We hope you have had a lovely summer. We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming the children back and can already see they are trying their best to adapt to being back in school again! We reward children in a consistent manner, and celebrate every achievement made. We do expect children to be ‘the best that they can be.’
Homework will be given on a regular basis, it will be given on a Friday and needs to be returned by no later than the following Thursday. Homework will be one piece of either English or maths – and they should all be able to complete these independently. Please support your child in this crucial part of their learning.
Children will be provided with spellings to learn; it is essential the children try to learn these the best they can, and return back to spellings previously learnt to ensure they remember them. Children will not be tested on their spellings weekly, as research suggests this does not help retention. We are sending spellings home in order for children to develop their knowledge and application of spellings and we will routinely refer to these in class and have class spelling bees too!
Reading is very important to us. We aim for children to become readers for life, where they enjoy reading, and read for pleasure. We ask that your child reads at home at least three times a week in order to improve their comprehension and understanding. Children will be rewarded for their reading on their chart in their home school diary. Once they have achieved 20 reads in a half-term, they will receive a book.
When it comes to times tables, speed AND accuracy are important - the more facts your child remembers, the easier it is for them to do harder calculations. Times Tables Rock Stars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help pupils master their times tables. You can access Times Tables Rock Stars at home on any internet device. Your child has a letter in their home school diary with more details - including their username and password.
Children must wear their PE kits on a Monday. This needs to be something practical for PE, for example: jogging bottoms, leggings, hoody, jumper etc. We will be outdoors as much as possible for PE, so please ensure your child will be warm enough. Please can we also ask for all earrings to be removed prior to school on a Monday and for all long hair to be tied back.
Timetable - We will follow a routine timetable, as much as possible. Sometimes lessons run over/take longer than originally anticipated, and therefore afternoons are subject to change.
We are looking forward to this year and we appreciate the support from you as your child continues their learning journey at Long Row!
Miss Hollett and Mrs Carnelly