I hope that you have all had a lovely Christmas holiday and a good rest! The children were all very excited in the run-up to Christmas and I have enjoyed hearing about their Christmas festivities!
We had a very busy and successful Autumn term, and I think we have now all got used to each other, and to the routines of the classroom. All the children are making progress and working hard. I was really delighted and proud of them all at our Christmas play. They worked so hard and enthusiastically to put on a fantastic confident performance which we all enjoyed. I hope you did too!
As ever, we have another busy and exciting term ahead of us!
The Creative Curriculum
Our context for learning this term is Seaside Rescue. Our focus for each subject area will be as follows:
- Art: painting, drawing and seaside art;
- Computing: copying and pasting pictures of sea life and combining with text using Word;
- D & T: ingredients: investigating scones and scone recipes, planning a recipe for a scone, baking and evaluating;
- Geography: types of weather, recording the weather, UK mapping, naming the 4 countries of the UK and their capital cities, investigating the physical and human features of Northumberland and the Farne islands;
- History: an in depth study of the life of Grace Darling and her famous seaside rescue;
- Music: Music Express – exploring pulse and rhythm;
- PSHE: caring for our environment, finding out about the impact of plastics on the environment and the oceans, Fairtrade fortnight activities linked to the theme of cocoa;
- PE: netball, hockey, football with Rowan;
- RE: Christianity, stories from the Bible and retelling the Easter story;
- Science: Rocks, soils and uses of everyday materials.
We hope to show case some of our learning to you at our class assembly which will take place on Wednesday 13th February 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. Although we have been doing a lot of this kind of activity in school, some of 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. This is an essential skill, far more reliable than their preferred method of having a wild guess!
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 by the end of the year, 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 each word 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. Although testing will not take place until the end of May, I will be holding an information meeting for the parents of children in Year 2 on Monday 4th February 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
The children will be given their Silver targets this week. 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 in the next week or so and will hopefully be able to give out the remaining Bronze certificates shortly afterwards.
Many of the children in Year 3 will be going on the KS2 residential to Dukeshousewood in Hexham with Class 3 for the week beginning 4th March. Mrs Blackley and I will accompany the children for half of the week each, and then we will swap over, meaning that one of us will be with the rest of the children in school at all times.
I look forward to seeing you all at Parents’ evening on Monday. 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.
Please do pop in and ask if there is anything else you would like to know!