Class 2 - Years 1 and 2
Teachers - Miss Wallace and Mrs Adjei (every afternoon except Monday and all day Wednesday)
Teaching Assistants – Mrs Motley and Miss Gittings
Welcome back everyone. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and had lots of fun. The children have returned refreshed and ready to learn.
Our text for this term is Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox. 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 comprehension, spelling, grammar and punctuation lessons and children will continue extended writing sessions.
Afternoon topics are taught separately. Mrs Adjei will teach the majority of these. In science the children will be looking at materials. They will be investigating various aspects of this area. Our history topic is The Great Fire of London so we will be looking at this period. Geography is place knowledge – UK and non-European study – Australia. We will be looking at physical and human features too. RSE concentrates on relationships, feelings and emotions and fire safety. RE is now taught through questions so we will be focusing on the question of ‘Who is Jewish and how do they live?’ Mrs Adjei will continue to develop 3D sculpture and construction for Art and DT, as well as developing our expertise at designing, planning and evaluating. Music focuses on sound as part of the Charanga programme and in PE we will be concentrating on games (inc. multi skills, agility, throwing and catching) with PACES. There will be some elements of hockey and netball. Mrs Adjei will cover the skills involved in gymnastics. Children will also learn some incidental Spanish.
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 continue 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), counting in 2s, 5s and 10s (year 1), knowing 2, 5 and 10 times tables (year 2) and fractions - halves, quarters and thirds of shapes, length and amounts (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 Tuesday afternoon with a PACES coach and Mrs Adjei. 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 or this can be viewed online.
As always if you have any concerns or questions I am available before or after school if you wish to discuss anything.