Welcome to St Marys class page
Class teacher: Miss E Doran
Teaching Assistant: Mrs A Ingram
At All Saints, we teach a creative curriculum which is taught through termly themes. In KS1, English and all foundation subjects (history, geography, art and DT) are taught through our themes. Each theme begins with a super starter activity and ends with a fantastic finisher. This could be dressing up, going on a trip, solving crimes or even a medieval banquet! The children love this way of learning and are brilliant at finding out lots of extra facts and information about the theme at home. Maths, RE, PE, Computing and French are taught discretely.
St Marys class are expected to follow the School’s Golden rules at all times and are encouraged and rewarded for being ‘green to go’.
The Golden Rules are:
If, after a reminder, a child continues to break a rule, their name will be moved on our class traffic lights. Each colour (yellow, orange and red) has a number of possible consequences, such as loss of play time.
If a child has to move their name, they given the opportunity to earn their way back to green by sticking to the golden rules and showing “green to go” behaviour. If, at lunch time and home time, all of the children in the class are “green to go” they earn a gold star. Each term, the children choose a treat and a number of stars to work towards. In term 1, St Marys chose to earn 20 stars and their chosen treat was a pyjama party with hot chocolate, marshmallows and whipped cream! Children are rewarded individually with stickers and raffle tickets. Raffle tickets are placed into the class box and a draw is done at the end of each day. Winners are able to take a prize from the class treasure chest!
Children are expected to read and practise spellings and times tables every day. Flash cards can be a really fun and engaging way to learn times tables, especially on the go. If you would like a set printed just let Miss Doran know! When children have read, please scribble a signature and/or comment in their contact book so that they move up the class reading ladder. Children are set one piece of homework on a Friday (alternating between maths and literacy each week). This piece of homework should take roughly 20 minutes and children do not need to spend longer than this unless they wish to! If this is the case, just send in a short note explaining that your child spent 20 minutes on the task.
St Marys class love a challenge! We know that when we see a challenge it is a chance to get even better at whatever it is we are learning. Children are given challenges during every lesson and on the end of every piece of homework. Homework challenges are optional but we encourage children to complete them. The children can voluntarily enter the weekly chocolate challenge for the chance to week a small bar of a chocolate. They are also given the chance to enter the termly curriculum challenge for the chance to win a reward. Some members of the class have also been invited to be a part of the maths masters homework club which is sent out each week in addition to the usual homework. A winner is chosen each week and given a rosette and a trophy to have on their desk until the following week.
PE takes place on a Monday. Please ensure your child has a full PE in school on this day. Sometimes we will be in the hall and sometimes we will be outside so please ensure your children have suitable clothing. Children will need jogging bottoms if we are outside. Children must be able to take out their ear rings before the lesson and are responsible for looking after these. If your child is unable to remove their ear rings, they must come to school with tape on their ears or you can show your child how to apply the tape themselves before the lesson.
One of our core priorities as a school this year is promoting writing in all areas of the curriculum. Children will be given at least one designated writing session each week in order to develop this skill and their ability to write for long periods of time. This can be helped at home by encouraging your child to write as often as they can. This could be stories, poems, songs… anything that interests them and encourages them to pick up a pencil!
Challenge is another core priority at our school this year. Children are encouraged to complete homework challenges and to complete termly curriculum challenges.
Supporting learning at home
Where possible, we encourage children to learn at home through everyday experiences. Linking family days out to our theme is a brilliant way to do this and children love coming into school and telling the class what they’ve learnt.