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. Here’s to a full and exciting term ??
Our text for this term is The Twits by Roald Dahl 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, mainly by Mrs Adjei. In science children will be undertaking Forest School and looking at plants. Our history topic is castles, Kings, Queens and famous battles which will link to our DT topic of canons and drawbridges, mechanisms, wheels and axles. PSHE concentrates on appreciation and imagination. RE is now taught through questions so we will be focusing on the question of ‘What makes some places sacred to believers?’ We will continue to develop the skills of drawing and painting, through the medium of famous artists and self-portraits for Art. Music focuses on exploring sounds, beat, pitch and performance. We will also be having whole class penny whistle lessons with Aidan from Encore Music in the second half of the summer term. In PE we will be concentrating on athletics and games (PACES coach). Due to the continued situation Class 2 will be unable to go swimming this term. 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 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 afternoon with PACES and a Tuesday afternoon with Mrs Adjei. Children will need their full indoor and outdoor kit each week. Please provide kit that is appropriate for the weather. Usually we would be going swimming this term but unfortunately this is not possible.
Forest school will be undertaken weekly on a Wednesday for the first half of the summer term. Each week children will need to bring in wellies, an old long-sleeved top, trousers and waterproofs (if possible). Children will get muddy and wet so please only send in old clothes. Forest School provides an opportunity for children to experience nature and the outdoor environment in a safe, secure and hands on way. It teaches them to respect the world around them, by caring for the environment and understanding the importance of all living things. During the sessions, as well as learning new skills, children will be able to choose activities that they would like to do. This could be digging, tree climbing, role play in the mud kitchen, finding bugs and identifying them, or generally exploring the environment. They carryout site checks, identifying any hazards and share these with the group.
Getting changed for P.E. and Forest School 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.