Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back to a new academic year. I really can’t believe how quickly the holidays have flown by! Once again we are looking forward to another exciting year. I have just been looking through the school diary and there are so many things to look forward to. I am particularly excited about the STEM Challenges (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), which the children will be taking part in throughout the year.

Important Days to remember!
Wednesday – P.E.
Wednesday – Change reading books
Friday – Maths homework will be set to be completed by the following Friday. Monitoring of this will
take place online.
Monday – Spelling test and new spellings will be set

HOMEWORK(As of the week beginning 11th Sept)
Reading – Reading homework should be completed on a daily basis. Please make a note of the reading, which is completed at home. Reading books need to be brought into school every day so
that we can monitor progress and hear your child read.

IDL – Please complete as many sessions as possible per week. The more sessions your child completes will ensure a greater degree of progress in reading and spelling.

Abacus – Year 1 – Online maths homework will be set each Friday to be completed by the following Friday. Please see attached Abacus information letter and bookmark with username and passwords.

MyMaths – Year 2 – Online maths homework will be set each Friday to be completed by the following Friday. Instant marking will provide your child and myself with immediate feedback and I
can monitor progress by using the traffic-light system provided for teachers.

Spelling – Spellings will mainly consist of words taken from the statutory Year 1 and 2 spelling lists. On a Monday your child will receive a list of spellings to learn ready for a spelling test on the
following Monday.

English

This term we will sharing stories by Julia Donaldson and Roald Dahl. We will also be completing English lessons, which will cover the following areas:

  • Poetry: List poems
  • Fiction: Fantasy
  • Non-Fiction: Information Texts

Within our English work we will be aiming to ensure children become confident in using and applying
the following skills.

Year 1

  • Say, and hold in memory whilst writing, simple sentences which make sense.
  • Write simple sentences that can be read by themselves and others.
  • Use simple connectives to link ideas e.g. and.
  • Pluralise nouns using ‘s’ and ‘es’ e.g. dog, dogs; wish, wishes.
  • Add suffixes to verbs where no spelling change is needed to the root word e.g. helping, helped, helper.
  • Add the prefix ‘un’ to verbs and adjectives to change the meaning e.g. untie, unkind.

Year 2

  • Use commas to separate items in a list.
  • Use apostrophes for contracted forms e.g. don’t, can’t, wouldn’t, you’re, I’ll.
  • Use past tense for narrative, recount (e.g. diary, newspaper report, biography) historical reports.
  • Use present tense for non-chronological reports and persuasive adverts.
  • Select, generate and effectively use nouns.
  • Select, generate and effectively use verbs.
  • Select, generate and effectively use adjectives
  • Add suffixes ness, er, ful, less, er, est, ly

Maths

Year 1

  • Number and place value; Mental addition and subtraction
  • Mental addition and subtraction; Problem solving, reasoning and algebra; Mental multiplication and division
  • Mental addition and subtraction
  • Geometry: properties of shapes; Statistics; Measurement
  • Number and place value; Mental multiplication and division
  • Number and place value; Mental multiplication and division; Fractions, ratio and proportion
  • Mental addition and subtraction; Mental multiplication and division; Problem solving, reasoning and algebra
  • Measurement
  • Mental addition and subtraction
  • Number and place value; Mental addition and subtraction

Year 2

  • Number and place value; Mental addition and subtraction
  • Mental addition and subtraction; Problem solving, reasoning and algebra
  • Mental addition and subtraction; Problem solving, reasoning and algebra; Measurement
  • Geometry: properties of shapes; Geometry: position and direction; Measurement
  • Number and place value
  • Mental multiplication and division; Fractions, ratio and proportion
  • Mental multiplication and division; Problem solving, reasoning and algebra
  • Measurement; Statistics
  • Mental multiplication and division; Problem solving, reasoning and algebra
  • Measurement; Number and place value; Problem solving, reasoning and algebra; Mental addition and subtraction

Science

In Science we will be looking at:
Light and Astronomy – Observing seasonal changes.
Animals – Classifying amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals and fish.

Topic
Geography – Weather
History – Remember, remember the fifth of November

R.E.
We will be thinking about Christmas gifts and gift bringers and God and creation.

P.S.H.E
Learn how to talk about themselves and about happy events. To share ways in which they can be
sensitive towards others and to be caring. To feel good and value themselves.

P.E.
Gymnastics – Travelling on different body parts, making shapes, rolling, balancing, jumping and
learning how to safely handle small apparatus.
Dance – Using a range of stimuli to copy and explore body actions.

Music
Performing, listening and creating.

Fantastic Friday
Art – Exploring rolling, cutting and coiling materials and exploring sculpture.
Musical Theatre – Exploring performance and music through the medium of musical theatre.

Lisa Rund