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Summer 2 Newsletter

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, and a trip to the sculpture park.

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. The children should all be very proud of the effort they have put in and the sensible way in which they have conducted themselves. Your child’s SATs results 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 our topic is ‘Through the Window’ and focusses on our local area. 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’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:

  • This half term PE will be on a Monday & Wednesday. 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 a 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

Topic Web Summer 2: Through the Window

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

Summer 1 Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you all had a lovely Easter break 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 16th 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 our topic is called ‘Party Time!’ (see the attached topic web for further details.) Through different subjects we will explore the story of Alice in Wonderland and celebrations/parties. During the term we will be hosting our own tea parties (we have already travelled back to 1919 for a street party!) and we will also be holding a tea party for parents on Monday 23rd May at 2.30pm (more details to follow.) To link with our ‘Mad Hatter’ theme we are going to be having a hat competition with Miss Ward’s class. We would like the children to make a hat at home and bring it to school on Monday 23rd May. This could be a hat the children already have such as a bobble hat, straw hat, witches hat that is then decorated or it could be a hat made from resources such as paper & cardboard.

Numeracy
We will be focussing a lot on mental arithmetic over the next few weeks ready for our SATs tests. Some parents have expressed concern that they do not know the right method to help their children solve such problems. I am going to invite parents into some of my maths lessons over the next few weeks when we are focussing on arithmetic so please feel welcome to come along. I will text dates when I have confirmed them.

Reading
Please keep reading with your child and making sure you ask them lots of questions about the text. Many children can read fluently but then struggle to answer comprehension questions. Homework will be sent to support this. Please ask for extra practise papers if you want any.

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 Monday and Wednesday 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 tape them up before school or send tape into school with your child.

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. There will be less online homework this half term as the children need to be working on arithmetic, grammar & reading comprehension.

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

Summer 1 Topic Web: The Mad Hatter's Tea Party

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

Spring 2 2016 Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers,

Our new topic this term is entitled ‘St Lucia’. The topic web attached to this letter outlines the areas we are covering in the different subjects. Unfortunately we are not able to visit the island itself but we are looking forward to our trip to ‘The Deep’ on March 14th!

SATs
Our SATs tests are creeping nearer and we are beginning to do more preparation ready for them. The year 2’s this year will be the first pupils to take the new style SATs tests. SATs have been overhauled in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 to reflect the changes to the new National Curriculum, which was introduced from September 2014. Here is some information about this year’s SATs tests.
At the end of Year 2, children will take SATs in Reading, English grammar, punctuation and spelling and Maths.
Reading
The new reading test for Year 2 pupils will involve two separate papers:

  • Paper 1 consists of a selection of texts totalling 400 to 700 words, with questions interspersed.
  • Paper 2 comprises a reading booklet of a selection of passages totalling 800 to 1100 words. Children will write their answers in a separate booklet.

Each paper is worth 50 per cent of the marks, and should take around 30 minutes, but children will not be strictly timed, as the tests are not intended to assess children’s ability to work at speed. The texts in the reading papers will cover a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and will get progressively more difficult towards the end of the test.
There will be a variety of question types:

  • Multiple choice
  • Ranking/ordering, e.g. ‘Number the events below to show in which order they happened in the story’
  • Matching, e.g. ‘Match the character to the job that they do in the story’
  • Labelling, e.g. ‘Label the text to show the title’
  • Find and copy, e.g. ‘Find and copy one word that shows what the weather was like in the story’
  • Short answer, e.g. ‘What does the bear eat?’
  • Open-ended answer, e.g. ‘Why did Lucy write the letter to her grandmother? Give two reasons’

Grammar, spelling and punctuation
Children taking Key Stage 1 SATs will sit two separate papers in grammar, spelling and punctuation:

  • Paper 1: a 20-word spelling test taking approximately 15 minutes and worth 20 marks.
  • Paper 2: a grammar, punctuation and vocabulary test, in two sections of around 10 minutes each (with a break between, if necessary), worth 20 marks. This will involve a mixture of selecting the right answers e.g. through multiple choice, and writing short answers.

Maths
The new Key Stage 1 maths test will comprise two papers:

  • Paper 1: arithmetic, worth 25 marks and taking around 15 minutes.
  • Paper 2: mathematical fluency, problem-solving and reasoning, worth 35 marks and taking 35 minutes, with a break if necessary. There will be a variety of question types: multiple choice, matching, true/false, constrained (e.g. completing a chart or table; drawing a shape) and less constrained (e.g. where children have to show or explain their method).

Children will not be able to use any tools such as calculators or number lines.
Writing, Speaking & Listening & Science will also be teacher assessed. (There is not a test for these subjects.)
Science Targets
This half term’s science targets are linked to our topic entitled ‘Animals, including humans’.

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?

A few further bits of information:

• Our P.E lessons will be Monday afternoon and Wednesday 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? If your child is not able to take their earrings out you must send them to school with earrings taped up on these days or children should have their own tape with them that they can put on themselves. 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.

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

Spring 2 Topic Web: St. Lucia

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

Spring 1 2016 Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers,

First of all I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year! Before Christmas was an incredibly busy period and I hope that now we are starting a new year and new term the children are ready to settle down to some hard work! As you are aware your child is currently in Year 2 which means they will be preparing for their SATs tests later in the year. More information will follow about this in the coming term and from time to time I will also be sending some homework or ways in which you can support your child ready for these tests. Keep an eye out in your child’s book bags for this over the next few weeks! 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 topic this half term is entitled ‘Fire, Fire’. 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.

Reading & Spelling
Reading & spelling 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 we endeavour to hear children read as often as possible, if your child has not had chance to change their book, then please feel free to do so yourself before or after school. Spellings are given out every Friday ready for a test the following Friday. Again, please try to support your child in learning these as it impacts on their reading & writing attainment.

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 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?

Homework
Homework will always be set on a Friday and must be returned by the following Wednesday. Homework should be completed in pencil and should be of an acceptable standard.

Homework some weeks will be set online. If your child doesn’t have internet access or you are unsure of your child’s login details please see me. I always endeavour to test homework that is being set first, but occasionally there are still glitches, so again please inform me of any problems you are encountering or fill in a form in the office that we can pass onto I am learning.

The paper based maths activity may be a page in your child’s own maths book or sometimes a worksheet. The paper based English activity will be something like a grammar exercise, punctuation activity or something linked to a genre like finding out facts ready to write a report.

Homework Timetable:

8th Jan

Maths - Iamlearning

15th Jan

Maths - Paper-based

English – Iamlearning

22nd Jan

Maths - Iamlearning

29th Jan

Maths - Paper-based

5th Feb

Maths - Iamlearning

English – Paper-based

12th Feb

Maths Paper-based

English -Paper-based (Writing)

Occasionally some children may bring home some extra work from the homework outlined above. This may be because they are working in a booster group to try and achieve a higher level or because they are working in an intervention group and need some extra practice at something or it may simply be that your child needs a little extra work on something they have not understood.

A few further bits of information:

  • Our P.E lessons will be Monday afternoon and Wednesday 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.
  • The children may mention they are being taught by Miss Pitchford some of the time, instead of myself. Miss Pitchford is currently qualifying to be a teacher and is doing her training in our school. Please feel free to approach her in the mornings or after school if you need to. I will also be in school most of the time (or on the yard!) so please ask if you need to see me and I am not in the classroom. Mrs Beach will also continue to teach the children some afternoons.

I hope this letter has been informative. 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)

 

Spring 1 2016 Topic Web: Fire! Fire!

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

Children in Need

We had lots  of fun dressing up as film and TV characters on Children in Need day and as a school we raised nearly £575! Wow! 

Topic letter Autumn 2

Our Topic this half term is ‘Barnaby Bear’s English Adventure!’ 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.

Reading & Spelling
Reading & spelling 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 we endeavour to hear children read as often as possible, if your child has not had chance to change their book, then please feel free to do so yourself before or after school. Spellings are given out every Friday ready for a test the following Friday. Again, please try to support your child in learning these as it impacts on their reading & writing attainment.

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 describe how a specific habitat provides for the basic needs of things living there? (plants & animals)

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?

Homework
Homework will always be set on a Friday and must be returned by the following Wednesday. Homework should be completed in pencil and should be of an acceptable standard.

Homework some weeks will be set online. If your child doesn’t have internet access or you are unsure of your child’s login details please see me. I always endeavour to test homework that is being set first, but occasionally there are still glitches, so again please inform me of any problems you are encountering or fill in a form in the office that we can pass onto I am learning.

The paper based maths activity may be a page in your child’s own maths book or sometimes a worksheet. The paper based English activity will be something like a grammar exercise, punctuation activity or something linked to a genre like finding out facts ready to write a report.

Homework Timetable:

6th November

Maths - Iamlearning

English – Paper-Based

13th Nov

Maths - Paper-based

20th Nov

Maths - Iamlearning

27th Nov

Maths - Paper-based

English – Iamlearning

4th Dec

Maths - Iamlearning

11th Dec

Maths Paper-based

18th Dec

Maths - Iamlearning

English -Paper-based (Writing)

Occasionally some children may bring home some extra work from the homework outlined above. This may be because they are working in a booster group to try and achieve a higher level or because they are working in an intervention group and need some extra practice at something or it may simply be that your child needs a little extra work on something they have not understood.

A few further bits of information:

  • Our P.E lessons will continue to be Monday afternoon and Thursday 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.
  • I have managed to put a few photos on our class page on the school website and will endeavour to add more when I can so please keep checking it.
  • The children may mention they are being taught by Mrs Tawlks some of the time, instead of myself. Mrs Tawlk is currently qualifying to be a teacher and is doing her training in our school. Please feel free to approach her in the mornings or after school if you need to. I will also be in school most of the time (or on the yard!) so please ask if you need to see me and I am not in the classroom. Mrs Beach will also continue to teach the children some afternoons.

I hope this letter has been informative and I look forward to seeing you all at parents evening. 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)

Autumn 2 topic web: Barnaby Bear’s English Adventure

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

Sports Festival

On Monday 12th October our class took part in a sports festival at Heritage High School with other KS1 children from local schools. The sun shone and the children had lots of fun and practised their PE skills. 

Dahlicious day

On Friday 25th September we took part in Dahlicious day to raise money for Roald Dahl's charity. The children dressed up as characters from their favourite Roald Dahl books and took part in lots of fun activities like making Roly Poly birds and Mrs Twit's eyeball cakes. 

Autumn 1 newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers,

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 ‘Roald Dahl v Charles Dickens’ 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.

An important date for you diary: - Roald Dahl Day!
You will see on the topic web that we are going to be looking at the famous children’s author Roald Dahl. We will be finding out about him and his life and also looking at many of his books and characters. On Friday 25th September 2015 our class will hopefully be taken over by a whole host of mischief-making Mr and Mrs Twits, Oompa-Loompas and Matildas as we want to take part in The Dahlicious Dress Up Day, where children come to school dressed as their favourite Roald Dahl character to raise money for Roald Dahl’s Marvellous-Children’s Charity. The charity exists to make life better for seriously ill children and young people around the UK. It’s very easy to get involved – simply help your child choose a character, create a costume and remember to send them in with their donation on the day. Your child can dress up as any of Roald Dahl’s fantastic characters, or simply wear his favourite colour – yummy yellow! A donation of a £1 per pupil would be wonderful as it will help to raise money for specialist children’s nurses and other marvellous things like support for families living in poverty while caring for seriously ill child.

For further ideas visit the webpage: http://www.roalddahl.com/charity/fundraising-and-events/dahlicious-dress-up-day

Reading
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 term (up to Christmas) are: 

Targets

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

Can I describe how a specific habitat provides for the basic needs of things living there? (plants & animals)

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

Can I match living things to their habitats?

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?

Homework
Homework will always be set on a Friday and must be returned by the following Wednesday. Homework should be completed in pencil and should be of an acceptable standard.

Homework some weeks will be set online. If your child doesn’t have internet access or you are unsure of your child’s login details please see me. I always endeavour to test homework that is being set first, but occasionally there are still glitches, so again please inform me of any problems you are encountering.

The paper based maths activity may be a page in your child’s own maths book or sometimes a worksheet. The paper based English activity will be something like a grammar exercise, punctuation activity or something linked to a genre like finding out facts ready to write a report.

As well as this homework your child will also receive spellings every Friday ready for a test the following Friday.

Homework Timetable:

11th Sept

Maths - Iamlearning 

Topic – Around the World

18th Sept

Maths - Paper-based

25th Sept

Maths - Iamlearning

30th Sept

Maths - Paper-based

English - Iamlearning

2nd Oct

Maths - Iamlearning

9th Oct

Maths Paper-based

English - Paper-based

16th Oct

Maths - Iamlearning

23rd Oct

Maths - Paper-based

English -Paper-based (Writing)

Occasionally some children may bring home some extra work from the homework outlined above. This may be because they are working in a booster group to try and achieve a higher level or because they are working in an intervention group and need some extra practice at something or it may simply be that your child needs a little extra work on something they have not understood. 

A few further bits of information:

  • Our P.E lessons will be Monday afternoon and Thursday 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.
  • 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.
  • This year we are having a big push on the children knowing their times tables and number facts (like the pairs that make 10 and 20). If any parents have any free time during the week and would be able to hear children recite their tables and ask them some number facts then please let me know. Help in the classroom is always gratefully received!

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)

Topic web: Autumn 1

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