Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning with Ms Barnett

Hello families and welcome to the first instalment of our Teaching and Learning newsletter update.


This week, we are business as usual in the area of teaching and learning, following our routines and rituals that support learners' in our classrooms. I know that teachers and students are busy preparing for our Student Led Conferences that will take place this Friday. As educators, this is a wonderful celebration of learning and a great opportunity for our students to showcase what they are most proud of, how they have overcome challenges and what their next steps will be to be successful. If you haven’t already booked a time, please do this through Sentral. We hope that you are as impressed with your children as we are!


After our Information Afternoon last term we received feedback from parents in regards to the ‘Teesdale Way’ and how best to support our children reading at home. We have put together a ‘cheat sheet’ for parents that will support our school approach, the language that we use and some of the strategies we employ in the classroom. The wonderful thing about our ‘cheat sheet’ is that our students will be able to support parents in dots and dashes, graphemes and phonemes. Syllable lines in our phoneme frames are a new addition that we are implementing to support the spelling of multisyllabic (long) words!  If you would like a ‘cheat sheet’ for your fridge, please ask teachers for a copy at our Student Led Conferences this Friday.


With a month of winter still to come, it is worth mentioning how Teesdale Primary School can support families if they find themselves isolating at home for a week. If a student is absent for an illness, we expect children to be resting and taking time to improve their health. If children are feeling well, but are unable to attend due to current health guidelines, we recommend the following;


Junior Students (Foundation & Years One and Two)

  • Home reading - books from home or books sent home from school which can be found in the take home satchel
  • Writing about the books they read
  • Math games and activities involving dice and cards

Senior Students (Years Three to Six)

  • Access class texts on Google Classroom
  • Class slides for literacy activities on Google Classroom
  • Essential Assessment Individual Learning Plans

Take care and stay safe,

Catherine Barnett