25th September 2020
I hope you all have a great weekend. I have set homework this week which is attached in the red book (number bond to 10 activity). I have also set an English task from the white booklet. Page 2 and 3 (sentences activity). Please can I ask all parents to be signing the reading record when your child has read. Our expectation is for children to read at least 3 times a week. Children should complete all homework and hand into the homework tray by Tuesday at the latest.
I would like to add that some children may not have the right book band level that is more appropriate to their level since returning to school full time. Please bare with us as you can imagine, some children's levels are dramatically changed since March when the data was last collected.
Over the last 2 weeks we have also been assessing each child's phonic levels as well as engaging in a reading project, for certain book band readers provided by Herts for Learning. As a result, getting children's levels correct have been a little slower than we would have liked. We also have an issue with enough books being provided at certain levels due to quarantine measures in place for all retuning books. All returning books have to be quarantined for 72 hours before they can be put out for selection again.
I would urge children to read books they have at home alongside the books provided by school.
All reading books should be brought into school each day. We are trying to change books each Monday and Thursday. All reading books and reading records should be placed into the Reading Tray provided as they enter the classroom.
I am aware, it is not easy to engage with parents at the start and end of the day, due to social distancing restrictions. If you would like to meet, please organise via the office where I can schedule a more appropriate time for both and discuss any queries you may have.
17th September 2020 - HOMEWORK
Homework has been given out for this week. Maths is attached in their red books and English in the white booklet.
Maths homework is reinforcing our latest maths lesson, working with a tens frame. They have to highlight what number is represented in each of the tens frame provided.
English is working with the ai sound.
Welcome back to Year 1. We have been settling in really well and getting used to the daily routines since returning to school. This week we focused on our phase 3 sounds and started with our maths and English lessons.
Reading books have started to be provided for children to read at home. We plan to change reading books twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays. This will allow us to collect reading books and quarantine them before putting them back out for selection. Reading records will be following on Monday for you all to sign. Our recommendation is to read at least 3 times a week with your child for at least 5 minutes and we will look to build on their reading stamina and fluency to coincide with their development of phonic knowledge throughout the year.
We have provided the children with a safe environment in accordance to government guidelines. We have provided ample supply of hand sanitiser and are making sure all children are regularly washing their hands in the mornings and afternoons.
PE is scheduled every Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon but this is subject to change at very short notice from week to week so, please make sure all PE kits come into school on Mondays. We will send home on Fridays.
Homework has already been sent out this past week. From next week this will be given out on Thursdays and homework should be completed by Tuesday morning. Children will be able to hand this into the green homework box as they enter Year 1 classroom. Mrs Eder (Year 1 teaching assistant) will be in class to greet the children as they arrive each day and will be able to guide them getting settled ready for registration.
Both myself and Mrs Eder look forward to working with your child throughout the year and fingers crossed we have a smooth transition from reception to year 1 as possible under the current circumstances surrounding Covid19..
If you wish to speak to me, please feel free to contact the office to arrange a date and time more convenient to discuss your Childs needs or development throughout the year.
Mr Leonard & Mrs Eder