Good morning all, I need your help today.
Tomorrow is Ms Perrin’s last official day with us as part of the Leverstock Green Team. She is retiring after many years with us, 12 years in fact. Usually we would make a book of pictures and messages as a farewell gift. However due to the current situation we have been unable to do this. However I wonder if the children could create a picture at home and upload it for Ms Perrin. I can collate them and put it together in a book for her and deliver it next week. Yes these will be printed pictures and not the children’s original art work but it’s still theirs. Any messages can also be printed and put in. We would like as many of the children as possible to contribute to this. Please encourage them to share their favourite memories of working with her. I’m sure she will love to read them all.
If someone would be kind enough to share this on the class Facebook page I’d really appreciate it.
Work can alternatively be emailed in to our new class email account, which will be going live later today.
All messages and pictures need to be received by email by mid day on Monday 6th April to allow me time to collate everything before delivering it to her on Wednesday.
Thank you for all your continued support during this unprecedented time.
Here is a list of useful links to help support children during school closures.
YEAR 1: IN THE EVENT OF SCHOOL CLOSURE
In light of current events I thought it would be best to make sure all parents are as prepared/ready as can be and will be able to continue school learning should the school be faced with closure. Your efforts during this unprecedented time would be greatly appreciated!
Please be aware that Twinkl are offering all parents free access to their resources for a month (ultimate pack). This usually comes at a very high price and the resources are fantastic across all subjects for all year groups and is well worth taking advantage of if we all end up self isolating.
With the phonics assessment approaching, please could you make sure they continue to read every day with your support with any words they struggle with. Reading is vital. Each child must read at least for 10 mins each day!
Please can you make sure they are secure with all their sounds (Phase 3 to 5 - again lots on twinkl for this!) and more crucially, please can you make sure they are identifying their sounds and blend with real or alien words (Letters and sounds or twinkl websites).
When children do any writing tasks, please make sure they remember CAPITAL LETTERS, FULL STOPS and FINGER SPACES (2 finger spaces if needed). Get children to use conjunctions (and, but, because). Sentence starters/openers eg. A long time ago (twinkl will provide all of these).
I would also like them to write along the line and children must think about their letter formation. Less writing and more emphasis on quality is key. Letter formation activities also on twinkl website.
I hope this will give you an idea what to do if we do end up with school closure any time soon.
If you need any assistance, feel free to email and I will look to get back to you asap. I will be checking my emails frequently: Adrian.firstname.lastname@example.org
I have changed the way each child gets their new spellings for each week. Instead of sending home their spelling books with the new list to learn inside, I am now putting these spelling lists into their homework books to go home for the weekend. You will still be able to obtain the new lists each week from the website as per usual. Their spelling books will remain in school as too many children were leaving them at home on Friday.
Phase 2 to 5 sound button word resources
Please find attached a really useful resource to practice with your child. (5 mins at a time)
We have been working a lot on our sounds. I believe it would be highly beneficial for each child to practice using their knowledge of sounds and continue to blend with real words.
It is common for children in Year 1 to identify sounds, but when it comes to blending with words, they can often struggle. This resource will really help them progress quickly with their reading and writing, which is crucial this year. Any extra practice at home (daily or couple times a week), will be of great benefit.
We are looking at arranging an afternoon (after school) with parents so we can provide extra guidance using these cards and for you to be able to reinforce what the children are being taught in school.
If you want to discuss this in more detail, please feel free to contact the office and I will more than happy to discuss it further. I am also aware that not everyone will be able to make a time straight after school due to other commitments. I'd be happy to discuss via a phone call otherwise.
Please can all parents label PE and school uniform. This would make it a lot easier getting Year 1 changed quicker and out on time on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Can I also ask for PE bags to remain in school from Monday and then can be taken home at the end of the week. There have been a few children who have been without proper kit for our PE sessions, especially as we have these sessions on consecutive days and Dance class the night before. If you are taking PE kits home after dance classes, please can you bring them back in the morning.
Please make sure you are practicing your spellings. The books do not have to be in school until Friday morning as this the day we will be testing the spellings for that week. Please do not leave spelling books in their homework folders.
Please find a link to the Letters and Sounds website to practice with your child. It is a huge part of our focus in Year 1 to work on all their sounds across each phase across all subjects. Any extra practice at home will go a long way securing and reinforcing their learning. http://www.letters-and-sounds.com
If you wish to discuss in more detail, please feel free to contact via the office, to book a meeting.
Welcome back for the new academic year. Here are some dates for your diary:
Meet the Teacher - 19/09/19
Harvest Service: - 07/10/19 @ 10am
Parent Consultations: 22/10 & 24/10
Our PE sessions are every Wednesday & Thursday afternoons so please make sure they have the correct PE kit each week.
If you wish to discuss anything regarding your child, please contact the office and I will contact via phone or book an appointment where necessary.