This term our topic is 'The Great Fire of London' which we hope will be lots of fun and lead to lots of informative writing, science and art work. We will be finding out how the fire started and what happened, including looking at the diary of Samuel Pepys which should help us to write our own imagined accounts of the fire. We will learn about Materials and their Properties in Science, thinking about what materials things are made of and whether they are natural or man made.
The Year 2s will continue to work on using a neat legible style of joined handwriting, while Year 1s will continue to practise the cursive style of handwriting. Year 1 children will have 5 sessions a week of phonics which will aid them in both their reading and spelling and the Year 2s will learn about grammar and spelling patterns and rules using our new Read, Write Inc spelling scheme. The Year 2s will have their weekly spellings to learn for a test every Friday. These words will be linked to the words or spelling patterns we have been focusing on during the week. The Year 1s have also been given some words to learn for a spelling challenge in the last week of the term.
As ever reading will be a major focus and as well as reading for pleasure, children will be taking part in Book Talk where we read in groups and discuss, and individual reading. Please do support your child with their home/school reading - it really does make a difference to their confidence and reading ability. We will be checking all children's reading records every Friday to encourage the children to feel enthusiastic about their reading,and rewarding them when they have shown dedication and determination to achieve.
In Maths we will continue to spend time counting, and reading and writing numbers but also thinking about addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and learning different strategies. Both year groups will now receive online mymaths homework, which will be set on a Monday to be completed by the following week. If you have any problems with this please let me know.
Our learning behaviour this term is Respect and we will be thinking about how we show respect for ourselves, our belongings and people around us.
Our whole school value is Friendship, and many assemblies and class lessons will be linked to this value, encouraging children to think about what an important part of our life it is and how it fits into our Christian values.
RE this term will be finding out about people in Christianity.
If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.