Class 2 - Years 1 and 2
Teachers - Miss Wallace and Mrs Adjei (every afternoon except Monday and all day Wednesday)
Teaching Assistants – Mrs Motley (Wednesday student TA Mrs Atkin)
Welcome back everyone. Hope you had a fantastic summer holiday and had lots of fun. These are strange times but the children have returned refreshed and ready to learn, after such a long break for many.
We are studying a selection of short texts this term including the The Day the Crayons Quit, Gruffalo, Snail and the Whale, Owl Babies, Jolly Postman, Oi Dog! and Elmer. We will be using these texts 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, creative writing and extended writing.
Afternoon topics are taught separately by Mrs Adjei. In science children will be looking at animals including humans and the human body. Geography focuses on hot and cold areas as well as weather and seasons. Our history topic is the history of Christmas and we will be looking at Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder plot. PSHE concentrates on resilience and kindness. RE (Miss Wallace) is now taught through questions so we will be focusing on the question of ‘Who is a Christian and what do they believe.’ We will be developing the skills of collage, drawing and painting for Art, as well as developing our knowledge of seasonal food and cooking expertise in DT. Music focuses on exploring sounds and beats and in PE we will be concentrating on dance, football and rugby (PACES coach). Children will also learn some incidental Spanish with Mrs Adjei.
The new Curriculum focuses on Cultural Capital which involves studying famous people related to each topic and finding out about them. This could be people from the past or present.
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 begin practising joined up handwriting
Our numeracy targets focus on 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, moving on to 3 (year 2) 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 and Wednesday afternoon with Miss Adjei and a PACES coach. Children will need their full indoor and outdoor kit each week. Please provide kit that is appropriate for the weather.
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.