I would like to wish you all a very happy New Year and best wishes for 2018.
The Autumn term was extremely busy as ever and very successful. The children have all gelled together as a class and all those new to the class have got used to the routines and expectations. Everyone is working hard! After the excitement of the Christmas period, including the Christmas play which was performed magnificently by the children, it is quite nice to be back into a more normal routine!
We have another busy and exciting term ahead of us!
During the Spring term, we will be joined by Miss Craig who is a PGCE student teacher from the University of Cumbria. She will be observing, helping and delivering some of the lessons, closely supported by myself.
The Creative Curriculum
Our context for learning this term is Kings and Queens - The Tudors. In Class 2 our focus for each subject area will be as follows:
- Art: Tudor portraits and frame making;
- Computing: internet research, copying and pasting pictures, using Word;
- D & T: making models of Tudor houses, baking bread;
- History: a brief look at our Queen, how the Tudor dynasty began with the Battle of Bosworth, the Tudor rose, a closer look at Henry VIII and his 6 wives, a character profile of Elizabeth I, making a timeline of Tudor monarchs, a personal study of one other monarch from any period of British History; an investigation into the Fire of London;
- Music: Music Express – exploring pulse and rhythm;
- PSHE: keeping safe at school and home and whilst out and about; cyber safety;
- PE: multi skills, netball, football with Rowan;
- RE: Judaism and retelling the Easter story.
For our D & T topic, we will need a large number of cardboard boxes, especially cereal boxes of different sizes. Could you start saving some of these please?
We hope to show case some of our learning to you at our class assembly which will take place on Tuesday 20th March at 3pm.
English and Maths units of work to be covered this term are as follows:
Homework (a reminder and an update!)
Homework will continue as before with the following changes.
English: We will be giving children in Year 2 a slightly different homework task to help prepare them for the reading comprehension that they will have to complete as part of their SATs tests at the end of Year 2. This will be given out on a Wednesday and should be returned to school before the following Wednesday at the latest. The children will probably need some support with this initially until they get more used to tackling it by themselves. Please help them by encouraging them to re-read the text to find or confirm the answers to the questions being asked.
Times tables: The Year 3 children are now well used to times tables learning and testing and we will continue with this as before, each child working through at their own rate. I feel that Year 2 are now ready to begin weekly times tables practice also, although the tests will be simpler, based simply on remembering the tables. Children will bring their tables’ books home on Mondays. They should practise their tables daily at home and bring their books back to school on Fridays for the test! You can help your child by firing questions at them out of order! The target for Year 2 children is to know the 2, 5 and 10 times tables, anything extra is a bonus! We expect children to achieve full marks in the test 3 times before they move on to the next times table. These are interspersed with revision tests as well to re-inforce learning.
Spellings –In some cases, practising spellings 3 times a week may not be enough. Please help your child to write their spellings correctly on demand and out of order! For children in Year 3, please remember to check that the children know what each word means and are able to give an accurate definition as well as use it correctly in a sentence.
Year 2 End of Key Stage 1 assessment
You may be aware that all children in Year 2 have to be assessed in key English and Maths skills using a range of tests produced by the government. The scores that the children achieve in these tests are combined with teacher assessments throughout the year and the children are given an end-of-key stage score. I will be holding an information meeting for the parents of children in Year 2 on Monday 29th January at 3.30pm. Please rest assured that in our school we ensure that the whole testing process is as low key as possible. We usually find that the children quite enjoy the experience!
Going for Gold
I am in the process of reviewing the Bronze targets and preparing Silver targets. Before Christmas most of the children came home with highlighted spelling lists of words from their Bronze lists to show you which to focus on. Hopefully, they have been practising these with you! I will re-assess those words next week and will hopefully be able to give out Bronze certificates shortly afterwards.
Bits and Bobs!
I think all the children now have wellies and waterproofs back in school but we are still missing some water bottles. When purchasing a water bottle for your child, please bear in mind that the water bottles all go through the dishwasher every Friday afternoon so bottles should not be overly elaborate and should be dishwasher safe.
A handful of children could do with some sturdier trainers for PE – the black plimsoll style shoe is ideal for indoor PE but not really suitable for football as they are not waterproof or tough enough to withstand the challenge of a muddy field or exuberant tackling!
Please could I remind you to name all items of clothing clearly - we seem to have had a lot of mislaid jumpers, trousers, polo shirts and so on recently. As you can imagine, it is almost impossible to re-unite unnamed items with their owner!
I look forward to seeing you all at Parents’ evening in a week or so. As always, I am available for a chat at the beginning and end of the school day, so please do not hesitate to come and see me if you have any queries or concerns.
I hope the information contained in this letter is useful but if there is anything else you would like to know just let me know!