Keeping in contact
There are formal opportunities during the school year to meet with class teachers but as and when issues come to light all Key Stage 1 staff are available, before and after school. Staff love to share snippets of success with those adults who are important to our children so we encourage parents and carers not to be strangers!
If you want to get in touch and don't have time to pop in for a chat, you can contact Miss Thornbery via email: email@example.com
Home learning in Key Stage 1
Children in Key Stage 1 are expected to read little and often at home. We suggest daily for 10-15 mins in Year 1, building to 15-20 mins in Year 2. Many children will want to read more than this!
Whilst children are on the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme they will have three RWI books in their bookbag. They can choose which to read and when. The first book is their current class RWI text. This is the one that they are learning to read accurately and with increasing fluency (re reading the texts supports them to do this well). The second book is their previous class RWI book, this is the book they will be learning to read like a 'story-teller'. The third and final book is a RWI Book Bag Book, a story that is similar in context to their class book and contains the same sounds. Children will only be asked to read books at home that we know they have the knowledge and skills to read successfully. Your role at home is not to teach your child to read but to hear them practise. They'll welcome your praise!
When children progress on to MyBookBlog they should continue to read and blog daily.
Children benefit from hearing stories read to them, at Orgill we encourage families to do this at home as often as they can.
Children in Year 1 will be given a NumBots account. NumBots is an online resource aimed at developing and improving children's fluency of basic number facts. Children work through a series of levels, at their own pace, collecting tokens along the way. We recommend a daily session of about 10 minutes. When children are ready to progress their teacher will create them a Times Tables Rockstar account. This is a similar resource to NumBots that instead focusses on developing and improving children's fluency with multiplication and division facts.