19th September 2019
I hope children are settling into the daily routine of school and the earlier starts are not becoming too challenging! We’ve been doing some baseline assessments in class at the moment, including reading miscues and cold tasks. Due to this, homework has not been set yet and will commence next week.
Our class text is Private Peaceful, as you’ll know already. I’ve asked pupils to read the next chapter over the weekend so it’s ready for our lesson on Monday. Children will also be given the opportunity to have a book from the library of their choice and they will also be provided with one which is banded. All children will be on a book banding. There will no longer be ‘free readers’ on this format, but they will obviously be able to take out texts of their choice from the school library. So, in short, they’ll be a library book (pupil choice), book banded text (pupil choice, ability assessed by teacher) and a class text (one everyone is reading). That’s three in total! We will be providing the class text and they’ll be no need to buy them in future. I have numbered books and it is important that children take care of them and don’t spill squash or get pasta sauce all over them when they are being transported around! Reflections should be kept in the blue Reading Log and I will be checking these on a half-termly basis. There are also challenges which pupils must complete during the half-term and they are stuck in the front of the log.
Please come and see me at the end of the day, at any point during the coming weeks, if you have any questions regarding this.
We are lucky to have a SCITT joining us officially from 30th September 2019 and they’re beginning their training as a teacher in the primary sector. Mrs Johnson will be working with our class throughout the rest of this term and will be back later in 2020. Mrs Johnson has been in the classroom this week and has got to meet the children. This will no doubt assist in her delivery of lessons as we go through the coming weeks.
Please check us out on Twitter @holbrookprimar1 or on our class page on the website. I’ll be loading homework content and also including pictures of what we’ve been doing in class.
Please come and see me directly if you have any questions. I will be out on duty on Thursday and Friday mornings. I will also be available at 3:30pm when I’m dismissing the class.