Hello everyone! This term class 1 is full of Magic and Mystery (and a touch of mischief no doubt!). Our inside role play area is ‘A School for budding Witches and Wizards’- the children are making lists, writing their own ingredients for spells, mixing potions in different sized containers, counting spiders, bats and wands and of course enjoying casting spells on their friends and family- be warned! Outside, our wooden castle now belongs to a giant and the class are recreating the story of Jack and his beanstalk as well as using the fairy tale for a variety of literacy activities. We will be reading books with a magical theme including Room on the Broom, Meg and Mog, Winnie the Witch, Zog and A Magical Muddle. We will be writing instructions for potions, creating rhyming spells, writing character descriptions and writing our own tales with dragons, princes, princesses and magic in them! All of the class will continue our phonics activities, spellings and comprehension lessons and can we once again emphasise the importance of your child reading at home as regularly as possible- little and often is perfect but so vital , especially in Ks1 for developing the blending and segmenting of phonemes and encouraging sight vocabulary. We have some new reading books in class for the children to take home which are specifically designed to help develop these skills.
In numeracy we are learning to count forwards and backwards in 2s, 5s, and 10s (the year 2s are multiplying and dividing by this amount). We are all doubling and halving numbers, adding and subtracting 2 and then 3 numbers (either using counters, number lines or column calculations) and learning to recognise, order and write numbers to either 20, 100 or 1000! On a Monday we now all have ‘Big Maths’ – this is a set of addition questions (addition and multiplication for year 2s) which have to be completed in a set amount of time. Its aim is to improve the children’s mental arithmetic- they try and beat their own personal score each week and quickly become very competitive about it!
During the week beginning 20th May, the year 2 children will be sitting their SATs in reading and maths. The children have been practising for these- they know they are absolutely nothing to worry about-in fact most children rather enjoy them! Something to do with the juice and biscuits I think!
Our science topic is ‘Plants’ and we are having a jolly good go at growing our own beanstalks! They will carefully observe, measure and record its growth and make predictions. The children are learning what conditions plants need to grow and stay healthy, they are finding out what each part of a flowering plant does as well as identifying different species around school and in their gardens. We will compare the growth of different plants and learn about food crops.
Our CLT lessons will initially include drawing, painting, collaging and building models of magical dragons and then we will focus on castles; fantasy castles in stories and in art and also real castles, why they were built, what they were built of, what they looked like and who lived and worked inside them.
In PE this half term we have used the ‘Cosmic Kids Yoga’ programme which puts yoga movements to stories- good fun (not necessarily relaxing!) and after half term we hope to go outside for athletics. Could you ensure your child has trainers for this please- plimsolls are not supportive enough for our bumpy field.
Another fun, busy term to look forward to! As always, any questions, just pop in and ask!
The Class1 team.