Welcome to term 2! Below is an overview of your child’s learning and development. Please feel free to speak to me if you have any questions.
Each daily maths lesson will begin by consolidating and strengthening the children’s understanding of number with counting practise. All of the children have been practising their 10 times tables and are on their way to becoming times table champions! (Next term we will be practising our 2s). During term 2, children will extend their ability to count forwards and backwards to 20 and beyond and will practise reading, writing and ordering numbers to 20 and beyond correctly. Children will also develop skills in identifying and representing numbers using pictures, objects and practical equipment such as ‘Numicon’. Children will use informal written methods, such as blank number lines, for support with recording. We have started this term with measurement. La Danse class have been describing, comparing and ordering objects by length, mass, weight, capacity and volume. At the end of week 2, children will be able to measure using non-standard units. Children will then move onto fractions; where they will begin to identify and name a half as one of two equal parts of an object, quantity and shape. As a whole class, children have daily opportunities to develop their reasoning and problem solving skills, recording their thoughts independently to develop their mathematical vocabulary. Children will then be introduced to multiplying as repeated addition, grouping or represented in an array, followed by division introduced as repeated subtraction, sharing or represented in an array. Towards the end of the term we will learn about Money. Children will be able to recognise 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p and 20p coins and begin to understand their relative values. Finally, children will learn about time; recognising the language of first, next, today, yesterday and tomorrow, and will begin to tell the time to the hour.
So far this term, children have been learning rhymes based on a theme. We have learnt a short rhyming story based on the ‘Funny bones’ characters. This has been a cross curricular theme, tying in with our science and topic learning. Children use the ‘Talk for Writing’ principles, which is based on how they learn. Talk for Writing is powerful because it enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally before reading and analysing it and then writing their own version. All of the children’s handwriting has already made progress and we will continue to develop their cursive handwriting style with ongoing practise of their letter formations. Using their phonic knowledge to help them sound out words they need to spell, children have begun to write simple sentences to sequence stories. Children have practised ‘Language through Experience’ where they hot-seated and questioned Mr Big Skeleton. They will also be engaging in role-play activities to allow them to take on the role of different characters in different settings. Further activities in English this term will involve reading and writing our own tales. Grammar foci have included verbally applying the –ed and –ing suffixes to root words, continuously practising capital letters and full stops and will begin include using commas, question marks and exclamation marks. Speaking and listening skills will be continually developed using drama methods and utilising the role play area, so that the children build up a store of useful words and their imagination is stimulated with ideas for them to write about. Children will continue to have two phonics sessions every day as well as a daily guided reading session.
During years 1 and 2, pupils are taught to use practical scientific methods, processes and skills. Children are provided with opportunities to ask simple questions and recognise that they can be answered in different ways. Children conduct investigations which allow them to observe closely, using simple equipment. They will perform simple tests; identify and classify objects; use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions and gather and record data to help in answering questions. This term, children are learning about Animals including Humans. We have started off by identifying and naming body parts and looking at the human skeleton. Children will begin to label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense. Towards the end of the term, children will be able to identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals and will identify animals as carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.
Our theme this term is based upon History’s Nurturing Nurses. Children will create a mind map to choose what they would like to learn about when exploring the question: Who was Florence Nightingale? Children will learn about the lives of Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell. They will learn how the significant individuals from the past have contributed to national and international achievements.
During this history based theme children should develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They should know where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. Children will use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. They will be afforded with opportunities to ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events.
PE has commenced with Gymnastics with a focus on Movement and balance. Children will practise and develop their gross motor skills to curl, tense, stretch and relax their bodies. Children will demonstrate an increasing skill in running, jumping and hopping, learning to control their body when travelling and balancing. PE takes place each week on a Friday. PLEASE make sure ALL earrings are removed prior to children arriving at school; staff are not permitted to remove children’s piercings and consequently we are regularly having distressed children unable to participate due to the health and safety risk. As you are also aware PE kits need to be labelled and long hair tied back. Thank you.
Children will continue to study aspects Christianity this term. They will retell stories and discuss things that important to them with a specific focus on Christian saints. As we move nearer to Christmas, children will discuss, think and reflect on this festival and will demonstrate their learning through: role-play, drawings, posters, short written pieces and making a Christmas card.
Every Monday, children will be given a list of 5 spelling words to practise in class upon arriving at school each morning. On Friday the children will bring their spellings home for you to test them. They will bring them back to show the class teacher on Monday. The words are a mixture of ‘High Frequency Words’, ‘Common Exception Words’ and words incorporating sounds relating to our Phonics. Please also practise the ‘Year 1’ words with you child frequently as once they are confident with these, they will be tested to win a spelling bee!
Maths homework will be set and given to children each Friday for them to complete over the weekend. This homework will enable children to practise skills already taught in class and will prepare them for the following week’s learning. Children should bring their completed task back to school on Monday morning. Mathletics: Children may also choose to participate in extra Maths games and competitions from the Mathletics website (http://uk.mathletics.com) at home. Mathletics is a fun, online approach to maths. It is engaging, supportive and targeted to the National Curriculum. Each child has log-in details on the inside cover of their yellow Reading Record.
A piece of written work will also be set each Friday for completion over the weekend. This work will either re-enforce children’s learning of grammar or it will link to the book that your child is studying. Please ensure that your child scribes their own handwriting as this allows them to practise and improve their own skills.
Children should be reading at home every day for a minimum of 10-15 minutes. Children should use sounding out to help them decode the words on the page, but it is also important that they continue to think about what would make sense in the context of the sentence and in the story they are reading. It is also helpful for children to use the pictures as a clue to support their reading. Each child should have a named book bag in which to keep their reading book and reading record. This book bag should be brought into school and then taken home every day.
Here are some suggestions that you may find helpful during reading sessions:
• Who is/are the main character(s)?
• What are they doing? (What are the main events?)
• Where is the setting? (Where does the story take place? / describe it)
• How do you think the character’s feel at certain parts? (happy, sad, angry, jealous, etc.) and ask if they know any other words that mean the same (very important for developing vocabulary!)
• Why do you think the character feels this way?
• How do they predict the story may end?
• Did you think the story had a good ending? Why/Why not?
• Are there any words you didn't understand? How can you find out their meaning?
• Did they like the story? Why or why not?
• Can they find the title? Blurb? A capital letter? An exclamation mark? A sub-heading?