A huge thank you to all the parents and family members that attended our Harvest Festival today! The children were amazing, reading their poems with confidence, enthusiasm when singing (with actions) and Year 5 reading beautifully. Please give your child a big hug! I was very proud of them all, as I am sure you were!
Your child's reading experience is much more than the reading book which comes home from school. Reading is happening all the time in a classroom and in the school. It is taught in specific reading and English lessons, but children are practising and using their 'reading' constantly across all subjects too.
Parents can support this 'reading journey' through regular reading at home. Reading to and with your child every evening for at least ten minutes can make a dramatic difference to a child's achievement within school. A report from the Oxford University Press highlighted the importance of parents reading with their children. 'Children who read outside of class are 13 times more likely to read above the expected level for their age'.
The report also offers six tips for reading with your child at home, including:
1. Make time to read- even ten minutes a day
2. Choose different types of books
3. Take turns to read
4. Talk about the book- asking your child questions
5. Pay attention to the language
6. Enjoy reading
In order to support parents, we have created bookmarks with questions to ask your child when reading. These are found in your child's reading records.
We hope you all had a wonderful summer break and are ready for an exciting new school year, full of learning and discoveries. It is a pleasure to have your child in our class!
To kick off, here is some reminders to help you understand our homework requirements and other important information, that will enable us to make this a very positive and rewarding year.
Spellings – your child will bring home a folder with their new spellings. This will need to be completed and returned every Monday.
P.E - this will take place on a Monday and Thursday (Monday, outdoor weather permitted). Please could you ensure that the correct kit is kept in school during term time. For safety reasons, if children have pierced ears, please can they bring tape to cover if unable to take out.
Maths – homework will be given out every Friday, to be returned completed on the following Friday. Just a reminder about TTRockstars, each child has their own password to access this at home.
Reading – reading at home, as well as school, is a fantastic way of supporting your child’s learning. Discussing books and providing meaningful reading opportunities outside the classroom can foster a lifelong love of reading. Your child’s reading book and records must be brought in daily, as this is used as a link to monitor reading between home and school. We value any comments made by parents/ guardians in relation to their reading.
Library Day – commencing on Thursday 19th September 2019 (then every other Thursday).
We feel that open lines of communication between the parent/guardian, child and teacher are the key components to promoting an educational climate which is conducive to learning. We are looking forward to working with you and your child. Please feel free to contact us at any time, if there is a question or situation you would like to discuss. You will receive additional communication on our class page throughout the school year…..so please visit frequently!