A big, warm welcome to Class 2! I hope you all had some lovely family time in the sun this summer and feel ready for the year ahead. We have already had such a great start to the school year and I know we’re going to achieve so much and have lots of fun along the way!
Our topic for this term is Victorian Heroes, where we will be finding out about some significant people from the Victorian era, including Queen Victoria, Grace Darling, Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. Our role play area is set up as a Victorian Hospital and the children have already made a start in diagnosing their patients and filling out prescriptions for them! On Monday 2nd October we have a school trip planned to Michelham Priory where we will be finding out about the life of Victorians, including looking at some Victorian science, such as the blacksmith and the water mill. More details to follow soon.
In Maths we shall be looking at number, focussing on reading and writing numbers and counting. We will have a focus on addition and subtraction for both year groups, with the year 2s moving onto looking at multiplication and division later in the term. This term the focus will be on gaining a really good grasp of numbers; 0-20 for Year 1 and 0-100 for Year2.
On a Tuesday morning, I shall be having my PPA (Planning, Preparation and Assessment) time and Mr Sullivan will be teaching the class a Maths lesson. He will be teaching about shapes, both 2D and 3D, naming them and talking about their properties.
In Literacy we will be starting with a poetry focus, looking at the poems of Robert Louis Stevenson, who wrote in the Victorian times and specifically a book called “A Child’s Garden of Verses”. Following this, we will be reading “The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch” which will link nicely with our work on Grace Darling. Finally, after half term, we will be looking at non-fiction books about Florence nightingale and her life. We will be writing descriptions of settings, instructions, stories and letters.
Our Science topic for this term will be a standalone topic about animals, including humans. We will be learning that all animals have offspring which grow into adults, what basic needs animals have and then more specifically about humans, how to eat healthily, why it is important to exercise and how to be hygienic.
Your child will have a Home Learning Book with a menu inside. Home Learning books will be given out on a Wednesday and will need to be returned the following Monday. The children choose one activity from the menu each week.
Alongside the homework menu, you will find a spellings menu (as last term) which your child also needs to choose one activity from each week. Please continue to sign and date these so we can see that they are practising their spellings. This piece of homework will not be marked but we will check that it has been done. The children will also have one session a week in school where they can also practise these spellings.
Every child should be reading for a minimum of 10-15 minutes each evening. Remember to discuss the book, pick out favourite words, retell the story and make the reading fun!
All reading should be recorded on the Reading Record Booklet and then brought to school to be stamped – a certificate will be given out in Thursday assemblies for each completed booklet.
This year the children will have a Reading Journal, which will stay in school, where we will record when they have read with an adult at school. There are activities in the Journal that the children will complete during their Reading sessions each afternoon.
If anyone would like to come in and listen to the children read please let me know.
Please continue to work on Mathletics at home. The children have been given a new log-in card, although their log-in details have not changed! I appreciate that many parents aren’t happy with their children having a lot of screen time, but just 10 minutes on Live Mathletics will greatly benefit your child’s number handling skills. I will occasionally add tasks for the children to complete before they can do anything else, these will be related to what we are learning in class.
In Class 2 we have a class teddy, called “Ted”, who would like to visit the children at home to have fun with them. Ted comes home with his journal in which I would like the children to write about what they have done. You can include pictures/photos of your time with Ted, but I would like the children to do the writing. I am, therefore, not expecting pages of writing, but a few sentences (depending on their age and ability) about their time with Ted. Ted may stay for 1-2 nights.
|Important dates for this term|
|Thursday 28th September||
|Friday 29th September||
European Day of Languages
|Monday 2nd October||
Trip to Michelham Priory
|Friday 6th October||
|Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th October||Parents' Evening|
|Wednesday 18th October||Phonics Workshop|
Homework – Victorian Heroes
Choose a Lighthouse Keeper’s Maths Sheet to complete.
Write a shopping list for the ingredients you would put into your favourite sandwich. Find out how much each thing costs. How much would your sandwich cost to make?
Choose a Lighthouse Keeper’s Maths Sheet to complete.
We have been studying “My shadow” by Robert Louis Stevenson. Can you write your own poem about your shadow?
In the Lighthouse keeper’s Lunch (which we will be studying later in term 1) the Lighthouse Keeper’s wife makes him lots of different things for lunch. Design a menu for what he could eat each day for a week.
Word List Mr. Grinling’s lunch was 'devoured' by the seagulls. Can you make a colourful poster with a list of words which show different ways that people can eat their food?
Draw a Lighthouse Draw your own lighthouse. You could shade it with pencils, paint it, colour it or create a collage.
Design and draw a new lunch box for Mr. Grinling. What would be inside? Draw and label his lunch – what sandwich would he have? Would he have a dessert?
Choose one of the following topics to find out about in Victorian times:
toys, children, school, workhouses.
Homework books will be given out on a Wednesday afternoon and are expected to be handed in on a Monday morning. Please choose one homework task a week to complete. You can cross them off as you do them.
Alongside the above Homework menu, it is important that the children continue to read to their parents, grandparents, older siblings etc. Remember that this should be fun and can involve you reading to your child or sharing the reading, ie one page each. Don’t forget to fill in your reading record and return it to school when complete to collect a certificate. The children will have a separate Reading Record for when they read in school which will stay in their tray.
Last year, Class 2 were the top class for Mathletics use and I would love for us to remain in that position. Please encourage your child to complete the activities I set on Mathletics at least once a week.
As trialled in the summer term, we have once again got a separate spelling menu for the children to choose from each week. The spellings lists will come home each Monday and it would be helpful if you could sign the spelling menu so I can see which activities your child is choosing each week.
Here are a few reminders for this term
Our P.E. lessons are on Monday afternoons and Tuesday mornings. Please make sure your child has their full P.E. kit and this is clearly named - thank you.
Please check that all of your child’s uniform is clearly labelled with their name – this saves so much time when trying to sort out clothing! I have noticed that there are several boys with identical shoes this term, so please ensure you have named your child’s shoes as well.
Please send a named bottle of water for your child to drink in class. Children are able to drink from the water fountain but having a water bottle is a lot easier and does not require your child to leave the classroom during lesson time. It is important to remind your child to take bottles home everyday to ensure they are clean and hygienic.
When children move into Class 2, the excitement of having a pencil case in school is great. However, I have asked the children to only bring in a pencil case if it fits into their tray. This is because I have stuck several useful resources to their desks to use in Maths and when they are writing, and having a pencil case on the table will obscure these. If your child’s pencil case is too big for their tray then they will be asked to bring it home.
As always, if there are any problems or concerns with your child, please come in and discuss it with me.