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Welcome to Derwent Class

Year 1 and 2


Welcome to Derwent!



Teachers in our class are:

Mrs Beaumont– Class Teacher
Miss Housley– Assistant Teacher/HLTA

In our class we encourage the children to be independent learners. We have a carousel of activities for the children to complete following whole class inputs. We learn through the Wider Curriculum with different key questions throughout the year to challenge thinking.

On a Monday we have a carousel where we will have the following activities:
PE with Mr Jeff, Music with Mrs Beaumont and French with Mrs Ruddle.
Please could you make sure your child has their PE kit in school on Monday ready for the week.

Children will take part in guided reading sessions daily and the children work with an adult or independently reading their books and completing independent tasks using skills of inference, prediction, retrieval, vocabulary and sequencing. All children in Years 1 and 2 have access to Reading Eggs which supports reading at home and in school.
Children are given individual reading books to take home which are changed once a week which children should be able to access independently developing fluency. Guided reading books which are matched to their phonic level, are also sent home over the weekend which are aimed to challenge the children with their reading having been read in school. The children enjoy taking part in the 5 times reader challenge where they are asked to read 5 times a week at home. Parents are asked to sign in their child’s planner after reading at home, if the children read at home 5 times a week then they are rewarded with extra playtime on a Friday. Children who have not managed the 5 times will have the opportunity to then stay in with a teacher to read for 15 minutes.

Phonics is taught daily to all children who will have lots of opportunities to play phonic games, practise spellings as well as consolidate learning of phonics in their daily writing and reading challenges.

Children are encouraged to read at least 5 times a week for 10 minutes each time. The expectation for Year 1 children in maths is to be able to count in multiples of 2’s, 5’s and tens and in Year 2 counting in 3’s as well. The children have access to Number Gym and TT Rockstars which supports this learning at home and this will support their learning in school.
Weekly spellings are also sent home on a Monday afternoon and tested on the following Monday morning.