Swifts

Welcome to Swifts' class page!
Teacher:
Miss Fitzgerald
 
cfitzgerald@bramingham.net
 
Teaching Assistant:
Mrs. O'Neill
Class Information
PE Days: 
 
Wednesday - Indoor PE.
Friday - Outdoor PE.
 
Please make sure that your child has his or her PE kit in school on these days; we suggest leaving PE kits in school all week in case of any changes.  Kit consists of shorts and t-shirts for indoor but also something warmer for when they go outside, ensuring they have trainers too.  Girls must also have long hair tied up and either remove earrings at home or bring in tape to cover them at school.
 
It is important that all kit is named, as it helps us to return any lost items of clothing to their rightful owners.  Thank you.
 

Homework:


Reading is a real priority at Bramingham Primary School.  We suggest that you hear your child as often as you are able to, building in opportunities for question time and discussion - understanding is everything!  At Bramingham, we have a Star Reader scheme.  In order for your child to be a Star Reader, he or she will need to read a minimum of three times per week.  There will need to be at least three dated entries in your child's Reading Record.  Reading Records will be collected and checked each Monday.  Please note that your child may read any book to qualify for this award, not just the school reading book.  Reading books may be changed on any day - just put it into the reading box.  We would suggest keeping each book for a minimum of two days in order to maximise learning opportunities.

 Brain Builders are set every other Friday and are due in ten days later, which allows two weekends. Brain Builders will involve a stimulating activity that you can complete with your child.  This activity will support your child with his or her learning in class.  We are looking for effort and creativity on these tasks.  Once completed, please return the book to your Miss Fitzgerald. 

 Word Walls will also be set regularly.  These are a selection of words that your child must read to you every day.  If your child reads the word correctly, please dot the word.  If he or she does not read it correctly, please leave it blank.  We will be doing this in school too, except we will tick instead.  Please ensure that the book is in school every day.

 DoodleMaths is a superb online resource that has been proven to improve a child's maths skills and confidence level.  We have seen incredible results with those children who play regularly!   Little and often is the best model; 5-10 minutes a few times a week is perfect.  Although your child may ask for help, please do not help them on DoodleMaths.  The app is designed to tailor the difficulty level of questions, according to how your child is doing.  

 

English
National Writing Expectations for the end of Year 1
 
 
Please find the national writing expectations for the end of Year 1.  These are the aspects of English that we will be working on throughout the year.
 
 
 
 
Year 1 and 2 Common Exception Words
 
 
This is a list of words that is outlined in the National Curriculum as tricky words to be learned by the end of Year 1 and 2.  Your child should be able to read and spell these words by the end of the year.  It is also important that he or she can use them correctly in sentences.
 
 
Maths
Please find below some useful resources and websites that you can use to support your child with maths.
 
Our New Topic
 
Excitingly, our new topic is 'People Who Help Us'!
 
In English, we are reading 'Nurse Clementine'.  We will be learning a text based on this.  We will then work on writing our own 'Helping' stories.
 
In science, we will be looking at the seasons and weather patterns.  We will be learning to identify and describe the seasons and the kinds of weather conditions that they can bring.
 
In DT, we will be studying puppets.  We will be looking at different kinds of puppets, from marionettes to finger puppets.  We will then design, make and evaluate our own puppets.  
 
We are looking forward to getting into this super new topic!
 
 
 
 
Our Previous Topic
 
Our last topic was 'Toys'!
 
In English, we were reading 'Kipper's Toybox'.  We learned a text based on this.  We then wrote our own 'Finding' stories.
 
In science, we looked at materials.  We learned to identify and name materials and their properties.  
 
In history, we studied old and new toys.  It was fascinating to discover what kinds of toys children played with 100 years ago!