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'Through Faith, Love, Kindness and Respect our Saint John's family will flourish and grow.'

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YR/Y1 - Butterfly Class

Through faith, love, kindness and respect our St John's family will flourish and grow.

 

Welcome to Butterfly Class

Our Teacher is Miss White

 

Teacher Email: whitm579@mastacademy.co.uk 

 

We are a mixed aged class of Year R and Year 1 children.

 

Our Learning

 

  • In Foundation Stage we use the EYFS Development Matters curriculum to plan our learning and we base our child led learning on the children's interests. 

 

  • https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1007446/6.7534_DfE_Development_Matters_Report_and_illustrations_web__2_.pdf

 

  • In Year 1 we use the National Curriculum and the programmes of study to plan our learning.
  • We use the Cornerstones Curriculum to plan out themes.  Through this we learn lots of exciting subjects, such as Geography, History, Design Technology and Art.
  • We learn to read and write using the Read, Write, Inc. phonics programme.
  • Literacy is very important to us and reading and writing are school priorities. We love sharing and talking about stories and using our phonic knowledge to help us to read stories. We enjoy mark making in Year R and this is the where the magic of becoming a writer begins.  In Year 1 we build upon the skills learnt in Foundation Stage and use those skills to become more independent writers. 
  • Mathematics is also important to us, we enjoy learning about number and also enjoy exploring shape, space and measure.  We use practical resources to help us develop mathematical concepts, such as addition and subtraction.  Again we build on the skills developed in Foundation Stage in Year 1.
  • In RE we use 'Understanding Christianity', a Religious Education programme from the Rochester Diocese. You can find more information on the R.E. page. 
  • Our PE is taught by a specialist from the Howard Schools Partnership.

 

Theme

 

Our themes are taken from the Cornerstones Curriculum. 

This term Butterfly Class theme is 'Bright Lights, Big City'.  

 

In the Bright Lights, Big City project, your child will learn the story of a local landmark. They will learn about the countries that make up the United Kingdom, including their location, capital cities and some of their physical and human features. They will have the opportunity to do map work, using compasses and positional and directional language to plan routes around London. They will research the cause and impact of the Great Fire of London and look at some famous London landmarks. They will learn about other capital cities around the world, including Kuala Lumpur, and compare how they are similar and different to London.

 

The children will be given a knowledge organiser to support their learning at home. 

P.E

 

  • P.E is taught on a Monday afternoon
  • Please ensure that the children bring their P.E kit to school on this day.  The children will then be encouraged to work on their independence skills in getting themselves change into their P.E kit.  They will then bring their school uniform home with them at the end of the day.  If you receive an item of clothing home that does not belong to your child, please return to school the next day. 
  • Please ensure that all clothing is named, as this will make it easier for the children to check they have their own belongings.
  • Please ensure that all jewellery is taken off at home and that long hair is tied back.

 

Golden Rules

 

In Butterfly Class we follow the Golden Rules.  These Golden Rules are reflective of our school values and vision.  We always try our best to stick to these rules and are praised and rewarded if we do. 

We enjoy having our positive behaviour recognised and are excited every week to find out if we are in the school praise book! smiley

 

 

We show love and play nicely with everybody in our school family

We speak with kindness at all times

We show respect by listening well

We have faith and work hard so that tricky things get easier for us

 

Challenge

 

All children enjoy being given the opportunity to challenge themselves.  We encourage the children to do so in most lessons, by providing them with challenges to enable them to push themselves that little bit more.  Challenges come in many different forms, from extra 'challenge' tasks, to asking them challenging questions.  

The children are proud of themselves when they achieve their challenges and seeing the pride in their faces is rewarding for us as teachers! smiley

 

Challenge will also be included in homework.

Homework

 

All children will be provided with a homework book, which they will need to bring to school with them every Thursday,so as new homework tasks can be set and given back out on the Friday.  

 

Year R

Weekly

  • The sounds that have been learnt that week will be sent home to practice
  • A piece of literacy or maths homework will be sent home

 

Year 1

Daily

  • Reading books will be sent home - children are expected to read their school book every day and practice reading the Year 1 common exception words (that can be found inside their homework books

Weekly

  • Some children may receive the sounds that have been learnt that week to practice
  • A piece of literacy or maths homework will be sent home

 

Please try and encourage the children to complete their homework.  If you need any support with homework, please come and speak to me.

 

 

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