This half term our topic is ‘Street Detectives’. We will be learning about our local area and consider how different buildings are built, and what our community offers to us.
We came into school on Monday morning to find that someone or something had crash-landed into our area! A window was smashed, chairs were overturned and books had been taken off shelves – we even spotted some footprints of a strange shape! We spent the morning helping the police with their investigation: asking questions about the crime scene and cracking a code that had been found by the police.
The following day, the police handed us a book they had found in the street and may be a clue to what happened in our classroom…
The book that was found is now our Power of Reading text, called ‘Beegu’.
Beegu is an alien who crash landed onto planet earth and needs help getting back home to her parents. The children will have opportunities to act in role and explore the characters feelings relating to their own real life experiences.
We also have a list of higher level vocabulary words which we will clarify the meaning of and use in our writing to make it more interesting. The words are: hopeful, unfriendly, seemed, perfect, creatures, hoped, mostly, friends, wasn’t and wanted.
We look forward to sharing our writing with you towards the end of the half term.
We will continue to follow the Read Write Inc spelling programme in class and your child will bring home weekly spellings for a test every Thursday and Friday.
In maths we are making sure we know our number bonds to 20, working out the place value of each digit in a given number and practising basic addition and subtraction calculations mentally. We are encouraging the children to use their fingers to help them when calculating as well as practical resources Eg. counters, coins, etc.
This half term P.E. will be on a Wednesday but we would like the children to bring in their P.E. Kits on a Monday morning and take them home on a Friday afternoon. P.E. kits consist of a coloured t-shirt depending on which house your child is in (red for Riverside, blue for Transporter, green for Dorman and yellow for Albert), black shorts and P.E. shoes for outside.
Could you please make sure your child’s name is written inside their cardigans and jumpers as well as their P.E. Kits.
The children will continue to receive homework every Friday. This homework must be returned by Wednesday so that it can be marked and returned to the children on Friday. The children will also be receiving spelling homework this term.
If you have any questions about homework, please come and speak to us. If you have any questions or need any advice. If you need any language support, please let us know; we have Punjabi/Urdu speakers available and Mrs Thomas will be only too happy to help with Arabic and Farsi.
Please ensure that your child brings their book bag to school every day and, if possible, try to hear them read every night. Talk about the book and what happened, encourage your child to answer simple questions and link the story/events to their everyday life.
We change home reading books regularly but the children can ask for a new book at any time.
Click on the links below to play some interactive learning games with your children. There are also some useful sites for parents too.
BBC KS1 Bitesize: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/
BBC KS1 Bitesize Science Clips: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/6_7/science_6_7.shtml
The children in year two will be involved in a Forest Schools project this half term.
This activity involves them working in small groups outside, making sculptures with leaves and foliage and exploring other outdoor materials. It will take place on a Tuesday afternoon during school hours and run for 3 consecutive weeks, as follows:
|Mrs Walker’s class (2W)||Tues 31st Oct
Tues 7th Nov
Tues 14th Nov
|Miss Atterton’s class (2A)||Tues 21st Nov
Tues 28th Nov
Tues 5th Dec
Your child will need to bring a change of clothes for this activity. Please include: tracksuit bottoms, top, trainers, and a warm, waterproof coat. You may even wish to include a hat, scarf and gloves now the weather is getting colder.
We look forward to sharing some pictures of our creations with you.
Thank you for your continued support.
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