Years 1 and 2

Welcome to Class 2 and the Spring Term 2020

Teachers: Mrs Spencer & Miss Copley

Learning Support Assistants: Mrs Stapleton, Miss East & Mrs Gammon

The School Day:

Morning:       9.00 – 12.30(Break time 10.55 – 11.05 Assembly 9.10 – 9.30)

Lunchtime:   12.30 – 1.35

Afternoon:    1.35 – 3.25

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

ENGLISH

In writing we will be focusing in on the book ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. This will provide the basis for our narrative work and the children will get to write their own versions of this traditional tale. We will also be writing a recount of our space centre visit and doing some letter writing. We will be covering a range of grammar features including suffixes, subordination tenses, questions and exclamations.

MATHS

In maths, we will be looking at multiplication and division for the most part of this half term. Year 1 children will also be recapping place value. Later in the term we will be looking at 2D and 3D shapes as well as beginning to get our heads around fractions. To help with your child’s learning, it would be useful to keep practising counting in 1s, 2s and 5s up to 100.  Times Table Rock Stars is a really useful tool to keep children interested and motivated on their tables.

TOPIC WORK - 'FLY ME TO THE MOON'

We will be finding out about Neil Armstrong as well as other explorers from the past and present. We will discover the different challenges that they have faced through time and hope to gain even more knowledge from out trip to The National Space Centre, which we are all very excited about! Our science work will be linked to this topic as we investigate different materials. The children will be doing experiments to find out which materials would make the best space suit. Our design technology will also be linked as we are focussing on food and nutrition so we will be designing a suitable packed lunch for an explorer and even tasting some of the kinds of foods explorers eat.

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

Children will bring their spelling sheet home in their spelling book each Friday. Please could the children practise these at home ready for their test the following Friday. This will give them as much opportunity as possible to retain their spellings.

READING

If possible, please listen to your child read or read with your child as often as possible. 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.

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. Stickers from last term have been zeroed and we are starting afresh this year. 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.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

P.E will take place twice a week, usually on Mondays and Fridays. 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 the new year has in store!

Mrs L Spencer & Miss R Copley