Welcome to Year 1/2DM!
Teacher: Mrs Smith and Miss Zaman
KS1 Leader: Mrs Dunn
P.E days - Every Monday and Friday
Celebrating St Georges day (come to school in red and/or white clothing) - Monday 25th April 2022
Summer term 2022
Welcome to Year 1/2! We hope you have all had a lovely Easter break and had a well deserved rest, spending time with your loved ones.
Here's to the start of an exciting summer term ahead with lots to look forward too.....
On our class page you will be able to find information about this half terms learning.
At the bottom of this page I have attached this years topic overview, homework and spelling sheets along with some useful links to help you with your learning.
To begin our English topic this half-term, we are going to be reading a range of traditional tales. During this unit we will be learning more key skills to apply in our writing to make our stories even better. We will be learning to use a range of conjunctions (and, so, but, because, if, when, however) as well as using some expanded noun phrases to describe the characters and setting to make our writing more interesting. We will also be looking at including suffixes in our writing such as 'ed','ly','ful','ness', 'less' and 'ment' and remembering to use ? and ! for different sentence types.
We have started to become more independent when applying new key skills in our writing this half term by using our steps to success ladders and our success criteria's. During this unit we will be learning to write a character description, rewrite a story changing some key characters and a diary entry.
Please remember to complete your phonics home learning sheet that is sent out every Friday by your phonics teacher
Please log on to fast phonics to carry out your home learning to revise your weekly sounds by clicking here. Your child's ebook will be uploaded every Friday and their reading for pleasure book will also be changed on a Friday morning in school.
During our Summer term, we will be learning to add and subtract up to 50. We will be comparing, ordering and partitioning numbers and extending our Maths vocabulary along the way! We will then be focusing on counting in multiples of 2,5 and 10 and introducing multiplication and division. The children will use concrete apparatus when making and adding equal groups and will learn how to use arrays to support their understanding of multiplication and division.
Topic - computing
This half term we will be focusing on our computing and ICT skills. The children will learn about debugging algorithms through the use of Bee-Bot toys and by the end of the unit they will be able to describe position, direction and movement, including whole, half, quarter and three-quarter turns. This unit introduces algorithms and algorithmic thinking. After first planning how to draw numbers using the simple commands available, the children will then program a BeeBot to create the shapes (BeeBots are a type of simple programmable rover). By watching and feeding back on each other's efforts they will start to undertake simple debugging.
In Science this half term we will be learning all about Animals including humans. We will be exploring and describing the basic needs of animals and humans and what they need to survive e.g. habitat, food, water, shelter. We will then look closely at the importance of exercise and nutrition for both humans and animals. At lunch times we will be looking more closely at the nutritious food provided and which foods should we eat more of and which ones we should eat less of. As a class we will focus each day on a different way of exercising as it not only keeps our bodies healthy but our minds too! Hygiene is also important to help keep our bodies healthy and we will be exploring ways to ensure we are doing this everyday to stop the spread of germs and bacteria. During this unit we will be working scientifically by asking questions, gathering data, performing simple tests and using our observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.
This half term in religion we will be focusing on the topic 'New Beginnings'. We will learn that everyday brings us new beginnings and that God is present for them all. We will discuss how we feel during new beginnings and what they teach us. We will be visiting the school chapel once a week to carry out our collective worship where the children will take it in turns to lead.
This half term you will need to come into school wearing your PE kit on PE days which are a Monday and a Friday. In PE you will be practicing your basic ball skills with Mr Berry outside and gymnastics skills in the hall.
Reading – 10 minutes a night
Listening to your child read for 5/10 minutes a night makes a significant difference in their progress and attainment. It helps them practice key reading strategies and skills, develop their comprehension skills and supports their overall fluency and accuracy, which are vital skills they need for the future. A reading book and reading record will be sent home each night in your child’s bag. When they have finished the book, please sign the reading record and they can choose a new book from our library. Please note, the books sent home are for the children to practice their reading skills at home and therefore should not be too challenging. A higher level book will be given to your child during our guided reading sessions in school, where we teach the children new reading strategies.
Reading eggs – once a week https://readingeggs.co.uk
Reading eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities. Children love the games, songs, golden eggs and other rewards which, along with feeling proud of their reading, really motivate children to keep exploring and learning. Your child’s log in for this is stuck in the front of their learning log. Please contact the office if you need your child’s password details resent.
Mathseeds – once a week https://mathseeds.co.uk/
Mathseeds is an online website where a weekly homework task will be set by your child’s teacher every Friday to help consolidate and practice skills taught in school. These activities develop pupils’ confidence and fluency in Maths and the interactive lessons provide step-by-step examples to break down learning into manageable chunks. The log in for this is the same one you use for reading eggs.
Phonics home learning – 5/10 minutes a night
Starting from next half term, we will no longer be sending out our half-termly spelling list. We believe it will be much more beneficial for the children to practice the sounds they have been learning in their daily phonics sessions and words related to this sound. Every Friday, we will send home a list of ten words for your child to practice over the next week in their book bag. These words will be familiar to them and ones they have practiced in phonics sessions. There will not be a weekly test anymore but we hope to see your child applying these spellings and spelling rules correctly in their writing sessions. You can then practice these sounds further on fastphonics (www.readingeggs.co.uk/fast-phonics-games), which is the same log in as reading eggs.
Learning logs – Once a week
This half term, we would like to trial project based learning to replace our homework board. We will give these out on the first Monday of every half term and your child can complete over the half term. We ask that their project is brought into school on the last week of term to share and celebrate with their peers. You will be given a sheet of paper that will be stuck in your child’s learning log that will outline what the project is and ideas of activities you can do. We feel this will give children more freedom to learn about real life world events, share personal experiences and will help motivate them to engage in home learning as it is child managed. It will also encourage them to be more independent, inquisitive and encourage outdoor learning together. This can be completed in your learning log, a scrap book of your choice or it can be uploaded onto Seesaw.
Please see below an overview of our topics this year: