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Welcome to Fir Class Page where you will find information about what we are enjoying in our learning. In Fir Class we have specialist Phonics, English and Maths lessons for deaf pupils.

All learners take part in daily Phonics sessions, matched to their individual needs. Some learners are identifying the sounds around them in daily life, others are beginning to recongise the sounds found in speech. The 'Read, Write, Inc' curriculum is taught once learners are confident in their listening skills.

This term, we are learning about homes and transportation as part of our history theme. Our fictional story is 'Meerkat Mail'; a little meerkat who is fed up of where he lives so goes on a travelling adventure, sending postcards back home to his family. Children in Fir class will learn about text layout, purpose and drafting. In our non-fiction lessons, we are exploring four different modes of transportation; cars, helicopters, submarines and rockets. Children will learn the difference between facts and opinions, information retrieval from texts and specific text features found on information posters. They will create their own factual transportation books and a comparative poster of two modes of transport.

We have recently adopted the Rainbow Grammar system to demonstrate sentence construction, especially when translating British Sign Language into English. If you would like more information about this, please see Mrs Hayes.

In Maths, we will cover many topics which are incredibly useful for the children's everyday lives; money, time, days of the week, months of the year, capacity and length. In addition, we have a strong focus on mathematical fluency, with daily quick-fire number drills. Fir Class particularly enjoy BBC Supermovers in the morning. The link can be found here.... https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/supermovers/42612496

How can you help? Parents and carers can really help their child by sharing a book every night and recording this in their school journal. When children read regularly at home, they are rewarded with better progress in their literacy. Every Monday, we check how many times the children have read at home and all efforts are rewarded with a sticker of the child's own choice and a certificate presented in assembly.

We also have a spelling test every Monday. New spellings are provided in both written English and BSL widgets. Full marks are also rewarded with a certificate and a choice from the treat box.

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