Class Teachers: Mrs Butler & Miss Calvert
Teaching Assistant: Miss Edgar
Welcome to Potter class! We are named after Beatrix Potter, who is a famous British author who wrote and illustrated more than 20 children’s books, including her most famous, ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’. This year we will be reading lots of her books and finding out all about her. She was born on 26th July 1866 and died on 22nd December 1943. As well as being an author, Beatrix Potter was a very keen botanist and sheep farmer. From a young age she was a keen writer and kept a diary which she often wrote in a secret code – this code was not cracked until years after her death! Due to her love of nature and wildlife, in her will she left her estate to the National Trust, this included sixteen farms and over 4000 acres of land. You can now visit her home ‘Hill Top Farm’ in the Lake District.
Peter Rabbit is possibly Beatrix Potter’s most famous character and he will be joining us in our class this year. Each week we will choose a child for him to come home with. Peter will come home with a diary so that you and your child can write all about his adventures while he is staying with you. We are very excited to see what he gets up to each week!
In Potter classroom the tables each have a different names. Sometimes children will be able to choose where they sit and sometimes they will sit at given tables (square, circle, triangle, pentagon, rectangle or hexagon).
This year we will be learning about all kinds of exciting topics, including Amazing Africa, The Gunpowder Plot, Sir Robert Peel, Wild Weather and ‘Children’s Choice’! As part of these topics and to enhance the children’s learning we will have visitors in school and hope to take the class out on a trip later in the year. Visitors in school will include African Drummers, Police Officers and even some animals.
To ensure a smooth transition, for the first half term our afternoons will allow children the opportunity to learn through play as they adapt to the changes in Year 1. As the year progresses and the children settle, there will be less play based learning and more structured lessons.
- We will share your child’s learning with you through the SeeSaw app. This will include videos and photos of work they have done individually and in groups. We will also use this app to communicate any important messages or reminders.
- Children will bring spellings home on Friday ready for a test the following week. Please ensure that you help your child to practise these at home. Each week we will send home their test scores on the new spelling sheet so you can see how they are getting on.
- Reading books will be changed once a week. The books will only be changed if they are read at home and recorded in the Reading Record book.
- Children will also have access to books, matched to their current reading level, on the Bug Club website. Children will have an individual password to access the books which will be allocated to them each half term.
- We would like the children to read as many books in Year 1 as possible and we would encourage you to enjoy reading with your child at home. This can be any form of reading: comics, stories, fact books or even online books at http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk! Please feel free to also comment on these in your child’s Reading Record, we love to hear what you have been reading at home. Remember, each recorded read counts towards the 100 reads award.
- Homework - as well as reading and spelling which takes place weekly, children have a learning journal where they can complete a project of their choice linked to an area of their learning. This is completed once every half term.
- Please ensure that every item of your child’s clothing and their book bag are clearly labelled with their name.
- Class fund would be greatly appreciated if you can continue to send this in with your child each week. These donations go towards extra food items for taste testing or cooking and any consumable extras we need to purchase.
- PE lessons will be on Monday and Wednesday, so please make sure your child has their full PE kit in school on these days. PE Kits can be left in school and only taken home at the end of the half term if you prefer.
We are excited to work with you and your children this year.
Mrs Butler, Miss Calvert and Miss Edgar.