Thursday, 9 February 2017

Updates and Reminders

We will be visiting the school library on Tuesdays from now on. Each week, please return any borrowed books in time for your child to take a new one when they visit. 

Spelling words will being coming home from now on. These are recorded in your child's pink book and kept in their book bag. These words are personal to your child and taken directly from the Essential Words List assessment. Every child is different, as are the time pressures on families at home and the willingness of different children to engaging in learning tasks outside of school. With this in mind, please use these lists in a way that suits your child and family. There is no time limit on the how long your child has to learn them.They will also be using these same words in activities during their reading time at school. I will check their words weekly and amend their list accordingly when they know how to spell a word/ words. They can move at their own pace. If you are looking for a way to help your child remember their spelling words you could try out one of the following ideas: 

Guided Reading will begin next week. Because there can be a little shift after the summer (forwards and backwards), we will take this week to make any minor adjustments to groupings. Please bare with me as I find the best fit for your child. We will be using a workshop model for reading this year. This involves children working in groups for different purposes. While they will often read with children of a like reading level, they may also be grouped for different needs at times. For example I may run a workshop on reading with expression and invite a selection of readers who would benefit from more work in this area. This way the children get more targeted teaching to their specific needs. 

Reminder: Our swimming days are Tuesday's and Thursdays. Today it was announced that our Vertical Learning Community also has the option to use the water slide or swimming pool during lunch time on Fridays. If your child would like to participate, please send their swimsuits on Fridays also. 
Have a wonderful weekend!

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