Spring 2: Times of the school day:
9.10- Children arrive
10.30-10.45 Morning break
11.45-12.30- Lunch time
2.15-2.30- Afternoon break
3.20- Home time
Just a few quick reminders:
Reading and spelling in Year 1/2
Your child will be given a reading book and a reading diary to bring home and read every week. Please listen to your child read as much as possible, please also sign the reading diary so we can see your child has read the book at home. I will change reading books every Thursday.
The children will also have lots of opportunities to read and enjoy books throughout the week at school and at home. Your child will have a spelling test each Monday with new spellings being given out on Tuesday to learn throughout the week. Please encourage the children to engage with their spellings as much as possible!
Homework: I will be uploading homework onto SeeSaw each Friday, which is then due to be submitted before the following Friday. This will either be a Maths or English task to embed work in class or could be a piece of homework to engage the children into a topic.
Every week the children will participate in RE lessons.
We follow the 'Come and See' programme and will be continuing to focus on the Eucharist and in particular giving thanks. We will discuss what it feels like to give and recieve thanks from others. We will then be moving on to looking at opportunities, thinking about Lent.
The children will also be learning traditional prayers like the Hail Mary and Our Father alongside their class prayers.
Children will take part in collective worship daily and will begin to take ownership of planning and leading aspects of collective worship. The children will also help plan the rejoice part of our learning and will plan and lead the celebration for this.
The children will have a daily maths lesson with topics altering weekly. We are beginning the Spring term looking at measure, in particular mass and weight. The children will discuss how to weigh items, how to read scales and will use mathematical vocabulary to compare the weight of different objects. We will then move on to focus on capacity, again discussing how we measure capacity and focusing on reading scales. After our topic on measure, we will recap addition and subtraction and develop our confidence in being able to add and subtract two digit numbers. We will develop and look at strategies to enable us to solve them best.
Mathematical fluency is vital as the children progress throughout the school, therefore please recap number bonds (Numbers that add to make 10 and 20) simple times tables (2’s, 5’s. 10’s) as much as possible with your child so that the children are secure. Simple tasks such as recapping telling the time and discussing the names of shapes are also useful to recap previous learning.
Every morning I will be teaching a phonics input to both year one and two, I am starting the term recapping phase 5 sounds and recapping the alternative pronunciations that the sounds can make. Year two will also continue to learn different spelling patterns and begin to spell following those patterns.
This Spring term we are beginning by focusing on recounts, the children will discuss what a recount is and how to write their own. We will focus on time conjunctions, past and present tense and re-telling previous events. The children will be writing their own recount of a time that they have been up to mischief! After this topic, we will be spending time reading and writing our own poetry.
We have some really exciting topics coming up this term, in Design Technology the children will be looking at 'Pirate Paddy's Packed Lunch Problems'.
In Science our topic is all about plants, the children will be observing and focusing on the parts of a flowering plant.
In Computing, we will be continuing to use PurpleMash software. Our topic is 'Questioning' and data handling. We will construct and focus on pictograms as well as making binary trees to separate information. We will also become confident in using the program RM maths to support us in both computing and maths skills.
In Geography we are going to be looking at the topic of 'Sensational Safari' exploring the country of Kenya!
The Year 1/2 staff are always there to help and talk to you over any concerns before and after school. If there is a problem and the teacher isn’t available, ring the school secretary Miss Berry and book an appointment, it will be dealt with quickly.
We look forward to working with you over the year in supporting your child making the most progress through their learning journey.
Miss Lloyd (Class Teacher) Mrs. Hall (Teaching Assistant), Miss Flanagan (Teaching Assistant)
Mental Health and Wellbeing- Zones Of Regulation:
As part of the school’s PSHE curriculum, we will be teaching the Zones of Regulation curriculum.
The Zones of Regulation is full of a range of activities to help your child develop skills in the area of self-regulation. Self-regulation can go by many names, such as self-control, self-management and impulse control. It is defined as the best state of alertness of both the body and emotions for the specific situation. For example, when your child plays in a football game, it is beneficial to have a higher state of alertness. However, that same state would not be appropriate in the library.
Please read our guide to the Zones of Regulation PowerPoint at the bottom of the page. If you have any questions, please ask your child’s class teacher.
Resources and information which were shared at the recent workshop are also available below, including the PowerPoint presentation and editable coloured zone cards.
Extra resources for home learning :)
Please check here for further resources and links if you complete work and are looking for some more.
Oak National Academy Online Classrooms