At Primrose Hill we believe that a quality English curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and oracy. A key priority is teaching children to read enabling them to both read for pleasure but also learn, understand and unlock the world around them through comprehension. We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children are engaged and take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and use vocabulary and ideas from reading to enhance their writing. We recognise the valuable contribution parents make to their child’s reading development. Children at Primrose Hill will bring home individual reading books which will be changed in a regular age appropriate way as well as a read aloud at home text. The read aloud at home texts are intended to be shared with your child (either read to your child or with them) to develop their love of reading.
Children in this year group use the Oxford Reading Tree and Songbirds reading scheme. Books within these schemes are pitched at the child's level. The vocabulary within these books support the children to explore new words and encourage them to use this new vocabulary within their writing. The schemes are systematic and children will move through the schemes. We highly encourage children to read their book more than once before changing it. This allows for new vocabulary to be absorbed and fluency of reading to improve. Teachers are continually assessing children within reading to determine when they should move on.
Each child is given a reading day in school. On this day an adult in school will read with your child and their books will be changed. Children will have 2 reading books each week. Please ensure your child has their reading book in school everyday especially their reading book day. If you are uncertain when your child's day is please ask and I can tell you.
All teachers at Primrose Hill highly value the positive contribution that parents make and the support they provide for their child’s education. We are keen to ensure that weekly homework is focused on developing key skills, knowledge and understanding in Reading, Writing and Maths. School has invested heavily in many online learning platforms which you will be familiar with and we are keen to utilise these to support children in their development of key skills. We also acknowledge the importance of children being able to complete their homework independently and recognise that time limitations are a factor for many of our families when completing homework. Children will be set age appropriate online learning tasks weekly by their teacher. If children are unable to complete these at home, provision will be made for them to be completed in school. A half termly Learning Log task will be sent home at the end of each half term which provides the opportunity for children to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of their topic in a creative way
PE kit - Children should wear appropriate shorts and t-shirt for PE. In the colder weather children should wear tracksuit bottoms and a jumper/hoodie as lessons can take place outside weather permitting. Appropriate footwear should be worn at all times; pumps for indoor PE and trainers for outdoor PE.
Y1S have PE this half term on a -
Some of our PE sessions are taught by Leeds Rhino representatives and Aces. These are professional companies who support teachers and children in learning and developing specific skills.
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