At Canterbury Primary, the classes are all named after famous people. We take our name from the singer songwriter, Freddie Mercury. Mercury class is one of two St Nicholas satellite classes, based within Canterbury Primary school. It provides for the younger children from the two class and has children from both KS1 and KS2. The lessons are differentiated from the national curriculum and have a practical play based structure. Children are learning to develop the foundations needed for learning across all subjects. There is a focus on speech and language skills, developing and extending sentences and using this in conversation; developing first reading and writing skills, and, the foundations of maths concepts. Child initiated play and adult led tasks, are alternated throughout the day, to promote motivation and concentration. The children are developing their personal independence and their social skills with support, as we work together to play and learn.


Welcome to Mercury Class

If your child is due to start with me in Mercury Class in September, I would like to say welcome. 

As you will know Mercury class is a St Nicholas Satellite Class based at Canterbury Primary School City View Franklyn Rd Canterbury CT2 8PT.
Mercury class follow the curriculum, teaching style and policies of St Nicholas School. We also follow St Nicholas term dates including training days. Please look on St Nicholas website for all information and use the St Nicholas phone number and reception for all contact. 
School dinners are provided from the Canterbury Primary kitchen but are booked and payed for via St Nicholas SimsPay not Canterbury Primary. This year we have eaten dinner in our classroom but I hope that in September we will be going over to the school hall to eat. We do promote healthy eating and I ask that children bring in fruit to share with the whole class for snack time: such as a bag of apples. This helps snack time be a social event and encourages everyone to try different foods. Lots of the children bring in a drinks bottles which we fill with water and we encourage drinking throughout the day. Cups and water is always available.

Our day starts at 9 am, just slightly staggered from Canterbury Primary to reduce the number of people dropping off at the same time, and we finish at 2.45 pm for the same reason. If your child travels on transport; you will need to inform the company of the change in satellite base and these times. Parents are asked not to park in the carpark as it gets very busy with children being dropped off at the nursery. We meet the children/carers at the school gate.

The children can wear Canterbury Primary uniform and the link to this is on our parent/carer webpage. Alternatively, you can choose purple uniform tops and dark bottoms from any uniform supplier. The most important thing in Mercury class is for your child to be comfortable. Their clothes should enable them to learn independence in dressing. 

Your child will need a PE kit - shorts/joggers, T-shirt and trainers in school every day. They will also need waterproof trousers, wellies and a coat in school every day as we do a lot of outdoor learning in all weathers. I do not have any spare clothes so if your child might need them please send them in. 

This year playtime has been spent in a bubble with Hawking class, the KS2 St Nicholas class based next door. Hopefully from September, we will be able to mix with the main school on the playground with supervision and support from our own staff. I know playtime can be an anxious time for our children and please be reassured that we will be there to support them as needed. 

Mercury class timetable term 3

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

9.00

Reading

Fine motor activities

 

Reading

fine motor activities

Change for PE

Reading

Fine motor activities

Change for PE

Reading

fine motor activities

Change for PE

Reading

Fine motor activities

Change for PE

9.30

Hello

Hello

Hello

Hello

Hello

9.45

Bus trip

Maths

Maths

Maths

Maths

10.15

 

PE

 

PE

 

PE

 

PE

 

10.30

 

Dress / Snack

 

Dress / Snack

 

Dress / Snack

 

Dress / Snack

 

11.00

 

Playtime

Playtime

Playtime

Playtime

11.20

 

English

Phase 2 teaching

Phase 3 workbook

English

Phase 2 teaching

Phase 3 workbook

English

Phase 2 teaching

Phase 3 workbook

English

Phase 2 teaching

Phase 3 workbook

11.45

 

Lunch time

Lunch time

Lunch time

Lunch time

12.15

 

English

Phase 2 workbook Phase 3 teaching

English

Phase 2 workbook

Phase 3 teaching

English

Phase 2 workbook

Phase 3 teaching

English

Phase 2 workbook

Phase 3 teaching

12.30

 

Playtime

Playtime

Playtime

Playtime

13.30

Return to school

World Studies

Science

Art

Friends

14.15

!4.30

Choosing time

Story

Choosing time

Story

Choosing time

Story

Choosing time

Story

Choosing time

Story

14.45

Home time

Home time

Home time

Home time

Home time

 

Term 3 News.

The topic for term 3 and 4 topic is ‘People who help us’. We have already though about how our families help us, and made a model house. We look forward to sharing lots of books about the different people and talk about our own experiences of who we have met and how they have helped us. We are going to be building up our very own town with the vehicles to match, out of recycling as we think about our community and all the different jobs people do.

We are hoping to get out of school on a Monday to explore our local community. I have booked us a school packed lunch for each Monday for those who have school dinners. We may decide to eat this in class but it offers us flexibility. Please send in a packed lunch on a Monday if your child prefers home packed lunch. We are planning to go into town to visit the library, the museum, the pet shop and the lifeboat station at Whitstable.

Thank you to all of you who send in fruit for snack times. This is continuing to go well and the children are eating healthily and broadening their diet The children all enjoyed sharing a watermelon last week. Please continue to send in bags of apples, oranges, bananas, grapes, raisins or an occasional treat is always enjoyed. 

We continue to do PE daily so please ensure PE kits are in school and their wellies in case they are needed for our trip. Changing for PE is a great way to practice independent dressing skills and they are all developing their independence. 

My aim is to make class learning practical and fun, and I hope that pupils enjoy practicing their learning at home. Your child’s home learning Maths games can be found, by logging onto www.activelearnprimary.co.uk and entering your child’s individual user name and password, with the school code: dskt.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to me about anything, please contact me on h.nicholson@stns.org.uk

Helen Nicholson
Mercury Class Teacher

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