Hello and welcome back to the second half of the Spring term! We have an exciting and action packed Spring term ahead of us. Please see below for some reminders, key dates and information on the Spring 2 curriculum.
Please don't hesitate to catch us before or after school or email the office with any questions or queries.
Mrs Hudson, Mrs Holt and Mrs Bates
· Please can all children bring in a labelled P.E kit in a bag.
· The Key Stage 1 doors open at 8:45am and the end of the day is 3:25pm.
· Please ensure that your child has a water bottle in school daily. This should only have water in it, not juice please.
· Any children who aren’t collected after ten minutes at the end of their school day will be popped into After School Club which is located in the Portacabin.
· Children should be collected by someone over the age of 16. If someone different is collecting your child, please let their class teacher know.
· Please can all children bring a warm, waterproof coat in daily.
· Reading books to be brought into school on Fridays. Children will receive their new books each Friday. We do allocate Teaching Assistant time on Fridays to change books so it isn’t always possible to change forgotten books on other days.
· Year 1 and Year 2 will have new spellings sent home on Friday 16th February. Copies of these are on class pages. Spelling tests will be every Friday.
Make sure you are accessing online material that is relevant for your age and tell an adult at home if you come across something that is not suitable for you, or if someone is trying to contact/talk to you that is not someone you know.
You can contact your teacher through Seesaw if you feel vulnerable or worried, or contact Childline 0800 1111.
Useful reminders about Online Safety are at Thinkuknow.co.uk
Topic – Marvellous Megastructures. In our new topic we will be learning about ‘megastructures’ and landmarks in the UK and around the world. With a focus on Geography we will name the countries of the UK and their capital cities as well the seas surrounding them. Then with a Design & Technology focus we will design and make models of different megastructures using a variety of materials.
Our first class text will be ‘Moth’ written by Isabel Thomas and we will be writing descriptions and instructions based on this beautiful story.. We will then move on to ‘The Bee Who Spoke’ written by Al MacCuish and Rebecca Gibbon. Using this book as inspiration, children will learn to write diaries and explanation texts.
Maths Y1 Addition and Subtraction Word Problems, Multiplication and Division
Maths Y2- 2D shape, 3D shape and Fractions
Science Y1- Types of animals
In this unit children will observe and recognise some simple characteristics of animals. They will learn that animals are similar to each other in some ways and different in other ways. They will begin to start grouping animals by the key features of their appearance.This unit provides an opportunity for children to complete an offsite visit to a local zoo, farm or aquarium where they can experience live animals first hand. This needs to be arranged in advance of starting the unit and would be ideally placed in the mid-point of the unit after children have had some experience of identifying characteristics of animals. This is an enhancement opportunity and the unit can be completed successfully without a visit but children should have the opportunity to explore and observe animals at first hand in their school grounds.They will work towards creating a plan of a zoo environment incorporating different types of animals in their design.Working scientifically, children will have the opportunity of observing and classifying animals in the local environment and beyond. They will classify animals that are mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians or fish using simple observable features. They will record data, with help, in charts and tables and use these to answer questions.
In this unit children will have been introduced to the terms ‘habitat’ (a natural environment or home of a variety of plants and animals) and ‘micro-habitat’ (a very small habitat, for example for woodlice under stones, logs or leaf litter). They will have identified that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and have described how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants. Children will have explored their immediate local environments. They will have identified local and global habitats and recognised, in simple terms, those which are similar in scale or diversity. They will have recognised how differences between places close to each other result in a different range of plants and animals being found. They will have identified and named a variety of plants and animals in their habitats including micro-habitats and have described habitats in terms of their physical conditions.Children will work scientifically by observing plants and animals closely in their local environment using simple equipment and by gathering and recording data to help answer questions they may have raised. Children will have had the opportunity to investigate and compare local habitats in detail, and also to compare animals in familiar habitats with animals found in less familiar habitats, for example, on the seashore, in woodland, in the ocean, in the rainforest. They will have the opportunity to conduct an investigation into worms and their habitat in their local environment.They will have recognised that living things are found in many places and have been able to make a prediction about why living things are found in some places and not others.
R.E Easter Signs and Symbols
PSHE- Rights and Responsibilities
Art- 3-D Sculpture- Paper play
Music-Timbre and Rhythmic patterns
Spring Term Home Learning Challenges linked to the Geography Topic studied during Spring 1- Would You Like to Go On An Arctic Adventure? They are due back into school by Monday 11h of March 2024.
Children will be bringing home their new half-termly spelling letters. Please ensure you continue to help your child learn their spellings and apply them in their writing; this is often the part children struggle with once they have learnt them for a test.
Don’t forget you have access to the library on Mondays after school at the start of each month as well as the two weekly books your child brings home on Fridays. Listening to your child read regularly will really support them with their fluency and decoding. Children will now also be able to visit the School Library each fortnight to choose a book to read in class. This will be every other Thursday for both classes.