Dear Parents and Guardians, I hope you’ve had a lovely Easter break and are now back in the school routine. It was great to welcome the children back last week and we are already enjoying our learning about Water, especially during week!

Start of the Day:

I would like to remind everyone that the doors open at 8.55am. Any child who arrives on the carpet after 9.05am is marked as late in the register. It is very important that the children are in the classroom on time to ensure a calm, prompt start to the day for everyone.

Class Topic:

Our topic is ‘Wonderful Water’. The children will learn about how the sea has inspired artists, how we use water in this country and around the world, water pollution, water transport, water habitats, seas, rivers, lakes, reservoirs and canals.

English:

We have begun with a focus on non-fiction and have been looking at persuasive writing and explanatory texts. This term the children will be writing a non-chronological report or producing a leaflet about a sea creature of their creation and will also be writing instructions based on a chromatography experiment they will carry out. In Summer 2 we will return to narrative, looking particularly at the work of Oliver Jeffers. Year 2 will also be writing free verse poetry and scripts.

Maths:

The children will be revising and consolidating their learning in maths with particular focus on addition and subtraction crossing 10, multiplication and division, fractions of shapes and amounts and the application of these skills to solve word problems. We will also look at 2D and 3D shapes and their properties, measure, statistics and place value

Science:

This term we are looking at the water cycle, how we can tell is something is alive, dead or never was alive, how animals are adapted to their habitats, microhabitats and food chains. 

Spelling:

We will continue to learn about different spelling rules and practice our high frequency words. It is important that the children can quickly recall these spellings as they are used regularly in their writing and struggling to recall spellings can interrupt their writing flow.

PE:

The children will have PE with Coach Charlie on Wednesdays and with me on Monday mornings. We will be doing Gymnastics until half term, after which we will be focusing on Athletics ahead of Sports Day on the 4thJuly. They need to have a P.E. kit (shorts/jogging bottoms, t-shirt and trainers/plimsolls) for lessons with Coach Charlie and myself.

Guided Reading:

Please make sure that your child is practicing reading regularly at home and that they  have their Guided Reading book and pink Reading Log with them daily. If you have any questions about guided reading, please come and see me.

Children who read regularly at home make noticeable progress in their reading at school, which greatly improves their learning in all areas.

Home Learning:

Thank you to everyone who has been helping and supporting their child’s learning at home. 

Trips:

All trips will take place in Summer 2 and further information will follow closer to the time.

I’m really excited to get into this topic and the children already seem full of wonderful questions about water!  Thank you for all your support and patience over the last few months and I look forward to continuing to work together to support your child’s learning. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to come and see me after school. Although it can be very busy when the children are being dismissed, you are welcome to wait to talk to me or we can arrange an appointment at a more convenient time either before or after school.

Yours sincerely

Jemima Greaves