Years 1 and 2

Teacher:Mrs Louise Spencer & Mrs Rachel Butler                             Spring 2018

Learning Support Assistants: Mrs Scoffield

The School Day:

Morning:        9.00 – 12.30

                        (Break time 10.50 – 11.05 Assembly 11.05 – 11.20)

Lunchtime:    12.30 – 1.35

Afternoon:    1.35 – 3.25

Topic

Around the World

We will be learning all about the different continents. As well as being able to identify them, the children will be learning about the general physical features of each continent. This will link to our Science topic of Habitats, in which the children will learn about where animals live and why. We will be discovering more about living things and where they live when we hopefully go on a trip to a farm.

English

In writing we will be focusing in on the book Where the Wild Things Are? From this we will be writing an information text, descriptions and a short story. The children will engage in multiple ways with the text, using group reading, drama and drawing. We will be covering a range of grammar features such as prefixes, suffixes and subordination.

Maths

In maths, we will be looking at number, place value, measure, statistics, multiplication and division. To help with your child’s learning, it would be useful to keep practising counting in 1s, 2s and 5s up to and above 100. It would also be useful to keep practicing mental maths skills, such as adding numbers together and subtracting numbers.

Homework

Homework will be given out in a homework book on a Friday. Please would you hand homework back in on a Wednesday or Thursday at the very latest. This ensures that staff have time to mark homework and stick the next set in again. Of course, homework can be handed in earlier if you wish. Homework enables children to practise skills learnt earlier in the week, or to research something for the following week.

Spellings

Children will also bring their spelling sheet home in their homework book loose. Please could the children practice these at home, on the sheet provided and do some of the activities suggested. This will give them as much opportunity as possible to retain their spellings.

Class 2 can get very busy and tiring, so there will be some weeks throughout the year where children will be given extended reading time, rather than set written homework or spellings. It is important that children have time to rest and relax too!

Reading

If possible, please listen to your child read every night. This enables them to put the skills that they have learnt into practice, as well as helping them to become fluent readers. When your child has finished reading their book and has understood what they have read, please write ‘finished’ in their diaries. We will continue to check reading diaries on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday however more confident readers will be able to change their reading books as and when they need to.

Asking children about what they are reading, as well as hearing them read, is a vital part of the process. Listening to stories is also valuable as it gives children access to literature which they are not quite able to read for themselves but can enjoy and understand when read to them. It also feeds their imagination and builds their vocabulary.

P.E

P.E. will take place twice a week. Children will need to have the following in school: shorts, a t-shirt, a jumper, a pair of warmer P.E. trousers and some sensible trainers they are able to do up by themselves. Please ensure that your child has the correct footwear to take part in the activities. On slightly warmer days (!) we will go outside for P.E, and so children will need to be dressed appropriately.

Thank you very much for your continued support at home.