Willow Class 2018/2019
Welcome to our home page. We hope you find the following information useful but should you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact a member of our class team via Class Dojo, the school office or by popping into see us.
Our class team consists of Miss Gina Ruby (teacher Monday-Wednesday) and Mrs Hannah Fee (teacher Thursday/Friday). Mrs. Elizabeth Prole and Mrs. Rachel Grant will support a child on a 1:1 basis. We will also work closely alongside Mrs. Jo Ware in Hazel class (Year 4/5, next door).
We are thrilled with the way the children are maturing and developing their confidence whilst in our class. Please help us to make this last term as enjoyable as possible by doing your best to help them by becoming independent in the mornings and supporting them with their learning at home such as reading together, spending quality time together and talking about their school day.
What are we doing?
Our class topic for this term is 'Invaders and Settlers' and will include a geographical study of the local area. Later in the Summer please expect a shift towards focusing on the story of 'The Wind in the Willows' in preparation for our summer performance. Details of this will come nearer the time.
Our English lessons will link where possible to the topic. We will start with the narrative 'Arthur and the Golden Rope.' Our Maths lessons will follow the White Rose Maths curriculum and we have five units of work to get through before the end of the year. We will start with Measurement: Money, then a short Statistics focus. Afterwards another unit on Measurement: Time, then Geometry: Property of Shapes and finally Mass and Capacity for Year 3 and Position and Direction for Year 4.
Guided Reading and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar will take place daily. Each day there will be a different guided reading group, and a Directed task relating to our class story book or our class English text, Spellings will also be sent home weekly to test on a Friday.
PE lessons will take place on Monday and Wednesday. Please make sure your child has their PE kit at all times.
Following on from parent/carer feedback we are continuing with the two weekly system, where children can choose their activity from a selection linked to our learning in school. We will send home a grid with a selection of tasks to choose from, linked to our current topic. We will expect a good quality piece of home learning every two weeks. Spellings, reading and times tables will be an expectation every week. We will be keeping a clear system of children who regularly complete tasks on time and there will be a special reward at the end of the term.
This term, we are focusing on developing good reading habits — it is essential that children spend time every day reading for pleasure and discussing what they have read. We hope you will support in us in this by listening to your child read regularly. Please continue to make a note of this in their reading diaries for our records. We will incorporate regular visits to the school library and children will be expected to read quietly during afternoon registration. All children will need to bring their reading books and homework diaries into class and keep them in trays at all times. There will be a greater focus on reading more challenging, lengthier books. We will also share a 'class reader' together every day, enjoying reading as a class and celebrating success with it.
Could we remind all parents and carers to support us in dropping off and saying goodbye to their children at the door to the cloakrooms. We are expecting all children to be able to sort their belongings, hang their own items up, know what they are having for lunch, do their own dinner tickets and hand in their home learning or change their reading books independently. They can do this on their own and we would really appreciate your support encouraging this. This promotes independence, problem solving, positive attitudes to learning and resilience. Thank you in advance.
Thank you for your support and best wishes for the remainder of the year.
Gina Ruby and Hannah Fee