Class 3 - Mrs Slater
Mrs Slater teaches children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.
At the end of Year 2, all children are assessed using National Standards Tests (SATs). These inform teacher assessments which are reported to parents.
Our Early-Years classroom is spacious and purpose-built, has a well-equipped outdoor learning area and the up-to-date technology that is common to all of our classrooms.
Every day there are opportunities for play and more direct learning. Children are provided with activities that enable them to explore, investigate and practise emerging skills.
We predominantly use the Oxford Reading Tree and Read, Write Inc schemes alongside the Letters and Sounds phonics programme.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) lasts until the end of Reception year. At the end of the year, your child's teacher decides to what extent they have met the 'Early Learning Goals'.
The ELG identify key skills that children should demonstrate by the end of Reception. Children who have not met some or all of these will continue to work on these aspects in Year One.
Below is a link to the Hungry Little Minds website which gives some examples of fun activities you could be doing at home with your child to practise skills they learn in school.
It is important that children settle quickly and look forward to school. Children who have been offered a place in school make several visits to meet everyone and get to know new faces - by the time they start, they will know their teacher, teaching assistant, will know where to go and will have made some new friends!
Starting school is a big step and you may have lots of questions. We will invite you to attend an induction meeting in the summer term to discuss arrangements and answer any of your queries.
TIPS FOR STARTING SCHOOL:
- Do be positive
- Do be matter-of-fact
- Talk to your child about school and give them plenty of time to get used to the idea
- Please don't use school as a threat when children behave badly!
- Try to get your child into a routine for getting up and ready in plenty of time in the morning. Children do not like to be late and a stressful start is not the best for parents or child!
- Ensure your child gets plenty of sleep - establishing a bedtime routine will help. Bedrooms are for sleeping - TVs, DVDs and computer games are best placed out of children's bedrooms
- Teach your child to ask for the toilet and ensure that they can manage their personal hygiene
It is normal to be apprehensive about your child starting school but try not to put your anxieties onto your child. If you do have a niggling worry, no matter how silly you think it sounds, please tell us!
Reading in Class 3...
"The more you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go." Dr Seuss
In Class 3 we love to read! We have the opportunity to enjoy a story, share a book with a friend and read every day in our cosy corner.
Below is a list of recommended reads:
Here are some useful websites to help with reading and phonics:
Writing in Class 3...
"You can make anything by writing." C. S Lewis
In Class 3, we find lots of exciting and engaging opportunities to develop our passion for writing.
Maths in Class 3...
"It's fine to work on any problem, so long as it generates interesting mathematics along the way- even if you don't solve it at the end of the day."- Andrew Wiles
In Class 3, we aim to provide our children with a curriculum which develops their mathematical skills to their full potential and inspires a love and appreciation of the world of mathematics.
Here are some useful websites to help with maths at home:
Science in Class 3...
"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries is not 'Eureka!', but 'That's funny...'" - Issac Asimov
We aim to ignite children's curiosity and to help develop their skills, knowledge and attitudes about the world in which we live, by presenting science experiences which are in a practical and relevant context.