelling rules. Learning phonics can be tricky for some and daily practice with the sounds we send home will be beneficial to your child.
Spellings are sent home each week for children in Year 1 and Year 2. Please practice these spellings with your child and help them notice these spelling patterns in their reading books whilst they read to you.
Maths homework is sent home each week for children in Year 1 and Year 2. These exercises will be based on the work being done in class each week. Most weeks the homework will be based on the four rules of arithmetic ( addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) so that their fluency skills are continually being practiced.
It is important that all children learn how to dress and undress themselves, zip up coats, use cutlery to eat and attend to their personal hygiene independently. Parents are ideally placed to ensure their child acquires these skills. In addition, talking to your child to encourage their communication skills are all vitally important to children at this young age – encourage as much conversation as possible. If your child has unclear speech, it is helpful to say their sentence back to them so that they can hear the correct sounds.
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