Hello, I'm Mr Bashford (the class teacher) and our wonderful teaching assistant is Mrs Treloar!
We are here to support your children and make them flourish in all areas of their learning. If there is anything you are worried about at home or want us to help you with then please just ask us on the door, or if you want any more help then I will meet with you after school.
We look forward to having a brilliant year with you all!
The STAR of the week is... Alfie H! Well done for all of your brilliant maths work and challenges.
As always, my door is always open should you wish to discuss your child's learning!
The children will bring home their home reading books every day. Please encourage your child to read to you for five or ten minutes every night. Regular reading can make a tremendous difference to their confidence and attainment in class.
Each week the children are set 10 spellings to learn. These are based on the National Curriculum expectations, common exception words for Year 1 and 2, and spelling patterns that we have been focusing on.
The children also have Read Write Inc every day. In these sessions they learn all of their phonetic sounds needed to read, and they also learn the spelling patterns and use these to phonetically spell words. We call this 'Fred Talk' out loud so that they can hear the sounds that are in words.
The children are encouraged to learn their 2, 5 and 10 times tables by the time they leave Year 2. They do 'Times Table Flying' tests each week and this tests their fluency of being able to answer a series of questions in a set amount of time. We have named each 'station' a different country name. For example, The United Kingdom is for 2 and 10 times tables, France is 2 and 5 Times tables, Spain is 3 and 5 times tables, etc.
We have specific lessons teaching them how multiplication works and is useful and relevant in their daily lives. The children love being able to fly to a new country and we have had great success with this method in the school. We will continue to focus on their fluency of times tables, especially with the new Year 4 test for times tables being statutory from next year.
If you would like any blank times table sheets, then please just ask and we will get some sent home with your child.