Years 1 and 2

Autumn 2018

Teachers: Mrs Spencer and Mrs Cooper 

Learning Support Assistants: Mrs Scoffield and Mrs Holmes

The School Day:
Morning: 9.00 – 12.30 (Break time 10.50 – 11.05 Assembly 9.10 – 9.30)
Lunchtime: 12.30 – 1.35
Afternoon: 1.35 – 3.25

Welcome to Class 2!

During the week Mrs Spencer will teach Monday to Wednesday and Mrs Cooper will teach Thursdays and Fridays.

Daily phonics sessions will take place to support children with reading and spelling. This term in English we will be focusing on mastering the basics: capital letters, finger spaces and full stops, alongside practising cursive handwriting. Where possible, please would you encourage your child to use this style of handwriting as it is closely linked to the work they are completing in phonics. The children will be reading and exploring the stories of The Three Little Pigs and then The Snail and the Whale.

In Maths we will be focusing on place value in order to cement the basics of number. After this, we will be moving on to addition and subtraction.

This half term, our art work will be based on the topic ‘Me, myself and I’. We will be studying the works of Picasso and creating our own self-portraits. We will be learning about the geography of Frisby and local area, and in the second half term, we will move onto world geography. In science, we will be identifying animals.

Homework

Homework will be given out in a homework book on Friday. Please would you hand homework back in on the following Wednesday. Of course, homework can be handed in earlier if you wish. 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.

Spellings

Spellings will be given out on a Friday on a ‘look, cover, write, check’ sheet. Children will be tested on their spellings the following Friday. We are currently assessing where the children are after the long summer break and will resume phonic sessions on the week beginning 17th September.

Reading

If possible, please listen to your child read or read with your child every night. This enables them to put the skills that they have learnt into practice, as well as helping them to become fluent readers. Reading is as much about understanding what we have read as it is about reading what is on the page. Reading books will be changed on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If your child has finished their reading book, they might like to choose a book from home or the library to read for you to share together. It doesn’t even have to be a book. Your child could read a comic, a magazine- anything that grabs their interest! You might like to record it in their reading diaries, but you don’t have to. Children will change their books themselves as we read for pleasure.

Children will be heard read individually and in Guided Reading sessions. When they have been heard read individually, teaching or support staff will write in the children’s reading diary.

P.E

P.E will take place twice a week, usually on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please could your child have a named P.E. uniform in school every day (t-shirt, shorts, plimsolls, trainers, jogging bottoms and a hoody). This will enable us to make sure that we are covered for all bases in terms of the delightful British weather! Girls will also need to ensure that a hair tie is in their bag at all times, so that hair can be tied up for P.E. activities and earrings are either taken out or covered.

As always, thank you for your support at home. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to what this year has in store!

Mrs Spencer & Mrs Cooper