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Curriculum Information Week Beginning 22/05/17

Holly Class children worked so hard last week (and managed to have fun!) so I hope they had treats over the weekend! Thank you so much for helping us make what could be a very stressful, anxious and traumatic week into a week which we breezed through smiling and laughing.

I am extremely proud of Holly Class children this year for taking SATs in their stride so easily and confidently. As you are aware, parents are not given a definitive score from the SATs, but I do try and make it known in the summer report what areas went well and where improvements may still need to be made moving forward into Year 3. As always, please come and speak to me if you have any worries or concerns.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • New Shakespeare spellings to learn before Friday 26th May;
  • Times tables practice;
  • Show and Tell about the rainforest or the Amazon;
  • Holly Class Assembly Friday 9th June at 9:15am.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 15/05/17

No information this week.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 08/05/17

I hope you all had fun over the long weekend. We are in full SATs swing now. I hope those parents that came to the SATs info evening found it useful and any last minute questions have been answered and nerves calmed. Please remember that SATs, although they are of course important, are not the be all and end all of everything! We are keeping this in perspective and seeing the SATs as a way of proving what we DO know and not worrying about what we DON’T know!

Literacy. We are really enjoying learning about the rainforest! Show and Tell continues to be really interesting and thought-provoking for the rest of the children to listen to you – thanks again for helping with this. We have now started to learn about all of the different animals who live in the rainforest. The art that has been created by Mrs Riches and Miss McCarty on a Wednesday morning is amazing! We will be living in the rainforest soon!

Phonics, reading and writing:

  • We are not taking the SPAG SAT, but we are still working really hard to make sure everyone is secure with their phonics, grammar and spelling before they move onto Year 3.
  • As a class, we are trying to work through the tenses, understand the difference between commas and apostrophes and use a dictionary to help us improve our spelling.

Maths

Number revision – http://www.primarygames.co.uk/pg2/splat/splatsq100.html

2-10 times tables (very helpful!) – numbers, words and sequence – 4 times table song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igoGDE5hLjw

SATs are the main focus until May Half-Term.  To make sure that each topic is covered, revision homework will be given.

We need to cover Measurement in more detail:

  • Weight – grams (g) and kilograms (kg)
  • Length – millimetres (mm), centimetres (cm) and metres (m)
  • Capacity – millilitres (ml) and litres (l)

Linked with measurement, we will be recapping topics we have already covered such as:

  • Money
  • Time
  • Estimating
  • Graphs

Any other curriculum information

PSHE – Healthy and Safer Lifestyles .  We will be discussing and understanding:

  • Babies becoming children then becoming adults
  • Growing up
  • Changing responsibilities
  • How do babies change and grow?
  • How have I changed since I was a baby?
  • What do babies and children need?
  • What are my responsibilities now I’m older?

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • New Shakespeare spellings to learn before May Half-Term
  • SATs Meeting Thursday 4th May 5:00-5:30pm
  • Times tables practice
  • Show and Tell about the rainforest or the Amazon
  • Holly Class Assembly Friday 9th June at 9:15

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 01/05/17

A long weekend already! I hope you all found time to relax and have fun, and are ready for the new term ahead. We are in full SATs swing now. I will be holding one more parent information evening for any last minute questions, queries or worries. I would like to reiterate again, that SATs, although they are of course important, are not the be all and end all of everything! We are keeping this in perspective and seeing the SATs as a way of proving what we DO know and not worrying about what we DON’T know!

Literacy.  We are really loving learning about the rainforest! Show and Tell has been amazing!  Thank you for thinking outside of the ‘box’ and encouraging them to have an animal or rainforest theme.

Phonics, reading and writing:

  • We are not taking the SPAG SAT, but we are still working really hard to make sure everyone is secure with their phonics, grammar and spelling before they move onto Year 3.  I hope you found the document I attached to last week’s info useful.  As always please do ask any questions or tell me any worries.
  • As a class we are trying to working through the tenses, understand the difference between commas and apostrophes and use a dictionary to help us improve our spelling.

Maths

Number revision – http://www.primarygames.co.uk/pg2/splat/splatsq100.html

2-10 times tables (very helpful!) – numbers, words and sequence – 4 times table song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igoGDE5hLjw

SATs are the main focus until May Half-Term.  To make sure that each topic is covered, revision homework will be given.

We need to cover Measurement in more detail:

  • Weight – grams (g) and kilograms (kg)
  • Length – millimetres (mm), centimetres (cm) and metres (m)
  • Capacity – millilitres (ml) and litres (l)

Linked with measurement, we will be recapping topics we have already covered such as:

  • Money
  • Time
  • Estimating
  • Graphs

Any other curriculum information

PSHE – Healthy and Safer Lifestyles .  We will be discussing and understanding:

  • Babies becoming children then becoming adults
  • Growing up
  • Changing responsibilities
  • How do babies change and grow?
  • How have I changed since I was a baby?
  • What do babies and children need?
  • What are my responsibilities now I’m older?

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • New Shakespeare spellings to learn before May Half-Term
  • SATs Meeting Thursday 4th May 5:00-5:30pm
  • Times tables practice
  • Show and Tell about the rainforest or the Amazon
  • Holly Class Assembly Friday 9th June at 9:15

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 24/04/17

Welcome back!  I hope you all had a lovely Easter break and are ready for the new term.  We are in full SATs swing now.  I will holding one more parent information evening before the end of April for any last minute questions, queries or worries.  I would like to reiterate again, that SATs, although they are of course important, are not the be all and end all of everything!  We are keeping this in perspective and seeing the SATs as a way of proving what we DO know and not worrying about what we DON’T know!

Literacy.  We will start this term by reading ‘The Great Kapok Tree’.  We will be creating information pages, writing letters, making banners and posters campaigning to look after our environment.

Phonics, reading and writing – please refer to sheet sent home.

Maths

Number revision – http://www.primarygames.co.uk/pg2/splat/splatsq100.html

2-10 times tables (very helpful!) – numbers, words and sequence – 4 times table song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igoGDE5hLjw

SATs are the main focus until May Half-Term.  To make sure that each topic is covered, revision homework will be given.

We need to cover Measurement in more detail:

  • Weight – grams (g) and kilograms (kg)
  • Length – millimetres (mm), centimetres (cm) and metres (m)
  • Capacity – millilitres (ml) and litres (l)

Linked with measurement, we will be recapping topics we have already covered such as:

  • Money
  • Time
  • Estimating
  • Graphs

Any other curriculum information

PSHE – Healthy and Safer Lifestyles .  We will be discussing and understanding:

  • Babies becoming children then becoming adults
  • Growing up
  • Changing responsibilities
  • How do babies change and grow?
  • How have I changed since I was a baby?
  • What do babies and children need?
  • What are my responsibilities now I’m older?

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • New Shakespeare Spellings to learn before May Half-Term
  • SATs – week beginning 15th May
  • Times tables practice
  • Show and Tell about keeping fit or healthy eating
  • Holly Class assembly, Friday 9th June at 9:15am

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 20/03/17

This week the Learning Bus is with us. We will have the opportunity to go onto the bus as a class. From memory Holly Class will go on Thursday – one half of the class and then the second half of the class later in the day.

Literacy

From this point on, we will be writing, writing, writing! In preparation for SATs, we need to be applying our knowledge of sentence structure, grammar and punctuation in every form of writing whether that be diary entries, newspaper articles, stories, instructions, poetry or recounts.

I shared “gold star” pieces of work with the class last week.  Hopefully, this will encourage others to enhance their writing.

In our writing, we are continuing to conduct tailored lessons which are in place to help each child individually with an area of their writing or phonic knowledge. You may also hear your child talk about doing more free writing in this run up to SATs. This basically means that we will be giving the class an opportunity to cover each ‘type’ of writing as many times as they can.

Phonics and Reading.  Please keep reading with your children at home and asking them questions about what they have read. Comprehension skills are improving, but any help from home would be great! We are reading on a weekly basis with Year 6 on a Wednesday afternoon. Mrs Tucker and I discussed how the Year 6 children can improve their questioning and recording skills whilst the Year 2 children will have to read and explain what they have learnt.

Maths

Number revision – http://www.primarygames.co.uk/pg2/splat/splatsq100.html

2-10 times tables (very helpful!) – numbers, words and sequence – 4 times table song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igoGDE5hLjw

We have been thinking about how questions can be asked and working through the varied ways to answer them. From now until SATs we will be filling any gaps in knowledge and working very much on a day to day basis of what comes up. This allows us to be confident that everyone’s needs are being met. As with our writing, we are tailoring our Maths teaching to be as personal as it can be so that everybody can positively build upon areas in which they may not be so confident.

It is evident from sessions last week that children are really struggling to check their answers when they are finished. Please, please, please, encourage your children to use the whole time given in a task or a test so that they are giving themselves the best opportunity to demonstrate their TRUE potential. I know they can do it, but it is vital that they show it independently. Thanks for your support with this.

Spellings/Homework:

  • Please keep learning the Shakespeare spellings; remember they will be tested every half term. Normal class spellings will be sent home either in the orange books or as a separate booklet with challenges.
  • Homework this week is Poetry.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Reports go out this week.
  • Keep checking if your child is ready for a house point badge so you do not miss it in Gold Book Assembly. Some children are very nearly ready for their silver in the next couple of weeks – we cannot promise that we will do them in a specific week, but we will really try!

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 13/03/17

Throughout last week we subtly carried out assessments in preparation for writing reports and sharing your child’s progress with you. Having the opportunity to do these assessments has helped us tailor your child’s learning even further and will hopefully iron out misconceptions and further develop their knowledge in certain areas.

Literacy 

From this point on, we will be writing, writing, writing! In preparation for SATs, we need to be applying our knowledge of sentence structure, grammar and punctuation in every form of writing whether that be diary entries, newspaper articles, stories, instructions, poetry or recounts.

I am delighted to tell you that some children (they don’t know who yet!) have gained a shiny gold star in their writing books for working very hard to use lots of different things off their writing cards on their table. I have shared “gold star” pieces of work with the class this week. Hopefully this will encourage others to enhance their writing.

In our writing, we are continuing to conduct tailored lessons which are in place to help each child individually with an area of their writing or phonic knowledge. You may also hear your child talk about doing more free writing in this run up to SATs. This basically means that we will be giving the class an opportunity to cover each ‘type’ of writing as many times as they can.

Phonics and Reading.  Please keep reading with your children at home and asking them questions about what they have read. Comprehension skills are improving, but any help from home would be great! We are reading on a weekly basis with Year 6 on a Wednesday afternoon. Mrs Tucker and I discussed how the Year 6 children can improve their questioning and recording skills whilst the Year 2 children will have to read and explain what they have learnt.

Maths

Number revision – http://www.primarygames.co.uk/pg2/splat/splatsq100.html

2-10 times tables (very helpful!) – numbers, words and sequence – 4 times table song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igoGDE5hLjw

We have been thinking about how questions can be asked and working through the varied ways to answer them. From now until SATs we will be filling any gaps in knowledge and working very much on a day to day basis of what comes up. This allows us to be confident that everyone’s needs are being met. As with our writing, we are tailoring our Maths teaching to be as personal as it can be so that everybody can positively build upon areas in which they may not be so confident.

It is evident from sessions last week that children are really struggling to check their answers when they are finished. Please, please, please, encourage your children to use the whole time given in a task or a test so that they are giving themselves the best opportunity to demonstrate their TRUE potential. I know they can do it, but it is vital that they show it independently. Thanks for your support with this.

Spellings/Homework:

  • Please keep learning the Shakespeare spellings; remember they will be tested every half term. Normal class spellings will be sent home either in the orange books or as a separate booklet with challenges.
  • Geography – We are exploring our local surroundings.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • This week is Science Week. I would really love any Show and Tell this week to be Science themed if possible.
  • Keep checking if your child is ready for a house point badge so you do not miss it in Gold Book Assembly. Some children are very nearly ready for their silver in the next couple of weeks – we cannot promise that we will do them in a specific week, but we will really try!

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 06/03/17

We have had lots of fun during Book Week in Holly Class. We have enjoyed speding time with other children in the Juniors and reading with them. I look forard to seeing Book Week costumes tomorrow – remember to dress as someone or something from a fairy tale or myth!

I have had a few parents ask about spellings this week. Those children who were not given Shakespeare spellings have now got them to learn for the last week of this term.

Literacy

I am delighted to tell you that some children (they don’t know who yet!) have gained a shiny gold star in their writing books for working very hard to use lots of different things off their writing cards on their table. Hopefully by the end of Year 2, everyone will have gained at least one gold star. This is my way of enticing the children to try their very best and produce work of a high Year 2 standard.

In our writing lessons from now until SATs, we will be conducting tailored lessons which are in place to help each child individually with an area of their writing or phonic knowledge. You may also hear your child talk about doing more free writing in this run up to SATs. This basically means that we will be giving the class an opportunity to cover each ‘type’ of writing as many times as they can.

Maths

Number revision – http://www.primarygames.co.uk/pg2/splat/splatsq100.html

2-10 times tables (very helpful!) – numbers, words and sequence – 4 times table song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igoGDE5hLjw

We have been thinking about how questions can be asked and working through the varied ways to answer them. From now until SATs we will be filling any gaps in knowledge and working very much on a day to day basis of what comes up. This allows us to be confident that everyone’s needs are being met. As with our writing, we are tailoring our Maths teaching to be as personal as it can be so that everybody can positively build upon areas in which they may not be so confident.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings.  Please keep learning the Shakespeare spellings; remember they will be tested every half term. Normal class spellings will be sent home either in the orange books, or as a separate booklet with challenges.

Homework.  Homework this week is a recap of our knowledge of sounds in writing and word problems in maths. There is no obligation to complete both homeworks; it is just useful to take as many opportunities as we can to fill any knowledge gaps.

Dates/Messages/Requests

Keep checking if your child is ready for a house point badge so you do not miss it in Gold Book Assembly – some children are very nearly ready for their silver in the next couple of weeks.  We cannot promise that we will do them in a specific week, but we will really try!

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 27/02/17

Last week was a very blustery first week back after the half term holiday! I hope you all had a good break, and enjoyed some downtime. We are now on the countdown to SATs. I’d like to reiterate that we are taking this in our stride and any preparation we are doing is disguised very cunningly as revision lessons of what we have already learnt!

Literacy

I am delighted to tell you that some children (they don’t know who yet!) have gained a shiny gold star in their writing books for working very hard to use lots of different things off their writing cards on their table. Hopefully by the end of Year 2, everyone will have gained at least one gold star. This is my way of enticing the children to try their very best and produce work of a high Year 2 standard.

In our writing lessons from now until SATs, we will be conducting tailored lessons which are in place to help each child individually with an area of their writing or phonic knowledge. You may also hear your child talk about doing more free writing in this run up to SATs. This basically means that we will be giving the class an opportunity to cover each ‘type’ of writing as many times as they can.

Phonics and Reading

Thank you for working with your children on writing a few sentences throughout half-term. It is evident in some children’s writing that spelling has been a focal point of work at home. Please keep asking them to check their spelling and sentence structure. This practice will really benefit them.

Maths

Number revision – http://www.primarygames.co.uk/pg2/splat/splatsq100.html

2-10 times tables (very helpful!) – numbers, words and sequence – 4 times table song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igoGDE5hLjw

We have been thinking about how questions can be asked and working through the varied ways to answer them. From now until SATs we will be filling any gaps in knowledge and working very much on a day to day basis of what comes up. This allows us to be confident that everyone’s needs are being met. As with our writing, we are tailoring our Maths teaching to be as personal as it can be so that everybody can positively build upon areas in which they may not be so confident.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings.  Shakespeare Spelling (A gentle reminder!). As a school we are adopting a new spelling scheme to work alongside the spellings we already do in each year group. These spellings are called ‘Shakespeare Spellings’. I will be sending a spelling list home at the start of every half term to learn for a test at the end of that half term. We are slightly behind with this because we are part way through the year, so two word lists have been sent home – List 7 to learn by Easter and List 8 to learn by May Day half term. Please keep learning the Shakespeare spellings; remember they will be tested every half term. Normal class spellings will be sent home either in the orange books, or as a separate booklet with challenges.

Homework.  Homework this week is a recap of our knowledge of time and a chance to also revisit present and past tense. There is no obligation to complete both homeworks; it is just useful to take as many opportunities as we can to fill any knowledge gaps.

Dates/Messages/Requests

Keep checking if your child is ready for a house point badge so you do not miss it in Gold Book Assembly – some children are very nearly ready for their silver in the next couple of weeks.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 20/02/17

I hope you all have a restful half term!  The week before half term was busy in Holly Class. We  enjoyed learning about different types of measures in maths, letter writing and grammar in our literacy lessons, and finishing off creating our Traction Man.

Literacy.  Hopefully, the document showing you what is expected of a Year 2 writer was useful.  Everyone is working hard to gain a gold star in their writing book by using something off the writing card on their table.  They need to not only use it, but understand why they used it and why that particular thing has enhanced their writing.  Over half term practising writing in any form would be useful.

Phonics and Reading.  Phonics has dipped slightly recently. We are trying to find a way to encourage children to apply what they know in their writing. Most children can learn spellings and use their sound knowledge for reading, but when it comes to applying that knowledge in their writing something seems to not match up. I would really appreciate it if over the half term holiday you could take just a few minutes to ask your children to write a few sentences – ask them to check their spelling and sentence structure. This practice would really benefit them.

Maths

Number revision – http://www.primarygames.co.uk/pg2/splat/splatsq100.html

2-10 times tables (very helpful!) – numbers, words and sequence – 4 times table song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igoGDE5hLjw

We have had a lot of fun finishing our last topic in maths – measure. We have talked about measure in every form, what each are measured in and how to work them out. It has been a practical week with lots of good discussion about what we have learnt.

When we come back after the holiday we will be thinking about how questions could be asked and work through each way. From now until SATs we will be filling any gaps in knowledge and working very much on a day to day basis of what comes up. This allows us to be confident that everyone’s needs are being met.

Shakespeare Spellings.  As a school, we are adopting a new spelling scheme to work alongside the spellings we already do in each year group.  These spellings are called ‘Shakespeare Spellings’.  I will be sending a spelling list home at the start of every half term to learn for a test at the end of that half termWe are slightly behind with this because we are part way through the year, so I am sending two word lists home – List 7 to learn by Easter and List 8 to learn by May half term.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Keep checking if your child is ready for a house point badge so you do not miss it in Gold Book Assembly – some children are very nearly ready for their silver in the next couple of weeks.
  • No homework or spellings over half term.
  • Monday 20th February – Big Write Day.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 06/02/17

What a whirlwind of a week we have had! I really appreciate everyone coming to see me for parent consultations. It is so useful to get the opportunity to touch base with each of you and make sure we are all collaboratively heading in the same direction. Our Holly Class illnesses seems to have settled…I am whispering that as I write it…Here’s to a healthier week from next week onto half term.

Literacy.  We are continuing to look at sentences. What do they tell us? Are we connecting ideas? Are we using the appropriate punctuation? We will be continuing to work on linking our ideas and using pronouns to make the paragraphs flow. I have attached a prompt sheet so you can see what is expected of a Year 2 writer.

Phonics and Reading.  As mentioned last week, there are a few areas which we will focus on from now until SATs. We have started to think about punctuation – how to use it correctly, how to use it appropriately and how to use it effectively. Once your children have mastered this skill, their writing will really hit the next level!  Our focus groups for some children who are still working through the phases are continuing. Next week, our focus will be consolidating our knowledge of varying our sentence structure.

Maths

Number revision – http://www.primarygames.co.uk/pg2/splat/splatsq100.html

2-10 times tables (very helpful!) – numbers, words and sequence – 4 times table song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igoGDE5hLjw

We have finished our multiplication and division unit and most children have made fantastic leaps forward with their knowledge of methods. Some children need a little extra help which will be given in a small group setting.

We are going to cover the last topic in our year 2 curriculum over the next two weeks – measure in all its forms. We have touched on this, but not had the opportunity to look at it in much depth. It should be very practical and fun, so I hope your children come home full of their new mathematical knowledge!

Science.  This term we will be learning about exploring and comparing the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive:

  • Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other;
  • Identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats;
  • Describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Keep checking if your child is ready for a house point badge so you do not miss it in Gold book Assembly – some children are very nearly ready for their silver in the next couple of weeks
  • Homework is art this week. I have asked the children to draw the setting for a superhero – it does not have to be related to the ones we have created in class.
  • Office staff have been snowed under this week, but the letter about the recording will be coming to you as soon as possible. Sorry for the delay, but we have to make sure we are ticking all the boxes!

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 30/01/17

Maths Week was a fun week. We started our Maths thinking off by sharing a story called ‘A Remainder of One’. We were given the problem to solve of 25 bug soldiers having to be in even rows. The children had to use their knowledge of arrays and their times tables to work out how 25 could be split evenly.

We were very lucky to be invited to a Young Sports Leaders event at Chesterton College. This event sprung up on me this year which is why it wasn’t in last week’s curriculum info. We had a fantastic day and learned a lot about working as a team.

There is a really nasty bug going around Holly Class at the minute – very upset tummies and very unpleasant vomiting. We are trying our best to contain it as much as we can with washing our hands and using tissues when we sneeze! Hopefully we are getting over the worst of it now, but if your child is poorly please ensure they come back- at the earliest – 48 hours after upset tummies and vomiting stops. Thanks for your support.

Literacy

We are continuing to look at Traction Man by Mini Grey.  last week we took an in-depth look at the sentences we can write.  It is evident that when we review our writing, we are using a good standard of vocabulary and creative ideas.  Our focus now needs to be on varying the types of sentences we are using, for example:

‘Traction Man has fantastic superpowers. Traction Man can fly. Traction Man has supersonic boots.’

Each of those sentences tells us new information about Traction Man, but it is very stilted, not connected and repetitive. We will be working on linking our ideas and using pronouns to make the paragraphs flow.

Phonics and Reading

As mentioned last week, there are a few areas which we will focus on from now until SATs. For the next two weeks, we will be thinking about punctuation – how to use it correctly, how to use it appropriately and how to use it effectively. Once your children have mastered this skill, their writing will really hit the next level!

Our focus groups for some children who are still working through the phases are continuing. Next week, our focus will be consolidating our knowledge of varying our sentence structure.

Maths

Number revision – http://www.primarygames.co.uk/pg2/splat/splatsq100.html

2-10 times tables (very helpful!) – numbers, words and sequence – 4 times table song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igoGDE5hLjw

The children have loved exploring multiplication and division over the last two weeks. The majority of the class are confidently and independently using arrays and repeated addition to help them solve multiplication problems. Division has challenged a few children, but we have worked through these issues and hopefully have found strategies to help them. This week, we will be looking at ‘measure’ as a concept.

Any questions please write me a little note. Please try and learn 4x tables this term, if your child is ready for a challenge then they could look at 6x or 7x tables.

Science

This term we will be learning about exploring and comparing the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive:

  • Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other;
  • Identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats;
  • Describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Keep checking if your child is ready for a house point badge so you do not miss it in Goldbook Assembly!
  • Homework is writing this week. Children are being given sentences to sort in preparation for our sentence structure focus next week.
  • Permission slip letters to allow those parents that missed the Holly Class Assembly to have a copy of the video will will be sent out this week; I would really appreciate a quick response so that we can get this organised. Sorry for the delay, but we have to make sure we are ticking all the boxes!
  • This week is parent consultations. I look forward to meeting with you all and working with you to help your children reach their potential. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 23/01/17

Last week was such a busy week! We loved getting our Class Assembly ready for you to come and see. For those of you who were unable to attend, the assembly was filmed and I hope to make it available for you to watch.

Literacy

We are starting to look at Traction Man by Mini Grey. Last week we planned how we will bring our household characters to life. Continuing to think about adjectives to describe them would be really helpful.

Phonics and Reading

We will be using thesauruses and dictionaries in every lesson now.  Any extra work at home using these would be great.  So far we have covered all of the phonemes up to phase 6. There are some children who are still working through these phases in a small focused group. The rest of the class will be consolidating their knowledge of tenses, suffixes/prefixes and types of sentences.

Maths

Number revision – http://www.primarygames.co.uk/pg2/splat/splatsq100.html

2-10 times tables (very helpful!) – numbers, words and sequence – 4 times table song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igoGDE5hLjw

This term we are starting our maths learning off with multiplication. We will be talking about ‘arrays’ and the ‘grid method’.

Last week, we talked about two methods for multiplication – arrays and repeated addition. I have provided you with a copy of what an array is and what repeated addition is in your child’s homework book. Any questions please write me a note. Please try and learn 4x tables this term; if your child is ready for a challenge then they could look at 6x or 7x tables.

Science

This term we will be learning about exploring and comparing the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive:

  • Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other;
  • Identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats;
  • Describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Keep checking if your child is ready for a house point badge so you do not miss it in Goldbook Assembly!
  • Homework is maths this week. Examples of arrays and the grid method are in homework books. Children need to complete the 3 calculations using either method.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 16/01/17

Thank you for all of your well wishes last week. I am feeling much better, but still taking it easy for the rest of January and the beginning of February. The children are so thoughtful; they are helping me and being so caring and understanding.

Literacy

We are starting to look at Traction Man by Mini Grey. We shared ‘Traction Man’ last week; the children love it so far which is great. We are exploring the idea of super heroes and villains. Mini Grey creates the idea of bringing an object to life. We have chosen different objects in our classroom to be our superheroes. This week, we will be planning how we will bring these characters to life. Thinking about adjectives to describe them would be really helpful.

Phonics and Reading

We will be using thesauruses and dictionaries in every lesson now. Any extra work at home using these would be great.So far we have covered all of the phonemes up to phase 6. There are some children who are still working through these phases in a small focused group. The rest of the class will be consolidating their knowledge of tenses, suffixes/prefixes and types of sentences.

Maths

Number revision – http://www.primarygames.co.uk/pg2/splat/splatsq100.html

2-10 times tables (very helpful!) – numbers, words and sequence – 4 times table song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igoGDE5hLjw

This term we are starting our maths learning off with multiplication. We will be talking about ‘arrays’ and the ‘grid method’.

Last week, we talked about two methods for multiplication – arrays and repeated addition. I have provided you with a copy of what an array is and what repeated addition is in your child’s homework book. Any questions please write me a note. Please try and learn 4x tables this term; if your child is ready for a challenge then they could look at 6x or 7x tables.

Science

This term we will be learning about exploring and comparing the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive:

  • Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other;
  • Identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats;

Describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.

RE

Last week we were learning about the Holy Trinity. This is quite a tricky concept and the children took on the challenge and produced some lovely work.

We have discussed who and where people from all religions worship. We will continue to talk about all religions and the festivals they each celebrate.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • This Friday 20th January is Holly class assembly at 9:15am.
  • Keep checking if your child is ready for a house point badge so you do not miss it in Gold Book Assembly.
  • Homework this week is to learn songs and lines for our class assembly.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 09/01/17

Welcome back and a Happy New Year!

Literacy

We are starting to look at Traction Man by Mini Grey. This is a great book to share with the children. We will be reading it together, discussing it, acting it and retelling it over the next two weeks. Hopefully they will love it as much as they loved Pumpkin Soup!

Phonics

We will be using thesauruses and dictionaries in every lesson now. Any extra work at home using these would be great.

Maths

Number revision – http://www.primarygames.co.uk/pg2/splat/splatsq100.html

2-10 times tables (very helpful!) – numbers, words and sequence – 4 times table song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igoGDE5hLjw

This term we are starting our maths learning off with multiplication. We will be talking about ‘arrays’ and the ‘grid method’. I have provided you a copy of what an array is and what the grid method is in homework books. Any questions please write me a little note in your child’s homework book. Please try and learn 3x tables this term, if your child is ready for a challenge then they could look at 4x or 6x tables.

Science

This term, we will be learning about exploring and comparing the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive:

  • Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
  • Identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats
  • Describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 12/12/16

Literacy

This week we will be completing a big write a day. As we come to the end of the autumn term we are going to put into practice every writing technique we have covered so far. We will also be trying to apply our spelling and grammar knowledge to our writing to create pieces of work to be proud of!

Phonics

We are continuing to look at and learn different tenses. We will be writing sentences in the past, present and future. We will be working with your children to look at prefixes, suffixes and plurals to fill any gaps which there may still be. As always, any discussions at home about this would be greatly appreciated.

Maths

Last week we looked at addition, missing number calculations, money and fractions. Over the next two weeks we will be looking at multiplication and division. What methods do we use for each? How are they connected? Any recap of times tables 2, 3, 5 and 10 would be really helpful.

Any other curriculum information

Show and Tell will be on a Friday and a group of 5 children who volunteer on the Thursday will be asked to take part.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings are in the orange spelling books ready to learn for next Friday.  Please bring these orange books back by Thursday or Friday next week – you need to keep them until then so your child has the longest period of time to practise their spellings.  Thank you to everyone for helping your child to bring in their orange spelling book back ready for the new set of spellings.

Homework this week is learning this song for their 6 x tables:

6 x tables song

Just press ctrl and left click the above link.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Christmas Jumper Day is Friday 16th December.
  • Please check with your children if you should be attending Gold Book to watch them receive their bronze house point award.
  • PE Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Thanks for your continued support; please do come and speak to me if you have any questions or concerns about anything regarding your child’s learning

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 05/12/16

Literacy

This week, we will be recapping and discussing instructions. We will be thinking about what language we use when we give instructions. Why do we need instructions? What are they used for? We will be applying our knowledge of instructions in lots of ways this week – creating, making and cooking (still have not managed to have a free slot in the kitchen!)

Phonics

Plural endings – s and es are proving somewhat of a conundrum for a few children, so we will be continuing our learning and understanding of this. Other children are ready to look at the future tense, so they will be working in a smaller group to start the week off. As always, any discussions at home about this would be greatly appreciated.

Maths

Last week, we carried out further assessment (subtly!) to have more of an understanding where small gaps are and how to move forward in addressing them. We are really pleased as the more we look back on our learning the more we realise how much we have achieved! This week, we are going to have a day on each of the topic areas tackled so far. It will be very much a fun and practical week, so I hope this gets communicated to you by the children too.

Any other curriculum:

  • Show and Tell will be on a Friday and a group of 5 children who volunteer on the Thursday will be asked to take part;
  • Christmas Jumper Day is Friday 16th December.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings are in the orange spelling books ready to learn for next Friday.  Please bring these orange books back by Thursday or Friday next week – you need to keep them until then so your child has the longest period of time to practise their spellings.  Thank you to everyone for helping your child to bring in their orange spelling book back ready for the new set of spellings.

Homework this week is creative writing. There are some ideas in the homework book which I have suggested could be the stimulus, but it is upto your child what they would like to write about. I have suggested no more than two sides of a page and no less than 5 lines.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • PE Wednesday and Thursday;
  • Thanks for your continued support; please do come and speak to me if you have any questions or concerns about anything regarding your child’s learning.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 28/11/16

Literacy

We started our poetry unit at the end of last week.  This week, we will continue looking at poems and create a poem which rhymes.  Talking about words which rhyme would really help – thank you for your help.

Phonics

We have worked really hard understanding prefixes and suffixes. Now we are going to learn about plural endings – s and es. As always, any discussions at home about this would be greatly appreciated.

Maths

Last week, we assessed how your children have been getting on with maths so far this term. They are all doing a great job and working really hard. If we are noticing any gaps in any area of their maths learning, then we are putting interventions in place to secure that knowledge. This week, we will be moving on to look at measure and fractions in a bit more detail. We are hoping to add in some cooking too! As already mentioned, we will be challenging your children slightly more as this half term progresses. Please encourage your children to have a go at challenges given to them. We will be encouraging and fostering a positive ‘got for it’ attitude in class as much as we can.

Any other curriculum information:

Show and Tell will be on Friday and a group of 5 children who volunteer on Thursday will be asked to take part.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings are in the orange spelling books ready to learn for next Friday. Please bring these orange books back by Thursday or Friday – you need to keep them until then so your child has the longest period of time to practise their spellings. Thank you to everyone for helping your child to bring in their orange spelling book back ready for the new set of spellings.

Homework this week is maths. There are 3 pieces of homework to complete. I have explained to the children that I am not expecting everyone to complete all 3 pieces by next Wednesday. However, I know there are children who will want to complete all 3 in the week – I have put a note into some books saying the following Wednesday is fine to have it completed for too. Homework should be completed by Wednesday 30th of November OR Wednesday 7th November. You can choose; I do not mind.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • PE Wednesday and Thursday
  • Thanks for your continued support; please do come and speak to me if you have any questions or concerns about anything regarding your child’s learning.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 21/11/16

Literacy

We are really enthusiastic about our writing at the moment. This is partly due to the introduction of a ‘Big Write’ per week in Holly Class. This is enabling the children to let their imaginations develop and for ideas to easily flow. During ‘Big Writes’, I’m not focussing on spelling or how they lay out their work, but more on having an idea and making sure it flows from beginning to end. We are moving on to think about poetry this week, starting with thinking about the main features of a poem and how a poem is constructed.

Phonics

Last week, we touched on suffixes and how they change a word. Now we will be moving onto looking at prefixes. This week I have introduced an individual word dictionary for each child. They will use this dictionary to help them improve their spelling within their everyday writing. Please encourage your child to widen their vocabulary as much as they can.

Maths

We were so enthusiastic two weeks ago about shape that we continued to build upon our knowledge this week. As a consequence, this week we will be looking at the concept of measure in all of its forms. We will be using rulers, tape measures, measuring sticks, measuring jugs, weights and clocks. This week will take the form of lots of investigations in connection with science and finishing our topic of changing materials. As mentioned last week, we will be challenging your children slightly more as this half term progresses; please encourage your children to have a go at challenges given to them. We will be encouraging and fostering a positive ‘go for it’ attitude in class as much as we can.

Any other curriculum information:

  • Show and Tell will be on a Friday, and a group of 5 children who volunteer on the Thursday will be asked to take part.
  • Thank you to those parents that attended the SATS information evening last Tuesday; I hope you found it helpful. I would like to reiterate that SATs are not, and will not be, a source of stress or anxiety for anyone in Holly Class. If this is beginning to happen to your child at any point then please come in and let me know.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings are in the orange spelling books ready to learn for Friday. Please bring these orange books back by Thursday this week – you need to keep them until then so your child has the longest period of time to practise their spellings.

Homework this week is to focus on words and how we use them. There is a task stuck into homework books to explain what to do. Homework should be completed by Wednesday 23rd November.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • PE Wednesday and Thursday
  • Thanks for your continued support; please do come and speak to me if you have any questions or concerns about anything regarding your child’s learning.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 14/11/16

Literacy.  It was great to read all of the children’s diaries completed for homework. We will be moving on to think about examples of diaries from books next week. Alongside this, we will be reminding ourselves about the main features of diaries and why we write them.

Phonics.  We have assessed the gaps in our SPAG knowledge. We are now working to fill these gaps and help the children to become more confident with what they are learning and how to apply it. I would like to send home a few sample questions so that you can see how the questions are worded and what is being asked of your children.

Maths.  This week, we will be looking at the concept of measure in all of its forms. We will be using rulers, tape measures, measuring sticks, measuring jugs, weights and clocks. This week will take the form of lots of investigations in connection with science and finishing our topic of changing materials. As mentioned last week, we will be challenging your children slightly more as this half term progresses – please encourage your children to have a go at challenges given to them. We will be encouraging and fostering a positive ‘got for it’ attitude in class as much as we can.

Other curriculum information:

  • Show and Tell – this will be on a Friday and a group of 5 children who volunteer on the Thursday will be asked to take part.
  • SATs information meeting – Tuesday 15th November 2016 from 6:00 to 6:30pm in Holly classroom. I look forward to seeing you all there!

Spellings/Homework

Spellings are in the orange spelling books ready to learn for next Friday. Please bring these orange books back by Thursday next week; you need to keep them until then so your child has the longest period of time to practise their spellings.

After speaking with a few of parents, I have now planned a small group of children to be undertaking more challenging spelling. Please could I remind all parents that, whilst it is great to complete a correct spelling test, the real goal for them is that they should translate into their child’s everyday writing? There are only a couple of cases where spelling test success is being shown in everyday writing, so this is why more focus has been needed at a constant level.

Homework this week is to explore measuring in any way that you can. For example, if you are cooking then your child could help you measure out the ingredients, or if you are timing how long something lasts then they could be in charge of this. I would love to see a picture and a few sentences as evidence they have completed this. Homework should be completed by Wednesday 16th of November.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • PE Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Thanks for your continued support; please do come and speak to me if you have any questions or concerns about anything regarding your child’s learning.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 07/11/16

Literacy.  Now that we have looked at some letters and diaries we will be thinking about what they are for and how they are made up.  What are the main features of letters?

Phonics.  We have assessed the gaps in our SPAG knowledge and are now working to fill these gaps, helping the children to become more confident with what they are learning and how to apply it. I would like to send home a few sample questions so that you can see how the questions are worded and what is being asked of your children.

Maths.  Big Maths Day was great fun! We worked really hard to understand word problems and to work through them step by step to figure out the answer. This is a skill that we will be focusing on in preparation for completing some higher level maths. We will be challenging your children slightly more as this half term progresses – please encourage your children to have a go at challenges given to them. We will be encouraging and fostering a positive ‘got for it’ attitude in class as much as we can.

Other curriculum information:

  • Show and Tell will be on a Friday and a group of 5 children who volunteer on the Thursday will be asked to take part.
  • SATs information meeting – Tuesday 15th November 2016 in Holly classroom. SATs are not until May, but it is good to be prepared for what we are working towards! Please come along – the meeting should answer any questions you may have.

Spellings/Homework:

  • Spellings are in the orange spelling books ready to learn for next Friday.  Please bring these orange books back by Thursday next week – you need to keep them until then so your child has the longest period of time to practise their spellings.
  • Homework this week is to write a diary of each day from Friday to Wednesday. Three house points will be given to anyone who completes the homework and hands it in on Wednesday 9.11.16.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • PE Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Thanks in advance for your continued support; please do come and speak to me if you have any questions or concerns about anything regarding your child’s learning.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 31/10/16

Literacy.  We will be starting to look at diaries and letters this week. If you have any books that are written in this style at home that your child would like to share with the class then please do bring them in this week.

Phonics.  We will be completing another spelling, grammar and punctuation test this week. We are completing these in small groups and whole class depending on what the needs of your child may be. They are all working on different aspects of SPAG to improve their understanding.

Maths.  Big Maths Day is on 31st October. We will be completing lots of maths investigations and sharing what we have been learning with the rest of the school. You are invited to a school assembly at 2:45 to find out what we have been learning and to celebrate your children’s maths achievements.

Any other curriculum information:

  • Show and Tell. Show and Tell will be on a Friday and a group of 5 children who volunteer on the Thursday will be asked to take part.
  • Life Education Bus. The Life Education Bus is visiting the school from Wednesday to Friday this week. Please make sure you complete a reply slip if you are attending either of the sessions for parents.

Spellings/Homework.  There are no spellings and no more homework; a maths homework was given which was intended to take the half term to complete. Well done if you have completed already!

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • PE is on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Thanks for your continued support; please do come and speak to me if you have any questions or concerns about anything regarding your child’s learning.

Hope you all have a restful half term break.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 17/10/16

Literacy.  We are continuing to read and discuss ‘Pumpkin Soup’ by Helen Cooper. We will be working through this text until October half term. This week, we will be continuing to retell the story of Pumpkin Soup and recreating the story with a few small changes. We put nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs to the test last week and worked on our dictionary skill, so we will be aiming to create fantastic pieces of writing.

Phonics.  We will be continuing to review our tricky word list and trying to learn how to spell them and use them in sentences. This will include some paired dictionary work. Any discussion about what a dictionary is and why we use them would be really appreciated.

Maths.  Another key topic to tackle in Year 2 is shape. We are going to begin this topic with a practical week of investigating shapes. Talking to your child about what shapes they can spot in their houses or out and about over the weekend would be really helpful.

Any other curriculum information:

History. Florence Nightingale – We will be carrying out Florence Nightingale presentations.

Science. Discussing different types of materials and looking at them. What can they be used to create? We will be conducting experiments to test out the materials we have been learning about.

Show and Tell.  Show and Tell will still take place on a Friday, but I will be asking each week who has things they would like to show; the first three children to volunteer by Wednesday will have their Show and Tell that Friday.

Spellings/Homework.  At Parent Counsultations, it was requested that we use the orange spelling books and the system that was used last year in Willow Class. I have now put the orange spelling books in book bags with spelling for next week stuck inside.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • PE is on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Christmas Cards.  It has been brought to my attention that some children and parents have been upset by the way the Christmas cards in Year 2 have been completed this year.  I take responsibility for the miscommunication, and, as a result, I am going to be organising a group on Monday morning for any children who would like to alter their Christmas card.
  • Worries or concerns – I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that if there is anything that you are concerned or worried about that I could help with please do not hestitate to speak to me after school or make an appointment with me.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 10/10/16

Literacy.  We are continuing to read and discuss ‘Pumpkin Soup’ by Helen Cooper. We will be working through this text until October half term.  This week, we will be starting to retell the story of Pumpkin Soup or possibly recreating the story with a few small changes.  We discussed nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs last week, so we will be applying this knowledge to our writing as well.

Phonics.  We will be reviewing our tricky word list and trying to learn how to spell them and use them in sentences. This will include some paired dictionary work. Any discussion about what a dictionary is and why we use them would be really appreciated.

Maths.  As time is a key topic to work through in Year 2 we will be recapping everything we have been learning so far and trying our best to tackle some time word problems! We will be continuing to explore the topic of time. Why do we need time? What are timetables? What they used for? What are they key times in our day? Creating our own personal timetables. Understanding the passing of time. Looking at clock faces. Discussing how there are 5 minute intervals on a clock face and connecting this with our knowledge of five times tables. Encouraging your children to think about the vocabulary surrounding time will be a great help to further their learning. As last week, any helpful discussions about seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years at home would be really appreciated.

Any other curriculum information:

  • History. Florence Nightingale – We will be beginning to create our Florence Nightingale presentations. This will involve some research at home as homework this week too.
  • Science. Discussing different types of materials and looking at them. What can they be used to create? We will be conducting experiments to test out the materials we have been learning about.
  • Show and Tell.  Your child has been given a brown paper bag. This is an ‘All about me’ bag which is to be filled with 5 special things which can FIT inside comfortably. The aim is to then use this ‘All about me’ bag as a stimulus for show and tell. The Show and Tell allocated days are Fridays. The next group to do their show and tell is Group 5 plus any children who were absent when their group had their week.

Spellings/Homework:

  • Spellings will be sent home every Friday.  Everyone has been given the same spellings this week.
  • Homework this week is a research homework based on Florence Nightingale.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • PE Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Please check which group your child is in for Show and Tell.
  • SPECIAL NOTICE: I really look forward to meeting with you all at parent consultations this week to discuss and demonstrate how hard we have been working and fun that we have been having.
  • Thanks in advance of your support; please do come and speak to me if you have any questions or concerns about anything regarding your child’s learning.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 03/10/16

Literacy.  We are continuing to read and discuss ‘Pumpkin Soup’ by Helen Cooper. We will be working through this text until October half term. This week we will be looking at setting descriptions. What words do we use to describe something? What are these words called? Can we create a list of describing words we could use for the settings in Pumpkin Soup?

Phonics.  We will be reviewing the ‘ear’ phoneme.

Maths.  We will be continuing to explore the topic of time. Why do we need time? What are timetables? What they used for? What are they key times in our day? Creating our own personal timetables. Understanding the passing of time. Looking at clock faces. Discussing how there are 5 min intervals on a clock face and connecting this with our knowledge of five times tables. Encouraging your children to think about the vocabulary surrounding time will be a great help to further their learning. As last week, any helpful discussions about seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years at home would be really appreciated.

Any other curriculum information:

  • History.  Florence Nightingale – Comparisons between a nurse who worked with Florence Nightingale and a nurse nowadays.  What are the similarities and differences?
  • Science.  Discussing different types of materials and looking at them.  What can they be used to create?
  • Show and Tell. Your child has been given a brown paper bag. This is an ‘All about me’ bag which is to be filled with 5 special things which can FIT inside comfortably. The aim is to then use this ‘All about me’ bag as a stimulus for show and tell. The Show and Tell allocated days are Fridays. The next group to do their show and tell is Group 4.

Spellings/Homework:

  • Spellings will be sent home every Friday.  Everyone has been given the same spellings this week as we have been looking at a tricky phoneme.
  • Homework this week is a writing homework based on what we have covered in class.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • PE Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Please check which group your child is in for Show and Tell.
  • Thank you very much for all the materials you sent in.  They went to great use in our science lessons.
  • Thanks for your support; please do come and speak to me if you have any questions or concerns about anything regarding your child’s learning,

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 26/09/16

Literacy.  We are continuing to read and discuss ‘Pumpkin Soup’ by Helen Cooper. We will be working through this text until October half term. This week we will be looking at character descriptions. What words do we use to describe something? What are these words called? Can we create a list of describing words we could use for the characters in Pumpkin Soup?

Phonics.  We will be reviewing ‘igh’ phoneme.

Maths.  We will be continuing to explore the topic of money. Can we add and subtract amounts of money? This week we will continue have practical lessons recapping the basic understanding of coins and notes. We will be working towards solving word problems involving money. Encouraging your children to think about the vocabulary surrounding money will be a great help to further their learning. As last week, any helpful discussions about coins, notes and cards at home would be really appreciated.

Any other curriculum information:

  • History.  Florence Nightingale – Comparisons between a nurse who worked with Florence Nightingale and a nurse nowadays.  What are the similarities and differences?
  • Science.  Discussing different types of materials and looking at them.  What are they used for?

Show and Tell. Your child has been given a brown paper bag. This is an ‘All about me’ bag which is to be filled with 5 special things which can FIT inside comfortably. The aim is to then use this ‘All about me’ bag as a stimulus for show and tell. The Show and Tell allocated days are Fridays. The next group to do their show and tell is Group 3.

Spellings/Homework:

  • Spellings will be sent home every Friday. Everyone has been given the same spellings this week as we have been looking at a tricky phoneme.
  • Homework this week is a maths homework based on what we have covered in class.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • PE Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Please check which group your child is in for Show and Tell.
  • SPECIAL NOTICE: Any scrap bits of material with different textures would be really helpful for our science lessons next week – Thanks in advance.
  • Thanks for your support; please do come and speak to me if you have any questions or concerns about anything regarding your child’s learning.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 19/09/16

Literacy.  We are continuing to read and discuss ‘Pumpkin Soup’ by Helen Cooper.  We will be working through this text until October half term.  This week, we will be beginning to think about the structure of the story.  We will be talking about the issues raised in the story.  We will be linking the story to our own lives. 

Phonics.  We will be reviewing ‘oo’ phoneme.

Maths.  We will be exploring the topic of money. What is money? How is it made up? What is it made up of? Can we count different amounts? Can we add and subtract amounts of money? This week will be a really practical set of lessons then applying what we are learning to help us understand it. Any helpful discussions about coins, notes and cards at home would be really appreciated. This can be a tricky topic so we will probably have to spend 2 weeks on it to become confident and comfortable with it.

Any other curriculum information:

  • History. Florence Nightingale – What changes did she make? Why did she make them?
  • Science. Discussing different types of materials and looking at them. What are they used for?
  • Show and Tell. Your child has been given a brown paper bag. This is an ‘All about me’ bag which is to be filled with 5 special things which can FIT inside comfortably. The aim is to then use this ‘All about me’ bag as a stimulus for show and tell. The Show and Tell allocated days are Fridays. The next group to do their show and tell is Group 2.

Spellings/Homework:

  • Spellings will be sent home every Friday:
    • Red – badge, edge, bridge, jar
    • Green – fudge, age, dodge, energy, jog
    • Blue – huge, change, charge, bulge, join
    • Purple – village, magic, giraffe, giant, adjust
  • Homework this week is a maths homework based on what we have covered in class.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • PE is on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Please check which your group your child is in for Show and Tell.

Thanks in advance for your support; please do come and speak to me if you have any questions or concerns about anything regarding your child’s learning.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 12/09/16

Literacy.  We are beginning to read and discuss ‘Pumpkin Soup’ by Helen Cooper.  We will be working through this text until October half term.  This week, we will be reading through Pumpkin Soup and discussing what we think it is about.  We will be acting, using our learning partners to discuss ideas and drawing story maps.

Phonics.  We will be reviewing long e phonemes: ee, ea and y.

Maths.  We will be discussing even and odd numbers, identifying them, and working out number patterns.  This will include addition and subtraction.

Any other curriculum information:

  • History.  Florence Nightingale – Who is she and why is she an important person throughout history?
  • Science.  Discussing different types of materials and looking at them. What are they used for?
  • Show and Tell.  Your child has been given a brown paper bag. This is an ‘All about me’ bag which is to be filled with 5 special things which can FIT inside comfortably. The aim is to then use this ‘All about me’ bag as a stimulus for show and tell. The Show and Tell allocated days are Fridays starting 16th September with Group 1.

Spellings/Homework:

  • Spellings will be sent home every Friday starting on 16th September.
  • Homework this week is to back or design the cover of your Homework Book.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • PE – Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Please check which your group your child is in for Show and Tell.
  • Thanks in advance of your support; please do come and speak to me if you have any questions or concerns about anything regarding your child’s learning.