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

Welcome to Swallows' Class Curriculum Area. 

On this page you will find information about Swallows class, including what we have been doing each week. 


Week Beginning 19th March 2018:

Don't forget The World Book Day tokens have been extended until the 31st March due to poor weather.  Great news, you have an extra week to decide on which book to choose!! 

Homework this week (16.3.18) is to make your own food diary.   This Wednesday, the children will be tested on the spellings in column 3 of the Spellings grid.

This week the children had a Creepy Crawly assembly, the man showed us a bearded dragon, a tarantula, a skinny pig and a snake! Don't forget to ask your children to tell you all about it!

There are lots of children without PE kits in Swallows, please can you make sure your child had suitable footwear, shorts and a T-shirt at all times. 

Next week the children will be beginning their end of Term assessments.  Please keep supporting your child with their tables, KIRFs and spellings.


Buster's Book Club!

Don't forget to time how many minutes your child reads for every Wednesday night.  We submit all 'reading minutes' on a Thursday to the KM Charity.  Don't forget your target:

Year 1 - 10 minutes

Year 2 - 15 minutes

There are prizes to be won for anyone beating their target - all you need to do is record it on your bookmark and sign it!


Term 4 - Overview 

Dear Parents

Welcome back! We hope you all had a relaxing half term and that the children are coming back refreshed and ready to learn.

 This term we are finding out more about hot and cold climates as well as studying some famous explorers. Our topic this term will be cross curricular with English, Maths, Science and art.

 For our Year 2 children, this is an important term as they begin to gather evidence in their books to support their SATs scores for May. It is really important that you support your child as much as possible at home with daily reading, learning Kirfs, spellings and homework where possible.  This term Year 2 will also have times tables to learn, these can also be found on Mathletics.

 In class, we will be continuing with our daily phonics lessons and begin learning spelling rules as well as completing daily SPaG focused tasks. We will be looking at rules for plurals and how we change words into past tense e.g Change the y to an i and add ‘ed’

 It is still acceptable, at this stage, for our Year 1 children 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 more complex chapter books. Our focus will be on writing and how we plan a piece of work and then write it using our plans.

 In Maths 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 week 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.  Our focus in Maths this term is multiplication, division and 2D/3D shapes and their properties.

 This term Swallows class will be having Tennis lessons every Wednesday from our external provider, Appeti. Please make sure that your child has their PE in school every day.  We will send it home to be washed if necessary.  Last term we noticed that several children did not have footwear in their PE kits, if this is the case, unfortunately the children will not be able to go outside for Tennis.

 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 Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) 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 are all looking forward to another exciting term. Please feel free to come and see any of us should you have any concerns about your child.