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Summer 2 Newsletter

Topic Web Summer 2: Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside!

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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 22nd 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 ‘Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside!’ (see the attached topic web for further details.) This is a long topic that will run up to the summer holidays.

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 currently writing a little guide to help parents but please pop in and ask me if you are still not sure how to help your child.

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 require any.

Science
This half term’s science targets are linked to our everyday uses of materials topic. 

Targets

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

How well can I suggest why a material might or might not be used for a specific job?

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

Passports
As part of our PSHE work, and to encourage the children in our school to be good citizens and to reward good behaviour, each child now has their our own ‘Passport’ with targets such as I can take turns when playing a game and I can solve a problem without arguing.  This half term we will be working on the following targets:

  • Always do what my teacher asks me to do.
  • Not sulk or become angry when I don’t like something.

Homework
Homework will continue to be given on a Friday. There will be no online homework this half term as the children need to be working on maths & reading comprehension.

Homework Timetable:

28th April

Maths – SATs revision

Reading Comprehension

5th May

Maths – SATs revision

Reading Comprehension

12th May

Maths - SATs revision

Reading Comprehension

19th May

No Homework! (Chn to have a rest ready for SATs!)

26th May

Writing

Other information:
Our P.E lessons this half term are Tuesday and Thursday 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.

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

Topic Web Summer 1: Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside!

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World Book Day

We celebrated world book day by all dressing up as our favorite book character.

D & T Projects

For your D and T topic we made cars to carry and penguin egg.

Springy

We had springy in school for a week and we took him with us to do all sorts of exercises.

Chinese New Year

We celebrated Chinese new year by making dragons and bookmarks with our names on in Chinese.

Autumn term

A look back on what we have done in the autumn term. We had our class celebration, made rockets, had the Christmas fair and had a visit from Father Christmas.

Spring 1 2017 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. In the coming term homework may be linked to SATs practise or you may receive information about ways in which you can support your child ready for these tests so please keep an eye out in your child’s book bags 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 ‘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.

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. All children this half term will be working on reading comprehension targets. 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. Thank you to those of you that obviously work so hard with your child on their spellings throughout the week.

Handwriting
Handwriting continues to be a focus with the whole class. We aim to practise twice a week during morning activity time. Many parents stay around for a few minutes to help settle their child and support them with their handwriting. Thank you for this, it is a great help as it’s hard to get around all the children to see if they are forming their letters correctly. All parents are welcome to help support their child during this time – and any children without a parent! If you require any further information regarding the way we form our letters then please ask.

Science
Each half term your child will be working on specific science targets that go with their current unit of work. Our science topic this half term is ‘Animals, including humans and our targets this half term are:  

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?

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. I understand from some parents that there are still glitches with this form of homework. I will keep monitoring the situation but please do inform me of any problems.

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 Jan

Maths - Iamlearning

13th Jan

Maths - Paper-based

20th Jan

Maths – Iamlearning

English – Paper-based

27th Jan

Maths - Paper-based

English - Iamlearning

3rd Feb

Maths - Iamlearning

10th 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.

Passports
As part of our PSHE work, and to encourage the children in our school to be good citizens and to reward good behaviour, each child now has their our own ‘Passport’ with targets such as I always remember to say please & thank you or I can say sorry when I have done something wrong. This half term we will be thinking particularly about the targets I can take turns when playing a game, I always do what my teacher asks me to do and I can listen when someone is talking to me.

A few further bits of information:

  • Our P.E lessons will be Monday afternoon and Thursday afternoon this half term. Please can you ensure your child has their P.E kit in school on these days as we have limited spare kit 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.
  • When we come to make our vehicles in D&T we will be needing an assortment of empty boxes, margarine tubs, yoghurt tubs, tubes etc so if you are able to save any for us and bring them in towards the end of term that would be much appreciated! (No toilet rolls or egg boxes please.)

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)

Topic Web Spring 1: Winter Wonderland

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Autumn 2 Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers,

This is always a fantastic time of year in school with the run up to Christmas! This half term we will be doing lots of festive activities as well as our main topic ‘Light Explosions!’ 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. The first Friday back (4.11.16) will be a test of previously learnt spellings to see if children are retaining them. We will then go back to normal Friday tests. Please see the enclosed spellings for the term ahead.

Please make sure your child has their reading book and reading record diary in school daily. Our red, school reading folders are much easier to accommodate in the classroom than large rucksacks so where possible please encourage your child to bring one of these if they have one.

During reading sessions at school we will be focusing on a particular target each half term. This half term’s reading targets are below. If your child does not know which group they are in please ask me! 

Reading Group:

Target:

Blue

Can I read all the action words?

Green & Purple

Can I answer questions and make some inferences on the basis of what is being said and done?

Yellow & Red

Can I predict what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far?

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

4th November

Maths - Iamlearning

11th Nov

Maths - Paper-based

English – Iamlearning

18th Nov

Maths – Iamlearning

25th Nov

Maths - Paper-based

2nd Dec

Maths - Iamlearning

English – Paper-based (Reading comp or Grammar)

9th Dec

Maths Paper-based

16th 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 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.

Further 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 as we have limited spare kit? Please send PE kits in a drawstring bag where possible, as large rucksacks are very difficult to store in the limited space in our cloakrooms. Children should also not be wearing any jewellery on PE days. 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.

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

Topic Web: Autumn 2

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 ‘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 so far in school. Therefore the children will be sitting their SATs tests in May. They will take SATs in Reading, English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS) and Maths. More information about this will be provided throughout the year.

Targets: 
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. Some children can be fluent readers but struggle with comprehension questions about the text/book. As this is what the SATs reading test will assess them on it would be useful if you could get used to asking the following types of questions when hearing your child read:

  • What do you think this story will be about?
  • What might happen in the story?
  • What is happening in the pictures?
  • What has happened so far? Is it what you expected to happen?
  • What might happen next?
  • How do you think the story might end?
  • What sort of character is….? Is he/she friendly/ mean/ nice…?
  • Why did that character do … (give a situation/ event from the story)?
  • How do we know the character is happy/sad/lonely etc? Or which word tells us the character is frightened/happy/excited etc?
  • Can you think of any other words or phrases the writer could have used instead of X?
  • What do we call the writing on the back of the book? (Blurb) or What does the blurb tell us?

Please make sure your child has their reading book and reading record diary in school daily. Our red, school reading folders are much easier to accommodate in the classroom than large rucksacks so where possible please encourage your child to bring one of these if they have one.

During reading sessions at school we will be focusing on a particular target each half term. This half term’s reading targets are below. If your child does not know which group they are in please ask me! 

Reading Group:

Target:

Blue

Can I read the Phase 2 & 3 tricky words?

Green & Purple

Can I read many of the Yr 2 common exception words?

Yellow & Red

Can I answer questions and make some inferences on the basis of what is being said and done?

Science
Each half term your child will be working on specific science targets that go with their current unit of work. Our science topic this half term is ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’ and the children will be working on the following targets: 

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?

Maths
Maths targets will be shared with the children and stuck into their maths books and you will be able to see these during parents evening. It would be helpful if you could help your child to be able to count in 2’s, 5’s & 10’s and then extend this to actually being able to recall the times table facts for these. Knowing the pairs to ten is also very beneficial (1+9, 4+6, 7+3, 2+8 etc) as is being able to double up to double 15.

Writing
Children’s writing targets are again shared in class with the children as they change all the time. Our biggest focus this half term is being able to punctuate sentences correctly using full stops and capital letters, then moving onto questions marks, exclamation marks commas in lists and apostrophes. Ask your child to show you their Kung Fu punctuation moves they have been working on!

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.

When children return their homework they should place it in the homework tray in their classroom. Don’t forget it needs your child’s name on it.

Homework Timetable

9th Sept

Maths - Paper-based

16th Sept

Maths - Iamlearning

23rd Sept

Maths - Paper-based

English - Iamlearning

30th Sept

Maths - Iamlearning

7th Oct

Maths Paper-based

English - Paper-based

14th Oct

Maths - Iamlearning

21st Oct

Maths - Paper-based

English -Paper-based (Writing)

Occasionally 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 or it may simply be that your child needs a little extra work on something they have not understood.

Spellings
As well as this homework your child will also receive spellings every Friday ready for a test the following Friday. The number of spellings your child has to learn each week will depend on the group they are in. This term we have decided to send an overview of all the spellings that will be learnt throughout the half term. This is so that you can keep recapping on them even after the weekly Friday test (or even get ahead!) as after each holiday we have a big spelling test on all previously learnt spellings.

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 as we have limited spare kit? Please send PE kits in a drawstring bag where possible, as large rucksacks are very difficult to store in the limited space in our cloakrooms. Children should also not be wearing any jewellery on PE days. 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.
  • The children may mention they are being taught by Miss Vaughan some of the time, instead of myself. Miss Vaughan 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 am 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. Miss Heath-Smith will also teach the children some afternoons and Mrs Gilbert will be working alongside our class in the afternoon as our Teaching Assistant.
  • As there is a lot to remember to bring to school some days I have included a timetable to help you. Hopefully your child can put it up somewhere and start to become a little more independent by looking what they need to bring to school each day!!!

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 and getting to know you. 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 1 Topic Web: Barnaby Bear's Highland

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