Welcome to Class 2
(Reception and Year 1)
Mrs Patterson and Mrs Phillips
Welcome to Class 2. We hope you had an adventurous autumn half term holiday, stomping around in the leaves.
In the second half of the autumn term, we will continue to embed Highfield's high expectations, in a fun and nurturing environment through our school mantra, which will encourage a positive attitude within our learning community: Ready, Respectful, Safe.
Our theme this half term is:
We will be learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats.
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 attainment level. 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 do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have about phonics and Read, Write, Inc.
Below is a video which exemplifies the pure sounds.
All children will partake in a daily phonics session, following the Read, Write Inc (RWI) scheme. They will focus on acquiring sounds to decode text with the aim to develop fluency in their reading and develop their spelling. Writing aims set for the children this half term, include remembering to use finger spaces between each word, as well as forming their letters as taught in RWI. They will be encouraged to punctuate their sentences using full stops and use capital letters appropriately. To encourage this, we will focus on learning the alphabet letter names.
Reception: Children will be practicing, recognising and writing their names and it would be great if you could also practise this at home as much as possible. The children will take part in a 20 minute phonics session (Read Write Inc) each day where they will learn new sounds and begin the process of segmenting and blending. For more information regarding Read Write Inc please click link below:
Over the next few weeks the children will bring home books. To begin with they will be ‘first experience’ books that you share together. As the children become more confident with phonics and segmenting and blending we will send home a book for them to begin to read aloud themselves, along with a reading record book for you to fill in – it is important that you sign the record book to show your child has read. Children collect points for each adult comment in their book and if they read every school night they are awarded a ‘character’ badge at the end of each half term. Reading and sharing books is so important and at Highfield we want every child to develop a love of reading.
Literacy and Communication Language and Literacy: All children will continue with daily ‘Read, Write, Inc’ sessions associating sounds with letters, practising segmenting and blending to develop early reading skills. To further promote a love of reading, we have are looking at fiction and non-fiction books that we will be using as a hook to lead into our learning about dinosaurs. Our fiction book focus is ‘Tyrannosaurus Drip’ by Julia Donaldson. For our non-fiction text, we will be looking at an array of books to enhance our understanding of using a variety of sources to support research.
In writing, children will be practising forming letters correctly and writing sentences using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces.
As always, we will promote a language rich environment including: talk partners, sharing stories, question and answer sessions and show and tell.
We will be further challenging the children to create longer sentences, to remember those sentences in their heads while they write, and stretch their sentences using connectives such as 'and' and 'but'. Remember: correct spelling is not so important at this stage as long as the words are phonetically plausible. Please encourage the children to write at home and they are welcome to bring in and share with the class any writing they do at home.
In Class 2, we have been learning our letter names with a great video. Why don't you have a go at home! :)
Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy: Our main focus will be on:
- Counting to ten, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number.
- Reading and writing numbers to 10 in numerals and words.
- Identifying one more or one less than a given number.
- Identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line, and use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least.
Children will be involved in focused activities with lots of opportunities within continuous provision to apply their knowledge and skills.
Check out Jack Hartmann on YouTube for lots of fantastic maths songs. You could practise counting up in 1's, 2's, 5's and 10's! :)
Through the exploration of dinosaurs, children will discuss, name and identify different types of dinosaurs, researching what dinosaurs eat and hypothesising what type of habitat they might live in, based on their research through sources such as non-fiction books and browsing the internet.
Homework: Homework books will 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.
Outdoor learning: Reception children in Class 2 have access to outdoor learning daily. Please ensure that they bring appropriate clothing for the weather. e.g. wellies (in a bag) when it is wet and sun hats when it is sunny. EYFS and KS1 attend a Woodland Wednesday session on a bi-weekly rota, led by Miss Errington. The children require appropriate outdoor wear for these sessions.
School Fund: A voluntary contribution of £1.00 per week for our class fund would be really appreciated This half term, the weekly contribution is £8. This will help to cover the costs of baking ingredients, food tasting etc and can be paid via parent pay.
Thank you for your continued support throughout your child's learning journey.
We have weekly indoor PE lessons and when the weather permits we will also have outdoor PE sessions. However, please practise dressing and undressing with your child at home in preparation for when they bring their kit in.
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.
If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to ask; we are always happy to answer your questions.
Mrs Patterson and Mrs Phillips