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Class 2 - Mrs Cochrane & Mrs Chorley - Reception/Year 1

Croeso! 
Welcome to Class 2 - Reception/Year One!
Spring 2018

Class 2


Dear Parents,

 


We’d like to welcome your children to Reception/Year 1. 

Our TOPIC this term is ‘Space’Here is some helpful information:

 Maths

  • We will be learning to count and sequence numbers to 20 and beyond.
  •  Count coins to 20p.
  • Recognise number bonds to 10 and 20.
  • Simple addition and subtraction
  • Understanding addition and subtraction problems.
  • Counting in 2’s and 10’s.
  • Doubling and halving numbers to 10

 

Literacy

  • Writing simple sentences using high frequency words.
  • Trying to extend our simple sentences using 'because' and describing words where we can
  • Continuing to remember to use full-stops, capitals and finger spaces.
  • Write our full names - first name and surname
  • Retell a story in their own words.
  • Read simple sentences (high frequency words and ‘Fred Talk).P.E

P.E. 

P.E. is on Thursday.

The children need to keep their P.E kit in school for the half term. It will be sent home on the last day of half term. 

Just a quick reminder that jewellery is not be worn in school for safety reasons!

Please put your child’s name on all items of clothing, so they don’t get mixed up when dressing and undressing!

Reading books

Reading books will now be changed on Mondays. 

Your child will be given two reading books for the appropriate level. We would like you to spend time during the week doing the following activities with both books:

  • Read the first book for enjoyment. Take note of the words your child struggled on.
  • Before you start reading the following day ask the child to tell you about their book. What happened? Who was in the story? What happened to them? Did you like it? Why? Why not? What was your favourite part? Allow them to look at the pictures to jog their memory but not to read back text to you. Let them put it in their own words.
  • Point to particular words and ask your child what does this say? Can you think of another word for this word? 
  • Focus on words they found difficult. Ask them to practice writing out a word they found difficult and every now and then say, what does this say? Repetition is key.
  • Do the same with the second book.
You are looking for understanding of the book, of words, retelling of the book in their own words, not just reading the book to you once.

Have fun with the books.

Please write comments in their reading records (for example “Enjoyed this book and could tell me what was happening” or “Made a good attempt at sounding out new words” etc.). Books will be changed every Monday but the reading records must be signed please.

N.B If you have not signed the orange record book or entered comments about your child’s new reading book we will presume that it was not read and change it only when we see a comment.

High Frequency words

We will also give out words for the children to learn. These will be in the orange reading record. These words will help your child to read fluently and confidently. Please colour them in when they know them. 

Homework

At the parent consultations some parents asked for homework for their children. 

The most important homework is reading every day for 10-15 minutes.

We will send maths and handwriting or high frequency words practice every now and then. This is not compulsory but the tasks won't be too hard or long so it would be helpful if you could encourage your child to complete it please.

Water bottles

Children can bring water bottles in every day and take them home to fill.

Snacks

At break time we offer fruit. A contribution of £1 a week would be appreciated to enable this to happen.

Space

As our topic is space we have been looking at painting aliens and planets, making aliens and spaceships from playdough, drawing aliens.

Maybe you and your child could be inventive at home and make, draw, create some space themed work to go on display. This could be spaceships from recyclable materials, paintings they've done at home, stories they've written, books they enjoy, a fact file of information on planets they've researched. Anyhting you can think of todo would

 Thanks for your help!

Mrs Cochrane (Teacher on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) and Mrs Chorley (Teacher on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)