This term the whole school topic is Digging up the Past.
Kingfisher class will be looking more specifically at castles and the monarchy.
In English lessons we have enjoyed retelling traditional tales with our own spin on them and are producing some impressive pieces of writing. We are now going to doing some more non-fiction work on instructions and letters whilst developing our understanding of key grammar terms and spelling rules.
Our maths topics this half term are Telling the Time and Fractions. Thank you to all those parents who came to the fractions workshop. To help your children tell the time make sure there is lots of access to analogue clocks and regularly refer to the time... waking up times, tea-times and bedtimes. Year ones are required to tell the time to the hour and half hour using the language o'clock and half past. Year 2 children need to know quarter past, quarter to and tell the time to five minute intervals on analogue clocks using the language of past and to.
With fractions, paper plates and counters and drawings of these are the way forward! I'll add some photos once we get started for those who didn't make the workshop. Additionally, try to use the language of halves and quarters in practical contexts: cutting cakes, pizzas, fruits, sandwiches; talking about whether you are more or less than half-way up the stairs, across the garden; filling cups/baths/buckets half-full, quarter full, three-quarters full. If you're feeling super-whizzy you could link your fractions with your time work - quarters and halves of the clock!
Science this half term will continue to focus on materials with investigative activities. We will find out what properties different materials have and how this makes them suitable for different purposes.
PE days are timetabled for Tuesdays (Real PE) and Wednesdays (Ball skills with Shrewsbury Town) but if sessions are missed due to bad weather we may switch days so please keep your kit in school all week. Please make sure your child has PE uniform of navy shorts, royal blue polo shirt, socks and trainers.
We are enjoying our computing sessions on Purple Mash - which this term will look at technology beyond the classroom and effective search techniques. 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.
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 but these will not affect our open door policy.
Please enjoy looking through photos on the website to share our learning experiences with us.