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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.

In English this spring term, we are learning about fantasy stories as part of our geography theme. Our fictional story is 'Where the wild things are''; a boy called Max who uses his imagination when sent to bed without dinner because he causes so much havoc at home! Children in Fir class will learn about sentence construction, story structure, the difference between fact and fiction and retelling of tales. In our non-fiction lessons, we will explore how to write instructions, specifically focussing on the use of verbs. They will create their own instructions and give them to a friend to follow.

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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