PE is on Wednesday and Friday
Maths homework is usually set on Friday and due in on Monday
Spellings are tested on Tuesday
To kickstart our Spring Term we will be starting the year with WRITE AWAY WEEK, which will involve all the children looking at the book Beegu to inspire them to write creatively. The remainder of the Spring term will focus on ‘Extreme Explorers’. Our curriculum will concentrate on looking at the journey of Ernest Shackleton and Robert Scott to the South Pole. After half term we will be looking at the constrasting landscape of Africa. The children will be researching information about animals with a focus on their habitats and how they have adapted to an extreme environment.
In English we continue to use Success for All Phonics to teach phonic skills and our Guided Reading programme also follows this programme of study. Please remember you can access the parent portal for lots of information about the programme and how you can further support your child at home. https://parents.fft.org.uk. Please ask your class teacher for the passcode. Weekly spellings will continue. As well as learning the spellings each week it is important the children are able to write the words learnt in a sentence.
To engage the children in their learning we will be using high quality texts such as The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark and Ice Trap. These texts will form the basis of our classroom reading and writing. In narrative fiction we will focus on how to write descriptively and in non-fiction the children will learn how to create their own non-chonological reports. Each week the children will choose a “sharing book” and reading books will continue to be sent home in book bags to be shared daily with supporting adults in the home. When reading at home, please do engage with the Reading Record as a way to communicate reading practice with the class teachers.
Throughout the term the children will also have the opportunity to improve their oracy skills and will be practising speaking in full sentences when responding to adults and each other.
In Maths we will continue to focus on our Key Instant Recall Skills (doubles and halves, days of the week, months of the year and our 2x table). Once the Y2 children have been introduced to times tables they will then start to have weekly tables test. Your class teacher will let you know when these will commence and what table to learn. These will be short quick paced tests with a focus on instant recall. Maths this term in Year 1 will focus on place value within 20 and 50, length and height, mass and volume. In Year 2 it will be money, multiplication and division, length and height, mass, capacity and temperature. 10 in 10 Arithmetic tests will continue each week based on mental key mathematical skills.
Science this term focuses on biology: Animals Including Humans and Living Things and their Habitats. We will be looking at grouping animals into carnivores, herbivores and omnivores as well as identifying and naming common birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and mammals in their habitats and microhabitats.
In Computing we will be learning to code, understanding what a command will do, sequencing movements and solving problems along the way. In the second half of the spring term we will learn about data and information. We will label, group and save data and information as well as using technology to create, organise, store, manipulate, and retrieve digital content.
PE continues to be taught twice weekly. This term we will be focusing on dance, invasion games, striking and fielding (cricket) and target games. Some of the sessions will be held outside so it is important that your child comes to school in the correct PE kit for cold weather. As a reminder winter PE kit should comprise: blue t-shirt, blue jumper/hoody, joggers/shorts, warm socks and suitable outdoor training shoes.
Home Learning and Homework: It is our aim to support the children in becoming self-motivated and organised with their home learning.
READ EVERYDAY: Please spend time reading and listening to your child read for at least half an hour each day and make a record of any reading in their reading journal. The reading journal will be monitored by an adult (teacher, reading volunteer, teaching assistant) during guided and individual reading sessions each week.
The children’s books will be closely monitored and re-reading a book will form a key part of reading for fluency and understanding as well as de-coding the words on the page. As a guide, phonically decodable or banded reading books are likely to be changed each week and the children will also be asked to choose their own sharing book to take home.
Spelling lists will be sent home each week. Children should learn their spellings at home using the “Look, Cover, Write and Check method” as well as oral recall. This will give them a chance to practise their handwriting too. The words will go home on Wednesday and be tested the following Tuesday. There will also be an expectation that the learnt spellings will be used in their written work too.
Maths: Please practise key number facts with your child at home as often as you can. Especially counting in 1s and 10s as well as number bond to 10/20, days of the week and months of the year. A copy of the Key Instant Recall Facts for your child will be sent home at the start of term.
In addition to the home learning above, your child will be issued a separate maths activity based on the learning that week. This will be given out on a Friday, to be completed by the following Monday.
CLASSROOM ORGANISATION: Bags, lunch boxes. Cloakrooms and classroom space is very limited, especially as coats get bigger in the Autumn and Winter months. It is important that we minimise the amount of equipment brought in from home. Our cloakroom area is shared and can become cluttered VERY quickly. Please ensure that you use the school book bags and any lunch boxes brought into school are of a reasonable size. All personal property must be clearly named.
The children will be expected to maintain good hygiene and to hand sanitise throughout the day. Children are always able to access and drink water throughout the day, as such children should bring a named, and refillable water bottle each day. Water bottles must be taken home and cleaned thoroughly each evening.
If your child has an inhaler, please could you make sure that it is clearly named and in date. Their inhaler should be in school to be accessed at all times. If your child requires any other medication please could you make us AND the office staff aware.
Formal parents evenings will be held in October to discuss settling in and your child’s progress to date. However, if you would like to discuss any aspect of your child’s education or have any concerns at any time throughout the term, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with your class teacher.