Welcome to Willow Class

Everything you need to know about Willow Class

Classroom organisation:

Staff: Miss Menzies is the main class teacher with Mrs Browne teaching every Tuesday morning. Mrs Ebdon is the Learning Support Assistant and will work in class every morning and afternoon.

Level of Work: The children will be following the National Curriculum scheme for Year 2 and this will be differentiated to ensure that all children find their learning stimulating and challenging and supportive at their own individual level.

Seating arrangements: The children will spend short periods on the carpet for whole class teaching, using their whiteboards to ensure active learning. They will be sat in different table groups depending on the task set. There will be opportunities for the children to choose their own seats when working in mixed ability groups.

Rewards: Daily – A behaviour chart in class allows children to get stickers for good behaviour. Children can also earn Good Job Cards for their work and answers, at the end of each week three names will be pulled out and these children can get a prize from the prize box. There is also Mrs Girton’s Sparkly Book for outstanding work.

Weekly - One child will receive the Head Teacher's award, which will be received at each half termly assembly. Each Friday three names will be pulled out from the Good Job card box and can get a prize from the class box.

Behaviour: There are high expectations for achievement and behaviour. The children have written their own class rules and have been given helper roles around the classroom. They will be encouraged to take responsibility for their own actions and to accept the consequences of these actions.  There is a warning system, which follows a clear structure:

  1. Child receives two verbal warnings.
  2. Their name is moved down on the behaviour chart.
  3. They move their name down again.
  4. The child will miss 5 minutes of their break time.
  5. If the behaviour continues they will be sent to Mrs Girton and will be asked to explain why they have been sent.

Water bottles:  These are kept in a tray in the classroom. Please only fill these with water. They can be used during class time but the children are encouraged to use them during breaks.

Fruit: Year 2 are still provided with free fruit each day before break time.

P.E. Days: Tuesday morning - usually outdoor with the sports coach. Thursday morning - usually indoor led by Miss Menzies.

Correct kit: Children can wear a jumper outside for PE but not a coat. Please label all kit. Children will not be allowed to borrow kit from other children. Children without kit may be asked to wear any spare school kit or may be asked to sit out of the lesson. Children need to bring coats in to use at playtimes.

Jewellery: No jewellery including bracelets, earrings or charity bands. Stud earrings only. No earrings on PE days please.

Homework: Spellings or Phonics will be given out each Friday with a weekly spelling test every Friday too. Please ensure your child returns their yellow spelling book to school on a Friday. Please help your child to learn their spellings in different ways, i.e. putting the word into a sentence and playing spelling games. As well as a spelling test the children will also be dictated a sentence using the previous week’s spelling rule or phonics sound, as this will give them an opportunity to apply their learning and consolidate it.

Year 2 will receive maths, guided reading or English homework each week linked to their class work for that week. There will also be the home learning task, which is explained in the curriculum newsletter each term.

Reading books and reading record: Please sign your child’s reading record and mark how many times they have read to you. We can then ensure that your child receives their stickers and certificates! Please try to hear your child read daily and help them to develop their comprehension skills by asking them about what they are reading. This will give them the opportunity to recall and describe events, discuss characters and develop their inference skills. When a reading book needs changing the children have been shown how to do this themselves and will be reminded of times when they can change their own reading books.

Attendance: We have a really full timetable so please try to ensure your child is at school every day full of energy to learn. It is very difficult for us to catch up missed learning and this is a disadvantage to your child’s achievement.

Picking Up: Please can you let me know if your child will be picked up by another adult and whether this is regular or a one-off, this will help when dismissing the children.

Availability:  Please make an appointment with Mrs Allison or Mrs Larcombe in the office and come and see me after school. If you need a longer chat please avoid Tuesdays as I have a staff meeting and Thursdays when I run an after school club. You are always welcome to come to the classroom if you would like to see a class display or your child wants to share some of their work with you.

Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Sarah Menzies