Although the children in Class R are new to school, we do expect to set the tone for the rest of their stay at Charlton School. With this in mind high standards of behaviour and a responsible attitude towards work are encouraged and rewarded. Children are expected to gradually be able to sit still and listen for increasingly lengthening times. Stickers and certificates are given for effort and excellence.
1. We have kind hands and feet
2. We speak kind words
3. We always tell the truth
4. We keep our classroom tidy
5. We walk in school
6. We listen to our teachers
In the infant department a system of rewarding good behaviour is in place. Each child in the class has a clothes peg with their name written on it. This peg is clipped onto a ‘sunshine’ – if a child keeps all of the class rules they stay on the sunshine. If they break one of the rules their peg moved from the sunshine onto the ‘sad cloud’! Once on the cloud a child can move back onto the sunshine by proving they can keep the class rules the next day. If they are super they can go on the star for the day. They also can complete a sticker chart and earn a reward.
In this school year reception class will be covering several topics including Myself, Food and Celebrations, Favourite stories, Animals and Journeys. Teaching and learning in Class R is extremely practical and hands on. Information about the reception curriculum can be found in the classroom. The Term 6 Topic Web will be available at the start of the term.
Initially the children take home books without words to read. Please take this opportunity to talk about the book with your child, discuss the pictures and ask the children questions about what is happening in the story. All these activities are vital in developing the comprehension skills required to make a good reader. The reading scheme books will be gradually introduced and will be changed once a week according to the group your child is in.
At this stage of a child’s development it is still very important that children are allowed to play. A great amount of learning and socialising is done through both structured and free play. Please bear this in mind when your child says s/he has played all day!
“Play is a child’s work and the means whereby he grows and develops.”
The first half term will be devoted to settling the children into school and adjusting to new routines. During this time assessment will be carried out.
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: Miss C Hooper