Welcome to Cherry Class


All About Cherry Class

Classroom organisation:

Staff: Miss Whitcombe is the main class teacher. Miss Raymond is the Teacher Assistant in the mornings. Mrs Munford works in Cherry Class on Monday and Tuesday afternoons and Mrs Berry is with Cherry Class Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons.

Level of Work: The children will be following the National Curriculum Scheme for Year 1 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, and 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.

Behaviour: There are high expectations for achievement and behaviour.  The children have written their own class agreement. We have a weather behaviour chart within the classroom and children will move their own named along the weather depending on behaviour. If a child’s name is on Thunder and Lightning then Mrs Girton is informed and some playtime will be missed. If a child’s name is on the rainbow they will share their excellent work with Mrs Girton and receive a special prize.  We will celebrate good behaviour with housepoints which will be shared during our celebration assembly.

Water bottles:  Please provide your child with a water bottle, these will be kept in a tray in the classroom.  Please fill these with only water. 

Snack: Year 1 are provided with fruit each day before break time. If you wish to pay for your child to have milk please speak to Mrs Allison in the office for more details.

P.E. Days: Wednesday afternoon with Miss Darch and Friday morning with Miss Whitcombe.

Correct kit: All children should bring blue shorts, red t-shirts, white socks, daps or trainers for PE. Children can wear a jumper outside but not a coat. Please label all kit. Children without kit may be asked to wear any spare and available school kit.

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

Homework: All home work will be given on a Friday and should be handed in on Friday of the following week. Spellings will be given out each Friday with a weekly spelling test every Friday . Please ensure your child returns their spelling sheet to school on Friday. Please help your child to learn their spellings in different ways, ie 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 spellings, as this will give them an opportunity to apply their spellings and consolidate them.

Children will receive numeracy 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.

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 sticker and certificate!  Please try to hear your child read daily and help them to develop their comprehension skills by asking them about the text they are reading. This will give them the opportunity to recall and describe events, discuss characters and develop their inference skills. 

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 the office 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 let Mrs Allison or Mrs Larcombe in the office know if you wish to meet with me. If you need a longer chat please avoid Tuesdays as I have a staff meeting.   You are always welcome to come to the class if you would like to see a class display or your child wants to share some of their work with you.

Topics: Please see the long curriculum for more detail.

Autumn 1 - Pirates

Autumn 2 - Space

Spring 1 - Fire of London

Spring 2 - Kingdom of Animals

Summer 1 - Lighthouse Keeper

Summer 2 - What's in your Garden

Thank you for your support

Miss Whitcombe