Delaunay Class Letter – 9th September 2016

 

Dear Parents/ Carers,

 

Welcome to Year 1, Delaunay Class! We’ve had a fantastic start to the term and I have been very impressed by how quickly the children have adapted to the new routines and expectations of Year 1. Well done Delaunay Class!

 

Delaunay Class are taught by Lauren on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesdays Lauren works out of class, therefore Delaunay Class are taught by Suzanne, the Key Stage 1 coordinator, every Wednesday.

 

What’s different in Year 1?

At the beginning of the day, when the bell goes, please help your child to line up in front of our classroom door. Children are expected to come into the classroom independently, hang up their books bags and put their belongings on their pegs.

 

The children now have set break times:

Morning Break: 10:30am – 10:50am

Lunch: 12:10pm – 1:30pm

Afternoon Break: 2:30pm – 2:50pm

 

Currently we are using the same structure as reception; the children carry out learning activities in small groups with the class teacher and also have time to ‘explore the classroom’. In October we will slowly transition into whole class teaching and the children will be expected to complete activities at their tables with increasing independence.

 

Year 1 attend whole school assemblies at 3:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

 

Reward Systems:

We will continue to give out happygrams for excellent effort and achievement in class. When a child has received 15 happygrams they will be invited for tea (juice) and cake with Marianne or Suzanne. Please save up your happygrams and inform me when you have collected 15.

 

In class the children receive line points for beautiful sitting and listening on the carpet. At the end of each week, the line with the most points will receive a small reward.

 

We also work together as a class to earn fruits for our fruit bowl. When we have collected 15 fruits, the class get to choose a reward e.g. popcorn party or picnic in Stationers Park.

Strike System:

In Year 1 we introduce the whole school behaviour management system. If a child is not following instructions, being disruptive or is off task they will be issued a verbal warning and be put on Strike 1. We hope this will allow children to reflect and adapt their behavior quickly. If a child continues to re-offend they will be placed on Strike 2 and be sent to the office with a pink slip. If a child’s behavior is of serious concern (e.g. hurting another child, damaging school property) or they continue to re-offend within a session they will be placed on a Strike 3 and sent to Marianne, Sophie or Nicola to discuss the incident. In any case of a Strike 3 offence a letter will be sent home to inform parents.

 

The strike board is wiped clean at each break time so children enter the classroom with a new start.

 

Homework:

Each Friday I will be giving out homework in the children’s homework books. Please support your child with these home-learning tasks over the weekend. Homework is due each Tuesday, so please remind your child to have their homework book ready to put in the homework box on a Tuesday morning.

 

Each week children will have a book to read at home, weekly sounds or tricky words to learn and a maths or topic task. Homework will begin next week.

 

This week I have read with each child and a new book has been placed in your child’s book bag. Please read with your child over the weekend.

 

Roald Dahl Week

This coming Tuesday 13th September would have been Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday.  We will be celebrating the work of one of the world’s greatest children’s storytellers in school but would also like your child to bring a piece of work in from home.  By Tuesday 13th, please could your child either draw or write a description of their favourite Roald Dahl character.  This should be no larger than A4 and should have their name and class clearly written on the reverse

 

P.E:

Our P.E days are Mondays and Wednesdays. From Year 1 it is compulsory for children to wear the Weston Park P.E kit. Please purchase a P.E kit from the office and ensure your child’s P.E. kit is named and in school on our P.E. days.

 

Snacks and Water Bottles:

There is a water fountain in the playground however please ensure your child comes to school with a fresh bottle of water each day for in the classroom. Children are offered a selection of fresh fruit at each break time so don’t require extra snacks to be brought in. They are then in the lunch hall for 12.10pm.

 

The children in Delaunay class love model making. We would be grateful if you were able to send in anything that could be used for junk modeling with your child, such as boxes, cylinders, plastic, bottle tops, fabrics etc.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Lauren