King Eider overview
King Eider is our Year 3 and Year 4 class for children aged between 7 and 9, led by Miss Kirkby with the support of TA Miss Blewitt. This class builds on the transition from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2, a blended class approach which means that children are not restricted by age, and our focus is on ability within the core areas of reading, writing and maths.Your child will be carefully assessed before being assigned to a Home Table for guided reading and Creative curriculum activities, and separate work tables for English, and for Maths. This ensures that they are always working with appropriate peers for each lesson. We tailor activities, exercises and worksheets, so that they not only reinforce class teaching, but offer the right level of challenge for each child. Continuous assessment is an essential part of this process, and on a day to day basis teaching staff check understanding, and set targets for your child’s progress.
Rewards and incentives
We have 2 key incentive schemes:
- Merit points
- The Happy face/Sad face behaviour chart
Particularly good work or good behaviour is rewarded through individual merit points, which the children collect to achieve merit certificates. Children in Harlequin and King Eider receive a certificate every 25 merits, and the certificates represent precious stones or metals: 25 merits=Topaz, 50 merits=Emerald up to a top award of Platinum. For every 100 merits, children are able to pick a prize off our prize table. Each week a Class Star is chosen for our achievement assembly, Teacher Awards and Headteacher Awards are also given out by teachers; children will receive a certificate in assembly on Friday and their parents are invited to come along and see their amazing work.
Positive behaviour is encouraged through a Happy face/Sad face chart, and at the end of each week children on the Happy face are able to enjoy Reward time and have the opportunity to take part in a special chosen activity on Friday.
We have a number of learning programmes to motivate and inspire the children as they progress through the school. Our Maths passport takes them on a journey around the world, enabling children to work on targeted maths goals at their own level. Writing is assessed through children's class work in their English book. There is a Teacher Assessment Framework (TAF) in the back of each pupil's book which teachers regularly sign off to say which skills have been met by pupils. At the end of each term, Cornerstones Maths, Grammar, Reading and Spelling tests are carried out - these will assign pupils an 'age' that they are working at.
We encourage our children to become independent thinkers and learners, giving them the opportunity to explore and discover information for themselves, using self selected resources and their preferred learning style. Rather than setting a specific piece of topic homework, every other week, we provide the children with a homework sheet containing a wide array of interesting activities based on the Creative curriculum topic for that term. These activities are carefully designed to develop Maths, English, Science, Art and ICT skills, within the context of the topic. Each week your child can select which homework activity they would like to do, and respond appropriately, producing a written piece, artwork, model, chart, or even a Powerpoint presentation. As a guideline we would expect the children to spend a minimum of 30 minutes responding to the homework exercise they have chosen. Topic homework is alternated with Maths homework every other week, Maths homework is based on what we have been doing in class that week.
Your child will have a school reading book selected from our collections, and the opportunity to change their book up to twice a week. During the week children will read one to one with a teacher or adult helper, and staff will record reading progress, confidence and comprehension in their reading record, signing off to confirm when a book has been finished and it is time for a new title to be chosen. The reading record also enables you to record your child’s home reading, and we would encourage you to listen to your child read as often as you can, and ask questions to check their understanding and develop their vocabulary. This in turn supports the development of reading and writing skills in the classroom. The Keyrings reading assessment questions contain lots of ideas to help you check that your child has understood what they have read: