Welcome to Buzzards Class - Yr1/2
Mrs Brown and Miss Moral
We hope you all had a lovely summer and a restful break.
Don't forget your PE kits and book bags
22nd September 2017
Another week whizzes by! As I sit here, marking your books, I can see how much effort you are all putting into your learning!
In English this week, we have been practising the skills which we will need for writing our class book next week. We have been learning how to add the suffix 'ing' and sequencing events in order with appropriate time connecting words (first, next, after that...).
In maths, we have concentrated on place value and in particular writing our 'teens' number correctly (14 and not 41). Next week we will start our unit on addition. Please remember to practise counting at home, especially backwards.
In art we finished our leaf prints, ready for ICT next week. We also used the sketching pencils to draw some of the Wallop wild flowers. We tried very hard to only draw what we could see. In P.E we learnt a new warm-up game and then practised controlling a ball with our feet around cones. In Geography, we explored a book by Jeannie Baker. This amazing book shows the view from the same window over time. We discussed the physical and human features as the landscape changed. You could choose this option for your homework.
I hope all your homework projects are going well. Don't forget to practise your spellings. Well done to the children who managed to spell all five words correctly this week and earned themselves a sticker for their chart!
Our reading at home percentage was still very poor this week (41%). Reading underpins all our other learning. Please practise this at home at least three times each week. The mountain of jumpers and cardigans without names, and still unclaimed on Friday, have now been taken to 'lost property' if you think that one may be yours.
I have attached a few photographs from this week. If you scroll down further, you will see some from last week also.
Have a lovely weekend!
15th September 2017
What a busy week!
In maths we have been concentrating on place value and counting accurately. We will be continuing with this next week and then moving onto addition. Please practise counting at home. We are aiming for all of you to be able to count to 100 and back again as soon as possible.
You have all amazed me this week with your concentration during handwriting. Your letter formation is improving and you are taking care in your English books. Well done!
In English there were some fantastic ideas for what could have been in my paper bag. I particularly liked the idea of a rainbow, a unicorn, a dragon and a dinosaur. What imaginations you have! Next week, we will be using the sticks which we collected from the woods to write a class book based on the story, 'Stanley's Stick'.
The leaf prints and leaf rubbings from today's art were beautiful! We will continue with this next week so that we have enough leaves to create some Andy Goldsworthy inspired artwork.
I have attached a topic map, homework outline, spellings and letter below. I have also attached some ideas to help you to learn your spellings. Every Friday, I will test you on your spellings. If you manage to spell all of the words correctly, you will receive a sticker for your chart. 5 stickers = a prize from the gold box!
Please read every day at home and ask your adult to sign your reading log. Sadly, only 33% of you read at home at least three times last week, which was the lowest percentage in the school. Let's aim for 100% please!
I have a collection of jumpers and cardigans, without name labels. If you think that one of these may belong to you, please ask your parents/carers for a description (knitted, fleece, logo/no logo etc.) so that I can send them home. Any which are not claimed, will be put into 'lost property' at the end of next week.
Finally, for those of you who do not travel by bus each morning, why not ask your parents/carers to drop you at the entrance so that you can practise being independent. Year 1 is all about being able to do things for ourselves, being resourceful and building independence. I will of course be available after school if your parents/carers need to speak to me.
Have a super weekend!
8th September 2017
Welcome to your new class and welcome back to the Year 2 children!
For most of you there will be quite a change to your daily routine. From Monday, you will find the day structured into phonics, handwriting, English, break, maths, guided reading and lunch. In the afternoon we start with mental maths (unless it is a P.E. day) and then move on to either science, art, Design and Technology, music, RE, ICT, Geography, History or PE. We finish the day with assembly. You will also be expected to be more responsible for yourselves and your belongings this year.
Reading books will be changed twice a week and two books will be issued. Please read a little every day to an adult at home for approximately 10 minutes and record it in your diary. Each week we measure the percentage of the class who have read at least three times. The winning class collects points and the winning class each half term can choose new books for their classroom. Reading is a skill that is needed for almost every area of your day and therefore needs regular practise. On Fridays, you will be given spellings to learn and maths games to play at home.
Please ensure that you have your P.E. kit in school at all times and fits properly. It can be taken home at the end of term for washing. Please also make sure that ALL clothing is named. I already have a collection of jumpers and cardigans that I would love to send home!
Unless it is raining heavily, we will be spending break and lunchtimes in the fresh air, outside. Please bring a coat every day as the weather is now becoming very changeable. If you have a spare coat, you could bring it into school and leave it on your peg. We will also be using the school grounds for science this term so a coat will be necessary.
Please do not bring toys into class. They are a distraction for other children and they are very likely to get lost or broken.
Please also do not bring sweets to share on your birthday as Wallop promotes healthy eating. In addition, there are many children with allergies who would not be able to be included, and therefore would be upsetting for them.
We have some exciting activities planned for this year and I will do my best to make learning fun! Please check the blog each week as I will often attach photographs of our learning.
Have a super weekend!
Best wishes from