In Ash class (Years 1 and 2), our teacher is Mrs Massey who is looking forward to a more settled third year teaching in this class! We are also lucky to have Mrs Parsons and Mrs McMahon in our class too.
In English we use high quality non-fiction and narrative texts to learn more about our topics. We learn new vocabulary and connect features of grammar to different genres before creating our own writing based on what we have learnt together. Sometimes we perform or publish what we have written to share it with a wider audience.
We enjoy lots of stories together, and teach Read Write Inc. phonics to learn speed sounds and to practice reading in groups to become fluent readers. We then use stories and poems for guided reading to practice inference and deduction skills to really unpick and understand the texts. We also enjoy an end of the day story or short chapter book as our novel to enjoy together.
In Maths we work in small groups to secure fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills. We use differentiated chilli challenges to ensure that we practice all these skills at the right level. We have a daily CLIC Maths session with our year group where we practice number bonds, times tables, calculation and revisit facts from previous years to keep them fresh no matter what our current Maths lesson topic might be. We assess children’s progress in Maths through CLIC sessions on the kindles to check these key number facts using targeted, personalised questions.
In the afternoons we explore our topic more through wider curriculum challenges across Willow and Ash classrooms and record this in our topic journals. PE and PSHE are also lessons we teach in the afternoons, including on a Tuesday afternoon when Mrs Massey and Mrs Costello have planning time together. Our classroom has a reading area, DT area, construction, journal/writing station, calm corner, board games, kindles and maths resources which we can access when we are not working in a focus group with an adult.
We are a class full of busy, happy learners!
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