Meet the Teacher: Mrs Bracke
My name is Mrs Bracke and I am the teacher in Osprey Class.
For those of you who don't know me I have 4 children and have been involved with Chacombe Primary since my eldest started in 2004. During those years I have been a member of the PTA, taught the piano and, all be it very nervously, accompanied for the school summer productions. Prior to becoming a TA I was a school governor for 8 years.
I have worked as a TA at Chacombe Primary School since 2014 in Foundation Stage, and have also taught maths and english intervention groups with Key Stage 2 during this time. I am absolutely thrilled to now be teacher in year 1 and 2.
Prior to life with children I studied Chemistry at University - a very different world but very enjoyable. Consequently, one of my favourite lessons is science along with maths, and music (always love the opportunity to burst into song as I am sure the children will tell you!?)
Outside of school I love anything to do with music and theatre. As a family we love to be outside, so spend any spare time we have walking, cycling or getting away for a country break!
My door is always open, so please feel free to come and speak to me whenever you need to.
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Layout of classroom
Our classroom is divided into different areas – reading and writing area, maths area, small world, micro junk modelling and the outside area. All resources are available to the children around the class. Our main aim in Osprey is to encourage the children to become independent learners - they select resources they need and decide how they will carry out the task themselves. Also, we are encouraging social skills and interaction whilst working in different groups and moving round the classroom.
There is a lot to remember in the mornings, but the children quickly grasp the routine of what to do and where to put things and we would love them to do this independently. By now, they can all come into the classroom on their own and even if some take a little longer than others, we still try to leave them to it and let them sort themselves out on their own.
During lessons, the teacher and teaching assistant have a small, focussed group working with them and the rest of the class have an independent activity to work on or are free to choose an area to work at. All the independent activities and challenges are linked to work from that week or reinforce prior learning.
Structure of the day
this has changed since last year. – day begins at 8.50am and the children come into the classroom and sit in their morning places to begin their morning work straight away. This is always a short activity which could be based on phonics or spellings for the week, maths questions or creative thinking. At 9.00am it is phonics followed by mental maths until 9.50am when there is a 10 minute break. English is then until a second break at 10.50-11.00am. Then it is maths until lunch at 12.00pm. During the afternoon we focus on science and computing and our foundation subjects – history/geography, music, art, DT, PSHE, and P.E.
we will always do our best to hear children read but sadly with the number of children in the class and all the work we have to get through it is often just not possible.If anyone has any spare hours and can offer to help to listen to the children read, it would really be appreciated!
Generally, we think that the children can keep a book for a week, but if they have read it through lots of times and are confident with the vocabulary and can talk about the story with you, then we can change them at any day during the week. We don’t have a set time to change books, so I ask the children to put their book on my chair in the morning if they need to change it – I will ask every morning to check.
Reading Knights: If your child is heard read 5 times or more in a week and you have recorded it in their reading diary on each day, they will receive a sticker to put on their reading rainforest. Once they have 5 stickers they receive a certificate in assembly. The certificates are graded as they move through them.
Star learner of the week
will continue as it was last year. In Osprey there will also be ‘Knight/Knightess of the week!’ I will give this to the child who has tried their best throughout the week at having a go at all of the optional writing tasks around the classroom. They will then have the knights tunic on their chair for the week.
Children have a list of spellings each week. We will test year 1 and year 2 children on Monday morning. Please try to practise the spellings as regularly as reading – daily hopefully.
Handwriting and Presentation
This year we are still having a big push on handwriting and presentation. We are following the same policy school-wide. Children are encouraged at all times to concentrate on the formation of their letters – starting at the right point, going the right way with their pencil etc and we are also encouraging them to have pride in their work and ensure their presentation is always of a high standard. They are practising writing the date and underlining it carefully in all their books.
Later this year we will be sending home times tables for year 2 children to practise at home. They will not be tested on them yet, but we practise them all the time in our maths lessons. Children in year 1 will still be learning times tables, but in a simpler format i.e. counting in 2s, counting in 5s or counting in 10s.
All the children in year 1 should have brought their ‘Learning Journey’ home at the end of last term. In there, it details where they were in relation to all the different areas of learning and so I use this as a starting point for this term and then set them targets of where I would like them to be by the end of the year. I ensure that these are realistic, but also want them to be pushed as far as possible and to make sufficient progress.
In the same way, I look at where all the children in year 2 finished at the end of last term and set targets in the same way for all subjects.
house points. The children are all in houses – same as siblings – and they all begin the week with 10 house points. They can gain a house point by working hard, behaving well, showing good manners etc and at the end of the week all house points are added up and the winning house is awarded the trophy in assembly.
House points also contribute to golden time. This is last thing on a Friday afternoon.
All children start on silver. If a child has earned 5 extra house points they move to gold. If they have lost 5 house points they move to bronze and any more they have no golden time.
will take place twice a week – this term it will be – indoor gym/dance on a Tuesday and outdoor games on a Friday. As we work using a flexible timetable these days may change sometimes so can children please have their PE kits with them all week.
Children only need shorts and t-shirts for dance and gym as bare feet is best. Warm trousers, jumper and plimsolls or old trainers for outside games. As the weather gets colder and wetter, we will still try to get outside as much as possible for games so it may be safer for the children to have old trainers which will have more grip than plimsolls.
Bringing things into school
There is no time in our school day for showing anything from home, so I ask you to make sure your child does not bring in any toys or things to show. The only exception is if it is directly linked to our topic work and would help with our learning. Thank you.