Holbeach St Marks Primary School

Cuba

Welcome to Cuba Class!

Bienvenido! We are a Preschool, Reception and Year 1 mixed class. Our teacher is Mr Allcorn and our fabulous team of teaching assistants are Mrs May, Miss Horrox and Miss Williamson.

PE & Forest School

Our P.E. days are on a Wednesday and a Friday, so please make sure that your child comes into school wearing their blue school hoodie and PE kit, which is suitable for outdoors (including appropriate footwear). Long hair must be tied back and all jewellery, including earrings, must be removed. Wednesday PE sessions will focus on Forest School where children will enhance their physical development skills, co-operation skills and well-being.

Reading

Reading is extremely important so please listen to your child read as often as you can! Children on RWI will bring 2 RWI books home. The paper book will be the storybook they are reading in their RWI sessions. The second book is a story that is linked to one of the books they have read in their RWI sessions. These books will be changed every 3 or 5 days depending on their RWI group. It is important for children to re-read stories. Not only does this help with their fluency but also enables them to develop a stronger understanding of the story. Each time they read their RWI books, please write in their reading records to say they have read at home. Children do not have to read both books in one night – just let us know which page they have read up to and the books will be sent home again.

Each time your child brings in their signed reading record they will receive a raffle ticket for our class raffle and will be in with a chance of receiving a prize at the end of the term. Children that read 3 times or more each week will also get extra play time on a Friday afternoon.

Please make sure reading books are returned to school. If your child loses their reading record or books, then please let us know so we can send new one’s home.

Phonics

We use the RWI phonics scheme. Please follow the link to see more information and some key terminology.

https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/

Drawing Club

The children will explore the fantastic story-telling journey of Drawing Club daily. The children will be able to explore high quality vocabulary and illustrate their imaginative ideas onto paper. The children can create their own stories focusing on the character, the setting and the plot. Children will then use their illustrations and key words to write out their stories on the 6th day embedding their taught ‘hold a sentence’ from the RWI scheme.

Maths

Pupils in Cuba class will have daily sessions of Mastery Number just after lunch time. The children have access to a TT Rockstars station where they can practice and repeat their 2-, 5- and 10-times tables. Further teaching of Maths is incorporated into our high-quality environment where children can use taught skills and knowledge to further deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts. Both Reception and Year 1 children also have a weekly mathematical challenge to ensure the whole curriculum is being taught.

Topic and Learning Focus

Our topic for this term is ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside’. We will be learning about trips to the seaside from the past, the 4 seas that surround the UK & NI, weaving seascape scenes with different media and designing and making boats that float in water. We will also be organising a beach themed day at Holbeach St Mark’s School where Finland Class (Gedney Drove End School) will be joining us.

Tapestry

The children’s profiles are on tapestry, and you can load observations from home to complement our classroom observations. It is great to see the children succeeding in both environments.

Finally, if you should need to contact us, please do so on cuba@griffinfederation.co.uk or by making an appointment at the school office. We will endeavour to get back to your enquiries as soon as possible and help in any way possible. In addition, please keep checking the school’s website and Facebook page as often updates are posted there.