Welcome to Class 2
(Reception and Year 1)
Miss Whittaker and Miss Plant
Please have a look at our 'Class 2's best bits' page for the latest information and our highlights from what we have been learning in Class 2!
Our theme this half term is
How to train a Dragon
Welcome back to another exciting half term in Class 2. Our new theme is 'How to train a Dragon’ and it will encompass History, Geography, Science, Art, Design Technology and ICT.
Over the holidays Highfield had a special visitor. It will be our challenge to use the clues left behind to help us to work out what or who has visited us. Once we have worked out what it is we will create wanted posters and try to find it! This learning will also link to PSHE as we will be thinking about what people, and other living creatures, need in order to live and be healthy.
Our final week will see us celebrating Chinese New Year, we will be reading the Chinese New Year story, creating decorations and tasting traditional Chinese food.
All Year 1 children took part in the Read, Write, Inc. (RWI) programme last year and the Reception children have now joined this programme. RWI will continue to take place every morning. The groups will change on a regular basis, ensuring that your child is in the group that matches their reading ability. During these sessions children have a range of experiences that allow them to interact with many different books and genres. This supports the development of phonics and the application of this knowledge to reading, writing and comprehension. As you are aware from last year, the children have made extremely good progress using the RWI programme and we will continue to further develop their independent reading and writing skills this year.
In class we will focus on the application of phonics to both independent reading and writing.
For guidance or support with phonics, there is a wealth of information on our school website in the phonics section. Alternatively, please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have about phonics and Read, Write, Inc.
Click on the following link to access the Read Write Inc website which has a parent section with a wealth of information regarding the teaching & learning of phonics and early reading. This link takes you to a video demonstrating pronunciation of pure sounds.
This half- term we will be continuing to focus on number. We will be ensuring that we can confidently recognise and write numbers from 1 to 100. Throughout the half- term we will be continuing practising number formation through Maths, Basic skills and Handwriting sessions. In Year 1 we will be continuing to solve problems using addition and subtraction, using a variety of strategies including; number lines, counters, interactive programmes and 100 squares. In Reception we will be continuing to build our confidence in solving additions and subtractions to 10 and beyond. This half- term we will also be learning about time, position and direction. Number recognition and formation are key Maths skills: we encourage that this is reinforced further, where possible, with your child at home.
In Science we will be exploring the contrast between light and dark, this will develop further as we look at the differences between day and night.
We will continue to observe seasonal changes, focusing on aspects of Winter.
Homework books will continue to be sent home for all Year 1 children. They will be sent home on a Wednesday and need to be returned on a Monday. The homework will be either Literacy, Numeracy, Science or theme and will link directly to the work that we are doing in school. If you have any questions about homework please feel free to ask. On the inside cover of the homework book there will be a letter with further information on supporting your child at home with their homework. Reception children do not receive homework, therefore it is encouraged that they read with you every night instead.
Towards the end of the Spring term Year 1 children will begin learning how to join letters. The following link will show you how we are teaching letter joins - www.teachhandwriting.co.uk
Outdoor learning: Reception children in Class 2 have access to outdoor learning daily. Please ensure that they come to school with appropriate clothing for the weather. e.g. a raincoat when it is wet and sun hats when it is sunny.
A voluntary contribution of £1.00 per week for our Reception Fund would be really appreciated. (£6 this half term) This will help to cover the costs of baking ingredients, extra food for snacks, food tasting etc and can be paid via parent pay.
We have weekly indoor PE lessons and when the weather permits we will also have outdoor PE sessions. Please ensure all items of PE kit are labelled.
Each week your child will be choosing a library book to bring home and share with you. Please ensure your child’s library book is in their book bag on a Wednesday in order to be changed on a Thursday.
If any parents, carers or grandparents are able to help in school by listening to children read, your help would be very much appreciated!
Reading: Please make sure that your child reads each night for a minimum of five minutes. Please write in your child's Reading Record Book each time they read at home.
Click on this link to view theme planning overview for Class 2
If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to ask; we are always happy to answer your questions.
Miss Whittaker and Miss Plant