Teacher: Mr Daniel Bashford
TA: Miss Smallman, Mrs Murphy and Miss Garnsworthy
PPA cover: Mrs Jones
Hello Otters' class and your families. If you want to speak to myself you can through email@example.com or through your child's contact book.
I will respond to your messages and work as soon as I can.
This year the way we are structuring our reading has changed. Your child will now come home with two books, one will be targeted at the phonic stage and in class learning they are currently at and the other will be a book to improve their comprehension, fluency and enjoyment of reading (this book may be of a higher or lower band than their other book).
It would be great for every child to read with a sibling or adult every night. The reading can be their reading book, a chapter book you are enjoying together or even reading stories from a tablet or kindle. Whilst reading it is fantastic if children could be questioned about what is happening in the story, what they think is going to happen and why they think these things.
We will continue reading with children everyday at school but the more they are exposed to new words and vocabulary the more progress children will make. Thank you!
Our topic for this term is 'How does your garden grow?' This will focus on plants, trees, different types of natural food, gardening, observing change and spending as much time as possible outside.
The overview for this term can be found below along with all our mini projects,
PE Kit and Wellies!!
Please can you ensure your child comes to school in appropriate PE kit on Wednesday and Friday, to ensure they can get the very most our of their PE sessions.
This term, we are planning on spending more time outside using the fantastic surrounding environment at the school to enhance the children's learning. If possible could children come with suitable outdoor footwear such as wellies, old trainers or boots and warm clothing. Thank you!
A normal day in the life of an Otter!
Our day usually starts with activities out on our tables in the morning, linked to the children’s current learning, followed by Wake and Shake, Phonics Guide reading, English and Maths. During the afternoon the children will have time for mindfulness and then move onto other areas of the curriculum such as science, geography, RE, PE, ICT and art relating to the current topic to ensure that the children's learning is contextualised, thus making learning meaningful and memorable.
Our afternoons currently generally consist of:
Thursday: Art with Mrs Jones
Homework in Otters' class will cover a range of learning including writing, maths, reading and creative activities linked to topic themes. Homework will be based around an outcome, rather than specific individual tasks, to make sure everyone can have a go at different activities revolving around the topic we are covering.
Official phonics screening has been cancelled nationwide this yea but as a school we will still be assessing children's phonic understanding throughout the summer to ensure they are ready to progress into Year 2. It is expected phonics screening will be taken again in the Autumn.