My name is Mr Slee and I will be teaching the Whales Year 1 class with support from my teaching assistant Mrs Simpson. I love the outdoors and have recently been on Forest Schools training, so I am looking forward to developing our outside area and using it to bring lessons to life.
On Monday afternoons and all day Friday, the class will be taught by Mr Bunhejee.
This half term in science we are asking the question "What would Beegu think of life on planet Earth?" and in geography we will be wondering "What can we find out about different areas of the UK?". We will compare different areas and find out what is special about each country. We will also learn about famous landmarks and how to use maps.
We had a fantastic outdoor learning day on Wednesday 19th May. We tackled an obstacle course, made crowns and pictures from natural objects. We also made our own shelters and tested them against the 'heavy rain', thankfully we managed to stay dry when the real rain came!
We designed and made our own healthy, tasty, portable snack for the teddy bears to take on their picnic. We thought about which foods are healthy and easy to take on a picnic, and decided to make kebabs with a range of different fruits on them. When we did our taste test, some fruits were more popular than others! After we made our kebabs, we got to evaluate them by eating and deciding how well they fit the design brief.
This term children will have a choice of homework tasks, linked to our topics, 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, and children will bring home spellings based on their book in Read, Write, Inc.
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 7th June
Tuesday 8th June
Week beginning Monday 21st June
Thursday 24th June
Week beginning Monday 28th June
Tuesday 29th June and Thursday 1st July
Tuesday 6th July
Monday 19th July
Last day of term
Thursday 22nd July
Class Dojo is the 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 can also use it to contact your child's teacher.
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 Tuesday and Friday. Please ensure that children have their indoor and outdoor PE kits in school on these days, and that they have hair tied back and any earrings removed. Thank you.
Phonics Screening Check
Although the children will not be undertaking the phonics check this academic year, they will undertake the national phonics screening check in Year 2.
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.
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.