Years 1 and 2

Teacher:Mrs Louise Spencer & Mrs Rachel Butler                             Summer 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

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 – The potting shed!

During this term, we’ll be looking at identifying plants in our Science lessons. We will be learning all about the plants around us, naming common garden plants, shrubs and trees as well as labelling parts of a plant. We will then be moving on to growing some of our own plants and thinking about the journey each one goes on from seed or bulb to fully grown plant. Through some experimentation the children will discover the optimal growing conditions needed for plants. We will be looking at some art work by Giuseppe Arcimboldo and using it as inspiration to make our own pictures.

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

Spellings

Spellings will be given out on a Friday on a separate sheet. Children will be tested on their spellings the following Friday.

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 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!

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, 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.