Welcome to the world of Starfish....
It is an absolute pleasure to have all the children back in school, they are smiley, bubbly and eager to work hard.
Until Christmas, we will enjoy being a small, single year group class of year 2s so that we can make sure we fill in any gaps from lockdown and give the children the best possible start towards achieving their end of key stage one objectives.
Mrs Stead is teaching reading, writing and maths in the morning sessions (and these will eventually include science too). She also teaches computing and PE on a Wednesday afternoon. Ms Redfern-Pugh supports in all these sessions in a variety of ways. Madame Morris is currently looking after our class on Monday afternoons and Mrs Gorry is the teacher on the other afternoons. The children respond so well to whoever is teaching them and have adapted very quickly to all the new routines in school.
Our curriculum is planned only in broad terms at the moment as we adapt to meet the needs of the children. We are trialling a new approach to reading and writing so don't be surprised if you hear children talking about: rainbows, lenses, chotting, kind calling out, thesaurus thinking or being a reading detective.... it's all part of the big picture.
Our whole-school topic is Fire and Flight and the children are already excited by their own slice of this - The Great Fire of London. We will be looking at our bodies in science, effective searching in computing and bat and ball skills in PE. We will have an RE day later in the term where we will learn about the Christian concept of God.
Although the school grounds are closed to parents at the moment, we want to remain as 'open' as possible. I will try to remember to upload examples of what we are up to on Seesaw, reading diaries will remain a good source of communication, you can contact me on Seesaw or you can phone or email the school office to get in touch with me. Please don't sit on any worries just because things are looking different.
Homework will be set on Mondays and due in the following Monday (or before!) this gives you the option of choosing weeknights or weekends for the homework to be completed. We will alternate between maths homework and reading homework on a weekly basis. In addition to this we ask that children practise their froggy maths sheets and that they read 5 times a week at home for at least 10 minutes. This regular reading makes the biggest difference to children's progress in school and should be prioritised.
Thank you as always for all your support.
Mrs Stead, Mrs Gorry, Madame Morris and Ms Redfern-Pugh