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.
This term will begin by continuing to consolidate and strengthen the children’s understanding of number with daily practise of number facts, such as number bonds. Children will practise and extend their ability to count forwards and backwards to 50 and beyond and to read, write and order numbers to 50 and beyond correctly. Children will also develop skills in identifying and representing numbers using objects such as ‘Numicon’. Children will further develop their problem solving skills and their mathematical vocabulary and will begin to develop their ability to add and subtract numbers mentally, using practical equipment and informal written methods, such as blank number lines, for support.
This term children will begin with children’s war time based stories such as ‘Major Glad and Major Dizzy’ and ‘The Lion and The Unicorn’ which link with our theme of ‘World War Two’. Children will continue to develop their cursive handwriting style and will have ongoing practise with their letter formations. Using their phonic knowledge to help them sound out words they need to spell, children will begin to write simple sentences to sequence stories. Children 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 will involve reading and writing our own fairy tales. Grammar foci will include using question marks and exclamation marks. Speaking and listening skills will be continually developed using drama methods such as hot seating 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.
Seasonal Change – Children have taken part in an ‘observation walk’ around the school grounds where we observed and discussed the changes of the environment and also collected natural materials. Children then created winter based objects to decorate the class tree with. Children will continue to have the opportunity to work on their scientific skills through raising questions, identifying and planning investigations, grouping and sorting, and measuring, recording and concluding.
Theme Our whole-school theme this term is: What was it like to live during World War Two. The children worked collaboratively to raise questions which they would like to find the answers to. The questions included: Why do we wear poppies? What was in the box (a gasmask box)? Why did children have to go away? Who helped the soldiers when they were injured? Children will work together to find out the answers to their questions. Their learning will be enriched with a role-play area (an Anderson shelter) and an interactive wall display. We are also taking a visit the Heritage museum in Canterbury to take part in WW11 workshops; please let me know if you have not received a letter with the trip information.
PE has commenced with invasion games where the children have enjoyed practising skills for tag rugby. PE will take place each week on Tuesday. As I am sure you are aware, PE kits need to be labelled, long hair tied back and all earrings removed for PE sessions. Thank you.
Children will continue to study aspects of Christianity this term, 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.
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. Children should bring their completed task back to school on Monday morning so that we can mark the work together.
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.
Children should be reading 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 the 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 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?
• Describe the setting; Where does the story take place?
• 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?
• Ask your child why certain characters are feeling like they are (happy, sad, angry, jealous, etc.), and ask if they know any other words that mean the same (very important for developing vocabulary)! Did they like the story? Why or why not?
Thank you for your continued support.