St Mary's CE Primary School

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The remote learning for term 3 is now available via Teams. Please log on to your child's account to view the term's remote learning grid and access the assignments. We only expect your child to complete home learning if they are well enough to do so.

Windmill Class 

 
5.1.21
Dear Windmill children and parents
I hope that you and your families are all well. What a shame that we are not able to be together in school.  I was so looking forward to seeing you all again and hearing your news and I'm sure that you couldn't wait to see your friends. I know it isn't the same but there will be an opportunity for us to have a group circle-time on TEAMs so you can share your news.
The grown-ups were all in school on Monday getting things ready to welcome you back but sadly that isn't possible. Now we have a new challenge facing us and I'm sure we will all do our very best to make a success of learning together online.  The grown-ups in school have been working out how we are going to continue to do our very best learning online and we have to understand that we all have a lot to learn so we need to be patient and help each other with problems that arise.
Mrs Chapman and I will do our very best to keep the wonderful class community spirit that we have in Windmill going and there will be times when we  can all meet together on Teams, times for smaller groups and some individual meetings for reading as well.  We will also be able to have a treat sometimes- a game of bingo perhaps, we should be able to manage that!
I will be working at home and Mrs Chapman will be in school each morning with the KS1 children who are in the key worker bubble. Your parents will be able to email me during school hours with any questions and receive a quick reply.  I loved getting messages and updates from children during the last lockdown so do send me an email if you would like to.
You should all have access to Teams with your personal login but if you have forgotten your password you can reset that yourself, for any other problems with logging in please contact the school office . Each morning on Teams, there will be a welcome time and an introduction to the day's learning- hopefully all will become clear once we start. There are different lessons for Year 2 and Year 3 and you will be invited to join Teams meetings with your year group.
The remote learning grid for each year group is available from today (Tuesday).  Start with the first lesson for each subject even though it is not Monday. The maths and some of the other lessons have worksheets or other resources to go with them. If you do not have a printer you can write the answers on paper- that will be fine. 
As I said we all have new challenges with learning online and there will be difficulties to manage, we can only do our best. We will need to have some routines and rules that we follow just as we do in class when we are learning on line and I will share these on our Learning page.  Do check the website for updates. I will send a text when I add something new to remind you to look. Meanwhile, look after yourselves and look out for your TEAMs meeting notifications.
See you soon
Mrs Ball
 
 
 

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Our school value this term is...

courage.

 

Reading  

Please read with your child for a short time five times each week and sign and date the reading diary. It is so important that we are able to keep track of the amount of reading your child is doing and if the book isn't signed we don't know if they have read or not or if the reading book needs to be changed.  There will be an acknowledgement when children read regularly and frequently and this will be celebrated in class. Remember that all kinds of reading counts, for example, reading a couple of pages of a favourite book at bedtime or reading from a children's website such as CBBC and  remember the different genres including poems, encyclopedia, comics and so on, any kind of reading counts and can be recorded in the reading diary.  A class reading challenge will be on our class Learning page soon and the activities on it will also count towards the five times weekly reading when they are recorded in the reading diary.

Your child's reading book and diary need to be in school everyday and should be kept in their bookbag in their drawer so it is available should we wish to read with them individually.  Reading diaries will be checked on Friday mornings and books changed if they have been completed.  If your child needs a new book before Friday, please let us know by writing a message in the reading diary and asking your child to put it in the pink box in the conservatory.

In class your child will read to an adult each week as  part of a guided reading group. In class, we share books and poems at least twice each day and this is something that we all enjoy. 

Spellings will be given on a Friday and there will be a low stakes check in on Thursdays. Spellings for the whole term will be available on our Learning page.  There will be daily phonics/spelling lessons in class to learn new spelling patterns and rules. 

Maths

It is so important for children to be fluent with number facts, including number bonds and times tables facts.  There are many ways to practise number facts and information of how and what to practise can be found on our Learning page.

 

 

 

Just2easy is a safe place online where your children can access a suite of ICT apps. Each child has their own login details and can save any learning they do into their own virtual folder. If you have any problems logging in please email me and I will send you the information you need. 

Click this link to start exploring J2e.

Oxford Owl is a great resource with lots of free ebooks. We have a class login which I can let you have but it is easy to create your own free account if you'd like to start reading straight away.

Click this link for Oxford Owl