Y1/2: Mr Murphy 2021 - 2022

Mr Murphy

Welcome to the Autumn Term! We are very excited about the new school year and look forward to a year full of learning, laughter and fun!

So what has the term got in store for us?

Our topic this half term is 'Do the Animals need our help?'

Literacy and Maths

In Literacy, we are reading a book called Troll Swap by Leigh Hodgkinson.  We are reading a little bit of it each day and are basing our Literacy work around the events in the story.

In Maths, our current topic is Number, in which we are learning about place value.

Foundation Topics

In Science, we will be learning about animals and their habitats. We will be finding out which animals are endangered and how we can help. 

In Geography, we will be learning about the seven continents as well as the different climates that our planet has. 

In Music, we will be exploring pitch and dynamics through the Carnival of the Animals, a piece of music by Camille Saint-Saens. 

In ICT/Computing, we will be looking at how to send an email aswell as how to keep safe online. 

In Art we will be studying the artist Joan Miro and using her work to inspire us.

Reading

Each child will take home one reading book at a time, along with a reading record and a bookmark, which features lots of advice and ideas for how to engage with your child as they read the story.  The reading books can be changed as and when the children need to change them but please note that, in order to promote independence, the children are responsible for changing their book when they need to.  The teacher will tell all of the children to go and change their books if they need to and so it is important that each child takes the responsibility to respond and go to change their book at that time.

As a general guide, it is expected that the children will read a book or two per week.  This will include re-reading the story - an important part of learning to read and building fluency - and will, of course, vary as the children take home books of differing lengths.

You can still use Oxford Owl at https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/ online for additional books. Here you will find books grouped by the different colours according to your child's reading level. No reading records need filling in at present.

PE

In PE this term, we will learning rugby skills with Wirral Rugby Tots in our outdoor PE sessions on a Friday and, on Tuesday, we are doing Gymnastics.

The children should come to school on Monday with their PE kit in a small bag, which is to be kept in school for the week and then sent home to be washed on a Friday. We would also appreciate your help in allowing the children to indepdendently dress and undress themselves at home.  In Key Stage 1, it is an expectation that the children get themselves ready for PE.

Children will usually wear their white shorts and navy PE t-shirt for PE but, with the cooler weather, they can instead wear tracksuit bottoms or leggings with their PE t-shirt and school sweatshirt or cardigan if they wish to.

Homework

We will be sending home maths homework and spellings on a Tuesday.  The maths homework is to be returned by Monday the following week. Spelling sheets, however, should be kept at home so that they can be revised up until the spelling tests, which take place on a Monday morning.

Spellings

Spelling tests take place on a Monday in the children's phonics group.  They will be tested on the words that they took home on the previous Tuesday - these words are tailored to what they are learning in phonics at the time.  Children will be sent home that day with a Spelling Score Slip that will state their score and note the words that the children misspelt.

Water Bottles

Please remember that children need a full water bottle every day and we will send them home every night for a wash and refill. 

Coats/bags

Your child will need a coat in school at all times as we will be doing as much as we can outside.

No bags, apart from lunch bags, book bags and PE bags, are needed in school.

Please make sure that all items of clothing, including PE kits, shoes and coats, have the children's names on the labels.  The children may be able to identify their belongings at home but it is surprising how difficult they find it when they haven't worn something for a while and it looks so similar to everyone elses!

Things to do at home

Times Table Rock Stars
Practise your times tables and test your recall of multiplication facts against the clock.

Play here: https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student/23174 

ICT Games (Maths)
Click the 'Maths' tab to have a go at all sorts of different interactive maths activities

Play here: http://www.ictgames.co.uk/ 

ICT Games (Phonics)
Click the 'English' tab to have a go at all sorts of different interactive phonics and spelling activities

Play here: http://www.ictgames.co.uk/ 

Spelling Shed
Practise the spelling of Common Exception Words and apply your phonics skills

Log-in here: https://play.edshed.com/en-gb/login 

Oxford Owl (Reading)
Free-to-read, colour-banded Oxford Reading Tree books to read digitally

Log-in here: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/login?active-tab=students (Just create a personal log-in for this one)

Maths Songs
Sing along to some great maths songs to practise your times tables, counting and shapes

Watch here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWc_LkDZW58oQMe7wohFAHtNYKBNR33Yz 

French Songs
Learn some French with these French songs

Watch here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWc_LkDZW58obrbMnUn1koF06SegiSuq6 

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