Welcome back to Summer 1. I hope you all had a super Easter holiday and are looking forward to carrying on the amazing work you have been doing so far this year.
You may still have your worries and concerns about the current situation, but let me assure you that we are still taking every precaution around the school and within our classroom. The new routines continue to incorporate the advice that schools have been given and will not impact on the children's learning in any way.
Within Year 2, we will continue to use provision to extend children's learning with areas set up to develop children's independent learning skills, creativity, resourcefulness and social skills.
I will continue to use class dojo for our rewards system within the classroom. We use Dojo throughout the school as this allows the teachers to reward children in different areas e.g. helping others, persistence and teamwork. Each child is set up with an account and a letter has been sent home to you explaining how you can join our Dojo community. I believe that the benefits to connecting with parents are:
✓ Parents are in the know about their child and are able to provide better support at home
✓ Sharing moments from school fosters a sense of community
✓ Messaging directly (in 50+ languages) breaks communication barriers
If you have not already joined us, please let me know and I will print you off the letter. Particularly at this time, this is an excellent way to keep in contact with each other. If you have any queries or questions you are able to ask these on Dojo and I will reply to you as soon as I can.
This half term we will be comcluding our work on Fantastic Birds. The children have already spent time researching many birds; finding interesting facts and comparing the similarities and differences between them all but now we are moving on to narrative. Within this unit the children will be writing their own poetry and also their own chapter of the beautiful story, The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark.
The children will participate in role play, hot seating and magic mirror activities. They will imagine they are camping and sitting round campfires toasting marshmallows. They will write poems based on these experiences and they will focus heavily on developing their sentence structure. They will then use this knowledge within their independent writing.
This half term, we will be focussing on Fractions. Children will continue to build on their knowledge and understanding from Year 1. They will continue to practise their 2, 3, 5 and 10x tables and we will begin looking at the 4x tables.
Children will learn to:
The children are still able to access Numbots at home and we have seen a huge improvement in children working through the levels regularly. NumBots is an online game that playing little and often will significantly improve your child’s recall and understanding of number bonds and addition and subtraction facts. These are critical foundations in maths and we are already excited by the impact NumBots is having with the children already using it. The children will use Numbots each day within provision and are able to access the programme at home.
In RE this half term, we will be looking at 'Eastertide. Within this unit, children will be focussing on the Holy Spirit. They will look at the many ways the Holy Spirit is represented and their meaning.
The dove - When Jesus was baptised in the River Jordan, a dove appeared. The dove was a physical sign of God’s presence. The dove also represents God bringing peace to mankind through Jesus and his sacrifice.
Fire - When the disciples received the gift of the Holy Spirit, flames appeared on their head as a sign they were filled with the transforming energy of the Holy Spirit. This energy would help them in the work ahead, teaching others about Jesus and encouraging more followers.
Wind - When the Holy Spirit was sent to the disciples, it arrived with a great wind rushing through the room. The symbol of the wind also represents the breath of God breathing new life into the Church.
Water - Water is used as a symbol of cleansing and as a source of power. Water is used for many practical purposes like washing and bathing. It is also very powerful and is very strong when used in force. Water is used in baptism and is vital for all life. In the same way, it is believed by some Christians that water used in baptism represents the receiving of the Holy Spirit and that it has a life-giving quality.
Clouds - A cloud combined with light is often used as a symbol of the Holy Spirit because clouds provide life-giving water and they represent God who is hidden from sight but is always there.
Anointing Oil - In the Bible, oil is used to anoint people rather like a blessing. It represents Jesus being given the Holy Spirit to perform certain actions in God’s name, like healing people and doing good deeds. Oil is also a sign of the power of the Holy Spirit.
This half term we will be focussing on Blackpool Tower. As I was born and bred in Blackpool, I am really looking forward to sharing my home town with the children. We will be looking at the 3 main areas of the Tower; the Circus, the Ballroom and the building of the Tower itself. Throughout our lessons focussing on the circus, we will be looking at the use of animals, the famous clowns that have graced the circus arena and the acts that have been a big part of their history. We will discuss how the Tower was built and how it has changed over the last 100+ years. We will look at the methods they used and the materials that make up the tower as we know it today.
In Year 2, phonics sessions will take place daily for those who have not yet passed the Year 2 phonics screening which took place in Autumn 2. Children will continue working on Phase 4, moving swiftly on to Phase 5. They will continue looking at alternative spellings for sounds e.g. 'igh' The children will continue to master these new sounds in reading first, and as their fluency develops, we will begin to see them using them correctly in their spelling. Children will be given weekly spellings based on their phonics and the Year 1/2 High Frequency words.
During Phase 5, children will begin to learn new graphemes (different ways of spelling each sound) and alternative pronunciations for these: for example, learning that the grapheme ‘ow’ makes a different sound in ‘snow’ and ‘cow’.
The children will become quicker at blending, and will start to do this silently as they are reading.
By the end of the Summer term, children should be able to:
Children will now beginning the Spelling scheme the school uses from Oxford Owl. Sessions will take place 4x a week and their weekly spellings will be related to these. The spelling test will still take place on a Friday and the children will be given their new spellings at the end of the day. Please ensure you practise the spellings with your children regularly.
Art - In Art this half term, we will be focussing on drawing. We are starting our unit with a masterclass from James Parsons, a cartoonist.
Did you know? Our school is said to have been the basis for the drawing of the school in 'The Bash Street Kids,' from the Beano comic. The artist, Leo Baxendale, grew up in Preston.
We will be focussing on the work of George Seurat in the rest of our sessions. We will be looking at shading and tone, hatching and cross hatching and looking into the work Seurat did on Pointillism. We will be imitating the work of this great artist as well as creating our own unique pieces of artwork.
This year we will be putting a big emphasis on reading. The skill of reading is one of the most important we teach our children. It is a life skill that enables them to extend their concepts, gain information as the basis for other learning and to gain access to the magical world of fantasy. Just as children walk talk and grow at different times, so their progression through the skills of reading will be at different rates. The key is for your child to feel positive about themselves as a reader right from the start. To become a fluent reader, your child needs to take on many skills and continue to practice these throughout their lives. Some are specific skills which can be taught, others relate to attitudes, and these they will gain from the adults around them. We ask therefore that you read with your child at least 3 times a week. Children will be supplied a reading book, however to keep them engaged feel free to read with them the books that interest them, those that take them to a world of make believe, that encourage them to dream and introduce them to the amazing vocabulary that surrounds them. Children's books will be changed 2/3 times a week and they will be listened to by the class teacher and teaching assistant daily.
PE sessions will take place each Tuesday afternoon for the term. Please ensure children's PE kits are in school on this day and each item is clearly labelled.
Snack & Water
Toast is available to children for snack. Children must pay £1 at the beginning of the week for a slice of toast each day. Children are able to bring in their own snack for playtime. This can be a cereal/breakfast bar (please no sugary cereal bars), fruit or veg. We would really like to encourage children to bring in their own water bottles each day. This ensures that they are able to have a drink regularly and not having to use the schools cups. Although we will ensure cups are cleaned regularly and only 1 child is using each cup it would be more beneficial if each child had access to their own bottle. Please ensure the bottle is clearly labelled with your child's name.
If you have any queries, then feel free to use ClassDojo to send a message or phone the school. Alternatively, please make an appointment with me through Mrs Thompson in the school office if you feel the issue is of an urgent or sensitive nature.