Welcome to Swifts and Skylarks Class!
Year 1 & 2 at Pulloxhill
We are your class teachers, Mrs Reynolds (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning) and Mrs Leaver (Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday) and we would like to tell you a little bit about our class.
Swifts and Skylarks class is a Key Stage 1 class, where children from year 1 and 2 learn together and support each other. We aim to make our classroom an inviting place to be, combining formal learning at our tables with independently driven educational activities. In Swifts & Skylarks class, the year 1 children build upon the foundations made in the Reception class and continue to develop their independence. Year 2 children are super role models to our younger class members.
At school, we plan a range of learning opportunities throughout each term to teach a broad and balanced curriculum in exciting and different ways. These cover the core subjects of English, Maths and Science plus History, Geography, RE, PSHE, Art/DT, Music and PE. You will be able to view our new curriculum map and weekly timetable on the school website at the beginning of September.
Children in Swifts and Skylarks learn and regularly practise a cursive handwriting style to improve the presentation of our work, and to help with our spellings. We use Talking Partners to promote discussion and help and support each other in our learning. Phonics continue to be very important, and we teach phonics regularly using an interactive approach to promote confidence in reading and spelling.
Children read regularly at school in Literacy lessons, Reading & Comprehension lessons, and reading on both an individual and group basis to an adult. Children are encouraged to read at home as regularly as possible. Children have the opportunity to change their book at school on a daily basis.
Our weekly Learning Logs are an opportunity for children to share and discuss the learning they have done at school with family at home. We encourage the children to complete the work themselves with their own pictures, writing and sometimes photographs. Our Learning Log activity is set on a Friday and needs to be returned to school by the following Wednesday. Please do come and speak to Mrs Reynolds or Mrs Leaver if you have any questions regarding the Learning Log activity.
We value the learning that takes place at home as well as here in school and it is important that we work together in partnership to provide the best opportunities for all our children. We love to hear about your child’s achievements at home e.g. awards in sporting activities, clubs etc. so that we can share their successes with their class.
We thank you for the support you give to your child and our school. Please do speak to Mrs Reynolds or Mrs Leaver if you have any queries or questions.
Class Teachers - Mrs Louise Reynolds & Mrs Jo Leaver