Year 1 & 2
Welcome to the Kentmere Academy, Year 1/2 page. As our children move from the Kentmere Academy Early Years into Year 1 and 2, they will begin to experience an increase in academic expectations and support.
At Kentmere Academy we believe in celebrating the success of our pupils at every suitable opportunity, from the smallest to the grandest achievement. We know that positive reinforcement is an important part of each pupil’s personal growth and it is something we are proud to facilitate.
As teachers we are always thrilled when a child or group of children obtain a personal best, do something extraordinary or show great community spirit.
Each week, one child from every class is chosen as Star of the Week – they receive a special badge and certificate in the Celebration Assembly for their outstanding efforts towards excellence.
Children are nominated by staff to be on our special ‘Values and Virtues Tree’. Nominations are for those children demonstrating exceptional kindness, honesty, humility, loyalty, respect, patience, hard work or responsibility. The values and virtues categories were decided by the School Prefects after canvassing opinions from classes.
Attendance at school is paramount. The class with the highest attendance receives £10 which they can use at the end of the year for a class celebration.
The children are awarded merits for good work, good behaviour, effort, achievement or by showing good manners to teachers and their peers.
25 merits – Bronze certificate and badge
50 merits – Silver certificate, badge and a prize from the treasure chest
75 merits – Gold certificate, badge and a book token
Reading Challenge Tree
At Kentmere, we are keen to promote a lifelong love of reading and want to encourage the children in any way we can. We encourage our children to read widely and often; rewarding reading behaviours. This may be for recommending a book to a friend, sharing a book review, trying a different genre, increasing the amount of time spent reading or talking confidently about the books read. Children can receive certificates and badges which are presented in assemblies. They get to add their book magnet to the Reading Challenge Tree in the hall.
All homework is sent out on a Friday. The children will receive Spellings every week which they will be tested on the following Friday.
Every two weeks the children are given Learning Log challenges which should be returned to school the Thursday before the new challenge is due.
Additional English and Maths work will be sent home to practise what they have been doing in class; this will be sent home on alternate weeks to the Learning Log.
In addition, the children are expected to read at home, and have their reading records signed, daily.
See the documents section on this page for reading lists and homework menus.
Please ensure that children come to school with their book bags and reading records daily.
PE kits should remain in school and taken home during the half terms to be cleaned.
Please see our News and Events section for reminders on events taking place.