Years 1 and 2

Teachers: Mrs Spencer and Mrs Cooper                                                                   Summer 2019

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 back to Class 2! We hope that you have all had a good Easter and are ready for another busy and exciting term!

English and Maths are taught on a daily basis. Phonics is also taught as a daily 20minute session, in order to support children with reading and spelling.  Other subjects are taught through topics or as a discrete subject if this does not fit in with the topic. Handwriting is also taught on a daily basis. We are using the cursive style of handwriting. Where possible, please would you encourage your child to use this style of handwriting. It is also closely linked to the work they are completing in phonics.

Areas of work this term:

Chocolate

We will be learning all about Chocolate! We will begin by finding where in the world chocolate grows and then investigate how the cacao tree is suited to its environment. This will give children the opportunity to identify the different continents and discover what the climate of equatorial countries is like. We will look closely at the tree and use this as a basis for some of our art work in which we will use a variety of different materials to colour our pictures. The children will identify and name the parts of a variety of plants and describe their habitats.

Busy, busy, busy!

This term is extremely busy and indeed one of the busiest for Class 2 in the whole school year. As the evenings get lighter, we find ourselves ever so busy, but please have in mind that the children will need lots of rest too to keep our minds active! Notes about homework and spellings are provided below, but there will be weeks during this half term that these are not provided. This is due to the busyness in the classroom and not wanting to overwhelm the children.

Homework

Homework will be given out in a homework book on a Friday. Please would you hand homework back in on a Wednesday. This ensures that we 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 practice 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 spelling book. Please could the children practise these at home. 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

Again this term, we will be running our reading challenge. Your child needs to read at least three times and their diary needs to be signed on the three separate occasions in that week for them to get their weekly sticker on the Friday. After 5 stickers your child will get a small prize and after ten stickers they will get a larger prize. Stickers from last term have been zeroed and we are starting afresh this term. Please support your child with this as if their diary is not signed on three occasions we cannot award a sticker and we have put this in place to encourage reading at home.

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. In the first half term, children will be swimming on a Tuesday. Please ensure they have their kit with them. During one of these sessions in the 2nd half of the term, the children will be partaking in tennis sessions led by a club. Please could your child have a named P.E. kit (t-shirt, shorts, plimsoles, trainers, jogging bottoms and a hoody) in school. This will enable us to make sure that we are covered for all bases in terms of the delightful British weather!

As always, thank you for your support at home.

Mrs L Spencer & Mrs J Cooper