Selling C of E Primary School

petham primary school
Village Acedemy

Year 1 & 2 (Swallows)

A Message from the Class Teachers, Mrs  Blake, Mrs  Metcalfe and Mrs Taylor

Dear Parents

 Welcome back! We hope you all had a fun but relaxing Christmas! Firstly, thank you for all our wonderful Christmas presents, we both felt thoroughly spoilt by all the children and parents.

This term is going to be a fun filled term. We welcome our Student Teacher, Miss Jones who will be teaching some of the children each morning and working with groups in the afternoon.

In class, we will be continuing to do daily phonics lessons and learn some more complex spelling rules. We will be helping to prepare our Year 1 children for their Phonics assessment and ensuring our Year 2 children are learning rules for their Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar tests (SPaG).

In English this term we will be looking at a range of texts including texts from different countries, poetry and chapter books. Our focus will be on writing and in particular our spelling, punctuation and grammar.

In Maths we will be completing a mixed programme of Shape, Space and Measure and the four rules of number. We will continue our 5 a day maths and will focus on our Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs) on a daily basis.  This term you will receive a new set of Kirfs for your child to learn at home.  These will be tested every Wednesday in school.  The idea is that your child beats their own score each week.  We will also be testing rapid recall of basic number facts in our Big Maths sessions every Friday.  This is a fun maths session where we record the speed of your child’s number recall.  Once again, this isn’t a competition, it’s a chance for your child to beat their score from the previous week.

We will be starting a new topic entitled ‘Hot and Cold’ in which we will begin to discover some interesting and exciting facts about places around the world with contrasting climates. We will link this with some investigations into how things change depending upon the temperature, and we will be making regular observations of how the changes in our own weather cause winter to turn into spring and noticing and recording all the changes going on in our immediate environment. We will be finding out all about explorers who have ventured to places where it is very hot or very cold, and we will be creating some artwork linked to this topic using a variety of media and techniques.  Our weekly music lessons will include opportunities for the children to listen to as well as to compose music which conveys a sense of either ‘hot’ or ‘cold’, as well as to continue to learn some songs connected with this topic.

The children will be having a weekly music lesson during which they will all be encouraged to join in with singing action songs as well as using percussion instruments to create a range of effects.  

 In Science, we will be learning how to complete investigations making them fair and reliable. We will be learning about the human body and look at plants and other living things.

The children will take part in Physical Education each week. This term the children will be continuing to learning new skills for ball games, focussing on teamwork and spatial awareness.  We will also be learning some new yoga moves and begin some relaxation techniques.

 Homework will be based around the learning that has taken place in class during the week. This shouldn’t be a chore but it should be a demonstration of what your child can do independently. We will alternate between Maths and English each week.  The English will be mostly based around Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS) and the Maths will concentrate on the Year 1/2 KIRFs which will be set on Mathletics.  If you have any concerns about homework, please don’t hesitate to come and discuss it.  On top of the weekly homework, we will expect the children to be reading daily.  Where possible, we will endeavour to hear your child regularly, this might be through a Guided Reading activity.  

For spellings this term, Year 1 will be continuing to learn our tricky words and words that relate to our phoneme learning in phonics. For Year 2, we will be focusing on Spelling rules, this could be anything from applying prefixes such as ‘dis’ to a word to learning the ‘doubling a consonant’ rule.  We are aware that some children have visited some of last term’s spellings previously, however, it is not just about gaining 100% in a test but more about spelling the words correctly in their writing over a period of time, hence why we encourage over learning of some regular words.

We are all looking forward to another exciting term. Please feel free to come and see us should you have any concerns about your child.

 Mrs Metcalfe and Mrs Blake.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing Term 2

This is a busy term for Swallows Class! We have continued our ‘Towers and Tiaras’ topic, and have visited the church to make comparisons between modern buildings and old ones.  We found out about stained glass windows and had a go at making our own designs using black paper and coloured tissue paper.  These are now on display on the windows in our classroom.

In maths we have been learning about different measurements and our lessons have been very practical as we have experimented with measuring and comparing length, weight and capacity through activities such as baking.

We have shared some lovely new story books together in English and we particularly enjoyed one called The Fox and the Star which inspired lots of artwork and creative writing. We even made our own storybooks and non-fiction fact files about nocturnal animals.

In science we have been learning about different materials and designed a new outfit for Paddington Bear to wear whilst he is working as a window-cleaner. We also investigated the materials used to make protective fire gear following a fire safety visit from Kent Fire Brigade.  During Science Week we have had a lot of ‘hands-on’ activities linked to the theme of ‘change’.  We monitored and recorded changes to 2 blocks of ice, one of which we kept in the classroom and the other we left outside.  We measured the size and weight of the ice blocks every hour and recorded the changes.  We also experimented with using salt to melt ice – we were very excited by an experiment we did using ice cubes, salt and string.  We have also found out about how yeast works and made our own bread rolls – we noticed lots of different changes to the mixture as we kneaded, proved and baked our rolls.   We have investigated changes to liquid when we add paint and washing up liquid and have had fun blowing bubbles through straws and printing bubble pictures.

We have been working very hard learning our lines, songs and actions for the nativity play, Hey Ewe, which we are performing at the beginning of December. We have also been busy creating some beautiful Christmas artwork - but we are not able to say exactly what this is because it is going to be a surprise!   Happy Christmas everyone!

  

Term 2  2017

Dear Parents

Welcome back! We hope you all had a relaxing half term. This term is an exciting one for the children as we enter the realms of Christmas!  The Nativity play will be with us before we know it!  We have an exciting visit lined up to the Gulbenkian, the Nativity and lots more Christmas events to look forward to.

 

Of course, it’s not all about Christmas! We left last term with the children making good progress towards their end of term targets in both English and Maths.  It is really important that you support your child as much as possible at home with daily reading, Kirfs, spellings and homework where possible.

 

In class, we will be continuing to do daily phonics lessons and begin learning spelling rules. It is still acceptable, at this stage, to be writing phonetically but we would like to see the Year 2 children, in particular, beginning to show an understanding of the rules of spelling.

 

In English this term we will be looking at a range of texts including texts from different countries, picture books and chapter books. Our focus will be on writing and in particular our spelling, punctuation and grammar.

 

In Maths we will be moving on to Shape, Space and Measure, this will include skills linked to time, measurement, data handling and shape. We will continue our 5 a day maths and will focus on our Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs) on a daily basis.  This term you will receive a new set of Kirfs for your child to learn at home.  These will be tested every Wednesday in school.  The idea is that your child beats their own score each week.  We will also be testing rapid recall of basic number facts in our Big Maths sessions every Friday.  This is a fun maths session where we record the speed of your child’s number recall.  Once again, this isn’t a competition, it’s a chance for your child to beat their score from the previous week.

 

We will be continuing on our topic of Turrets and Tiaras. Looking at Kings and Queens and continuing to explore interesting historical buildings in our local area to inspire a range of activities including artwork and design.  We will be investigating the geographical features of the locations of some of these old buildings and finding out what it would have been like to have lived there many years ago.

 

The children will be having a weekly music lesson during which they will all be encouraged to join in with singing action songs as well as using percussion instruments to create a range of effects. They will, of course, be learning the songs and actions to our Christmas play.  

 

In Science, we will be redesigning Paddington’s clothing. Investigating different materials and understanding why some materials are better than others.

 

The children will take part in Physical Education lessons twice a week. This term the children will be continuing to learning new skills for ball games, focussing on teamwork and spatial awareness.  We will also be learning some new yoga moves and begin some relaxation techniques.

 

Homework will be based around the learning that has taken place in class during the week. This shouldn’t be a chore but it should be a demonstration of what your child can do independently. We will alternate between Maths and English each week.  The English will be mostly based around Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS) and the Maths will concentrate on the Year 1/2 KIRFs.  If you have any concerns about homework, please don’t hesitate to come and discuss it.  On top of the weekly homework, we will expect the children to be reading daily.  Where possible, we will endeavour to hear your child regularly, this might be through a Guided Reading activity.  

 

We will be taking a slightly different approach to spelling this term. For Year 1, we will be continuing to learn our tricky words and words that relate to our phoneme learning in phonics.  For Year 2, we will be focusing on Spelling rules, this could be anything from applying prefixes such as ‘dis’ to a word to learning the ‘doubling a consonant’ rule.  We are aware that some children have visited some of last term’s spellings previously, however, it is not just about gaining 100% in a test but more about spelling the words correctly in their writing over a period of time, hence why we encourage over learning of some regular words.

 

We are all looking forward to another exciting term. Please feel free to come and see us should you have any concerns about your child.

 

Mrs Metcalfe, Mrs Blake and Mrs Taylor.