Let’s start off with a big warm welcome to the Year 1s and a big welcome back to Class 2 to the new Year 2s! I hope the holidays were filled with fun, adventure and lots of laughter.
For Autumn term, our main topic is ‘What a Journey’. We will look at all the amazing places around the world, including the UK and Halwill, as well as learning about the different celebrations around the world. We will celebrate our differences and similarities with other countries. Another exciting topic this term is The Great Fire of London. Class 2 are taking a journey back in time to 1666 to learn about what happened, significant people in that time and to learn how the fire spread. As part of this marvellous topic, Class 2 will be designing, making and evaluating their own houses!
In English, we will be letting our imaginations run wild by writing our own stories about emotions while reading a wonderful book called ‘The Colour Monster’. We will also be reading a book called ‘Supertato’ which tells an exciting story about a superhero potato. As part of this, Class 2 will be making their own super potatoes! For the last few weeks of Autumn term, Class 2 will also be creating a recount of The Great Fire of London, as if we were there.
As some of you may know, our P.E days are Tuesdays and Thursdays so the children will need to make sure they have their P.E bags in school on those days. On Tuesdays, they will be burning off their energy with gymnastics and dance, while Thursday will be filled with P.E and French.
Homework will be set on Tuesdays via Class Dojo and a copy of this will be sent home in their bookbags/bags. This is to be handed in on the following Monday. Not too much time should be spent on the homework so it is best to spread it out across the week.
In Key Stage 1, the homework will consist of mathematics and English/handwriting tasks alternating each week. Every week, we also encourage reading to be done at home at least 5 times and spellings or common exception words to be practised as well. This is to solidify the learning taking place in lessons or to spend extra time on a specific skill. If you read with your child, simply write it in their reading record to let us know how they are getting on. If children read 5 times a week, there is a reward of Friday Golden Time. The reading does not need to be the whole book but a page will still benefit. You could also read a sentence each or read one and repeat it until they feel fluent in their reading.
Each day, the children will have a Read, Write, Inc phonics session focussing on sounds and their reading fluency/comprehension, as well as weekly spelling practice, spelling tests and handwriting practice. In Class 2, we have the amazing Miss Steward as our TA, working closely with the children and supporting their learning. A few weeks into Autumn term, a special teddy will be sent home with our Star of the Week and we hope to hear of all the weekend adventures our bear gets up to. One thing we will need help with is giving him a name! Two members of Class 2 also become Special Helpers each day to help everyone around the classroom and we will soon begin a Star of the Day. Our chosen star of the day will be able to sit on a super, soft star rug and be celebrated for being resilient, reflective, resourceful, respectful and for building relationships.
In Class 2, we want to make a safe, caring and respectful environment and your child’s safety and learning is of utmost importance to us. If you have any questions, worries or queries, feel free to contact us on Class Dojo or send an email into the office and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible. We look forward to having a term filled with exciting learning, being creative and trying our best.
Please find a timetable for our current Autumn term attached below.
Miss R Warran