Year 1 and 2 2018 - 2019
Welcome to Year One and Two!
Our Topic - Hot and Cold
Our new topic for this term is Hot and Cold. To support our English lessons, we will be using a number of texts with stories based in hot or cold countries, starting with ‘Handa’s Surprise’ by Eileen Browne. Some of our music work will be based on the story so that we can produce our own ‘fruit song’ and ‘animal song’. In topic lessons we will be learning about the Antarctic Explorer – Ernest Shackleton and even considering what jobs we would do if we were on his ship. In our science work we will learn about animals, including humans, and there will be lots of opportunity to learn about the geography of hot and cold places. Our artwork will be based on collage, learning about techniques and looking at examples of collages by artists.
P.E lessons will now be on a Wednesday afternoon 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.
As we progress through the year, the expectation of work done at home will increase. This term we expect all children to continue with their reading and times tables. Year Ones will now have key words each week to practice in their homework book. We would encourage them to practise reading the words first and then have a try at spelling them. Year Twos will be expected to complete a Maths or English homework in their homework book as well as some common spellings used in their writing. Homework will be given out on a Thursday each week and collected in on a Wednesday. Please ensure your child has their homework book in their book bag ready to hand in.
Your child may be given a special rainbow certificate if they have worked and behaved exceptionally well during the day – keep an eye out for these!
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.
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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