Welcome to Class 2
Welcome to Class 2, we are made up of wonderful Year 1 and Year 2 children and three members of staff: Miss Castle; Mrs Mullen, who teaches Year 2 in the mornings and our teaching assistant is Miss Wingate.
Every morning there are tasks for children to be working on as soon as they get into the classroom. On a Monday and Friday, the morning activity is handwriting practice where children focus on using their Kinetic Letters, practising where to start and end their letters and looking at capital letters and occasionally numbers. For the other mornings children work on their reading fluency, comprehension and skills. They also have the children opportunity to change their reading books.
At 9.00am Year 1 and 2 work in groups, Year 1 learning Phonics and Year 2 focusing on Spellings. Maths is usually taught after assembly and reading comprehension and writing follows break. On a Tuesday afternoon children will have PE with Pacesetters and Topic with Ms Klegeris; Thursday afternoon Mr McCloy takes the class for Music and Ms Klegeris for Computing. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons Miss Castle teaches the children covering the other aspects of the curriculum through Topic led work.
Please ensure children bring their PE kits into school on a Monday morning and leave them in school until Friday when they can be taken home to wash. Children need both indoor and outdoor kit as we aim to do PE outside wherever possible. Children will need water bottles every day containing fresh water rather than juice. A fruit snack is provided; however should children prefer to bring their own snack for morning break, we ask that it supports our Healthy school goals - a piece of fruit or a low-sugar healthy fruit bar is ideal.
In Class 2 we have high expectations of behaviour and we work really hard on making sure we follow our school values: Fellowship, Wisdom, Courage, Thankfulness and Compassion. Children are praised when showing these values through stickers and house points which are also individually counted giving children the opportunity to receive a bronze, silver or gold award. Praise cards are also given each week, recognising individuals who model outstanding behaviour, achievement and effort. A rainbow is used to outline sanctions across the school, it also serves as a reminder of the school rules.
For up to date information on what both year groups are covering including details of their reading, writing and maths, please refer to the termly curriculum map posted on our class page.
For an outline of key objectives in Year 1 and 2 over the year please read the National Curriculum Programmes of Study.
Phonics Screening and SATs
The Year 1 phonics screening assessment and Year 2s SATs are both carried out in May this year. Our curriculum is planned to prepare the children for these assessments; building their skills in reading, writing, grammar, spelling and maths across the year. Our SATs tests are conducted in small group situations rather than whole class test conditions, we aim to ensure that the children are confident, at ease and comfortable with the test process.
Our planned Phonics progression of lessons ensures that all Year 1 children cover the sounds needed for the Phonics Screening Assessment throughout the year. The children work individually with a familiar adult to share their understanding of Phonics, we aim to make the assessment comfortable for the children, enabling them to confidently share with us their understanding of Phonics.
Every week, Homework is set on a Friday to be handed back in on the following Wednesday. Homework will be linked to our topic with a focus on maths and literacy. Spellings are set on a Monday and then assessed on the following Monday. Children are given one mark per correct spelling and another mark for the use of the correct sound.
Children are expected to read four times a week at home and every day during school. They are able to change their reading books on regular basis and are listened read at least once a week, where we will write in their home communication books how they are getting on.
As children develop their reading fluency (identifying words on sight and reading with pace, comprehension and expression) it is important that they build reading stamina (being able to read independently and to an adult for a sustained period of time) and develop higher level reading skills including predicting what might happen, summarizing what has happened, inferring meaning from the text and thinking about the effect of author’s vocabulary and language choices. All of these skills are just as important as being able to read the words on the page and need regular practise at home.
In Year 2 the children will be learning the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. These times tables will need to be learnt before they move up to Year 3. Times tables are worked on during maths lessons throughout the term but any additional practice at home is a huge help. Children can access the TT Rockstars site where they can practise, earn points to build their own character and have fun whilst learning.
How you can help
To help your children at home, please read with them 4 times a week and ask them questions about the book. Please look in the back of the home communication books to find more guidance about what to look for and types of questions to ask when reading with your child. In addition, children should continue to practise their spellings, including common exception words, as often as possible. If you need any help with strategies at home, please don’t hesitate to contact me.