It is hard to believe that we are at the end of term 1 already! It has been a busy term, settling in, getting used to new routines and teachers! The children have settled well and it was good to have those conversations with you this week for Parents Evening.
In Maths a big part of our learning is reasoning and problem solving; this gives children the opportunity to apply the concepts they have been taught. We encourage the children to use sentences like: ‘I know that because…’ ‘It can’t be…because…’ ‘I think…’ We continue to do this as part of our daily Maths lessons. This week we have continued to look at fact families in Year 2 and reasoning.
In English we have continued to look at sentence structure; what a sentence is and how it can be improved with good word choices. We have looked at using different conjunctions to develop their sentence structure. The children have been writing their drafts for their non-chronological report and published them (written them in ‘best’).
Keep up with the Oxford Owl reading, as well as reading other texts. We have just finished reading our Class text ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine De Saint-Exupery and look forward to starting our next text. Please remember to write in your child’s reading diary when you hear them read.
Please continue revisiting Phase 5 texts as well as reading a variety of other texts.
During art this week we painted our animal sculptures. We found out how fragile the clay can be and also the importance of joining materials carefully.
As part of our Science topic on animals and habitats we looked at ‘Microhabitats’ and created our own using potatoes! We chose places around the school grounds that we thought would be good to create our own microhabitat. We left the potatoes and then went back to see if we could see any signs of life!
We will leave this information here each week for easy access.
Please remember to reinforce the correct pencil grip at home; the correct letter and number formation.
This video shows how the children are taught in Foundation using the Read Write Inc scheme but please note that we use a ‘curly’ k and the ‘f’ has a longer tail that carries on below the line.
Letter formation video
Term 2 begins on TUESDAY 3rd NOVEMBER
Please can we remind you about the importance of earrings either being covered with micropore tape (or similar) or being removed on PE days (Class 1- Monday and Tuesdays, Class 2-Tuesdays and Thursdays). Long hair should be tied back and children should be in an appropriate PE kit, which includes the school PE t-shirt and appropriate bottoms.
Year 2 homework should be returned on a Wednesday.
BOOKBAGS-Please check your child’s bookbag daily and only leave in there what needs to be in there-their reading books, homework on days it needs to be returned and any letters/documents that need to be returned.
Thank you for your support this term. We hope that you have a relaxing half term and look forward to seeing you for the start of term 2.
Mrs Cotter, Miss Batram and Miss Castle