Dear parents, I hope you have all received your child reports. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher or me. I know that already a lot of you have made appointments with the class teachers.

I was lucky enough to be part of a guided reading session in Year 1C earlier this week and I would like to take this opportunity to explain the concept to you. Guided reading takes place over two English lesson sessions where the children are in groups of no more than six students and they will have about 10 to 15 minutes to work on five different activities. The class teacher or teaching assistant will sit with the guided reading group where all the children have the same book and will read in turn or all together. The teacher will have a focus for each group and this may be to see if the children know a certain phoneme within the reading book e.g. ‘oa’ or see if the children can use expression in their reading. All the children will have different targets or a ‘group’ target. While the teacher is reading with the first group the other groups are working independently on handwriting, grammar, free writing or dictionary work. These activities do change from week to week depending on what the teacher has planned. Once the children have completed their guided reading with their teacher, they carousel round to the next activity. This is a very effective method of teaching and ensures all children are heard reading every week.

An Art lesson recently in Year 1 was on t-shirt printing. Through this activity, the children were able to explore paint by mixing two or more colours and learning to paint with different sizes of art paintbrushes. These art lesson plans will inspire students to use their creativity and help them learn to say what cannot be said and enable students to discover the range and variety of what they are capable of feeling with painting.