There are ten rules of reading – “Read, read, read … “
Reading is the foundation of all your child’s education. We spend a great deal of time in KS1 learning to read and spell sounds and reading together. We listen to stories and examine texts daily and we rely on parents supporting this work at home by hearing children read each night and signing the contact book. Spelling will also be sent home weekly for children to practice with you as these will form their spelling tests each week.
Children should be heard to read each night. Please sign the contact book and remind your children to put this in the box when they come in each morning.
Children will also be given an opportunity to borrow a book from the class library each week. Do share these books with your child and pass on any comments you may have about his or her progress through their reading record. Help children to learn to read by –
- Making a special, quiet and regular time each day to read together.
- Be patient and let children work out words for themselves – by sounding out letters, predicting from the sentence so far or by looking at the pictures.
- Discussing the book as you go along and showing an interest in its content. Perhaps your child would like to read another book about a similar subject or by the same author.
The children will write in pencil on the line and with a very sharp pencil. They are being taught to join up letters and will be writing cursively by the time that they leave Class 2. They are encouraged to practice handwriting at home. Copying out a paragraph/sentence from their reading book each night is good practice. A class mascot will be sent home each Friday with one child. The mascot has a book that can be written in by your child of all the events and activities they have been involved in each weekend/holiday.
Spelling tests happen each Friday. A list will be sent home in their book bag. Please help your child to learn spellings each night as it is a vital part of their language development.
You can help your child at maths by counting everyday objects regularly, going up to 100, beyond and back again. Encourage your child to tell the time with you, add up items on your shopping bill and use the correct coins. Read labels to find the weight of things and let them weigh your fruit and veg. Try to use metric measurements whenever possible. Formal methods of recording are not so important as having a secure understanding of numbers to 100. They will be receiving a ‘my maths’ password for an online maths homework website which will support their learning.
If you need to speak to the class teacher about any aspect of your child’s schooling, please do not hesitate to make an appointment after school.
Class Teacher: Mrs N Barnes firstname.lastname@example.org