This term the whole school topic is Fire and Flight.
Kingfisher class enjoyed learning lots about the Great Fire of London and Fire Safety in the first half of the term, now we're looking forwards to learning more about festivals which involve light and fire.
In English lessons we are developing new writing skills in line with our year group expectations. At the start of this year we are focusing on - using capital letters and full stops to write in sentences; using our sounds to help us spell; forming our letters correctly and consistently. There will be lots of beautiful books shared in whole class reading and writing sessions, guided reading groups and reading for pleasure time. Through these books we will magpie great story ideas, new vocabulary and clever ways to engage our readers. We have written some lovely stories, beautiful non-fiction books about the Great Fire of London, recounts of our trip to fire station, newspaper reports about the Gunpowder Plot and some instructions for making chapattis. There will be lots more story writing and some letter writing to follow this term.
Our maths topics so far this term have been place value, addition and subtraction. These are key areas of the maths curriculum and as the year ones become secure in their understanding of numbers to 20, year twos will be busy mastering numbers to 100. A range of strategies will be introduced to help children add and subtract these larger numbers pictorially with sound reasoning. If you missed the parent session about these methods and would like to know more please let me know. This half term we will be learning about 2D and 3D shapes and understanding sides, vertices, faces and edges. We will also be learning about money.
Science this half term will focus on materials. We will find out what properties different materials have and how this makes them suitable for different purposes. There will be lots of hands-on, practical investigations linked to fairy tales.
PE days are timetabled for Wednesdays and Thursdays but if sessions are missed due to bad weather we may switch days so please keep your kit in school all week. On Wednesdays we will be doing some yoga before starting our swimming sessions and on Thursdays Mr Rix will be coaching the class in multiskills.
We are enjoying our computing sessions on Purple Mash - especially writing some programmes in 2Go. Don't forget you have free home access to PurpleMash so feel free to have a look around and try some things out. If children do complete work at home they can save it so we can see it in school.
The children in Kingfisher class are lucky to be taught by a committed team - Mrs Stead will teach every morning as well we Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, Mrs Gorry will Wednesday and Friday afternoons and Ms. Redfern-Pugh will support the class every morning and Monday afternoons. Madame Morris will teach French every Monday and Ms Summers will teach music and singing on Monday afternoons too. Mrs Webster supports us by listening to some of our readers a few times a week.
Please remember that our door is always open and we are more than happy to discuss work or personal issues to make sure that your child has the best possible time at school.... there isn't much we can't help with unless we don't know about it. If you need us, leave a message with the teacher on the gate in the morning or speak to us after school. We have new safeguarding procedures in place which will not affect our open door policy.
We look forward to meeting you all and keeping the website full of photos of our exciting adventures.