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Welcome to Beech Class – Years 1 & 2

Teacher: Caroline Norris 
 Teaching Assistants: Tracey Thompson & Tara Butcher

What have we been up to this week?

This week, we’ve used the internet and books to continue researching space.  We will use this research, along with our homework, when we write our own reports next week.  Other writing has focussed on using descriptive vocabulary and the correct punctuation to describe Flat Stanley, and we really enjoyed finding out how he stopped being flat!  In Maths, we’ve worked on recognising and adding odd and even numbers, investigating patterns, and using our times tables to help with problem solving.  We had a great time today making our 3D planets from scrap paper and glue, and look forward to painting and collaging them next week.

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What have we been up to this week?

This week has been very busy (as always!).  The Year 2 children worked very hard on some independent assessments whilst the Year 1s worked with the other Year 1 children in Acorn. We are all enjoying reading the story of ‘Flat Stanley’ by Jeff
Brown.  Today we were inspired to write our own chapter of his story, where Flat Stanley foils some art thieves, based on events from the book.  There are other stories involving the same characters and we are looking forward to reading about Flat Stanley in space!

There is no additional homework this week.  The children have another week to complete their research about space, which should be brought to school by the 19th May.  Year 2 children have less spelling words than usual, but they need to use each word in a sentence to demonstrate that they understand  its meaning and when to use it.

Welcome back!

Welcome back to Beech Class and a very busy term.  Last week we enjoyed taking part in lots of practical measuring activities involving weight and length.  We also used our maths knowledge to work out fractions of different quantities.  Our topic this term is space and space exploration.  We enjoyed reading the book ‘Whatever next?’ and writing our own versions.  This week, we have used the internet to search for information on our solar system and have created some beautiful pieces of artwork using oil pastels.

 

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Learning and playing with maths equipment

A busy day in class, Spring 2017

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Homework and Home Learning

Spellings – for test on Friday 26th May 2017

Year 1: was, what, wanted, squash, watch, wander

Tigers & Lions: quite, quiet, here, hear, wear, where.  On your spelling sheet, write a sentence including each word to demonstrate its meaning.

Active Learn & other homework:

Homework for all:  multiplication sheet.  Due on Friday 26th May.

 

Don’t forget that we also have links to lots of educational games (from external websites) in our learning links section.

Reading – All children have a reading book. This is primarily a home reading book, to read to parents or other adults. Please see the section on reading rewards for further information. Within school, we carry out a range of other reading activities, such as guided (or group) reading, where the teacher hears individuals read and then the group discusses the text, and shared reading, where the class reads together.

Reading Rewards

We are very keen for children to become regular readers and we use a reward scheme to encourage home reading. If the children read 3 (or more times) a week to an adult at home, then they will receive a sticker on the chart. Every three weeks, those children with a sticker for each week will receive a small prize, building towards a larger reward at the end of the term. Mrs Thompson will be updating the chart every Monday, so please ensure that home reads are written in the home link book. Thank you!

Ideas for talking about books with your child:

As your child gets older you tend to ‘hear’ them read less and less because they become more fluent. However, it is important that the children continue to develop their comprehension and reasoning skills, through talking about the books they are reading. These brief discussions will count towards your child’s reading reward too, so please note them in their home reading log.

Here are some ideas to help:

Fiction

1) Ask them to find their favourite paragraph in the chapter they have read
· Ask them what happened before this?
· Why did they like it?
· What do they think will happen next?
· How do they think the issue/problem will be resolved?

2) Ask the children about their favourite character in the book. Then ask them if they have read any other books with similar characters? Or ask them if they know of books which have characters that are completely the opposite.

Non-fiction

Is the information presented clearly?
Do you think then layout is good? Would you lay it out differently?
What age do you think it is intended for?

Year 1 Parent Information

Phonics

We currently use the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme as a basis for teaching phonics, though this is supplemented by the guidance from the National Curriculum for English 2014, Years 1 & 2.

Please find below some information taken from the Government guidance on the Year 1 phonics screening check, which is carried out nationally.

What is the Year 1 phonics screening check?

The phonics screening check is a quick and easy check of your child’s phonics knowledge. It helps your school confirm whether your child has made the expected progress. The check normally takes place in June.

How does the check work?

  • Your child will sit with a teacher he or she knows and be asked to read 40 words aloud. (20 real words and 20 ‘pseudo words’)
  • Your child may have read some of the words before, while others will be completely new.
  • The check normally takes just a few minutes to complete and there is no time limit. If your child is struggling, the teacher will stop the check. The check is carefully designed not to be stressful for your child.

 Year 2 Parent Information

Assessment Information

As well as ongoing teacher assessment, which takes place throughout Year 2, pupils will take end of Key stage 1 tasks or tests in Reading, Spelling, Grammar & Punctuation and Maths. These new tests were used nationally for the first time in 2016.  The administration times of these tasks and tests are flexible to a certain extent, though most will have to be taken during May.    The results of the tests are combined with teacher assessment of each child’s work throughout the year to show where each child is in relation to age related expectations (ARE) by late June.  These results will be reported to parents in the annual report in July.  As we move from the old curriculum to the new, it may appear that your child is no longer doing as well as before. This is nothing to worry about and is due to the way the new curriculum has been designed, with some difficult concepts moved down to Year 2 from older age groups.   Please let us know if you’d like further information or discussion about your child and how they are getting on.

Learning Links

Here are some links to external websites for more information and games to play (updated 27.4.15)

Antarctic timeline (may not work on iPads but may work on other tablets!)

Time for Kids Antarctica

Discover Antarctica

Weather websites

www.weatherwizkids.com

www.sciencekids.co.nz

www.metoffice.gov.uk

Switched on kids for electrical safety

Play the continents and oceans game.  Can you name them all?

Find out about how children live in different parts of the world by exploring the BBC program ‘Little Human Plant’ in iPlayer. 

Explore simulations by clicking on the link below.   Includes the paper plane game!

http://www.learn4good.com/games/simulation.htm

Explore maps with Goggs!

Explore the parts of a vehicles, axles and wheels http://www.ngfl-cymru.org.uk/vtc/wheels_axles/eng/Introduction/default.htm

Rainforests and exploring

Rainforest SOS

National Geographic for kids

Kids Corner Brazil

Christopher Columbus – BBC Schools

Food

Food – a fact of Life: lots of games, videos and activities for different ages.  Explore them all!

Olympics

Get Set Olympics – lots of games and information for children

Get in the Zone – games about healthy bodies and healthy eating

Literacy

Loads of reading and spelling games with Roy the Zebra

ICT games

BBC Words and pictures

Phonics Play

Click here to view a video produced by the Department Of Education showing the correct way to articulate different phonemes (sounds)

Maths

Hit the Button games (Times tables, Doubling & Halving, Number Bonds)

Other Times Table links

Counting in different multiples: select Numeracy, and then ‘Counting’ from: ICT games

Funky Mummy

Shark Game

Counting Cars

Fractions flags

Number Bond Games

Number Bond Twins

Time games – lots of them!

Money games

Lots of shape games below:

Crickweb shape games

Guess the shape

A big variety of shape games!

Shape and measure games

Science

BBC Science clips – select the quiz that you are interested in

A really great site for habitats and having fun learning about habitats

Short film clips about Electricity from the BBC

Blobz Guide to Electric circuits! 

Other websites about electricity

History

First school years website: Louis Braille

Great Fire of London   New!

Christmas (Click here)

Scroll down the page until you get down the title ‘Games and Apps’.  There are lots of websites listed undermeath with online games.