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Year 1/2: Squirrels Class

A Message from the Class Teacher

Welcome to Squirrel Class! We are a split Year 1 and 2 class who are nuts about learning new things! We really enjoy reading a class book and taking inspiration from it to use in our writing. We also love using our maths skills to solve the latest problem solving challenge or learning through history, geography and the creative curriculum in our exciting topic work! We hope you enjoy having a look around our website!

What will we be learning this year?

Have a look below to see what we will be up to this term!

English

We will be sharing and enjoying stories, writing instructions, poems and recounts, describing characters and settings and role playing. We study each book for a few weeks using the book to cover as many forms of writing as possible. Through that work both year groups will look at things like adjectives/nouns/verbs, finger spaces, cursive handwriting, direct speech, conjunctions, exclamations and questions, punctuation, developing vocabulary and phonics/spelling through lessons designed to support both year 1 and year 2 learning.

Maths

In our maths lessons we work hard to ensure that all children are challenged and foster the opportunity for the children to work in year groups to cover the National Curriculum:

 

Year 1

Finding 1 more and less, addition and subtraction to solve problems, partitioning numbers into tens and ones and the associated place value, comparing numbers using more/less, using +, - and = signs, using inverse to check answers to problems, using coins to make values and estimate and measure using cm and m.

Year 2

Finding 10 more and less, addition and subtraction to solve problems, partitioning numbers into hundreds, tens and ones and the associated place value, comparing numbers using more/less and using <, > and = signs, using inverse to check answers to problems, using coins to make values and estimate and measure using cm and m.

In addition and subtraction we use the expanded column method. If you would like more information about this to support your child please ask the class teacher. 

 

 

 

Topic – Toys

  • Science – Use of Everyday Materials – What are the names of these common materials? What are their properties? Why are they well-suited to their jobs for certain objects?
  • Geography – Local area, name and locate the four countries and capital cities of the UK and surrounding seas.
  • History – Toys throughout history, it might be nice for you to share your own childhood toys with your child. 
  • RE – Christianity (Parables) – The Good Samaritan, The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin, The Great Feast, The Talents and The Two Builders. Where do Christians believe these stories came from? What message do they take from these parables?
  • DT – Construction.
  • DT – Food – Tasting, breading, tearing, flouring, squashing, mashing.
  • Art – Clay and hand printing. 
  • PE – Throwing and catching and them moving onto choreographing and performing dances.
  • Music – Singing/performing – join in with songs. Sing loudly or quietly, fast or slow.

 

These are just some of the things we will touch upon on this topic!

 

Homework:

Year 2:

Only Year 2 has homework sent home regularly, this will be sent home on Thursdays and due in no later than Tuesday so the teacher has time to mark it before the next piece is given out. 

Year 1:

Optional homework will be offered to the Year 1's, if your child chooses homework they do not have a time frame in which they have to complete it. We will be celebrating the fact they are choosing extra work and want to practice their learning. 

 

What you can do to help at home?

  • Sharing your own toys from your childhood with your children for our toy topic.
  • Ask your child what they learnt today. 
  • Reading at home, practising spellings and completing homework on time.
  • Make sure they get enough sleep on a school night.
  • Have fun at the weekends and enjoy some time together.

I have enjoyed getting to know your children this term and look forward to our next year together. We have already learnt lots and had fun creating messy hand prints. If you have any questions please never hesitate to ask us we are always happy to help. 

Miss Schembri, Mrs Buckley and Mrs Wrout.