Reception & Year 1
Mrs G Watkins
Ladybird Class Teacher
Welcome to Ladybird Class.
Our teacher is Mrs Watkins. Miss Morris and Mr Prichard also help us to reach our full potential.
PE in Ladybird class will be on a Wednesday and Thursday. We kindly ask that children come to school in their PE kit and stay in this for the remainder of the day.
Homework for the reception children will be to do their 'words / sounds I am learning' envelopes and read as often as possible. No additional homework will be set for them.
Homework for the Year 1 children will be in line with Squirrel class to ensure continuity throughout the year group. It will be posted here on our Class Page each Friday. Homework this half term focuses on enthusing our Ladybirds to become keen readers. We are starting the year with our new 'Reading Passport Scheme' and hope to award lots of dojos each week and beat all of the other classes in the school!
Here is an introduction to the scheme, and homework this week is to try and get as many dojos as possible by reading lots. I wonder if anyone will be able to get more than 20 dojos in Ladybird class?
As you know Reading is a life skill and we want to encourage you to read with your child as much as possible. With this in mind, this year we are introducing a ‘Ladybird Class Reading Passport’ scheme, to motivate the children to read at home even more!
Your child will have an Oxford Reading Tree character passport stapled into the front of their reading record, each time they read to an adult at home and it is logged into their reading record, your child will receive a tick on their passport tick sheet (this will be kept in school.) Every 10 reads your child does at home they will move onto the next character on their passport.
For every 10 reads, your child will receive 10 dojos. After 30 reads they will receive a sweet and after 60 reads they will receive a prize from the prize box. After completing their passport (80 reads) they will receive a special prize which will be presented to them in assembly by Mrs Williams.
The staff in school will aim to keep up to date with your child’s reading passport, however if you think your child has read 10 times and needs moving up, please make a member of staff aware either at the beginning or at the end of the day. Please note, it doesn’t matter what is read (school reading book, story, information book, comic, newspaper etc) as long as it is for 5-15 minutes and it is with the child and adult together. The time could also be spent talking about books and stories.
Here are some tips when reading with your child:
- Let him/her hold the book and turn the pages.
- You could read the whole book, your child could read the whole book (only if s/he feels comfortable, can and wants to), or you could take turns reading a page each.
- Make this an enjoyable and fun time, preferably at the same time each night (i.e. just before bed, after dinner, etc.)
- Draw your child’s attention to words on the page and/or individual letters
- If you are focusing on phonic sounds, choose one grapheme as a focus for the evening. Talk about the name of the letters and the sound that they make when used together. Ask your child to find all of the phonic blends you are focusing on within the story.
- To help your child learn a story so s/he develops confidence in his/herself as a reader, read a sentence and have your child repeat after you. With repeated readings, your child will probably memorise the book. Once the book is memorized, ask your child to find individual words such as “at”, “and”, “or” and “but”. This will help your child develop reading readiness skills
The children have been told about the reading passports in class, and are keen to start. Please support your child and enjoy reading together.
Thank you for your support.
Mrs Watkins and the Ladybird Class team