Class 2

Welcome to Class 2

 

'Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it'~ Proverbs 22:6

 

Dear Parents / Carers,

 

Here we are (already!)... a brand new year! I hope that you have all had a fabulous Christmas break and are now reading and raring to get back to school.  The children have certainly returned full of wonderful stories about your time together over Christmas and have made an incredible start to 2023! 

 

Here is a little bit more information about the topics that we will be covering this half-term, extra information can be found on our curriculum letter below.

 

In English we will be writing narratives inspired by the story The Marvelous Squishy Itty Bitty by Beatrice Alemagna.  As our Year 2 children assume their roles as authors, they will be writing their own versions of this story whilst out Year 1s continue to work our socks off constructing super sentences.

 

In Maths we are continuing to work through our Power Maths Units.  This half-term, Year 1 will be taking the leap from numbers within 10 all the way to numbers within 20.  They will be learning about what these numbers look like, are written like and what their value is as well as adding and subtracting within this larger number.  The Year 2 children will me cementing their knowledge and understanding of 2D and 3D shapes then moving on to learn about money.

 

In Science we are starting a brand new topic of Animals Including Humans!  This will begin with understanding what it means to be living and what things need to stay alive and grow into an understanding of how we can keep ourselves, as human beings, healthy.

 

In R.E. we are learning all about our Holy Bible, its books and how it is used then moving on to learning about Thanksgiving.  This will include the parts of Mass and the reasons for our prayers.

 

In P.E. we are starting with exploring movement in our dance unit before moving on to throwing and catching small balls in our games unit.  Please note that P.E. will be on Monday and Thursday afternoons this half-term, come to school wearing games kit on these days.

 

In Computing we will be creating our very own animated, focusing on using our mouse skills to draw and our typing skills to write sentences. 

 

In D.T. we will be designing, making and evaluating a brand new piece of play equipment for our adventure playground to develop our skills of building freestanding structures.

 

In Art we will be learning about 3D sculptures and using our new knowledge and skills to create our own 'Marvelous Squishy Itty Bitty'.

 

In Music we are listening to, appraising, singing, and performing with accompanying instruments songs that help is to explore our feelings. 

 

Homework

 

Reading - Reading with your child is incredibly important.  It not only develops a love of reading but also develops imagination, an essential part of story writing, and also their ability to communicate effectively. Please aim to read with your child for around 20min every day.

 

In Year 1, we work hard to develop our ‘fluency’ whilst reading.  This transforms our experience of reading from one that is very robotic: the c-a-t cat i-s is o-n on the m-a-t mat to one that is enjoyable, expressive and can be used to develop comprehension skills: the cat is on the mat.  With this in mind, please keep your children’s books for a whole week and access the same texts over the course of this week.  Hopefully you find that children will improve as the week goes on, enjoy reading more and start to develop a sense of ‘I can read!’.  As with last half-term, books will be changed and reading records will be checked every Monday.

 

Stuck in the front cover of your child’s purple homework book is a multi-colored questioning grid.  These questions get progressively harder and should be used alongside your child’s reading to check that they are understanding what it is that they have just read.  Please use this as and when you feel it is an appropriate challenge.

 

Please also ensure that you are accessing online books on Phonics Bug Club.  If you need any help at all with this, ask me.

 

Year 2 children can change their books as and when they need to.  As we are already beautifully fluent readers, please make use of the multi-colored questioning grid stuck in the front-cover of your child’s purple homework book as much as is possible.  Really encourage children to find the answers in the text, and not use too much of their imagination to ‘invent’ answers.  This will really support the development of children’s comprehension skills. 

 

All children have no got a ‘tricky word’ mat and phonics sound mat included in homework packs.  Please practice reading tricky words ‘on sight’ and see how many phonics sounds your child can remember!

 

Phonics bug - Please log in to phonics bug daily to access the books linked to our phonics focus in class. These books are to be seen as their home reading books. Log in on this link:

https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0

 

Spellings - Spellings will be given out on a Friday and tested the following Friday.  Please ensure purple homework books are in school every, single Friday.

 

Time tables (Year 2), Number bonds to 10 (Year 1), Number bonds to 10 and 20 (Year 2), Counting forwards and backwards (Year 1) including in multiples of 2, 5 and 10 (Year 2) - Practicing all of these things will help to build your child's fluency within Maths. 

 

The Class 2 Team

Miss Halstead – Class Teacher

Miss Seed – Teaching Assistant (R.E., Computing, Art/D.T., P.S.H.E, Music)

Miss Thornber – Teaching Assistant (Maths)

 

Personal Belongings

 

Please make sure that all belongings are clearly labelled with your child's full name.  This must include jumpers, cardigans, hoodies and coats. 

 

Once again, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions at all throughout the year on madeleine.halstead@smrc.lancs.sch.uk  

 

Miss Halstead