Welcome to Swifts!
I am so pleased to be Swifts class teacher this year and am excited to get to know all of the lovely children.
It is very helpful if you could read with your child regularly, ideally each day, and comment in their yellow reading record. Please ensure their book bag is in school each day. Their ‘green sticker’ book is phonically decodable linked to their progress through the phases of phonics and is their reading group’s focus text for the week. It is read across the week to promote fluency, expression and comprehension. They also have other books that they have chosen to read for pleasure which you can also share with your child at home. These books are not directly linked to our phonics scheme so might be trickier or easier, depending on you child's choice. They are there to promote reading for pleasure.
As children start to complete phonics phases, they will use our school library more, choosing books according to their Accelerated Reader level (rather than their phonics level) and will be able to take quizzes on their reading. I am happy to discuss this further as and when your child reaches that stage.
In the front of the children’s yellow reading record book is your child’s Lexia login. This is a reading website that helps develop their understanding of phonics and spelling rules to aid their reading and writing. The children use this at school but can also access it at home.
Lots of practice around number bonds to 10 and 20 will be very helpful to build strong foundations in their maths knowledge and understanding.
When we start to look at times tables, your child will receive a login for Tackling Tables (www.tacklingtables.co.uk) and they can access this at home to develop their knowledge.
Some children will also have a Mathseeds account (details inside their reading record) and can use this platform in school and at home to consolidate and develop their mathematical knowledge and understanding.
Science, History and Geography
Please refer to the knowledge organisers on Swift’s class page on the school website to know what is being covered. This will also help you to chat to your child about what they are learning in class.