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New Academic Year 2013 Class 2

Dear Parents

Welcome back to school and a warm welcome to all of you who are new to Class 2. We hope that you had an enjoyable summer break.

We are looking forward to a year of fun and stimulating learning with our exciting topics.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with us, Mrs Price-Uden will teach on Monday – Wednesday and      Mrs Davies on a Thursday and Friday. Mrs Howard will teach the children every Monday afternoon.      Mrs Tildsley and Mrs Tempest are key members of our class team as our teaching assistants and are with us every morning.

The class will also be supported by Mrs Hetherington, Mrs Black and Mrs Goodwin who will support groups of children to enhance their learning.

Over the course of the next week we will be focusing on class routines and will be aiming to have all homework appropriately levelled and returned to you by week two. Every child will bring home both reading and spelling homework. When all of our reading groups are established we will inform you on which specific days your child will read and have their spelling quiz. Please try to encourage your child to practise their spellings daily on the spelling grid provided. A ‘little and often’ has been proven to be the most effective way of retaining spellings. Those children who get all their spellings correct will become a class spelling star for that week!

We encourage the children when writing to begin each letter from the line. This handwriting style will help the children to join their letters more quickly and efficiently. Please encourage them to use this writing style for spelling homework and any writing that they may do at home. An example of this is enclosed; referring to sky, grass and underground letters!

All books need to be brought into class on the given reading day and book bags put into the class basket. Please feel free to write any comments in your child’s reading record. Book bags do not need to brought it at other times.

All children will receive ‘My Maths’ online numeracy homework on a Friday and this is to be returned by the following Thursday so we can mark and check your child’s progress. A reminder of both the ‘Bug Club’ and ‘My Maths’ homework log in details will be sent home next week before the first maths homework is set.

Our PE days this term are on Monday and a Friday. Please ensure that your child has a full school PE kit. These will remain in school for the duration of a half term.

The children may bring a labelled drink bottle into class filled with water each day.  These bottles will be sent home with your child each day so they can be washed thoroughly.

Due to the sheer numbers of eager ‘show and tellers’ we have one group per week on a Tuesday afternoon. We encourage the children to share places they’ve visited, books they’ve read, things they have made or any news they would like to share. Please discourage your child from bringing toys into class at anytime. The ‘Show and Tell’ rota will be displayed on the classroom window.

 

Our topic for this term is Animals. Within this topic we will be learning about pets and wild animals and their habitats; sacred and mythical animals, food chains, art by Mondrian and the use of working animals in other countries. If your child has anything at home that supports our learning in class then please feel free to send it in.

 

We want Class 2 to be a positive learning environment where all children are valued and happy. We focus on the positive in our class and thus we will be awarding a star of the week every Friday. Children can also earn stickers both in groups and as individuals. This year our house points will have house winners each week and on a Friday afternoon the children will be awarded ‘Golden Time’ when all of the children will have an opportunity to engage in a creative or constructive activity with our practical resources.  This week all of the children have worked to create our new agreed class rules, for both adults and children. These are:

 

In class 2 we will…

1. Be happy people

2. Be loving people

3. Be super listeners

4. Look after our school

5. Always let our friends play with us

6. Always try our best

 

We do have sanctions for unacceptable behaviour which have been agreed with the children.

Gentle reminders will be given and after three warnings a ‘think sheet’ will be given to the child to complete to reflect upon their behaviour. This would build if a persistent problem arises. However, should there be a persistent problem regarding your child we will make you aware of it as soon as possible so we can work together to keep on a positive track!

 

We would appreciate any new information on any medical condition that your child may have, eg asthma, food allergies etc so that forms can be issued confirming the details.

 

We hope that this information is helpful to you and we will keep updating you of any key things that may be of interest. This year is a partnership between us all and one which we look forward to nurturing so we can do our very best for all of the children in our care. We are available at the end of each day if you wish to speak to us or to make an appointment to discuss matters in more detail.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

D Davies (Mrs)                                                         R Price-Uden (Mrs)

Class Teacher                                                          Class Teacher                     

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