Class information and routines
Doves class team 2022-2023:
Class teacher: Miss Chloe Forman
LSA: Mrs Jessica Crow (Monday-Thursday mornings)
LSA: Miss Ellie Batchford (Monday/Tuesday all day and Wednesday afternoons)
LSA: Mrs Claire Peacock (Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings)
Student teacher: Miss Chloe Myson
In Doves class we will have PE every Friday afternoon. All children will get changed at school, so they will be able to leave their PE bags on their named pegs in our cloakroom. Our first lesson will be on Friday 9th September 2022, and I will send them home to be washed every half term.
Please ensure all long hair is tied back, earrings are removed and that your child has the correct PE uniform if possible.
Our swimming lessons in Doves class will take place every Wednesday afternoon. The first session will be on Wednesday 7th September 2022 and our last one will be in October when we finish for the winter months. Children will go for their swimming lesson in small groups and an adult will be on hand to help with changing. Once the lesson is finished they will get changed and then join me back in the classroom.
If you have any questions about swimming lessons please come and see me of dojo message me!
Homework will be given out on a Friday and then expected in the next again Friday morning. The homework will be either a piece of English or Maths to complete and these will alternate weekly. Children will be given a homework folder to keep everything in neatly and I will mark each piece Although homework is not compulsory, it will be based on what we have been learning in class and it will benefit the children to recap. I have a homework dojo to give out worth 3 points for everyone that does their homework!
Spellings will be given out as part of homework each week. The children will also be working on these spellings every morning as soon as they come into school as part of their early morning work. We call these our 'focus five'. There will be 5 spellings which will be taken from our phonics or SPaG learning and the year 1 and year 2 common exception words. Every Friday morning the children will have a mini assessment on their spellings and if they get them correct they move on to the next set of spellings. If your child doesn't get a spelling correct this will go over to the next again week which is absolutely fine it just means they need some extra help with that one spelling rule or phonics sound which we will do with them
Reading is a huge focus in year 1 and year 2 as the children will be completing their phonics screening check and/or their SATS which you will get more details about closer to the time. In Doves class we have a 'star reading' chart where children get to move their own star up throughout the week depending on how much they have read at home. If they read 3 times (or more) children get a prize from our prize box and dojos will be given to however many times you read throughout the week. Most importantly, this is to get children to enjoy reading a range of books! We will be continuing with VIPERS and I will post out on dojo which one I will be focussing on each week. Once again, if children are using VIPERS at home and it is recorded in their reading records (yellow books) they will get VIPER dojos for this!
I know life is busy and there isn't always time to write comments in the book, so if children read at home and they want to sign their own yellow reading books with their name then that is great! Reading books from home, school books, our reading snug books, magazines, comics and listening to bed time stories all count towards reading times!
We also have our whole school assemblies each half term to celebrate the children's reading.
50 times= Bronze
100 times= Silver
200 times= Gold
250 times= Platinum
We use TT Rockstars in school to help support us with our times tables and it is fab! I will set weekly homework on here for 10 minutes each week and the main times tables we focus on through year 1 and year 2 is the 2, 5, 10 and 3 times tables. The children love showing off their rockstars in our mini maths lessons throughout the week and Mr Forster does a fantastic assembly each half term where we can pretend to be rockstars and we see who has earned the most points! This won't be set up straight away but as soon as we hit the multiplication part of maths in the autumn term we get practising! TT Rockstars is accessible on any device at home and the children's log ins will be stuck in the back of their yellow reading books.