Swimming Day: Monday (Up until Feb half-term)
*** IMPORTANT DATES ***
Class Worship: Thursday 14th February
Trip to Madley Environmental Centre (Details to follow): Tuesday 2nd April
*** Hereford Museum- Lego Exhibition: Wednesday 10th April - apologies for mix up of date on the letter!
Please let me know if you’d like to join us on our trips (there’s hopefully one more to follow)!
*** New trip- Techniquest W/c 4/3/19
KS1 SATs: W/c 13/5/19
Our value for the half-term is:
Dear Parents/ Carers,
I hope you had a lovely restful break. Here is an insight into what we will be covering this term.
Our topic this term is ‘Space.’ We will look at stories which use space as a setting, as well as exploring information texts about space. We will then use our knowledge to create our own fiction and non-fiction texts about space. We will also design and make some rockets before considering what we would take with us on our journey.
In English we will start the term looking at a disaster tale. Children will learn a story and internalise its structure before creating their own disaster tale with characters and settings of their choice. We will continue to make links to our topic, using our knowledge of space to support and enhance our writing.
Reading continues to be a focus. Children are heard reading individually in school at least once a week, with opportunities for reading in every lesson, in addition to weekly small group guided reading sessions.
Children are expected to read at home at least 4 times a week. When children have evidence of reading 4 times a week in their reading record, they will be entered into a prize draw to win a book- Class 2 have had 4 winners already! Children have access to a variety of books in school, both levelled books and other books, but they may also read books sourced from home in addition to these. If your child has read a great book and would like to bring it in and discuss it with the class, they are welcome to do so.
Spellings will continue to be sent home weekly. It is essential that these spellings are reviewed at home several times over the week as although there are many rules in the English spelling system, there are also many exceptions which must be learned individually.
Children are making some fantastic progress with the weekly Froggy Maths challenges; these will continue to be carried out weekly. Please continue to support your child with these challenges when they come home to be practised.
This term we will continue to recap our understanding of place value and addition and subtraction, but we will be focusing on multiplication and division. As we progress through this, children will (in the coming weeks) be provided with a log on for Times Table Rock Stars. This is a site which supports quick recall of multiplication and division facts, while allowing children to earn coins to customise their personal rock star! More information will be provided when the personalised logins are issued.
We will then develop our understanding of money; recognising coins, calculating totals and working out change. Any opportunities for children to have experiences with money in real life situations will be hugely beneficial. In addition to this, we will look at fractions in depth, securing our understanding of what a fraction is and how they are used in different ways.
In Science we will begin by focusing on ‘Living things and their habitats,’ before moving on to look at ‘Animals including Humans.’ Both of these topics will include lots of exciting experiments to test our current knowledge and predictions, while making links to our topic, such as wondering which animals could live on planets like Mars!
This term we will be looking at the Islamic religion. We will explore how Muslims worship and consider what they believe, before comparing this to other religions we know about.
Art & D&T
Miss Hallam will continue to teach the children Art & D&T on Thursday afternoons. The sessions are planned considering our topics and the children’s’ interests.
We are swimming this half-term (you should have received a letter about this before Christmas) on Monday afternoons. Please ensure your child comes equipped with their swimming kit (all children must wear a swimming hat- including boys). If your child requires goggles, please send in a written request.
P.E. kit (red t-shirt, black shorts and pumps/trainers) must be in school each day. We will send the kit home termly or as required. In cold weather, for outdoor sessions, children are permitted to bring in plain (not patterned) jogging bottoms or leggings.
Preparing for KS1 SATs
As you will be aware, all children in Year 2 will sit the National Standard Assessment Tests in May 2019. Each child will be tested in Reading, Writing, Spelling and Maths. This year, the children will continue to be taught a rich and varied curriculum which will not only prepare them for these tests, but also further develop their individual personalities. If you have any questions about these assessments, please do not hesitate to ask.
We really appreciate the support you give your children at home as this really helps them to develop as learners, thank you.