Dosbarth Pine

My name is Theresa Thomas, and I am the teacher in Pine class; years three and four. I live in the Wrexham area and I am married to Phil and have two daughters, Ffion and Megan. I enjoy gardening and baking.

I have been teaching for 21 years and have taught for nearly 17 years in Chirk. I am supported by Mrs Ellie Cartwright in the morning sessions, Monday to Thursday. Mrs Cartwright also covers my PPA time on Monday afternoons. On Friday morning I will be supported by Mrs. Kath Hoskisson-Craven. Miss Jude Arthur also supports me in class during the morning sessions, Monday to Friday.

Our topic for the Autumn term is Asia – a vast continent! Children will be encouraged to choose different countries to learn about and will explore foods, faiths, languages and culture.

In English, children will be encouraged to read and write a range of fiction and non-fiction texts. I expect them to develop their vocabulary and pay attention to spelling.  In maths, place value will be taught alongside developing proficiency in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

PE will take place on Tuesday and Friday; children can come to school dressed in their PE kits. Children are encouraged to bring in a healthy morning snack of fruit. They can bring a bottle of water into class during the day which can be refilled. Juice should be for lunch times only.

Children will be sent home with their passwords for TT Rockstars (times tables); Emile Education (Spelling); Hwb and if appropriate Book Blogging (Reading). It is important that they practise using these apps at home to improve their skills.

Within my class, I expect the children to be well mannered, respectful, ready to learn and most importantly ready to have fun! Pine class will be busy but calm, organised yet filled with opportunities to explore and take risks. After an undoubtedly strange couple of years, I want to develop the children’s sense of determination and perseverance. I will encourage them to be brave and try new activities and challenges. This will all be undertaken, with your child’s health and well-being at the forefront of the curriculum.

I would like to invite you to join us on this exciting journey of learning. Please share books, magazines, and news with them. Allow them to help you managing money in the shops and at home, encourage them to tell the time on both analogue and digital clocks. You are a crucial cornerstone in your child’s development, and it is more important than ever that you participate and support your child in their learning.

You can contact me via Seesaw if you have any concerns or questions. I would request you contact me between 8 - 9am and 3.30pm - 5pm, if there are any problems relating to your child’s well-being. I am available to meet parents at school if you have any questions regarding your child’s progress. I look forward to meeting you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Theresa A Thomas