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

Term 1 September 2017

Dear Parents

 Welcome back! We hope you all had a fantastic Summer holiday. Hopefully all the children are now feeling refreshed and raring to go.

 For our younger Swallows, this year will be their first year of ‘formal’ schooling, for our older Swallows this year will be a year of extensive learning to prepare them for their important KS1 SATs.

 We will be continuing to do daily phonics lessons and a mixture of teacher directed activities and child based learning.

 In English this term we will be learning to develop our sentence-writing skills and beginning to use suffixes and adjectives to make our writing more effective. We will continue our daily phonics and reading activities as well as handwriting practice.

 In Maths we will be revising our place value skills and learning the four rules of number and how to apply this to other areas of maths. We will continue our 5 a day maths and will focus on our Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs) on a daily basis.

 Our topic this term is Turrets and Tiaras. We will be exploring 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.

 The children will take part in Physical Education lessons twice a week. This term the children will be practising their skills for invasion games, focussing on teamwork and spatial awareness.  We will also be learning some key step routines in our gymnastics lessons.

 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 are all looking forward to an exciting year with a really lovely class of children!

 Please feel free to come and see us should you have any concerns about your child.

 Mrs Metcalfe, Mrs Blake and Mrs Taylor.