Years 1 and 2

Teacher:Mrs Louise Spencer & Mrs Rachel Butler                                Autumn 2017

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

 

Welcome to Class 2!

During the week Mrs Spencer will teach Monday to Wednesday and Mrs Butler will teach Thursdays and Fridays until Mrs Spencer goes on maternity leave. At this point Mrs Butler will become the full time class teacher.

Every day starts with a phonics session, in order to support children with reading and spelling.  Followed by an English lesson in which we will start off by 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. 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.

Our topic for this half term is ‘Kings and Queens’. We will be learning about famous Kings and Queens throughout the ages, as well as the castles they lived in. We will be making our own castles in DT and comparing them to others around the country.

In the second half term, our topic is ‘London’s burning’. We’ll be learning all about the Great fire of London as well as making our own sculptures based on work by famous artists.

Homework

Homework will be given out in a homework book on Friday. Please would you hand homework back in on a 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. 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. We are currently assessing where the children are after the long summer break and will resume phonic sessions and spelling tests on the week beginning 18th 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 usually be heard read twice a week, both individually and in a Guided Reading session. 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. Please could your child have a named P.E. kit 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.

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 Butler