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Welcome to Osprey
Mrs Jackie Bracke
My name is Mrs Bracke and I have been the teacher in Osprey Class for the last 6 years.
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.
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.
This will take place twice a week – this term it will be outdoor on a Thursday and indoor on a Tuesday. 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 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 is vital that the children have warm tracksuit bottoms and a hoody top to wear. For girls wearing tights, please remember to pop a pair of socks in as well.
Children will be given a list of 10 spellings to learn each week. Their spellings come from the new Year 1 and 2 curriculum list. They need to practise them as often as possible at home, using as many different methods as possible - these could include the look, cover, write and check method, writing them out lots of times, saying them out loud, focusing on 1 each day etc. They will have new spellings to learn each week and it would also be great if they could practise any that they got incorrect in the test the week before. I hope you will be able to encourage your children to practise their spellings. We will test year 1 and year 2 children every Monday morning. Please try to practise the spellings as regularly as reading – daily hopefully.
It is vital that your child reads regularly at home, We will always do our best to hear children read, but sadly with the number of children in the class and all the learning we have to get through, it is often just not possible. If you feel your child's book needs changing please ask them to put it on my chair first thing in the morning.
Reading Castle Quest: If your child is heard to read 5 times or more in a week at home please ensure you have recorded it in their reading diary on each occasion. They will then receive a sticker to put on their reading world and a housepoint. Once they have 5 stickers they receive a certificate in celebration assembly.
Phonics: This is taught daily following the 'Jolly Phonics' Scheme. We learn phonics as pure sounds ssss not s-uh. If you are unsure how each sounds should be pronounced you can check here Jolly Phonics sounds.
There are many other ideas and games available online to support your child with this at home.
Times Tables: These are used discretely daily in the maths lessons within the operations being taught. From Easter, Year 2 children will receive their times tables books to practise at home starting with their 10 times table. They will then be tested every Monday like their spellings and will need to get them all correct two consecutive weeks running in order to move on to the next one.
Children in year 1 will not be tested but will still be learning times tables in a simpler format i.e. counting in 2s, counting in 5s or counting in 10s forwards and backwards in class.