Writing is an area we will be focusing on this year, as with an extended break from school, this is an area of learning that seems to be the most affected.
Our children are given lots of writing opportunities across a whole range of genres. We will be focusing on continuing to support our children to become skilled editors of their own writing. Upskilling them with the ability to use a success criteria to recognise what skills they have shown in their writing and those they need to improve or add. Such as use of capital letters and full stops, adding an adjective or personification.
I will be checking attendance half termly and if your child has fallen below 90% in this time, you will receive a warning text. If attendance does not improve then I will follow our attendance policy and notify Education Welfare Officers (EWO) of this poor attendance. This means that we will work with your family to try to improve attendance, if attendance does not improve you will be issued with a warning letter, if attendance still does not improve this could result in a court hearing and issue of a fine.
Attendance is very important, we want to help your child to achieve the very best they can. In order for this to happen they need to be in school to learn.
We have procedures in place for home learning should a class bubble or a family have to isolate. This involves a mixture of photocopied work and online learning. Please check on class pages, should a bubble have to isolate, for further information.
We work hard in school to teach children to learn to read in school, through early reading and phonics to comprehension work in the later years. The greatest gift you can give your child ( apart from love!), is your time and spending some of this time each day sharing a book will foster a love of reading.
Please try to find the time to read regularly with your child.
A rich reading diet opens a child's imagination and is one of the greatest aids in advancing their writing skills.
In school we follow the Oxford Reading Tree scheme for reading books and a mixture of Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics for phonics learning,
With the Covid-19 pandemic keeping us apart for an extended period, then returning us to a very different way of life at school, wellbeing has become even more important. This year children will be given more time to explore feelings and worries. Children will know they always have someone to talk to at school and we will help and support in whatever way we can.
Catch up curriculum
With children having an extended period away from school, there are some gaps in their learning, we will be addressing these in class over the coming months. Ensuring all children make good or better progress and they are provided every opportunity to fill gaps in their learning.