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Welcome back to a new year, new class and a new teacher! I am lucky that I have had the chance to work with the children before and they know me well from around school so I hope transition has been easy and the first week nerves have settled quickly! I look forward to getting to know some of you across our first couple of weeks! Mrs. Shorrocks and I are looking forward to the half term ahead! Just look what we have in store...

Our topic this half term is ‘Marvellous Me’.

English – This half term is all about securing our Y1 writing skills and getting to grips with Y2 techniques. We’ll become more independent writers as we tackle Jill Murphy’s ‘On the Way Home’, list poems and lists, labels and captions.

Maths – We will be focusing on Number and Place Value this half term and also be looking at the topic of Time. It would be really useful to start discussing and using time at home as this can be a really tricky topic for most children!

Science – Mrs. Fowler will teach us Science every Wednesday afternoon. Most weeks, we will be learning outside (Wellies on Wednesday). This half term’s topic is all about what animals and humans need to survive and live healthy lives.

PSHCE – Following an unsettled 2020, PSHCE will continue to be a top priority for us in school. There will be lots of time and appreciation given to looking after our wellbeing in Class 2. We will be concentrating on settling back into school, our emotions and living healthily. 

History – We will be going back in time this half term to look at fashions, music and technology through the ages! We will also be looking at key historical events and how life has changed in the last 100 years or so.

Geography – Maps are our challenge for geography this half term. We’ll be exploring maps of our local area and thinking about human and physical features.

PE – We take part in PE twice a week. We will be working on gymnastics and attacking and defending in games. As we will be outside for PE as much as possible this half term and children are no longer able to borrow spare kit, please ensure full PE kits are brought in on a Monday to be brought home and washed on a Friday.  

Art – On the theme of Marvellous Me, we’ll be studying famous abstract artists to create self portraits and house drawings this half term.

Music – Our history learning will weave into our music lessons this half term as we explore music from past generations. We will focus on singing and playing with rhythm.

RE – ‘How Can We Learn From Sacred Books?’ is our big question in RE this half term. We will be looking at the special books for Christians and Muslims.

Computing – We will be thinking about how important IT is in our society this half term, deciding when and why we might use different technologies.

Class Website

Following feedback from parents, and in case of any future disruptions to school life, we are continuing to use our website and Twitter as ways to share information and learning.

On our website page, you can expect to see: weekly class letters, homework, spellings, letters from school, key dates, helpful learning resources etc. Please do let us know if anything else would be helpful.

On our Twitter, you can expect to see us having fun learning! I love using this forum to give you a window into our classroom. If you haven’t added us already, find us at @CarltonMiniY2

 

Classroom Resources

I’d like to reassure you that our school classroom will be a safe, healthy and happy environment for your children. We have undergone lengthy processes and training to ensure the wellbeing of our whole school family.

Stationery - We are able to share equipment in our classroom which can be regularly cleaned but I am sure the children will be very excited to hear that they are now allowed their own pencil case! Each child will be given the necessary equipment and be encouraged to look after it themselves. This must stay in school.

Reading Books - We are now able to send reading books home for the children. The returned books will be quarantined before being sent home again with different children.

Library - Our library day is a Friday. There we will enjoy free time to explore our wonderful array of books and listening to our class story being read. Our first book is ‘The Hodgeheg’. We are working on a 2-week cycle with issuing library books due to having to quarantine our books. So on our first visit to the library, the children will be issued a book. This needs to be returned the following Friday. We will then choose our next library books the following Friday.

 

Wellies on Wednesdays

This year, we will be taking part in outdoor learning on alternate Wednesdays for the afternoon. This will usually be with Mrs. Fowler when Mrs. Preston has her PPA afternoon. Please may we ask that children have ready every other Wednesday (or left in school if you wish): warm/waterproof trousers to change into, a waterproof coat, which you don’t mind getting muddy, and of course, a pair of wellies! May we politely remind you that all belongings should be named to save on loss of items. If there are other days that we are using the Secret Garden, I can let you know via Twitter.

 

Homework

Reading... children are expected to read with a grown up and have their diary signed at least three times a week. The children will be rewarded for reading three or more times by moving up steps on Home Reading Challenge display, earning certificates and receiving tickets for a reading raffle. Diaries will be checked when they read with an adult for guided reading – please make sure these are signed so we know to change their reading books and they receive their rewards! We are in training ready for our extremely challenging Reading SATs next year so please use the provided bookmark to generate questions for your child with supporting them. It is really important that they can prove how they know an answer using the textual evidence. We thank you for your support with this.

 

Weekly... Our focus with extra learning at home continues to be reading and spelling. Each week, your child will have a list of spellings in their ‘reading record’ book. On our class website page, there will be a ‘bingo board’ of homework jobs to be completed over the half term – the children should choose one of these jobs per week. Homework books will be given out on Fridays and expected back in on Wednesdays. Please note, homework will begin in Autumn 2. Again, your support is invaluable!

 

Key Dates...

September

8th School re-opens

14th FOS meeting

October

9th Photographer

13th Flu Vaccinations

23rd School closes for half term

November

17th & 18th Parent Consultations

Getting in touch... If you need to contact myself to discuss anything, I am always happy to help. Please feel free to catch me on the yard, make an appointment or email: h.preston@carltonminiottacademy.org

 

Thank you for your support,

Mrs. Preston

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