Years 1 and 2

Teacher: MRS GEMMA WATTS                                 Summer 2017

Learning Support Assistants: Mrs Rosemary Gammon, Miss East, Mrs Jane and Mrs Bailey.

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

I can’t believe that we’re writing the summer newsletter already! Here is all of the information that you should need for this term…

English and Maths are taught on a daily basis. Phonics is also taught as a daily 20 minute 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:

Topic – Chocolate!

During this term, we’ll be looking at chocolate. We’ll be finding out about how it is made, where it comes from and learning about different countries all over the world. We will also be creating pieces of African art using watercolours and learning some African singing and drumming.

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


Spellings will be given out on a Friday in a separate spelling book. Children will be tested on their spellings the following Friday. It would be great if your child’s spelling book could be kept in their book bag so that we can practice them in school too.


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 as 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 twice a week, both individually and in a Guided Reading session. When they have been heard read individually, teaching and support staff will write in a green pen in their diaries.


P.E will take place twice a week. During one of these sessions in the 2nd half of the term, the children will be partaking in tennis sessions with B & D Tennis Club. Please could your child have a named P.E. kit (t-shirt, shorts, plimsolls, trainers, jogging bottoms and a hoody) in school.  All of these items must be in school for the full seven weeks. 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.