Learning in the love of God
WRENS CLASS 2017/18
Working with natural materials outside.
Wrens Class at Work
The children will need a school book bag to keep their reading record, books, homework, times table book and any letters together. Please remind your child to bring their book bag every day. We keep these in small group boxes in the class room so children must use school book bags rather than any other bags.
Children have spelling sessions every day. They will be given a list of spellings relating to the week’s work to practise. Lists will be given on a Friday and will be tested on the following Friday. Please work with your child to practise their words (Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check). Short daily practise is much more effective than a panicked practise on a Thursday night!
Children should read at home as much as possible. When you read with your child please make a quick note in your child’s reading record. We also begin to encourage the children in Year Three to make comments about their books in their reading records. Reading books and reading records should be in school each day and taken home every evening. It will really help to develop comprehension skills if you ask your child questions about the book and the parts that they have read to you. Please refer to our ‘Guide to Book Bands’ on the website for further information. We regularly assess the children and will make a note in reading records if your child’s book band has changed. Please remember fluency is not the only factor involved in reading- we also assess the children’s comprehension of language and information in the books that they are reading.
Children will be given a piece of homework each Friday to be returned by the following Wednesday. Homework may be practising number facts and or a sheet related to our class work. The children will be given a maths homework folder to keep their work in. Children will also be tested on their times tables facts each week. By the end of the year it is expected that Year 3 children should know the multiplication and division facts for the 2,3,4,5,8 and 10 times tables up to 12x. Children in Year 2 should know facts for the 2,5 and 10 times tables and begin to count in 3s. They should be able to recall these facts with speed once they have learnt them. We also continue to work on ‘Learn It’ facts and the children will bring these home to practise too.
PE kits should be in school all week, including trainers. This term we have timetabled PE on a Monday and a Thursday but while the weather is dry we may go out on other days. If the weather is colder the children can wear dark tracksuit bottoms. Girls who wear tights to school should also bring some spare socks to wear with their trainers. Please label all PE kit. If your child joins a club they can bring a separate kit if they would like to- we recommend old clothes for cross country training!
We encourage the children to have regular drinks of water to stay hydrated. Your child will need a water bottle, marked with their name. It should be a bottle that is easy to drink from- e.g. with a sports cap, as these don’t spill quite so quickly if tipped over. Bottles should be taken home each day for a wash and should only contain water for the classroom.
The school pays a subscription to Doodle Maths for children in Key Stage Two and has given each child a username and password, which they can use at home and in school. It is a great app for practising everything that we are covering in maths in school. You will need to download the correct version of the app (4+ or 7+). Doodle Tables and DK tables are also great for tables practise.
If you have any queries or concerns at any time during the year, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Please see Mrs Richards if you would like an appointment, send a note, or ‘catch’ us on the playground for a quick chat!
Many thanks for your support, Mrs Lucy Drury and Mrs Geke Cook