Class 2 Summer term news letter.

Dear Parents

As usual the year is whizzing by and we have arrived at our final term! This is a letter to tell you what we are up to in Class 2 before the end of the year.

KS1 trip

On Wednesday 2nd May the children will be visiting the Jewish museum and Manchester Cathedral.  Please bring your child into school for 8.20am on that day. We aim to arrive back at school by 4.00pm.  The day will be split between the two sites with many interactive activities at each venue.

Year 2 SATs

All children in Year 2 will take the National Key Stage 1 tests during the week commencing Monday  21st May. There will be two Maths tests and two reading tests. There is also a spelling, punctuation and grammar test.

Please remember that we do the tests to show our performance as a school, not to judge your child. It is obviously important that your children do their best, but please don’t worry too much about them.

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

All children in Year 1, and those children in Year 2 who didn’t reach the threshold score last year, will take part in the National Phonics Screening check during the week beginning Monday 11th June. This is a short, one to one, assessment with Mrs Clements. Your child simply reads 40 words out loud. The words are a mixture of 20 real words and 20 Monster or Alien words. These are made up words and the point of them is to assess your child’s understanding of how English spelling rules work, not just their ability to remember known words. We will inform you of your child’s score as part of our end of year reports.

Miss Newsholme

We are very fortunate to have an excellent teaching student working with us in Class 2 this term. Miss Newsholme is a  BA student from Sheffield Hallam University. She has already started supporting the children with their work and we are look forward to an exciting time together.

Class 2 Assembly

Our woodland themed assembly of the year will be held on Friday 22nd June and it would be great to see you there again at 8:55am.

Curriculum

This term our Creativity Topic is “Enchanted woodland.”  We will visit a woodland, observe the wildlife, collect natural objects and take beautiful pictures of the things we see. After our woodland adventure, we’ll write about our experiences and learn all about trees. We’ll use information books to investigate woodland creatures and make mini-books of our own. Throughout the project, we will find out how to recognise different plants and animals and create detailed, observational drawings of them. The tale of Hansel and Gretel will inspire us to write our own stories with a woodland theme. We’ll build miniature dens, create woodland works of art and construct mini-woodlands from twigs, sticks, pine cones and leaves. At the end of our project, we’ll have so much to share with you. We’ll read our stories aloud, create a woodland art gallery, plant seedlings in the school grounds and present our special, woodland-themed assembly.

PE will still be on Mondays and Tuesdays, so please make sure that your child has their full PE kit with them on those days. The weather does tend to get much hotter this term, so please make sure that your child has a cap or sunhat with them as well.

Homework

This term there is also the opportunity for your child to complete a homework project. The project can take the form of a display, book, piece of writing, piece of art, a model or something on the computer. The piece of work should be related to our creativity topic “Enchanted woodland.” It can be about any creature or plant found in our British woodland, so get googling! I would like the work to be brought into school by June 18th so that it can be displayed as part of our assembly at the end of that week.

Years 2s will continue to get their weekly spellings. I have added a selection of maths games onto your child’s Active Learn account (also known as Bug Club) which link to what we learnt last term. If you are able to support your child to access these games, it will be of great help to them. Please also keep supporting your child with their reading, whether this is school books, Bug Club or their own choice of book.

 

Many Thanks for your continued support and please come and see me if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Karina Askew