Monday 5th September 2016
Dear Unit 1 Parents and Guardians,
A very warm welcome from the Unit 1 staff team to your children and to you as parents!
We recognise the huge importance of working together to support the needs of all the children and we look forward to building up a partnership with you the parents and guardians of the children in our care over the course of the year. Therefore, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns during the year. Every member of staff in our team will always do everything they can to help in any way possible.
Our Unit 1 team includes:
- Mrs Ratley, Assistant Headteacher and teaches the year 1 & 2 ‘Moles’ class.
- Mrs Matticks teaches the year 1 & 2 ‘Rabbits’ class.
- Mrs Dix teaches the year 1 & 2 ‘Fawns’ class.
- Mrs Clayton, Mrs Heath and Mrs Lifford are our Higher Level Teaching Assistants and Cover Supervisors.
- Mrs Overton, Mrs Hambling, Mrs Warvill and Miss Scott are our Learning Support Assistants, providing valuable support for your children.
In our Unit all our classes work very closely together in all the subjects across the curriculum. The teaching team plan together which ensures consistency and allows every child to receive the same opportunities. Every day the children will participate in both a maths and English lesson. During these sessions the year 1 and 2 children will be taught separately as the content of the new year 1 national curriculum is completely different from that of the year 2. We taught our maths lessons using this format last year which proved to be very successful therefore we have decided to teach English in this way too.
The daily phonics sessions will continue to be taught in ability groups as our results show this to be the most effective method to ensure all the children’s needs are met. All the other curriculum subjects will be taught as a class with your child’s class teacher however, due to the nature of the exciting curriculum we deliver we often work and teach together as a whole unit. Your child may therefore be taught by different members of staff in the Unit 1 team during the week as well as their own class teacher.
As always we have a very fun, creative and extremely exciting curriculum planned for the first half term ahead of us. This half term our new topic is a History based topic called The Great Fire of London where we will be making some exciting discoveries about this important historical event. Through our Science topic this term we will be investigating everyday materials.#
A little reminder about P.E.:
The children will participate in two P.E. sessions each week, one will be a games lesson the other will be either dance or gymnastics. In addition to their normal P.E. kit (t-shirt, shorts, pumps) suitable warmer outdoor clothing will be required for the games session, particularly as we move into autumn, such as a jumper and jogging bottoms or tracksuit. The children will also need a pair of trainers for the muddy terrain the winter weather creates.
What your child needs to bring to school:
* An indoor and outdoor PE kit which will be kept in school on your child’s peg (in a drawstring bag if possible)
* A book bag in which to transport their reading book and diary to school daily (please do not use a large bag or rucksack as we have no storage space to accommodate them)
* A water bottle daily
* A hat during warmer weather
We have some exciting events to look forward to at the end of this autumn term. We have booked to go to the Christmas Show at the New Wolsey Studio again on Tuesday 6th December and our Unit 1 production will take place on Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th December. The title has yet to be confirmed, but it will definitely be one you won’t want to miss!
The Unit 1 homework system and reading challenge will be explained in more detail in separate letters which will follow shortly.
The Unit 1 team
Monday 5th September 2016
Dear Unit 1 Parents and Guardians
Reading forms the base of every single lesson the children undertake whether it be reading passages of fiction texts or information. However in addition to this, during the week your child will participate in a small group guided reading session with their class teacher. During this session the children will read a piece of text and then discuss it in detail, answering in depth questions and analysing and exploring the language used. They may also read on a one to one basis with an adult with a focus on both decoding and comprehension.
We are aware that as parents and guardians of the children in our unit you would like suggestions and advice on what you can do at home to help and support your child’s learning. The most beneficial thing you can do at home to help is to read with your child for 10 minutes every day. This however, does not necessarily have to be their school levelled reading book; it could be an information book, books they have hired from the library, magazines, comics or internet articles. This also doesn’t always have to be your child reading to you. We are very aware that sometimes after a long day at school the children can be very tired and encouraging your child to read may not be as easy as it may seem. At these times you could share the reading or read to your child as they follow the text and then ask questions about what you have read and everyone loves a bedtime story. As well as developing their ability to use phonics to decode words it is also important the children have a clear understanding of the text they are reading. Our ultimate goal is for the children to build their reading skills whilst also fostering a love for reading and books! Please feel free to write what materials they have read (or you have shared) at home in your child’s reading record, we would love to see all the fantastic texts they are reading outside of school
Changing Reading Books:
We do not have specific book changing days as the children complete their reading books at different times therefore the children will have the opportunity to change their book every day. If they need to change their book they just need to let the teacher know, we will also remind them. We encourage them to inform the teacher themselves to develop independence, however, it would be helpful if you could just state in their reading diary if they have read their book as some children are still a little unsure if they need to change it.
We would like to welcome you to our book buddy sessions from 9:00 to 9:30am every Thursday morning to share and enjoy reading and books. However, it doesn’t just have to be in this session if you have any spare time during the week and would be willing to offer your help to listen to children read we would love to see you.
Please turn over to find out about our reading challenge.
The Reading Challenge Starts Today!
Would you like an invitation to Mrs Kelway’s Tea Party?
All you have to do is READ!!
This year we are launching a brand new reading challenge for the children to complete. We are challenging the children to read as many times as they can at home. Can you read every day?
Every Friday the teacher will check each child’s reading diary and count how many times they have read during the week at home. In order for us to check how many times your child has read at home during the week we will require your help. If you can sign and date your child’s reading diary every time they read at home it will ensure that we can reward your children when they have read and ensure that they have every home read counted.
At the end of every week during our Friday Unit assembly we will celebrate those children that have read the most during that week and they will receive a special reading sticker.
At the end of each half term we will calculate the total number of reads each child has undertaken. The 15 children who have completed the most reads over the half term will be invited to attend a tea party held by Mrs Kelway to reward their fantastic achievement and wonderful hard work.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Every member of staff in our team will always do everything they can to help in any way possible. Thank you for your continued support.
The Unit 1 team