Welcome to Year 1 & 2

Mrs Williams is our teacher Monday- Wednesday.
Mrs MacDonald is our teacher Thursday-Friday.
We are supported by our teaching assistant Mrs Lowery.

 Autumn Term 2020

After half- term our topic is “Dinosaur Planet”

 Watch out everyone – the dinosaurs are on the prowl. They’re rampaging across the dusty earth, swishing their enormous tails and baring their fearsome teeth. Let’s explore the Dinosaur Planet. Imagine you’re a palaeontologist (that’s a scientist who studies bones and fossils). Dig deep and discover dazzling dinosaur facts. Create a dinosaur museum and invite visitors to see your awesome dinosaur artefacts. You could even do a dinosaur dance or produce some prehistoric percussion. Which is your favourite dinosaur? The Tyrannosaurus, the Brachiosaurus or the Micropachycephalosaurus? Doyouthinkhesawus? Yes, he did. Run!

Reading

In Year 1 and 2 the children take home three books each week and will have the opportunity to change them on their reading day each week. Please ensure that the children keep their books in their book bags all week, alongside their Reading Records, so that we can record any additional reading in school and check them for any messages you may have written for us. We will be awarding House Points for each piece of reading recorded in their Yellow reading record books. This can also include books from home or from the library as well as their school books. Little and often is recommended!

Spelling

The Year 2 Spelling Overview for the 2nd half of the Autumn Term can be found here Year 2 Spellings Autumn Term 2  A hard copy will be sent home after half-term.  The Year 1 Spelling Overview for the whole of the Autumn Term can be found here Year 1 Spellings Autumn Term. A hard copy will be sent home too. You may wish to use the following sheet when practising their spellings. Spelling practice sheet
The common exception words for each year group can be found here Common Exception Words Year 1 and 2

Daily DoodleMaths homework

Maths homework is to complete the daily tasks (10mins) set on DoodleMaths. These tasks need to be completed independently by the children as the software adjusts the future tasks (either up or down) based on how they are managing. Please support your child in logging on daily. We will stick a copy of their log in details in their reading record book. Little and often makes a big difference.

Instant Recall Facts (KIRFS)

Each year group is given some instant recall facts to learn by heart to aid mathematical fluency.
Yr 1 Focus for Autumn 2- to know all the number bonds for the number 10
Yr 2  Focus for Autumn 2 –  to know doubles and halves of numbers to 20

Should you have any questions about learning at home, please don’t hesitate to ask either Mrs Williams or Mrs MacDonald.

Homework

In Year 1, we expect the children to complete a minimum of ten minutes of homework per week in addition to daily reading. This could include Phonics or spelling, Maths homework such as Doodlemaths, consolidating basic Maths skills or even homework linked to our topic. In Year 2, this expectation increases by ten minutes to a minimum of twenty minutes per week in addition to daily reading. 

PE

PE is on a Friday afternoon.

Welly Wednesday (Outdoor learning)

Year 1 and 2 will have Outdoor Learning every Wednesday afternoon with Mrs Williams and Mrs Dellowe.
For safety, we need extra adults with us each week in order to be able to go off-site.
If you would like to offer your help with this then phone or email the office to let them know which dates to put you down for.
The children will wear a school T-shirt/shirt and school jumper under their coat. Each week they will need:
water proof trousers (if not using the school jumpsuits)

socks for wellies;
waterproof coat;
wellies (can be kept in school on our welly racks)

Supporting your child with reading

See Link below for free access to online reading scheme books for the children to read books at the appropriate level for them.
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/
See links below for some recommended books.
https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/reading-lists-for-ks1-school-pupils/suggested-reading-list-year-1-pupils-ks1-age-5-6/
https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/reading-lists-for-ks1-school-pupils/suggested-reading-list-year-2-pupils-ks1-age-6-7/

Supporting your child with Phonics

Recommended Phonics Websites
Phonics flash cards 2-3
Phase 5 flashcards
100 sight word flash cards

If you would like any further information on how to support your child with their learning please feel free to speak to either Mrs Williams or Mrs MacDonald or see the school’s e-learning tab.  

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