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Term 1 & 2 Newsletter – Class 2

Dear Parents,
A big, warm welcome to Class 2! I hope you all had some lovely family time 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!

English

In English we will be reading “The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch” which will link nicely with our work on Grace Darling. We will be writing recipes for sandwiches for Mr Grinling, the Lighthouse Keeper, to have for his lunch. Then we shall have a poetry focus, looking at the poems in a lovely book called “A Year of Nature Poems” by Joseph Coelho and Kelly Louise Judd. 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.

Science

In Science this term we will be learning 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.

DT

We will be doing a DT project in term 2 about food to make us better, which will follow nicely from our science work on keeping healthy.

Computing

In Computing there will be a focus on getting used to the keyboard and learning some basic typing skills to help the children become more efficient at using the keyboard.

PSHE

PSHE sees us learning about Being Me in the World and Celebrating Difference in terms 1 and 2.

PE

in Music, we will be learning and composing sea shanties to fit with our work in other subjects.

Maths

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. Alongside all of this, we will be having daily fluency session to practice doubling, halving, number bonds to 10 and other 1-digit number facts.

History

In History we will be learning about Victorian women who inspire us and what they did that has made a difference. We will start with Grace Darling, learning why she is famous and what impact her actions had. After half term we will be learning about Mary Seacole and the impact she had on nursing in the Victorian times.

Art

In Art we will be learning some general drawing skills, how to make different types of marks and using different tools to draw with. In term 2 we will be studying J M W Turner and his seascapes, attempting to draw and paint our own.

Music

In Music, we will be listening to The Firebird by Stravinsky and Carnival of the Animals by Saint Sans and responding to them in art and by making our own music.

RE

In term 1 in RE we will be learning about Creation trying to answer the big question “Who Made the World?”, learning about Christian beliefs and comparing these with other world faiths and secular views. In term 2 we will be turning our thoughts to Christmas and the concept of incarnation, trying to answer the big question of “What is the Good News that Jesus brings?”

Phonics and Reading

This year we have invested in a new Phonics scheme called “Monster Phonics”. Monster Phonics is a fun way to teach Systematic Synthetic Phonics. Its advanced multisensory approach uses 10 Monster characters to create interest and engagement for children. We will be using this approach in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

You will remember that last term we introduced some new decodable reading books, the Dandelion Reading books. We have also invested in Monster Phonics decodable books to sit alongside these Dandelion books. These books are aligned to the National Curriculum and meet all of the Ofsted criteria for early reading. They are easy and exciting to read for children with read-along sections for parents of younger children that help bring the stories to life. These books will be read in school and will be sent home for your child to read with you.

There will be a parent information session about the whole scheme on Tuesday 14th September at 7pm via Zoom so please login to find out more about how the scheme works and to ask any questions that you have. We will be waiting until after this event to start sending the decodable books home with your children, so that you have a better understanding of how to use them at home.

To ensure that your child is still reading a range of books, we have made the decision to continue to send home our colour banded books, which the children can choose for themselves and change as regularly as they need to. Please continue to record all reading in the Reading Record Booklets and then your child can bring the booklet to school to be stamped – a certificate will be given out in Thursday assemblies for each completed booklet. The Reading record Booklet will be checked once a week, so please ensure that it remains in your child’s book bag.

If anyone is able to come in and listen to the children read please let me know, it would be great for the children to read to an adult as often as possible. We had a regular groups of parent volunteers last year and saw good progress in the reading of the children in Class 2.

Homework

This year, homework in Class 2 will be Maths and English, and it will greatly help your child if you can get into a routine of completing the work each week and handing the orange book in to be marked. There will be a Maths sheet, with a selection of questions related to the sorts of learning your child will have been doing in school, and a Common Exception Words sheet, where your child needs to practise the spelling and writing of the given word and putting it into a sentence. Homework books will be given out on a Wednesday and need to be handed in on a Monday morning.

Spellings

At this point in time, I will not be sending home a spelling list each week for your child to learn. The expectation for KS1 is that the children can read and spell the common exception words for their year group. We will be working on these each week in our Phonics sessions and the children will have a word each week to practise for their homework.

Mathletics

Please continue to work on Mathletics at home. The Live Mathletics section is particularly useful for practising the fluency skills that we will be focusing on in class. I will not set any particular tasks on Mathletics but it would be useful to refer to the planning grid so your child practises skills that they have been learning at school.

Reminders for This Term

P.E. kits

Our P.E. lessons are on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Please make sure your child has their full P.E. kit and this is clearly named - thank you.

Uniform

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! We often have several children with the same shoes, so it is worthwhile naming your child’s shoes as well.

Water Bottles

Please send a named bottle of water for your child to drink in class. It is important to remind your child to take bottles home everyday to ensure they are clean and hygienic.

Class Trip

I am in the process of planning and booking a trip to Hastings, to visit the RNLI centre and to have a ride on the funicular railway. Once this has been booked a letter will be sent home with details.

Class Assembly

Class 2 have been given the first class act of worship slot this year on Thursday 14th October. Please do come and watch if you are able. The assembly will start at 9.05am.

Other Key dates

Tuesday 14th September 7pm – Monster Phonics information session (via Zoom)
Thursday 23rd September 7-8pm PTA AGM
Thursday 7th October – Harvest Festival (Please join us in the church if you can)
Thursday 14th October – Class 2 Assembly

Please talk to me at the end of the day or email if you have any questions.

Many thanks
Mrs Sullivan
hsullivan@blackboys.e-sussex.sch.uk

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