Class 2 - Years 1 and 2
Teacher - Miss Wallace, Mrs Adjei (Wednesday), Mrs Bowman (student teacher)
Teaching Assistant – Mrs Motley
Welcome back everyone. Hope you had a super Easter and ate lots of chocolate. The children have returned happy and enthusiastic.
Our text for this term is Grimm’s Fairytales. We will be using the different stories to develop different styles of writing, as well as looking at related non-fiction. Children will also be undertaking weekly comprehension, spelling, grammar and punctuation lessons and children will continue Big Write/extended writing sessions. Only year 2 undertake Big Write which is where the children complete a given writing task completely independently, in silence.
Afternoon topics are taught separately. In science with Mrs Adjei children will be looking at plants and seasonal changes. They will be investigating various aspects of this. Our history topic is significant famous people so we will be looking at Florence Nightingale. Geography will be investigating the local area. PSHE concentrates on good to be me and going for goals. RE is now taught through questions so we will be focusing on the questions of ‘Who is Jewish and what do they believe?’ as well as ‘Who is Muslim and what do they believe?’ We will continue to develop the skills of drawing and painting, through the medium of famous artists for Art, as well as patterns and developing our knowledge of buildings around the world in DT. Music focuses on exploring sounds, beat, pitch and performance and in PE we will be concentrating on athletics and games (PACES coach). Class 2 will be going swimming this term (see below). Children will also learn some incidental Spanish with Mrs Adjei.
Our literacy targets focus on spelling, word, sentence, text, comprehension, punctuation and handwriting. For example, for word we will be learning about suffixes (ing, ed, er), prefixes (un) and plurals (s and es). Sentence will look at joining sentences using a variety of connectives (and, because), using sentences with different forms in their 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 in 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 for punctuation. 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
Our numeracy targets focus on problem solving as well as a variety of applications, including counting, reading and writing numbers up to 100 in numbers and words (year 1), beginning counting in 2s, 5s and 10s (year 1), knowing 2, 5 and 10 times tables (year 2), moving on to the 3 and 4 times tables and place value, knowing the value of each digit (years 1 and 2). It would be great if you could help your child with these at home.
Dependant on the phonics group, some children will be given spellings every Friday to be tested the following Friday. These will contain tricky/common exception 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 and discusses the text we are studying. 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
P.E. is now every Monday afternoon with a P.E. coach. Children will need their full indoor and outdoor kit each week. Please provide kit that is appropriate for the weather. On a Tuesday the children will be going swimming for the afternoon. For swimming children will need a towel, swimming hat (if hair is below shoulder length), goggles (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 also 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. They are also entitled to free lunchtime meals. Please see Mrs Mailes at reception if you would like a hot lunch menu.
As always if you have any concerns or questions I am available before or after school if you wish to discuss anything.