Beech Class Newsletter – September 2013

Dear Parents

I hope everyone had a great summer and that you are refreshed and ready for the busy term ahead.  

Class routines & equipment Day needed
Reading books and diaries Daily
PE kits – including warm top & trousers and suitable outdoor trainers. All jewellery must be removed and earrings covered with plasters from home Tuesday & Friday – please keep in school all week though
Library books – these can be borrowed for two weeks and then returned Wednesday
Bottle of fresh water Daily
Learning Logs – for Year 1 these will be introduced during Term 1. Will be given out on Friday to be completed and returned by the following Wednesday
Indoor shoes Daily – to be kept at school
Spelling/sounds books Will be given out on Friday.  Please return by the following Wednesday.

Reading

Please try to read with your child every day and sign the reading diary. Reading does not just have to be from their school reading book it could involve a comic, a page from a website, the cereal box at breakfast and many other texts.  Most of the children will be choosing their own books from a range at their level.  If your child brings home a book that they have chosen before or one that seems too easy then please use the book for other activities such as, find all the words that begin with ‘m’, find all the words which have the sound ‘ew’ in, think of an alternative ending for the story or think of some alliterative names for the characters – smelly Sam, clever Colin etc.  Year 1 children will take books home with effect from Monday, 9th September.

Spelling

The children are taught one or more spelling patterns or sounds each week.  During the first few weeks of the term they will be given a book to take home with a note of the patterns or sounds being learnt.  There will be a brief outline of an activity to do involving the weekly pattern or sounds.  Please support your child with this activity as it will help to consolidate their learning.

Reward system

The children will continue to earn stickers which lead to Gold Cards, given out in assembly.  This year they will also be rewarded for Golden Moments, when they show excellent progress, understanding or behaviour in a lesson.  They will receive a special congratulation from Mrs Coleman and have their names read out in Family Assembly.

Encouraging independence

We will be encouraging the children to develop their independence and you can help with this by letting them carry out their morning routines – hanging up coats, putting lunch boxes away, handing in dinner money, coming into the classroom alone, etc., you will be amazed how quickly they take all these tasks on board.

 The Curriculum

Our topic this term is Rainforests. The following curriculum areas are covered through topic work – science, humanities, DT, ICT, art and music.  On Tuesday afternoon Mrs Myers will teach RE and PE will be taught by our sports coaches.

The literacy and numeracy units which we will cover can be found on the school website.

Mathletics

At the end of last year, the PTA very kindly paid for all children to have access to the Mathletics website. There will be a meeting for parents to demonstrate how to use Mathletics on Tuesday 17th September at 3.15pm. Following this meeting, teachers will be setting tasks (approximately once a fortnight) to be completed on Mathletics.

School Lunches

School Lunches are £2.00. Please put school lunch money in a sealed envelope, with the days required and your child’s name written on the front. These should go to your child’s class teacher (or your eldest child’s teacher) each Monday morning.

If there is anything else you would like to know or you would like to discuss something with me, please feel free to come into the classroom for a quick chat, however, it is best to make an appointment for after school as mornings can be very hectic!

With best wishes

Mrs Debi Kidd – Class Teacher
Mrs Joanne Horne – Teaching Assistant
Ms Jane Lavercombe – Teaching Assistant