Dear Parents and Carers,
RE: YEAR ONE/TWO – SPRING TERM
Happy new year to you all! This letter will outline the learning that we have planned for this term. The spring term will be a busy term and we have lots of learning planned for the pupils. Thank you for your support during the spring term, we really do appreciate this as it is so valuable to your child’s success this year. We look forward to a productive spring term.
Children are expected to complete home learning activities throughout the week. Each week children will be asked to practise reading and writing words. There is a spelling test every Monday which tests children’s knowledge of their weekly phonics sounds. We will be inviting parents to attend a phonics workshop later on in the term which would give you ideas on how to help your child at home. Children are also expected to read to an adult for at least 15 minutes each night; you must sign and write a comment in their reading record to confirm that you have read to your child. Your child’s teacher or class teaching assistant will also read with your child once a week. We have library sessions once a week, so children can change books then.
We will be focussing on the following topics in maths this term: exploring calculation strategies, money, statistics, multiplication and fractions. Within time we will be exploring how many hours are in one day and how many minutes are in one hour. We will be exploring calculation strategies. Pupils will use their number facts, make ten strategies, partitioning, rounding and doubling. Our money topic will give pupils the opportunity to apply their understanding of numbers up to 100 and build on their work of addition and subtraction problems in the context of money. Finally, within the fractions unit, we will be exploring the role of the numerator and denominator, and recognise simple equivalent fractions. We will continue to learn to count in multiples of twos, fives and tens (counting in threes will also be included for Year 2 children).
During English we will be learning about ‘Fantasy Stories’ and ‘Information texts’. We will read and explore different stories to get some inspiration for our own stories. This term we will be focusing on ‘Traction Man’ and ‘The Bear that went Boo!’ as well as other fictional stories. We will be using actions and story mapping to help us learn this story and we will use its structure to help us write our own narrative and using the illustrations to help us write detailed descriptions.
We have daily guided reading and phonics groups that take place in the morning. We teach phonics using the Letters and Sounds phonics programme, and will continue on from what your child was taught in Reception or Year 1. In guided reading, children will also read various fiction and non-fiction texts in small groups and will complete activities based on the book they read. These activities are led by the class teacher. If you would like to observe our Guided Reading lessons to understand and help your child with reading at home, please let your class teacher know.
In RE, we will be learning about ‘Family and Celebrations’, ‘The Good News’, ‘Following Jesus’ and ‘The Mass’. Throughout this term we will be learning about various scriptures, the message they give us and how we can implement this into our daily lives. We will also be learning how to find pieces of scripture in the Bible and how to prepare for Easter.
This term our Humanities topics are ‘Transport’ and ‘The Great Fire of London’. We will be finding out about methods of transport, past and present and exploring what events led to the changes in transport. To support your child with this topic we will be visiting the Transport Museum. In relation to The Great Fire of London we will be visiting the Museum of London and learning the history behind this event.
In Science this term we will be learning about ‘Animals including humans’ and ‘Plants’. We will explore the similarities and differences in animals, identifying which animals are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores, the different food chains and different habitats. Throughout the year we will also be focusing on plants and seasonal changes.
During this term we will be learning about e-safety and how to safely use the computer. We will also develop our ICT skills in using the iPads and the laptops. Please continue to check the class blogs and encourage your children to post and comment on them.
Drop Everything and Read (DEAR)
We are also having ‘Drop everything and read’ sessions every Friday afternoon which you are welcome to come to. More details about these sessions will be given soon. This means that every Friday afternoon everybody at St Anne’s (adults and children alike) will have thirty minutes to stop whatever they are doing and read a book of their choice. This could be your library book or a book that you have brought in from home. We really hope that these sessions in which we are all reading for pleasure will help to foster your child’s love of reading. Please help ensure that your child is ready for these sessions by ensuring that they bring a reading book into school on a Friday.
Our topic for PE this half term is Games and gymnastics. We will be learning about different ball skills and how to effectively play a variety of team building games.
Please ensure your child brings in their PE kit, this must be left in school until the end of half term. We ask you to encourage your child to dress and undress themselves independently. We advise that you label all of your child’s clothes. Please ensure that your child has the correct PE kit and that it stays in school until the half term, when it can be brought home to be washed. PE uniform, as well as all uniform, must be named.
UNICEF Rights Respecting School’s Award
We will continue to learn about children’s rights and the differences between ‘wants’ and ‘needs’. As part of our school’s journey into achieving Level 2 of ‘Rights Respecting School’. We will also continue to learn about the United Nations Convention for the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) different articles that were created to make sure that every child’s basic needs are met. For more information about Unicef’s Rights Respecting School and it’s award visit: http://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/
Philosophy for Children (P4C)
P4C will continue to give children an opportunity to build on their thinking and communication skills in order to become a creative, critical, collaborative and caring thinker.
Art/Design and Technology
During this term children will design and make a vehicle of the future. We will be focusing on using different forms of media to create a model. Children will select materials in order to create a design which is in proportion. IN order to do this they will be using a variety of skills such as, experimenting with tools and techniques e.g. layering, mixing media and using a scraping tool.
We look forward to supporting you in developing your child to reach their full potential.
Thank you for your cooperation,
Miss Calle, Mrs Byrne, Miss Heaney and Mrs Howick
Year One and Two