Welcome to Year 1 & 2 ........Class 2!
Welcome back everyone!
I hope you all had a wonderful Summer. The year 1 children have settled into class really well and it is lovely to see the year 2's helping them with class routines and showing them where resources are kept.
This term our topic is 'Toys'. In History we will be looking at toys from the past and comparing them with toys today, our Science work will be looking at the materials toys are made from, we will be testing games in Computing, thinking about objects which are special within R.E. and making puppets in D.T. 'Colour Chaos' is the title of our Art unit and we will also be learning about Bonfire Night and Christmas.
Maths doesn't often link, except in science occasionally and is therefore taught discretely. We will begin the term with 'number' before moving onto 'addition and subtraction'. Year 1 will then explore 'shapes' and 'place value' and the year 2's 'money' and 'multiplication and division'. I use many games, visual resources, apparatus and problem solving challenges in maths lessons to make them varied and fun.
In English we will be writing information texts about superheroes, writing our own story based on the text 'Supertato', write instructions on how to be a superhero, explore and write poetry based on Bonfire Night, write stories based on the Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Nativity. We also have cross curricular writing opportunities throughout the term. I use a lot of drama, talk for writing, role play and story telling in my lessons and there is a balance between creativity - encouraging ideas and use of language, and that of accuracy - handwriting, spelling and grammar.
We have daily phonics and spelling sessions and daily reading sessions. In our reading sessions children will either be heard read 1:1 with an adult, be part of a guided reading group, part of a whole class reading session or work independently on comprehension or phonics activities. We recognise the importance of reading for pleasure at Halwill which is why we plan for a variety of reading experiences and opportunities. Hearing your child read at home as often as possible (we suggest at least three times a week) will support their progress at school. We ask that children read their book three times before it is changed, until they reach chapter books. First to decode the words, second to develop recall and fluency, thirdly to discuss the text and language.
Once the children have settled into class fully, they will be given weekly homework in addition to home reading. This will usually be spellings but will sometimes be a maths activity, letter formation/handwriting or times tables practise. Many skills need regular practise to fully embed (such as times tables, number bonds, key words or spellings) which is why homework really helps the children. Homework should not take a very long time at KS1, but broken up into smaller chunks over the week.
We have Dance and Yoga on a Tuesday afternoon and P.E. and French on Thursday afternoons. Please can children have their P.E. kits with them on these days. We have a tray for drinks in the classroom and encourage children to drink water often. Please can their drinks bottles for the classroom contain only water. Our class bear is called Bella and she will visit your home one weekend . Show and Tell bags are also handed out at the end of the week. Please can the bags and Bella be returned on Monday for the children to share their special items/news.
If your child is receiving additional support for their learning outside of their lessons, they will bring home an 'Outline of Support' slip which will explain to you the area they are having support with and what their focus/target is, together with suggested activities you can do at home to help them. Many children receive additional support at different times throughout their school lives and this is nothing to be worried about. We are giving them an extra boost to help them and any extra you can do at home will aid that. However, if you are concerned or would like further clarification, please do not hesitate in making an appointment to see me. I am always happy to meet parents to discuss their child's well-being or learning.
The children's happiness is of upmost importance to me, I want every child in my class to feel safe, happy and secure. If there are ever any worries, questions or concerns, please do make an appointment to see me or call the office to speak to me. I will always work with you to ensure your child's happiness and well being.
Please see the attached timetable for Autumn 2019 below.
Mrs Alix Rothery
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