Y1/2: Ms Palmer's Class 2018 - 2019
Welcome to the Summer Term
Welcome back! I hope you have had a great break and are looking forward to our Summer Term. As always I am available prior to school and after school each day if there are ever any concerns or you as parents need to talk.
What’s happening this term
Our topic this term is Castles. This will link to the Year 2's upcoming trip to Plas Nant Glyn which we are all very excited about. To link with our topic the text for Literacy this half term is 'How to Catch a Dragon' by Caryl Hart. We will also be learning about William the Conqueror in History where the children will learn all about the development of castles in our country. In our Science lesson we will focus on planning and carrying out different experiments and what makes a fair test. Our RE lessons will look at Christian Symbols and their meanings.
The children will have time to settle in to KS1 before we start sending homework home as detailed below.
The children will have spellings come home every week on a Monday and will then have them checked in school on the following Monday morning. Their spellings will reflect the phonics stage they are working within and children will not all have the same spellings.
Maths homework will also been sent out by your child’s maths teacher (which may be different to their class teacher.) This too will come out on Monday and is expected back in on the following Monday. Please make every effort to ensure your child completes their homework as it helps to support what they have been learning in class and builds up good attitudes to work and learning
Reading is essential to your child being able to access the curriculum and the best thing you can do to support them is to read as often as possible with them. This could be anything from 5-10 minutes or as long as your child is engaged and wants to read. Find a quiet time when possible and make it a special time where they have your full attention. We understand that with out of school activities it is not always possible to read every night but we would encourage you to do it as often as possible as this is what will help your child to progress quicker. Please sign your child’s diary every time they read at home and feel free to write any notes or use the diary to ask us anything about their reading. The children will earn certificates for the number of times they read at home starting with white award for 15 times and going up to Diamond for 150 times.
Reading books can be changed by your child every day. This is done after register in the afternoon. We will ask the children who need to do a book change and the onus is on them to then go and change their book in order to build up their independence. I if your child forgets to do this, come with them to let us know at the end of the day and we can remind them of the correct time to swap books and also let them go and choose a new one,
The expectation when it is your child’s day to read is that they bring us their reading record to be signed as their group is called to read.
We will be focusing on Athletics and Cricket during PE this term. These sessions will be on a Tuesday and Thursday and will both be outside, weather permitting. Please ensure children have their hair tied back and any earrings removed or taped on these days. They may wish to bring trainers as opposed to pumps given the activities they will be participating in. PE kits should be in school at all times.
Our Class News
25.1.19 We have been looking at different ways of staying healthy. Our focus this week has been mental health and the children learnt about different ways we can help to stay mentally healthy. We also looked at ways of coping at times when we might feel unhappy. They had some great ideas and were very sensible when talking about our feelings.
1.2.19 We are almost there with the igloo! Thanks very much for sending in your milk bottles, we still need about 50 more so I hope to have it completed before half term!
This weeks Star Writer is Ryli for his wonderful use of description and my star of the week is Oliver for his extra efforts in Literacy.
I will be sending a letter home tonight offering the children the opportunity to bring something in that is linked to something they feel proud of. This is part of our work linked to Children's Mental Health Week 2019.
24.2.19 I hope you had a great half term! I have uploaded photos of our pizza trip and an igloo update to our class gallery. As most of you will be aware we now have a school twitter and we will be posting regular updates on there aswell as here :)
Daisie was our class superstar of the half term for her fantastic efforts with her reading and Phonics!
8.3.19 What a fantastic week it has been! There has been so much going on in school, particularly World Book Day which was a resounding success. I have been so impressed with their enthusiasm!
18.3.19 We had a great last week and have now introduced a word of the week in class to promote our vocabulary skills. We have also introduced different readers of the week awards in class that will recognise understanding, expression, improvement and sounding out.
15.4.19 Remember our meeting on Wednesday at 4pm for Year 2 parents to talk about the upcoming residential trip to Plas Nant Glyn.
29.4.19 We have been having a brilliant couple of weeks carrying out lots of Science experiments. Pictures will follow :)