My name is Mr Slee and I will be teaching the Hungry Caterpillars Year 1 class with support from my teaching assistant Mrs Simpson.
This half term in science we are wondering "What would Beegu make of life on Earth?" We are looking at a story about an alien in guided reading. Based on this, we will be investigating materials and how we could use them to help Beegu live on Earth.
Our topic is "What are different parts of the UK like?" We are learning about the four countries of the UK, and finding out a little about the capital cities, features of the environment and major landmarks in each one.
This term children will have a choice of homework tasks, linked to our science topic, to be handed in on set dates. The children will have an opportunity to share their work with the class, and will receive 5 dojos for handing work in on time.
As well as this, there will be a weekly maths focus, which will be assessed during lesson starters the following week.
You will receive a sheet with details of the homework tasks, or a copy is available in the 'Important Documents' section.
Finally, we would like children to read their reading book to an adult and share stories regularly. We have a reward scheme where children can earn certificates and prizes for reading at home. Children can change their reading books as often as they need to- we have a box in the classroom for reading books to be changed.
Monday 29th April- back to school
Monday 6th May- Bank Holiday (school closed)
Monday 20th May- Scooter Smart
Thursday 23rd May- Last day of half term
Friday 24th May- INSET (school closed to pupils)
Monday 3rd June- school reopens for Summer 2
Class Dojo is the new reward system that we are using at Longmoor. The teachers are able to give out points for a variety of good behaviours around school.
You should have received a code to allow you to see how many points your child has got and what they were for. If you have not got it yet, please let me know and I will arrange for another one to be sent to you.
You can access the website at www.classdojo.com or download the app on Android or Apple phones and tablets.
Our PE days will be Mondays and Wednesdays. Please ensure that children have their indoor and outdoor PE kits in school on these days, and that they have any earrings removed. Thank you.
Phonics Screening Check
In June 2019, all year one children will undertake the national phonics screening check.
To give your children the best possible chance, please do play games with them - there are some useful websites below.
Follow the links below for games that allow children to sound out and read some real and alien (made up) words. Remember to click the back button to return to the Longmoor website.
Reading real and alien words
- click 'free phonics play'
- click phase 5
- Choose game: Buried Treasure, Picnic on Pluto or Dragons Den
- Click phase 5 again.
Games for finding different spellings of sounds
Other fun phonics games
WHISPER - Anonymous Reporting Tool
Sometimes it is really hard to tell an adult if you feel like you are being bullied. That is why we have subscribed to WHISPER. It is an anonymous reporting tool which allows you or your child to report any incidents of bullying and cyber bullying in confidence.
Click on the web link below to fill in a report. It will then be emailed to Miss Hughes (Online Safety Coordinator). Messages are checked as often as possible. In order to resolve issues effectively and promptly, please include your name. This will be kept in the strictest of confidence.
If you have any concerns or worries about your child regarding online safety and would like further advice, please contact Miss Hughes or Mr Lyons, the school's online safety co-ordinators or speak to Mrs Dainty, Headteacher.