This year, the children are going to be grouped in a ‘parallel’ way, with a balance of age, gender and ability across two Year 1/2 classes for registration and creative curriculum in the afternoons. In the mornings they will be taught in year groups, Mrs Ridley will have YR 1 from Snow Leopards A.H. , Miss Kendrick will teach YR 1 from Snow Leopards K and Miss Allin and Mrs Haycock will teach YR 2 from both classes. The planning and delivery of the curriculum will be shared by all of the Year 1/2 teaching staff to ensure that equal standards, challenge and differentiation are in place for every child. Both classes will have the support of a full-time Learning Assistant.
Within this letter are some of the routines and expectations we encourage in class. We would appreciate your support in promoting these and hope that you find this information helpful.
We look forward to working in partnership with you and your child this year!
The School Day
8.55am Children arrive at school. There will be two members of staff on duty at the school gate from 8.45am. The children walk independently across the playground to their class. If you arrive late (i.e. after 8.55am), please take your child in to school via the school office. We encourage the children to come into school by themselves. Children arriving after 8.55am will have to report to the school office as the gate near the junior playground will be locked. They will be given a ‘late’ mark.
10.30am Morning break
1.00pm Afternoon lessons begin
2.25pm Afternoon break
3.15pm Home time! At the end of the school day we ask parents to wait in the school
playground, where children will be handed over to you. Always let us know if your child is to be collected from school by someone other than yourself.
Children are provided with a range of appropriate reading material to reinforce their phonic awareness and decoding skills. We also focus on discussion and developing comprehension skills. Children will be invited to take home a wide range of books from the classroom.
All children have access to a range of books/research resources in school.
Reading at home
Homework is designed to enable parents to share in their child’s learning. It is not compulsory and we understand that there are times when families have other commitments and are unable to complete homework tasks. We do, however, ask that children read to an adult for ten minutes, three times each week. Reading to your child daily will benefit them enormously. Children will also be given words to practise spelling. Please see website for details of homework for each year group/class.
The children will have Word Challenge, Maths and Handwriting weekly and a termly suggestion sheet of topic related activities- further details will come later with the homework.
It is essential that children have their PE kit in school with them every day. Children will require navy blue shorts and a white t-shirt with pumps for indoor activities and trainers for PE outdoors. In cold weather children will require navy blue tracksuit bottoms and a sweatshirt. PE kits will be sent home at the end of each half term. We ask that all of the children’s possessions are clearly named so that they can be easily identified.
Jewellery cannot be worn; therefore if children struggle to remove certain items of jewellery, we ask that they don’t bring it to school on the day of PE. Children are expected to remove ear-rings before every PE lesson (they will not be allowed to participate in PE unless they can do this independently). Girls with long hair need to tie their hair back and if tights are worn, trainer socks are required along with training shoes.
Break time snacks
Fruit is provided for the children every day free of charge. Children may also bring in a mid-morning snack from home. As we promote a healthy school, we discourage sweets, chocolate or crisps.
Please note that children do not require pencil cases as stationery is provided for the class. Small toys, swap cards etc. should also be left at home, unless they are chosen by the school council as a playground craze.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.