The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Elf Class (Year 1 and 2) 

Autumn Term 2019 

19th September 2019 - Outdoor Learning Day

Today the class took all of our learning outside, we learnt how to make frames from twigs lying around, made woodland wands from the treasures we found in the woods, made paracord bracelets, and built shelters and learnt to tie life saving knots.
















 16th September - Festival of Light Lantern making              

Today we had workshops on making willow and paper lanterns which can be used in the Sittingbourne Festival of light. Once these have dried we will store them until they are sent home. The lantern walk is on the 11th of October at 6:30pm.


A message from Miss Joiner – Term 1

Welcome back to a new school year, we hope you had a wonderful summer. I am looking forward to learning with you this term, and couldn't be happier with my first class! 

We have a TA joining us - Mrs Butcher will be joining us as of Monday 23rd September, every Friday morning and full days on Mondays, Tuesday and Thursdays. 

Our Topic until Christmas (first mention of the word) will be based around the People Who Help Us. We will be discussing who helps us in our day-to-day lives, and who helps everyone in the community. Role playing this in the first week was very fun!

English this term will be looking at traditional tales - everything from the structure, the the characters, and comparing different tales. 

Spellings will be tested on a weekly basis every Thursday. The year 2's are following the ‘No Nonsense’ scheme for spelling, whilst  the year 1's will be set from the official list of high frequency words. This can be found in their spellings books (in their homework folder), in which you will also find their spelling test from the previous week, and their result. It is important for you to see their spellings test, no only to see how much they scored and got on, but to see the progress in their writing, and perhaps spot some writing problems they are having and possibly help them at home. 

There will be a times table set every week for learning or revision, which will be tested every Thursday. 

There will be a piece of either Maths or English homework set each week as well.  This will be set on a Friday and is due back in on Wednesday. Homework will always come back marked. 

 There is also a list of Key recall facts we would expect a Year 1 or 2 to be learning - find it here. 

P.E will be on a Wednesday. Please ensure kit is labelled and present ready for the lesson.  Sport is central to our curriculum, and Andy does a fantastic job of teaching the key skills the children need. Rethea Coles will also be doing dance with us on a Friday, and we will also have Music on Friday afternoons. 

Show & Tell will take place on Wednesdays and Fridays, please do not bring in anything on other days unless told otherwise, as it's more of a distraction than it is an interest. It's more  than fine if they want to bring something in on a Monday and leave it at school until Wednesday, but to avoid possible loss in the to-and-fro, please leave it to Wednesday or Friday. 

The week ahead sheet can be found here: /docs/T1w6.docx


There will be parent meetings at regular intervals and appointments to speak with me or other members of staff on other occasions can be booked through the school office.