SPRING TERM 2018
Class 2FM

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break.

Firstly, Miss Murphy, Mrs Jackson, Mrs Pin and I would like to say a huge thank you for all of the wonderful Christmas gifts, cards and well wishes that we received. We were overwhelmed by your generosity and thoughtfulness, thank you!

We made a great start with our learning in the Autumn term and hope to continue this into the new Spring term. Our topics this term include Humans and Animals, Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale  and The Caribbean. Please see the curriculum map for further details of all of our planned learning for the first term.

Punctuality

It is very important that the children begin their day in a calm manner.  The school day starts at 8.45am. Please make every effort to be on time so your child is settled for their learning. 

 Reading

Please continue to read with your child every day. Discussing and understanding the text is as important as listening to them read. Here are some questions that may be helpful to ignite discussion:

Questions to ask while reading with your child

Before reading the book:

What do you think the book will be about?

Talk about the different parts of the book- front cover, blurb, illustrations, author.

During reading the book:

What has happened so far?

What do you think might happen next? Why do you think this?

What sort of character is…?

At the end of the book:

Talk about what happened in this story.

Who were the characters in this story?

What was the problem in this story? How was it solved?

Did any of the characters go through a change from beginning to end? How did the character change?

Why do you think the character acted that way?

How do you think the character was feeling?

Please ensure that your child brings their book and reading journal to school every day.  Don’t forget they can also enjoy books and other reading material from home.

Homework

Children will continue to receive homework each week. This comprises of an activity in their homework book, spellings for the week and handwriting practice. We are really focussing on presentation this term so please encourage your child to keep practicing their handwriting. We are also working on the 2, 5 and 10 times tables so please support your child with these.

Please encourage your child to complete their homework, supporting them where necessary.

PE

We will have gymnastics/dance on a Thursday and outdoor games on Tuesday.  It is important that the children have a complete PE kit for our lessons; these include a plain white T-shirt, black joggers, black shorts and plimsolls.  All items must be clearly labelled.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to discuss them with me after school.

Kind regards,

Miss Foster

Dates for your diary:

24th January- Trip to The Florence Nightingale Museum

12th February- Half term

Useful websites:

http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/phase-3-gmes.html

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase5Menu.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/starship/english/games/blast_the_rocket/small_sound/standard.shtml

AUTUMN TERM 2017
Class 2FM

 

Dear Parents/carers,

Welcome to the 2017-18 new school year. We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve to their highest potential.

Here are some ways in which you can help and support your child in their learning:

Punctuality

Children should be in school on time in order to start the day calmly and promptly.  Please make every effort to ensure that your child is on time (8.45) so they are settled and ready for learning.

Reading and Homework

Your child will be given a reading book and Reading Record Book to take home. It is important that your child reads for at least 10 minutes every day with you. Please encourage them by asking questions and discussing the plot, characters and theme. It is also very helpful to comment in the Reading Record Book. Please note any words your child found difficult, as well as comments on their fluency and understanding.

Your child will be given spellings to learn and handwriting homework each week. There will be spelling tests on Wednesdays. 

Occasionally your child will be given homework in a homework book to complete. This may be either a Literacy or Numeracy piece or both and it will reflect current learning in class.

Please encourage your child to complete their homework, supporting them where necessary.

PE

It is important that your child has a complete PE kit for Gymnastic and PE lessons. We have PE (Indoor) on Wednesdays and Games (outdoor) on Tuesdays. The children are welcome to leave their P.E bags in class for the half term. Please ensure all items of clothing are clearly labelled.

Curriculum

Our topic for the first half term is Our School History. Please see the topic letter for further details on this and what else we will be covering in all other subjects.

If you went to St Winifred’s infant or junior school we would love it if you would come and share your school experiences with us. Please let us know if you would be willing to talk to the class for a short time during the next 6 weeks.

We are looking forward to working with you and your children this year. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to discuss with us after school.

Miss Foster, Miss Murphy, Mrs Jackson and Mrs Pim

 Useful websites:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zjxhfg8

Autumn Curriculum 2017

Literacy:

Children will develop their skills in grammar, spelling and punctuation through various activities and games. We will be writing stories and poems. We will understand the key features of story writing and look at stories with a familiar setting as well as some fairy tales. We will also develop our literacy skills through our termly topic work. Creating and writing information texts and leaflets to support our learning.

Numeracy:

Number focus on developing mental and written strategies for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Our work will also include:

Simple fractions (shape and number)

Measurement –time length

Geometry – 2d and 3d shapes polygons

Statistics –collecting and interpreting data

2 – step Problem solving

RE:

Our unit of work this half term will be ‘Chosen People’. We will look at Abraham and Moses and why they were chosen by God.

Science:

Everyday Materials will be our focus this term. We will find identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials. We will also find out how the shape of objects made from different materials can be changed by squashing, bending, squeezing and stretching

History/Geography:

We will look at the cause and effect of the Great Plague and the outcomes of The Gunpowder plot.

Our first unit will be Our School History. To celebrate the new school building and the amalgamation of the two schools, as well as St Winifred’s 125th anniversary. We will be researching and finding out about school life 125 years ago when St Winifred’s first opened.

Art and Design:

Self-portraits

Quilt designs

Christmas art

Making houses

PSHE:

We will be looking at the Rights and Respecting articles.

We will link the articles throughout the Curriculum.

PE:

Games

Gymnastics

Develop basic skills, sending and receiving action and ideas

Repeat simple skills

Create & perform short linked sequences