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Waymakers: Years 1/2

 

 

Welcome to Waymakers Class!

Waymakers class is taught by Miss Matthews and is made up of year 1 and 2 children. 

Miss Matthews

Learning Environment

In Waymakers class we provide an engaging, safe and welcoming learning environment. Children have opportunities to learn inside and outside the classroom. They have regular trips to Footscray Meadows for outdoor learning to enhance what has taken place inside the classroom. 

Outdoor Learning
Maths Knowledge Wall
English Knowledge Wall
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Prayer Space

Our classroom has a prayer space. This is a calm and quiet area where children can read the Bible, have refection time or write a prayer to God. The 'Bible Stories' display has some lovely artwork and recounts focused around the story of Jesus calming the storm. 

Reading Corner

Waymakers reading corner is an inviting space that has been created to promote a love and passion for reading. All book genres are clearly labelled and we have a box of 'Miss Matthews favourites', where they can explore and read my favourite picture books. Our reading display is updated every half-term with our core texts. The children have a timetabled slot every week to visit the school library to encourage their love of reading.

Reading Corner 
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Story review prompts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phonics

Now the children are in key stage 1, they follow the National Curriculum. A major focus of the key stage 1 curriculum is developing children's reading skills using a programme of Phonics. We use the Little Wandle scheme to support this. In June 2023, the year 1 will complete a Phonics test which is set by the Government. There will be a parent workshop later in the year regarding this. 

Phonics resources for parents:

https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/resources/for-parents/

 

KS1 SATs

Children in Year 2 will take the National Curriculum tests in English and mathematics. The tests are a tool for teachers to help them measure your child’s performance and identify their needs as they move into key stage 2.

The tests can be taken any time during May and they are not strictly timed. Pupils may not even know they are taking them as many teachers will incorporate them into everyday classroom activities. 

There will be a parent workshop later in the academic year with more details about the KS1 SATs.

Parent information about KS1 SATs:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/792059/Information_for_parents_-_2019_national_curriculum_tests_at_the_end_of_key_stages_1_and_2.pdf