Hedgehog Class 2019-2020
A very warm welcome to you all, especially those that are new to our Walton family. Our class page is where you will find all of the up to date information about Hedgehog class - routines, reminders, class topic, home learning etc. I update this page regularly so don't forget to check back frequently!
Follow our school Twitter page or my teacher Twitter page for daily posts and updates from the classroom!
Water bottles should be in school each day, and should contain only plain/still water. Flavoured water and squash is not allowed in school. Some children can be reluctant at first to drink plain water, but we often find that when their class mates are doing it, they'll do it too! We also have lots of ways to encourage children to drink 'school water', so we ask for your support with this. Any worries or concerns, don't hesitate to speak to me.
Children are provided with a fruit snack each morning, along with their 'free' milk drink. Once your child turns 5, milk is available to purchase through the Cool Milk scheme. Please contact the office for further information.
Toast is available to purchase, for an additional morning snack. This costs £1 per week, payable on Parent Pay.
PE - Mondays and Tuesdays for Spring term 1 for Reception; year 1 will be a Tuesday and a Thursday (This may change each half term, so please check back). Please ensure PE kits are in school each day though. We send them home each half term. Reminder that trainers, not the black 'plimsoll' type shoes are required please. If you are unsure about the PE kit, please check the website or contact the office. A reminder that earrings CANNOT be worn for PE lessons; your child can remove their own if they are able to. If not, please remove before school. Staff are unable to remove/reinsert earrings.
Wild Wednesday - this is our Outdoor Learning afternoon, run by Mr Willetts. This will start on Wednesday 11th September, and will run each week unless you are notified otherwise. Please send your child in their outdoor clothes on Wednesdays, along with their waterproof clothing in a bag. - long trousers (jeans or tracksuit bottoms are ideal) along with long sleeved tops and waterproof outerwear. Short sleeves and shorts cannot be worn. Leggings are quite thin and do not offer much protection, so I would recommend something thicker. Wellies should be brought in to school, and will remain in school for other learning opportunities. Remember extra socks, hats, gloves etc for the winter months. Again, if you are not sure what to send, please contact the school office.
*Please note - change of routine October half term. Children will still be accessing the forest during the afternoon only. We are asking for children to come into school in their casual clothing, rather than having to change at midday. Items of clothing are becoming lost, and it's not always easy for the children to identify their 'non-school' clothing. So, children will NOT need to bring anything to change into - just their additional waterproofs/coats which they'll wear during the activity*
Children are issued with school reading books and a reading record book. Books will be changed on Tuesdays and Fridays, but please send them in each day to school as we try and read as often as we can.
At Walton, we use Rainbow Readers as a reading reward scheme, to support with reading at home. Reading is such a vital skill for life, and one that is essential for accessing the curriculum further up the school. We are a book loving school, and really hope are children will become passionate and avid readers too! Each time your child reads 25 times at home, they get a different coloured badge. 200 reads gives the children a highly coveted gold badge. We count a maximum of 7 home reads each week - so, even though you may read more often, you only need to do a daily summary in the record book.
We ask that children are read with at least 5 times a week at home, but ideally each day. This can take many forms and doesn't need to always be 'school books' - books from home, magazines, e-readers, audiobooks, even cookery books all make interesting ways to access a wide range of vocabulary. If your child is a reluctant reader at home, do let us know - we have lots of strategies to support with this.
Here you will find information and resources which I hope both you and your child will help helpful.
Spelling Shed is a wonderful website to help with spelling practice. Your child has been given a log in password to access it, which is on the front of their reading record books.
There are many pre-set lists on the site, ranging from the National Curriculum word lists, to lists using phase 2 and 3 phonics sounds that have been taught in class.
Feel free to have a roam around the site - we use it in school too, so it'll become more familiar as time goes on.
I've posted a link here to phase 2 , 4 and 5 phonics sounds, that you may wish to practice at home with your child.
Phase 2 is generally taught at the start of Reception, moving on to phase 3 which should be completed towards the end of the Reception year. (However, on your child's prior knowledge in phonics will determine which phase they are taught).
Phase 4 and then phase 5 are taught in Reception/Year 1 and Year 1 respectively. In order to pass the Phonics Screening check at the end of Year 1, children are expected to have completed phase 5. This is generally carried out in June, with the score sent out with the end of year reports. Historically, a score of 32/40 is a 'pass'. Children that do not reach this score in Year 1 will get the opportunity to re-take the check in Year 2.
Children are assessed in Phonics throughout the year to ensure they are accessing the right phase for their needs. Their school reading books will also reflect their phonics stage.
I've also added a link to a YouTube video which demonstrates how each sound should be made. Oxford Owl website is a great resource for parents who may be new to phonics teaching, or may like a refresher!
Any questions about phonics, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Spring Term 1 - Superheroes
This term, we are learning all about what it takes to be super! Super charcteristics, super qualities and super foods. We will also be discovering real-life super heroes, that can inspire and motivate us.
Take the time to read through the parent/carer info so that you can support your child at home with their learning. The book list is for information only - you are not expected to read/buy any of thses. However, feel free to dip in to the list if you wish - maybe share a book with a friend, and become a SuperReader!
Homework is now on the page for you to access.
All children to complete the highlighted task, Who is your Superhero'?
Reception to complete at least 1 other task.
Year 1 to complete at least 2 other tasks.
Hand in date: Friday 14th February
Autumn Term 2 - the busy one!
The run up to Christmas is such a special time for our little ones, and such a busy time in school. The children work hard to practice their school plays and learn new songs, as well as their usual school day learning. Don't be surprised if they seem more tired than usual during the next few weeks. The timetable in school also becomes a little more flexible, to accommodate rehearsals across the school - please bear with us if we need to make some changes (although we always try and keep these to a minimum).
Please check the school newsletter for dates regarding the Christmas fayre, performance dates and times etc. This week we have had a visit from the British Council to present our International Schools Award; a dentist, to teach our children about the importance of healthy choices and looking after their teeth, and our Year 1's are going on a special visit to Bethlehem (via Polesworth!) on Friday. We've also had an author, Steve Smallman visit out school. We are looking forward to an ice skating trip very soon too! Lots to do and learn
The Parent/carer sheet gives you an overview of what will be taught this term.
The book list is for information only - we will be using some of these texts in our work. You may already have some of these at home, which is great. Or, you may want to enhance your child's learning opportunities by reading some of the other books on the list. There is no requirement for you to buy anything though - swap books with friends and family; or visit a library.
The Home Learning sheet details the homework, which is handed in at the end of each half term. We have a 'showcase afternoon' in school where children very proudly show off their hard work to the other children and parents. Dates for these are on the newsletter, and we really hope you can join us! Send grandparents/other relatives if you're not able to - the more, the merrier. It's a great opportunity for the children to talk about their learning, to talk to new people, and to explain their choices/decisions about their work.
Reception Baseline Assessment 2019
Walton Primary is taking part in a pilot Reception Baseline Assessment programme in conjunction with the Standards and Testing Agency.
The reception baseline assessment (RBA) is a new national assessment that will be administered in all primary, infant and first schools in England to pupils in reception classes. It will be introduced in autumn 2020. The assessment will provide a snapshot of where pupils are when they arrive at school, establishing a new starting point to measure the progress they have made by the end of year 6. It is a short (approximately 20 minutes), practical assessment focusing on their early literacy, communication, language and mathematics skills. A teacher or teaching assistant will carry out the assessment one-to-one with each pupil, any time in the first 6 weeks of reception. It does not require any preparation at home or at school, and will help teachers to understand what their pupils can do at the beginning of their time in reception.
The assessments are practical/games based, and so the children are not aware that they are being 'tested' in anyway. They are fun to do, and quick to deliver! If you have any questions or queries about the baseline assessment, please don't hesitate to contact me.