In Maths this week, the children have completed work on 3D shapes and multiplication and division by 2, 5 and 10. During a lesson with Miss Meeks, the children also revised fractions by finding quarters of shapes and amounts. In English, we have had a heavy focus on spellings. The children have been tested on their knowledge of the common exception words and have completed a phonics screen. The children have also spent some time each day using different strategies to learn their spellings for this week, the ‘l’ sound at the end of words spelt ‘al’ or ‘il’. Linked to this they have familiarised themselves with using the Spelling Shed and have competed in games against each other. I have asked that children try to spend a small amount of time on this each day. In addition, they have worked on different types of comprehension questions and completed some description work on book characters. On Tuesday, the children took part in an NSPCC workshop and will be taking part in a sponsored obstacle course in the coming weeks.
Half-termly Overview Summer 2018
Welcome back to the summer term. A couple of things to look forward to are the book fair and the Spring Fair.
This term i will be continuing to work on key skills alongside the curriculum, aimed at making children more independent and developing good learning qualities such as resilience and reflection. This should hopefully stand them in good stead for the Juniors.
In addition, we will continue to practise SATs style questions as part of early morning work for two of the sessions each week, the other three sessions will be used to focus on spellings and times tables. This is to help the children retain what they are learning and give them practice at applying their knowledge. I think i have spoken to most parents in person to say that it would obviously be of benefit if your child is here at 8.30 to take part in these activities.
New for this term is Spelling Shed which i would like children to try to use at home once they have familiarised themselves at school. Spelling Shed is getting really great results in helping children remember common letter strings associated with the spelling rules and the bonus is that the children love it too! Please help your child to logon at https://play.spellingshed.com. In addition, i would like them to continue to practise times tables on Times Tables Rockstars at https://beta.ttrockstars.com/login. The children have their login details inside their reading diaries. Of course, i do not expect nor want children to be spending extended periods of time on screens. Between 10 and 30 minutes per day is more than enough.
As always, if you have any questions please feel free to pop in and see me before school or at home time. You can also contact me via an email to school or leave a message for me to phone you at a time which is convenient.
A few friendly reminders…
Reading is of the utmost importance. Children should be doing some reading at home every night. Please could an adult record pages read and a brief comment in the reading diary. In Year 2, children will read to the teacher once per week, although this may be reviewed if it is felt it would be beneficial to read more often. There will be no set reading day and children should have their reading folder and books in school every day. Times tables are of equal importance and I have suggested to the children they should be doing a little practice each day.
P.E. continues on Tuesday and Wednesday so please ensure children have their kits in school on these days. For P.E. children need to bring their Farrowdale t-shirt and shorts plus white socks and black pumps in the red drawstring bag.
Weekly homework has already resumed for all of the Infant department. For Year 2, homework will be set on Friday to be handed in the following Thursday. There will be a piece of English, a piece of Maths plus spelling words and times tables. If your child is finding the homework onerous, please do let me know.
English – Explanation, story and poetry. Alongside this will run Phonics, SPaG, reading comprehension and handwriting.
Maths – 3D shapes, multiplication and division x 2 units, mass.
In the afternoon sessions:
Art/DT – linked to topic
We would welcome any resources you may have at home that you feel could enhance your child’s learning in any part of the curriculum that we are studying. This may be in the form of information books, guidebooks and leaflets collected on visits to places of interest that you have made with your family. Even better, if you feel that any experiences of your own are relevant to the curriculum, it would be wonderful if you could come and share them with the class.
Mrs Leach and Miss Meeks.