Dear Parents and Carers,
RE: YEAR ONE/TWO – AUTUMN TERM 2018
Welcome to the world of Year 1 and 2! This term we will be doing lots of fun and exciting learning as we settle into our year groups. This is an outline of what we will be learning about in the Autumn term.
Home learning will be given on a Monday and children are expected to complete home learning activities throughout the week. Each week children will be asked to practise reading and spellings words they are given to learn. There is a phonics test every Monday which tests children’s knowledge of their previous week’s spellings. Children are also expected to read to an adult for at least 15 minutes each night; please sign and write a comment in their reading record to confirm that you have read to your child. Listening to your child read is one of the most important ways you can help 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 library books then.
During Maths we will be learning how to identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line, and use of the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least. We will also be learning how to count to 20/100, forwards and backwards beginning from 0 or 1, or from any given number. We will read and write numbers from 1 to 20/100 in numerals and words. We will learn to count in multiples of twos, fives and tens. The children in Year 2 will also be using Sum Dog.
During English we will be reading and retelling traditional tales. We will read and explore different stories to get some inspiration for our own stories. This term we will be focusing on ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. We will be using actions and story mapping to help us learn this story and we will use its structure to help us to write our own version. We will also explore Animals stories in the second half of the term.
We have daily guided reading and phonics groups that take place in the morning. We teach phonics using the Letters and Sounds phonics programme. There are good resources for parents on BBC Bitesize which you may want to use with your child. In group reading, children will also read various fiction and non-fiction texts in smaller groups.
In RE, we will all be learning about our class saint. Year 1 will also learn about God’s Great Plan, Year 2 will be learning about People Chosen by God.
This term our Humanities topic is ‘People - Jobs’. We will be looking at a variety jobs and looking a bit more closely at Sir Robert Peel, who was the first Prime Minister and known as the father of modern policing.
In Science this term we will be learning about ‘Animals including humans’ and ‘Seasonal changes’. 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 use the computer safely. We will also develop our ICT skills 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 a library book or a book that your child has 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 making sure that they bring a reading book of their choice into school on a Friday.
Our topic for PE this half term is Games. 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)
We will incorporate a new program into our weekly routine called P4C which is a thinking skills program. The aim of this program is not to turn children into philosophers but to help them become more thoughtful, more reflective, more reasonable individuals.
Art/Design and Technology:
During this term children will painting self-portraits and we will be visiting the National Portrait Gallery to look at paintings of by famous portrait artists. We will be focusing on recording and exploring ideas from first hand observations and developing the children skills using colour (by trying things out, changing their minds).
Thank you for your cooperation,
Miss Calle, Mrs Byrne, Mrs Howick and Miss Heaney
Year One and Two