Welcome to Class 2
(Reception and Year 1)
Mrs Ladley and Ms Plant
Welcome to Class 2! What a fantastic term we have had, and we are all looking forward to another fantastic term, once we have had a good rest over the Easter holidays! The children have settled back in so well and their learning has progressed fantastically.
Our theme this half term is
Hot or Not?
This theme will encompass all of our foundation subjects such as geography, history, art, design and technology and music. We will explore different places around the globe, looking at similarities and differences. If any of the children have visited an exotic country or know anyone that has they are welcome to bring in any photos or artefacts to talk about and share with the rest of the class.
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.
Thank you to everyone who came to the reception RWI drop in sessions, they were a great way to see your child interacting with others and learning in the classroom, and hopefully gave you some tips and ideas to use at home.
Our Literacy work this half term will be looking at books and poems to do with mini beasts as they are a great way to engage the children and hook them into writing. We will continue to look at the fundamentals of writing, such as correct letter formation, finger spaces, relating spoken sounds to written words and trying to use our phonics knowledge to help us sound out words and write them down, as well as full stops and capital letters. 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 wrote at home and they are welcome to bring in and share with the class any writing they do at home.
This half term the children will looking at doubles and arrays to start with. By the end of the year, Year 1 children need to know the doubles up to double 10 by heart, so anytime that they can practice them will be a big help. We will then move on to looking at time, which will include telling the time to the hour and half past, as well as looking at the days of the week.
Our topic this half term is Growth and Plants. We are lucky enough to have been chitting some potatoes over the Easter holidays which we will soon plant to observe how they grow. We will also be looking at the fundamental parts of a plant as well as naming some common plants and trees.
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.
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 Class 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. 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 Ladley and Ms Plant