Welcome to Class 3!
Happy New Year! We have started 2018 by quickly settling back into our class routines. The children have enjoyed telling us all about their Christmas holidays and are hopefully looking forward to learning lots of new things during the Spring term.
Our ‘Golden Rules’
At St. George’s we expect all children to be well behaved and ready to learn. Remember that each new term is a fresh start. Here is a reminder of our school rules so that you know what we expect from you.
Treat other people how you would like to be treated.
Keep your hands, feet and objects to yourself.
Always do as you are told straight away.
Play your part in keeping our school clean and tidy.
If you have nothing nice to say – say nothing at all.
Respect other people and their property.
Walk around school quietly, on the left and in single file.
In school we expect that all children read at home at least 5 times per week. Please listen to your children read and ask them questions about what they have read. Once you have done this please sign your child's reading diary so that we know they have read at home.
We are really encouraging the children to read a wide range of books for pleasure. Below is a picture of our class reading corner where the children can enjoy some quiet time to read, reflect and discuss the books they love.
Talk for Writing and Read Write Inc.
To teach the children reading and writing we will be following the Read Write Inc scheme. These are daily lessons that teach the children phonics, writing, reading and basic comprehension skills. The children will have a book they will focus on and all their learning will be based on the book they are reading.
We also teach separate Talk for Writing lessons which are usually taught in 3 week blocks. During this time the children learn a text and then adapt and change this text to create their own. The children really enjoy learning new texts and creating actions to help them remember.
So far this term the children have enjoyed learning The Three Little Pigs (Defeating a Monster) and writing adverts for houses (Persuasion). After the half term break we will be working on Stickman (Tale of a quest), recounts and poetry linked to our senses.
Here is the current text map that we will be learning -
In school we have introduced a new handwriting scheme. The children will have four 20 minute handwriting sessions a week. The children will be learning how to hold their pencil correctly and how to form letters.
Throughout school we follow the Big Maths programme. We do daily CLIC (Counting, Learn It's, It's Nothing New and Calculation) sessions where the children learn basic number skills. Within these lessons we are trying to develop skills, fluency and mastery within Maths. Mastery is focusing on deepening the children's knowledge and challenging them to apply their previously gained knowledge to new situations and problems.
The children throughly enjoy the Big Maths lessons and look forward to their 'Challenge Days' on Fridays.
In RE we follow the Come and See programme which has been recommended by the Bishop and written by various Catholic educators throughout our Diocese and across the country. This term's topics include: Families, Belonging, Baptism and Waiting. Throughout the year the children also have the opportunity to study different faiths such as Judaism.
Throughout their RE lessons the children are encouraged to ask questions and explore their understanding of the teachings within the Bible. The children hear different Bible stories and are provided with the time to 'wonder' and 'reflect' on the meanings of these stories and how God's word is relevant to us today.
Within class we have a Collective Worship table. Once a week the children take ownership of their own worship and work together as a team to lead the collective worship for the rest of their class.
Core Learning Skills
In school we teach the children Core Learning Skills. This subject looks at teaching skills such as independence, team work, speaking, listening, communication and working with others. It is a very fun and active lesson which the children really enjoy.
Throughout school and especially during Core Learning Skills we use our "DRAGON" values to motivate, inspire and progress the children. All children in school are familiar with these values and apply them to their everyday work and attitude.
During Autumn 2 Year 1 will be looking at the topic "Celebrations"
Within Science they will be learning about light and shadows and materials.
Within Creative Curriculum the children will be discovering who Guy Fawkes was and what he is famous for. We will also be thinking about Christmas is like around the world.