I hope you’ve all had a fantastic Christmas and I wish you all a very happy and peaceful 2018! Thank you for all the gifts that you sent. They are still being enjoyed!
As a school, we always want to improve and do things better. One big change this year is that we have invested in a resource which helps our planning and teaching. This means that most of the different subjects within the curriculum (Science, Computing , Art & Design, Design & Technology, Music, Geography, History and PSHE) will be taught as part of large Topics. We have been moving towards this over the last few years, but this is an important step in improving the quality of our teaching and lessons. We will still have daily Maths and English lessons – with the English being linked to the topics. RE and PE will still be taught as individual lessons.
Our first Topic of 2018 in Class 1 / 2 will be “Land Ahoy.”
This half term, we’ll find out about boats and ships of all shapes and sizes. We’ll write about them, read information books, investigate amazing sea rescues and write postcards and poetry influenced by the sea. Our science skills will help us to understand how boats float and we’ll design and make model ships using a variety of materials. We’ll study paintings of boats and draw detailed pictures of our own. Our map reading skills will help us to identify different seas and oceans, and we’ll learn about famous sea explorers. Stories of pirates will inspire us to make pirate flags, treasure maps and fact files. We’ll even find out how to talk and sing like a pirate!
English: Stories, information books, descriptions, poetry, postcards
Geography: Using and making maps, using and giving directions Art & design Observational drawing, printing Computing: Programming, using presentation software
D&T: Mechanisms, structures
History: Significant historical people – Captain James Cook, Grace Darling, famous pirates
Music: Sea shanties
PSHE: Feeling positive
Science Everyday materials
Helping your child prepare for their project:
The sea is fascinating! Why not take a trip to the coast? Visit the harbour, lifeboat station and beach and take plenty of interesting photographs. You could also make boats from plastic cartons, cardboard boxes and polystyrene trays. Add sails and cargo then see which boats sail around the bath successfully! Alternatively, sing along to some lively sea shanties performed by The Fisherman’s Friends from Port Isaac in Cornwall. Visit their website to access free sample tracks.
Year 2s will carry on receiving weekly Maths homework. I will carry on uploading maths games to Active Learn that relate to our recent lessons. I will also be sending weekly spellings home ready for our fun test on Fridays.
It is important that children continue to read regularly at home, as this helps not only their reading skills and increases their vocabulary, but also helps them to improve their writing. A few pages each night with an adult has a great impact on infant reading. Thank you for your continued support of the learning which takes place in school. The children thrive because of your interest in their school work.
Your children will have two PE lessons each week, one will be taught by specialist sports coaches from UK Sports Coaching. The lessons will take place on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. Please ensure that they have the correct kit (blue or black shorts, white T-shirt and trainers or plimsolls) in school. At this time of year, it is a good idea for the children to bring a warm top and jogging bottoms (or a tracksuit), as when we do P.E. outside, it can be particularly cold. Children with long hair must be able to tie it up for PE and all earrings must be removed.
If you have any problems or concerns at any time, please discuss them with me. Otherwise, I look forward to speaking to you all at parents’ evening.