Class 2 - Years 1 & 2
Teacher - Miss Wallace, Miss Fox (student teacher)and Mrs Duggan (Wednesday)
Teaching Assistants – Mrs Chance, Mrs Cole and Mrs Nash
Welcome back everyone. Hope you had a super Easter and ate lots of chocolate. The children have returned happy and enthusiastic.
Our text this term is Enid Blyton’s The Enchanted Wood. We will be using this text to develop different styles of writing, as well as looking at related non-fiction. Children will also be undertaking weekly extended writing sessions, comprehension, spelling, grammar and punctuation lessons and year 2 will continue Big Write sessions. This is where the children complete a given writing task completely independently, in silence.
Afternoon topics are taught separately. In science with Mrs Duggan, children will be looking at animals including humans, and investigating various aspects of this topic. Our history topic is Kings and Queens and looking at the British monarchy. Geographical skills will be studied, with the focus of ‘Let’s go on safari.’ PSHE concentrates on relationships and changes. Sacred books and times are the focus in RE. We will be developing the skills of patterns and printing for Art and DT, as well as creating 3D models. Music focuses on exploring sounds, beat and pitch and in PE we will be concentrating on swimming and athletics. Computing continues with coding and then advancing to other computer programmes and technology. Children will also continue learning the language of Spanish with Mrs Duggan.
Our literacy targets focus on spelling, word, sentence, text, comprehension, punctuation and handwriting. For example we will be learning about suffixes (ment, ness, ful, less, ly), adjectives, verbs and different nouns. We will look at joining sentences using a variety of connectives (and, because), using sentences with different forms in writing (statements, questions, exclamations and commands), using present and past tense and using co-ordination (or, and, but) and some subordination (when, if, that, because).Text will be looking at different sentence openers (one day, then, next, after), parts of a story (introduction (opening), middle, end (conclusion)) and organising related ideas into sections or paragraphs. Spelling some words with contracted forms (don’t, isn’t) and demarcating sentences with capital letters and full stops and use of question marks and exclamation marks as well as some higher order punctuation such as commas, apostrophes and speech marks. Children will be encouraged to demonstrate these through writing narratives about personal experiences and those of others (real and fictional), writing about real events, writing poetry and writing for different purposes. We will also continue practising joined up handwriting on a daily basis.
Our numeracy targets focus on a variety of applications, including counting, reading and writing numbers up to 100 in numbers and words, knowing 2, 5 and 10 times tables and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and problem solving. This involves word problems and practical problems and be able to solve these using different techniques strategies. It would be great if you could help your child with these at home.
Some children will be given spellings every Friday to be tested the following Friday. These will contain the tricky words and sounds they have looked at that week (a useful phonics link can be found at the bottom of the page). Please help your child to learn these at home and ensure they have their spelling books every Friday, ready for their new spelling lists.
Reading for meaning will be undertaken daily in class, where the whole class reads the text we are studying and completes associated activities. Individual reading is also conducted regularly in class. We encourage you to hear your child read as often as possible. As well as assisting your child to become a fluent and accurate reader, talking about what they have read and asking your child questions about their books will also help them to understand. Please sign your child’s reading diary if they have read at home
Please note P.E. is now Tuesday (swimming) and Thursday afternoon, with Miss Wallace and Miss Fox. Children will need their full indoor and outdoor kit each week. Please provide kit that is appropriate for the weather. For swimming children will need a towel, swimming hat (if hair is below shoulder length), googles (optional) and a swimsuit. For girls it must be a swimming costume (no bikinis) and for boys fitted, swim shorts that are above the knee. Children with hair below shoulder length must have it tied up.
Getting changed for P.E. can be very busy and clothes can often get mixed up so please ensure that all kit, including footwear is clearly named.
Please note that year 1 and 2 children are entitled to free fruit, but you may still wish to supply your child with a snack for morning break.
Finally, as the weather (cross fingers) may begin getting warmer, please supply your child with a hat and plenty to drink should you feel the weather permits it.
As always if you have any concerns or questions I am available before or after school if you wish to discuss anything.