Children will be dropped off at their allocated entrance, where they will be greeted by their teacher. If there are any issues that the teacher needs to be made aware of, parents can communicate with the member of staff on the gate or the class email address.
How you can help: If your child is anxious about being dropped off, encourage them to find a friend they can stay with until it’s time to go into the classroom.
In KS2, children are expected to be more independent when working in groups. This involves a whole raft of new skills, such as listening to each other, explaining ideas clearly, taking turns, helping others, allowing everyone to contribute, and pulling the group’s ideas together into the end product.
How you can help: Look for opportunities to practise group work at home, such as baking a cake together, with one person reading the recipe and the other weighing out the ingredients, or collaborating with siblings or friends on making a LEGO model.
In KS2, children will be expected to read at home everyday for at least 20 minutes. In addition to this, children will also have their own login for TT Rockstars (for help with times tables), Reading Plus (to improve reading skills) and Spelling Frame (to help learn their spellings). Three times a year, children will be given a topic home learning task, where they will need to research and present their findings.
How you can help: Support your child by listening to them read and encouraging them to have a regular allotted time to complete home learning.
In KS2, play is generally more independent; they will have the opportunity to play and socialise with children in year 3 only (and depending on Covid restrictions, only their class bubble). There will be a range of activities led by mid-day supervisors and play equipment for the children to play on. They will also have the opportunity to go outside for a well-being walk in the afternoon.
How you can help: Each class has two Playground Heroes the children can approach if they are struggling to play or are having difficulties on the playground. The Playground Heroes will listen and offer advice on the problems.
Children in KS2 are expected to take more responsibility for organising themselves, for example by remembering to bring their reading books, PE kit and Forest School kit to school on the relevant days. It is also important that children's kit is clearly labelled, so they are able to keep it organised.
How you can help: Get your child into the habit of unpacking and repacking their school bag themself the evening before.
- Tying your shoelaces;
- Tying your tie;
- Telling the time;
- Using a knife and fork;
- Changing independently, including undoing your top button;
- Drawing straight lines with a ruler.