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Class topic letter Summer 2

Dear Parents/Carers,

Well I cannot quite believe that this is the final term before the summer holiday. The year has flown by! This half term is going to be a busy one, with lots of exciting things planned like Sports Day, Barlborough’s Got Talent, a visit from some nocturnal animals and a picnic for parents!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the children for all their hard work during the build up to SATs and during the SATs they have done so far (reading & numeracy.) The children should all be very proud of the effort they have put in and the sensible way in which they have conducted themselves. We now just have our 2 writing tasks to do over the next couple of weeks. Your child’s SATs scores will be sent home to you with their end of year report. Thank you also to those parents that put in so much extra work at home with their child. It really does make a big difference! 

This half term we are carrying on with the same topic ‘Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside’. The topic web attached outlines the areas we are covering in the different subjects.

Targets:

Numeracy
Children are now given layered targets at the start of each unit as this helps them to progress further in each topic. These are stuck into the children’s mathematic books at the start of each unit.

Reading
Reading targets are shared with your child during our Guided Reading sessions. This is a time when children share the same book together in a small group and work on reading skills. During these sessions children may be working on targets such as changing their voice to add expression, using an index, contents & glossary page, spotting where texts are set & looking for good words the writer has used.

Reading is a crucial part of children’s learning at this age and your child should be reading for at least 10 minutes a day at home.

Science
This half term we will be working on the last of these 3 targets as our topic is all about a healthy diet and the importance of exercise and good hygiene.

Targets

Can I explain the basic stages in a life cycle for animals, including humans?

Can I describe what animals and humans need to survive?

Can I describe why exercise, a balanced diet and good hygiene are important for humans?

We are not studying a particular author this half term but instead will be looking at lots of different Traditional Tales.

A few further bits of information:

  • This half term PE will be on a Tuesday, Thursday & Friday. If the weather is nice we do occasionally have extra PE lessons in the summer term so it is actually a good idea to have a PE kit in school all week if possible. There are an awful lot of children who regularly do not have a PE kit in school. We do have some spare kit and plimsolls but we are finding it increasingly difficult to find enough spare kit for so many children. Please ensure your child has a kit in school this half term.
  • On our topic web you will notice our PHSE topic this half term is about sex and relationships. This is obviously age appropriate to the children and handled very sensitively. I will send a text out the week we are covering this topic. If you are at all worried about what the children will be covering please pop in and see me.

Thank you for your continued support.

Miss A Gee
Class Teacher

Class 2G topic web: Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!

Click to download our topic web, showing all the exciting things we will be learning this term.

Class topic letter Summer 1

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you all had a lovely Easter break (it seems a long time ago now!) and that the children are well rested and ready for a busy and important half term! Please don’t forget the children will be sitting their SATs tests the week beginning the 18th May. It would be great if we could have 100% attendance during the week and that the children come to school having had a good breakfast and an early night the night before! I do not want any of the children to worry about this week as we have had plenty of practise and the tests will be carried out in the classroom and kept as ‘low key’ as possible. Many thanks to all those parents who have supported their child’s learning at home by practising extra papers or by completing homework together. It really does make a huge difference! Please ask if anyone would like further work sent home.

This half term out topic is ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside’. This will carry on into the next half term too. Please see the attached topic web for more information.

Numeracy
As a school, we have decided to change the way we use maths targets. Children will now be given layered targets at the start of each unit as this will help them to progress further in each topic. These will be stuck into the children’s mathematic books at the start of each unit.

Reading
Reading targets will be shared with your child during our Guided Reading sessions. This is a time when children share the same book together in a small group and work on reading skills. During these sessions children may be working on targets such as changing their voice to add expression, using an index, contents & glossary page, spotting where texts are set & looking for good words the writer has used.

Reading is a crucial part of children’s learning at this age and your child should be reading for at least 10 minutes a day at home.

Science
This half term’s science targets are linked to our animals and humans topic.

Targets

Can I explain the basic stages in a life cycle for animals, including humans?

Can I describe what animals and humans need to survive?

Can I describe why exercise, a balanced diet and good hygiene are important for humans?

Other information:
Our P.E lessons this half term are Tuesday, Thursday & Friday pm. There have been a lot of children without a PE kit in school recently. Please ensure your child has kit with them on these days. Please also remember to take out your child’s earrings on the days we have P.E or if this is not possible to tape them up before school.

Our class author this half term is David Armitage, so if your child has any books written by him then it would be great if they could bring them into school to share with the class.

This half term we have Miss Brunt, a student teacher in our classroom and she will be teaching some of the time, alongside myself and other teaching assistants. Please feel free to approach her in the  mornings or after school if you have any queries.

One final reminder! Please remember to inform myself, another adult in my room or the school office if your child is being collected by anybody different after school or after attending a club.

I hope you have found this letter informative. If you have any more questions please don’t hesitate to come and ask.

Thank you
Miss A. Gee
Class Teacher

Class 2G topic web: Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!

Click to download our topic web, showing all the exciting things we will be learning this term.

Class topic letter Spring 2

Dear Parents/Carers,

Our new topic this term is entitled ‘I’m the King of the Castle’. The topic web attached to this letter outlines the areas we are covering in the different subjects. It is lovely when children bring in artefacts, books, research etc related to our topic so thank you to parents who support their children in doing this. This half term we will be going on a class trip to Conisbrough Castle. Details about this trip will be sent out on a separate letter so please look out for it.

Numeracy
As a school, we have decided to change the way we use maths targets. Children will now be given layered targets at the start of each unit as this will help them to progress further in each topic. These will be stuck into the children’s mathematic books and you will be able to look at these during parents evening.

Reading
Reading targets will be shared with your child during our Guided Reading sessions. This is a time when children share the same book together in a small group and work on reading skills. During these sessions children may be working on targets such as changing their voice to add expression, using an index, contents & glossary page, spotting where texts are set & looking for good words the writer has used.

Reading is a crucial part of children’s learning at this age and your child should be reading for at least 10 minutes a day at home. Whilst hearing them read ask the following types of questions:

  • Who are the most important characters?
  • What sort of character is X?
  • What do you think will happen next?
  • What are the main things that happen to this character in the story?
  • Can you re-tell the main events that happen in this story?
  • Do you think this is like any other stories you’ve read?
  • Where is the story set?
  • Is X like another character you’ve read about?
  • Can you find any ‘wow’ words the author has used?

Science
This half term’s science targets are linked to our plants topic.

Targets

I can describe how seeds and bulbs grow into plants.

I can describe what plants need in order to grow and stay healthy (water, light & suitable temperature).

A few further bits of information:

  • Our P.E lessons will be Tuesday afternoon and Thursday afternoon this half term. Please can you ensure your child has their P.E kit in school on these days and that they are not wearing any jewellery? (Should your child have recently had their ears pierced you must send them to school with earrings taped up on these days.) During the cold weather children need long trousers and a jumper for our outdoor sessions as well as their t-shirt and shorts.
  • Spellings will continue to be given on a Friday to learn for the following Friday. Please make sure your child has time to practise these regularly during the week.
  • Homework will also continue to be given on a Friday. Homework needs to be returned by the following Wednesday. You should have received a timetable that outlines what homework will be set each week. Please see me if you didn’t receive this. Some weeks there may be additional work if you child is working on something in particular for SATs. 

I hope you have found this letter informative. If you have any more questions please don’t hesitate to come and ask.

Thank you.

Miss A. Gee
Class Teacher

Class 2G Topic Web: King of the Castle

Click to download our topic web, showing all the exciting things we will be learning this term.

Class Newsletter Spring 1

First of all I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year! Before Christmas was an incredibly busy and exciting period and the children worked really hard on their Christmas performance and enjoyed their party and the pantomime. Now we are starting a new year and a new term I am hoping they are ready to settle back down again and work as hard as they can in what will be an important term for them. This term we will be really starting to prepare for our SATs tests which will take place in the week beginning 18th May 2015. Please keep an eye out in your child’s book bags for homework or ways in which you can support your child ready for these tests! I know a lot of parents like to support their child’s learning at home and it can make a big difference to those children who do not always find things easy. 

Our new topic this term is entitled ‘Winter Wonderland’. The topic web attached to this letter outlines the areas we are covering in the different subjects. It is lovely when children bring in artefacts, books, research etc related to our topic so thank you to parents who support their children in doing this. 

Numeracy
We will be continuing to cover many areas in numeracy again this half term but our main target will be linked to place value and ordering numbers. Below is a copy of our maths targets and an explanation of what the grid means: 

Target

Place value and ordering numbers

Could

 

To partition three-digit numbers and be able to read, write and order whole numbers to at least 1000 and position them on a number line. 

Should

To compare and order numbers from 0-100 and use the < and > sign. 

Must

To read and write numerals from 0 to 20, then beyond and use knowledge of place value to position these numbers on a number track and number line.

The targets are age appropriate for the children in this class.
'Must' – All children in the class ‘must’ achieve this target.
'Should' – The majority of the class should achieve this.
'Could' – Children could achieve this if they are working above age related expectations.

Science
This half term’s science targets are linked to our living things and their habitats topic. 

Targets

Can I describe how a specific habitat provides for the basic needs of things living there?

Can I describe how animals find their food?

Can I name some different sources of food for animals?

Can I explain a simple food chain?

 A few further bits of information:

  • Our P.E lessons will be Tuesday afternoon and Thursday afternoon this half term. Please can you ensure your child has their P.E kit in school on these days and that they are not wearing any jewellery? (Should your child have recently had their ears pierced you must send them to school with earrings taped up on these days.) During the cold weather children need long trousers and a jumper for our outdoor sessions as well as their t-shirt and shorts.
  • Spellings will continue to be given on a Friday to learn for the following Friday. Please make sure your child has time to practise these regularly during the week.
  • Homework will also continue to be given on a Friday. Homework needs to be returned by the following Wednesday.
  • I will send home an example of a past SATs reading & numeracy booklet for you at some point this term. I think you will shocked at the length of the booklet and how many questions the children are expected to answer. Keep looking out for this!

I hope you have found this letter informative. If you have any more questions please don’t hesitate to come and ask.

Thank you. 

Miss A. Gee
Class Teacher

Class 2G Topic Web: Winter Wonderland

Click to download our topic web, showing all the exciting things we will be learning this term.

On Children In Need Day we had lots of fun! We came dressed in our pyjamas and took part in 2 competitions - guess how many sweets are in the jar and guess where the treasure is. We raised £19. Here are the 2 lucky winners! 

Autumn 2 Letter

Dear Parents/Carers,

Our Topic this half term is ‘Light Explosion!’ and as many lessons as possible will be linked to this topic. As many of you like to know what we are learning about at school so that you can help your child, I am sending home a topic web for your information. It really is beneficial to the children if you can support and reinforce their learning at home. If your child has any books or artefacts that support our topic and they would like to bring them into school then that would be wonderful. Please make sure they are labelled with your child’s name though.

Targets:

Numeracy
We will continue to cover many areas such as number, data handling, shape, space and measures etc in numeracy but our layered target this half term is linked to time. Below is a copy of our class maths targets and an explanation of what the grid means.

The targets are age appropriate for the children in this year group (year 2).

'Must' – All children in the class ‘must’ achieve this target;
'Should' – The majority of the class should achieve this; 
'Could' – Children could achieve this if they are working above age related expectations.

Target

Time

Must

 

Use vocabulary related to time; order days of the week and months; read the time to the hour or half hour.

Should

Use units of time (seconds, minutes, hours, days) and know the relationship between them; read the time to the quarter hour.

Could

Read the time on a 12 hour digital clock and to the nearest 5 minutes on an analogue clock.

 

Reading
Remember, reading is a crucial part of children’s learning at this age so it would be most helpful if you could hear your child read at home as often as possible. Whilst hearing them read ask the following types of questions:

  • Who are the most important characters?
  • Do you think X was a nice character?
  • What do you think will happen next?
  • What are the main things that happen to this character in the story?
  • Has anything like this happened to you?
  • Can you think of a different way in which this story could have ended?
  • Can you re-tell the main events that happen in this story?
  • Do you think this is like any other stories you’ve read?
  • Is X like another character you’ve read about?
  • Can you think of any other words or phrases the writer could have used instead of X?

Science
This half terms science targets are linked to our materials topic.

Targets

Can I identify and name a range of materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard?

Can I suggest why a material might or might not be used for a specific job?

Can I explore how shapes can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching?

A few further bits of information:

  • Our P.E lessons will be Tuesday afternoon and Thursday afternoon this half term. Please can you ensure your child has their P.E kit in school on these days and that they are not wearing any jewellery? (Should your child have recently had their ears pierced you must send them to school with earrings taped up on these days.) As the weather turns colder it would be useful if your child could have long trousers and a jumper for our outdoor sessions as well as their t-shirt and shorts.
  • Spellings will continue to be given on a Friday to learn for the following Friday. Please make sure your child has time to practise these regularly during the week.
  • Homework will be given every Friday and must be returned by Wednesday the following week. 

I hope you have found this letter informative. If you have any questions about any of the above or any other queries please do not hesitate in coming and speaking to me.

Thank you. 

Miss A. Gee,
Class Teacher

Class 2G Topic Web: Light Explosions

Click to download our topic web, showing all the exciting things we will be learning this term.

Autumn 2014 Letter

Welcome back to a new school year and to what I am sure will be a busy but fun first half term! Our first topic this year is ‘Barnaby Bear’s Highland Adventures’ and as many lessons as possible will be linked to this topic. As many of you like to know what we are learning about at school so that you can help your child, I am sending home a topic web for your information. It really is beneficial to the children if you can support and reinforce their learning at home. If your child has any books or artefacts that support our topic and they would like to bring them into school then that would be wonderful. Please make sure they are labelled with your child’s name though.

Key Stage 1 SATs
This year is a very important year for your child as it is a statutory requirement that they are assessed at the end of the Key Stage in order to know what progress they have made during their time in school. Therefore the children will be sitting their SATs tests in May. More information about this will be provided throughout the year. Please make sure you avoid taking your child out of school the week beginning 18th May 2015 as this will be the week the children will be sitting their tests.

Targets:

Numeracy
In numeracy this year we will be covering many areas such as number, data handling, shape, space and measures etc but each half term we will have a specific ‘target’ to work on. This half term our target is linked to ‘2D & 3D shape’.  Below is a copy of our class maths targets and an explanation of what the grid means.

The targets are age appropriate for the children in this year group (year 2).

'Must' – All children in the class ‘must’ achieve this target;
'Should' – The majority of the class should achieve this; 
'Could' – Children could achieve this if they are working above age related expectations.

Class 2G Topic Web

Click to download our topic web, showing all the exciting things we will be learning this term.

Target

Properties of 2D & 3D shape

Must

 

Use everyday language to describe features of familiar 2D & 3D shapes.

Should

Use mathematical names & vocabulary to describe 2D & 3D shapes, sort shapes and describe some of their features.

 

Could

Identify lines of symmetry and right angles in simple 2D shapes.

Classify and describe 3D shapes and understand the terms vertex and prism.

Most pupils will be able to:

  • Understand, use and begin to read the vocabulary: shape, flat, straight, curved, round, corner, side, edge, sort, circle, triangle, rectangle, square, pentagon, hexagon, octagon, circular, triangular, rectangular, cube, cuboid, sphere, cylinder, cone, pyramid.
  • Choose a shape to match the properties described by the teacher and name it e.g.: find a 2D shape that has five corners and five sides (pentagon), has four straight equal sides (square) etc. Sort 3-D shapes as to whether they have six faces; have a triangular face, a rectangular face etc.
  • Refer to the properties of 2D shapes such as the number of corners and sides or 3D shapes as the number of faces, edges and corners.
  • Answer ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ questions about a hidden shape in order to identify it. 

Higher attaining pupils will also be able to

  • Learn extra vocabulary – quadrilateral, semi-circle, right angle, vertex, vertices, line of symmetry, prism andhemi-sphere
  • Identify lines of symmetry in a 2D shape or identify shapes with no lines of symmetry.
  • Identify right angles in 2D shapes.
  • Know that a prism has the same cross section along its length and that the two end faces are identical.

Reading
Reading targets will be shared with your child during our Guided Reading sessions. This is a time when children share the same book together in a small group and work on reading skills. During these sessions children may be working on targets such as changing their voice to add expression, using an index, contents & glossary page, spotting where texts are set & looking for good words the writer has used.

Reading is a crucial part of children’s learning at this age and your child should be reading for at least 10 minutes a day at home. Whilst hearing them read ask the following types of questions:

  • Who are the most important characters?
  • Do you think X was a nice character?
  • What do you think will happen next?
  • What are the main things that happen to this character in the story?
  • Has anything like this happened to you?
  • Can you think of a different way in which this story could have ended?
  • Can you re-tell the main events that happen in this story?
  • Do you think this is like any other stories you’ve read?
  • Is X like another character you’ve read about?
  • Can you think of any other words or phrases the writer could have used instead of X?

Science
Each half term your child will be working on specific science targets that go with their current unit of work. Our science topics this half term are:

Targets

Can I identify things that are living, dead and never lived?

Can I identify and name some plants and animals in a range of habitats around our school?

Can I match living things to their habitats?

Can I describe what animals and humans need to survive?

  

A few further bits of information:

  • Our P.E lessons will be Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday afternoon. Please can you ensure your child has their P.E kit in school on these days and that they are not wearing any jewellery? (Should your child have recently had their ears pierced you must send them to school with earrings taped up on these days.) As the weather turns colder it would be useful if your child could have long trousers and a jumper for our outdoor sessions as well as their t-shirt and shorts.
  • Spellings will be given on a Friday to learn for the following Friday. These will either be taken from the first 100 key words that children should be able to spell by now (it is recommended children can read & spell these words by the end of yr 1) or they will be linked to the sounds/spelling rules your child has been learning about in Letters & Sounds.
  • Homework will also be given on a Friday. This will normally be something to consolidate what your child has been learning about in class. Some week’s homework will be set online on the I am learning website. Please make sure homework is completed and returned by the Wednesday of the following week.
  • Throughout the year key information will be added to our class page on our school website. There will hopefully also be some photos on there of the children taking part in different activities if we have your permission to do so.

I realise this is a lengthy letter with a lot of information in it, but it is the first of an important year for your child! I hope you have found it informative and I look forward to seeing you all over the course of the year. If you have any questions about any of the above or any other queries please do not hesitate in coming & speaking to me. 

Thank you, 

A. Gee (Class Teacher)