The Summer term is finally here! It has been a whirlwind so far, I feel like I have been part of Opal Class since September! Thank you to the children and parents for making me feel so welcome. I am enjoying being part of your learning journey at Dormansland!
This term is going to be packed full of new learning experiences and hopefully some lovely weather to enable lots of outdoor learning too. Mrs Cooke
At the start of our school day, I like to begin as we mean to go on. The children are expected to self register; put their name into the correct basket- hot dinners or packed lunches. The children are then directed to put water bottles into the designated blue water tray and yellow reading records and books into the yellow book tray ready for me to sign at lunch time.
We start our day with 'busy book' challenges- these are simple yet thought provoking morning questions to awaken the children's learning brains.
A rough guide to our day:
Register and dress our weather monkey
Guided Reading: carousel of literacy/reading based activities and group readers
Child initiated choosing activities
Reflection time and story time
Show and tell of home learning
Summer Term-1 Turrets and Tiaras - Overview
This term in Opal class we will be exploring a range of magnificent homes, focusing on castles; especially local ones. We will be looking at the features of castles and how these features protect those habituating inside. This then leads us to think about who would usually reside in a castle; in the past and at present. We aim to round off Summer term 1 with a trip to a local castle.
Maths Mastery: we will be focusing on Multiplication and division- this will begin with counting in tens, followed by making and adding equal groups, arrays and sharing. The children will tackle these small steps through practical and written methods; beginning with fluency and moving through problem solving and reasoning. I will be 'parroting' the phrases 'how do you know?' 'show me' 'prove it' and 'why?'
Home learning in Opal Class
Thank you so much for you continued support regarding daily reading and returning reading records to school daily. Even if you haven't read or written in the reading records please encourage the children to hand them in daily. We have increased from 10/30 reading records being submitted a day to an amazing 28/30!! This is fantastic! It is important the children know we have good home/school links.
In preparation for Year 2, I will be sending home 5 words a week (year 1 common exception words) which I would like the children to learn to read, recognise and spell. I will send home 5 words every Monday in a spelling book, the children will then have a spelling quiz the following Monday, results will be in the book so you can celebrate your child's efforts with them.
This is preparation for Year 2 and not something I want the children to worry about. Remember in our class as long as we try our best that is what matters!
Thank you for your support parents and carers, it really is appreciated.
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