Year 1 and 2 2018 - 2019
Welcome to Year One and Two!
We hope you all had a lovely summer! It has been lovely to see the children arriving back to school so enthusiastic, smart and ready to learn! Mrs Gallagher, Mrs Carter, Mrs Lomas and Mrs Harrop are all excited about the year ahead. Here are a few things you need to be aware of:
Our new topic for this term is superheroes. To support our English lessons, we will be using a number of texts about superheroes, starting with Julia Donaldson’s ‘The Detective Dog’. In topic lessons we will be creating our own superheroes then designing and making their superhero costumes. This will link to our science work which is based around materials and their different uses. We will also be looking at historical heroes such as Florence Nightingale, George Stephenson and Isambard Kingdom Brunel as well as real life heroes in our community. In geography we will be researching countries around the world, collecting a variety of interesting facts.
P.E lessons will be on a Wednesday morning although the children are encouraged to have their P.E kit in school at all times. When weather permits, P.E lessons will be outside so children will need to be prepared for this. Remember to check the school uniform lists to make sure you have everything you need for these lessons.
Our homework focus for Year One pupils will be phonics related activities and Year Two pupils will have Maths, Reading or Grammar homework related to their prior learning.
Reading is still a key focus in Year One and Two and our expectation is 4 recorded reads over a 7 day period (Wednesday - Wednesday). Mrs Gallagher and Mrs Carter will stamp the children's reading records daily, with a different coloured stamp for each week.
In Year One and Two the children become responsible for purchasing their own hot snack during morning break, should they wish to do so. Therefore we ask that should your child wish to purchase hot snack, they bring their snack money in a purse, labelled with their name.
On Thursday 25th October we will be taking the Year 2 children on an overnight trip to Delamere Forest, returning on Friday 26th October. We have lots of exciting activities planned for this time, including a walk in the forest, a campfire and leaf and tree rubbings. Letters about the visit were sent home on Friday 14th September.
Times tables form an important part of the maths curriculum and it is important that the children are confident in the times tables for their year group. Practise at home is essential to improve speed and confidence and we really appreciate your support with this. Year 1 are working on their two times tables and Year 2s need to know their 2, 5 and 10 times tables by the end of the school year.
We have Feedback Friday at school every week. This is an opportunity for parents to come into the classroom to see the progress in their children’s books. You can come in the morning at 8.30am or in the afternoon at 3.15pm. It is an excellent opportunity for you to speak to the staff working with your children and I’m sure the children would be eager to show you all their hard work!
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