TO CLASS 2
Hello and welcome back. Our theme for the Spring is Into the Woods! We have some new and exciting things planned for this next term. We are in our new classroom and the children have settled in to our new environment and routine very well.
Here are a few things that you can look forward to covering, as well as some important dates and events.
This Spring term, our topic is Into the Woods. In our Literacy sessions we will be looking at different traditional tales. The children will be looking at character analysis, setting descriptions, dilemmas and endings. We will be writing letters and trying our hand at writing our own versions of these tales. In Maths, we will be covering place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, time and measure. In Foundation subjects, children will be learning about the works of famous artist Andy Goldsworthy and creating their own nature sculptures, investigating light and shadows; learning about the local area. During Science Week, we will be looking at the life and accomplishments of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who was a prolific English mechanical and civil engineer.
The children have three sessions of PE this term, Sports Club and Football on the Monday and Wednesdays, as well as Karate on Thursday. In addition we will be Swimming, which will start after the February half term. Swimming will take place on Friday mornings.
PE Kits can be kept in school for the half term and will need to be in school every day. Please can you ensure that your child has the correct PE kit, which should include a pair of outdoor trainers and a tracksuit for when the weather is still chilly.
Children will be given either a Maths or Literacy related homework on Friday and will need to be handed in on Wednesday. I am trialing something new this term for our Topic homework. We have created a homework menu whereby the children can choose from a variety of activities, related to our topic, to help extend their learning. They can earn dojo points for each activity and the values will vary depending on the task.
Reading is being added to our weekly homework, at least three times a week if possible and we ask that this be recorded by an adult in their reading diaries. Diaries are checked on Friday mornings.
Reading daily to young children can help with language acquisition and literacy skills; spark a child's imagination and stimulate curiousity. To help foster a love of reading in our pupils, we encourage them to read a minimum of three times a week. 3 Dojo points will be awarded to our Reading Champions, those children that have read five times or more in a week. We have created a welcoming space in our classroom, where children can read and recommend books to others, and will be incorporating DEAR time (Drop Everything And Read) into our timetable. We ask that reading books and diaries are in school every day, please can you ensure that you sign your child's reading diary.
Star of the Week
Our stars of the week are Jessica, Charlie, Maddox, Georgia-May, Ava, Maria. They have all been trying their hardest in every lesson. Well done.