Y1/2: Mr Murphy's Class 2017 - 2018

Mr Murphy

Welcome back!

What’s happening this term

Our Topic in the first half of the term is 'The Dragon Machine' and we will explore this wonderful story through Literacy and Art.   

We will begin learning about plants in Science, finding out about the different parts of plants and what seeds need to germinate and grow.  This half term is also full of exciting trips as we will be going on our long awaited trip to Chester Zoo and the Year 2s will also be heading to their first residential to Plas Nant Glyn!

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If, for any reason, you need to discuss something that has happened or something that you are unsure about, I am always available before the beginning of the day or at the end of the afternoon. We both want the children to feel as happy and comfortable as they possibly can and to enjoy their days at school.

If anything is ever bothering you or your child, please let me know and I’ll be more than happy to help out!

Burt

Children will have the opportunity to take turns to take home Burt for a weekend. They will be given a booklet to take home with them which includes a sheet on which they can write about or stick pictures of what they have done.

Class rules

In our class, we have four special rules that we follow every day. The rules are:

1) Work hard

2) Try your best

3) Remember your manners

4) Be nice to people

 

They help us to get the most out of every day at school and make sure that everyone enjoys being here.

Homework

All homework will be given out on a Thursday and is due back in on the following Thursday.

Reading
At least 5 minutes a day whenever possible, this will make a big difference to your child's progress. In addition to this, the Year 2s will be bringing reading comprehension tasks home this term.

Spellings
Each week the children will have some words to learn. Please practice writing them, spelling them out loud and putting them into sentences. Keep revisiting the words throughout the week to build up the children's word recognition. These spellings will reflect the children's progress in phonics and spelling so not all children will have the same spellings.

Maths
We will also give out maths homework every Thursday to reinforce the learning of concepts and knowledge. If your child does not have a maths homework sheet in their homework folder, please check MyMaths as it is likely that their homework has been set online.

All children have been issued a login at the beginning of the year but, if, for any reason, you need your child’s login details again, please just ask and they can be popped in their book bag to go home.

A note about reading...

Read, read, read and read some more! If there is a secret recipe to making wonderful progress at school, ‘reading’ would be at the top of the list.

We teach the children to read for pleasure and use the skills they develop to pursue their own interests across the curriculum.

The team will regularly give out certificates to acknowledge how many times the children have read at home and a degree of independence is expected of the children when they need to change their books. This can be done as they come in in the morning or upon being reminded at the end of the day. They will be listened to as they read as part of a group once a week, where we look to progress both their decoding and comprehension skills. Thank you in advance for helping with this by listening to your children read regularly at home.

 

Reading together at home is one of the easiest but most important ways in which you can help your child. To support your child in becoming an effective and confident reader we hope to work with you to develop their knowledge of phonics (letter sounds) to enable them to decode different words they may come across during a teaching session.

The link below will allow you to listen to how the sounds are pronounced under the ‘Say the Sounds’ section:

http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/phonics-made-easy

 

PE

We have PE twice a week, having both an indoor and an outdoor session. Outdoor PE will be led by a team of specialists, who come in to work with us.

Every child should have a PE on their peg in school in a drawstring kit bag. This does not need to be taken home, other than to be washed. In which case, please ask your child to bring it home with them as and when it will be washed.

Long hair should be tied up on PE days.

Indoor

Our indoor PE will be every Thursday afternoon in the hall, where we'll be doing dance with Jules. Please ensure that all children have black pumps that fit them and the correct school PE shorts and PE t-shirt.

Outdoor

Our outdoor PE sessions will be every Tuesday afternoon. This term, we will be learning cricket skills. Again, please ensure that the children have the correct kit for this, including pumps, and any zipped jackets or tracksuit bottoms that might help to keep them warm if our bizarre weather decides to give us a chilly Summer's day!

Class News

Isn't the year going so quickly!  We're getting closer and closer to the final half term and the children are working very, very hard.  I am very proud of them so far and I'm sure that we can all keep it up until the end of July!

Our trip to Chester Zoo was brilliant and we have some very brave children who were determined to go into the dark to see the Aye-Ayes and even walk through the bat cave!  It turned out to be a lovely sunny day and we all came home with big smiles on our faces.  Well done, Chester Zoo!

Here's to a very busy but rewarding penultimate half term.

Useful websites

Explore our Solar System at www.nineplanets.org/tour

Encourage your child to learn a language for free at www.duolingo.com

Take them along to one of the many regular events at Chester Library! https://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/residents/libraries/find-a-library/chester-library/chester-library-at-storyhouse.aspx

 

 

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