Learning and Loving it
Conrad Road, Witham, Essex CM8 2SD
01376 516 025
Welcome to Lowry Class, where our creativity drives us on like our namesake L.S. Lowry.
In Lowry Class, we still learn through play and by being active but we have more carpet time than we did last year. We also spend more time working at our tables. We play and learn in our outdoor learning area in all conditions, so please make sure that your child have appropriate clothing for the weather. Your child will need a coat, hat and gloves etc in the winter and a sun hat and suncream in the summer.
Our door opens at 8.40am, and children need to be in class by 8.45 am for the register. Learning begins immediately so please help your child to be punctual.
We send a reading book home every night in your book bag. Please ensure that this comes back into school every day. It is important that your child reads every night to an adult. Each stage of your reading journey is important. By hearing your child read at home, you are helping them towards their Elmer Awards. Each child in Lowry Class has a high frequency word (HFW) keyring that is theirs to keep at home throughout the year to practise those tricky words that can not be sounded out.
We have PE lessons on Thursdays, so please make sure your child has a full named indoor and outdoor PE kit in school at all times. Earrings must be removed for PE, and long hair must be tied back. Staff are not permitted to remove earrings for a child, or put them in.
Your child will need to bring a healthy drink to school daily. Please make sure that their drink bottle is named, as well as all their clothing and any snack pot or lunch box. All children will receive a piece of free fruit for snack but may bring an alternative piece of fruit. Please make sure any grapes are sliced in half lengthways.
Like all classes, we have a Growth Mindset board to encourage us with our learning, and a Recognition Board where your name is written if you have shown the particular skill looked for that week. We encourage a Growth Mindset throughout the school to foster an attitude of perseverance.
At home time, we will only allow you or an agreed adult to collect your child. If someone else is picking up your child, please inform an adult or the school office.
Children will be given various homework tasks to complete that support the learning from class that week. Please remind your child to complete their homework, which they should be able to do independently. Homework will be set on a Friday, to be handed in the following Thursday. Daily reading also forms an important part of your child's homework as well as regular practise of the HFW keyrings.
Children in Year 1 sit a Phonics Screening set by the Government in early June. We try to ensure that children are unaware that they are sitting an assessment so that they do not become worried. Please note that no leave will be authorised for this time. If you have any questions do not hesitate to come and speak to Mrs Apthorp.
Our Class Teacher is Mrs Apthorp. She is supported in class by Mrs Adams and Mrs Leader.
Our Topics for the Year
Autumn 1 - All about Me
Autumn 2 - All Year Long
Spring 1 - Great Explorers
Spring 2 - Growing Gardens
Summer 1 - Marvellous Mini-Beasts
Summer 2 - Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside