I hope that you all enjoyed the Christmas break and I wish you all a healthy and happy New Year.
This week, we have all been delighted to welcome Annie to our class in Year 4.
We had an extremely busy autumn term with lots of hard work, lots of fun, an Ofsted inspection and a brilliant Christmas play! The children gave a fantastically confident and entertaining performance!
We have another exciting term ahead of us. We have already enjoyed a trip to the theatre to see the Borrowers. Another date for your diary is parents’ evening on Monday 30th January.
The Creative Curriculum
Our context for learning this term is Settling Saxons. Our focus for each subject area will be as follows:
• Art: colour mixing and matching with paint, painted skies and animals;
• Computing: copying and pasting pictures and combining with text using Word;
• D & T: textiles: weaving;
• Geography: UK mapping, the 4 countries of the UK, corresponding capital cities and surrounding seas, English counties, a geographical comparison between the Lake District and the Sahara Desert;
• History: the invasion and settlement of the Anglo Saxons, Anglo-Saxon place names, village life in Anglo-Saxon times, the role of the archaeologist, investigating AngloSaxon artefacts and finding out how Britain became a Christian country;
• Music: Music Express – exploring arrangements;
• PSHE: Healthy relationships, cyber bullying, feelings and emotions, valuing difference, respect and tolerance;
• PE: football with Rowan and cricket with Fraser;
• RE: why and how do different faiths use prayer and what does the Easter story tell us about love and despair;
• Science: electricity – building electrical circuits and investigating conductors and insulators.
Homework (a reminder and an update!)
English and Maths homework will continue as before – Maths homework given out on Monday to be returned by Wednesday and English homework given out on Wednesday to be returned by Friday.
Times tables: As you know, we adapted our times tables system at the beginning of the autumn term in order to accelerate the children’s rapid recall of all their times tables in readiness for the government’s new online tables test for children at the end of year 4. Later this term, I will be showing the children some apps and websites which can support their preparation for the test. I will encourage the children to practise using these apps at school and at home.
Weekly tables tests will continue on Friday mornings. Please help your child to practise and learn the times tables they are working on throughout the week.
Spellings –The children will continue to have a weekly spelling test on Fridays. In some cases, practising spellings 3 times a week, as suggested in the layout of the spelling record, may not be enough. Please help your child to write their spellings correctly on demand and out of order! For children in Year 3 and 4, please remember to check that the children know what each word means and are able to give an accurate definition as well as use each word correctly in a sentence. Each week, the children will be asked to put one of the words into a sentence and to write the definition of another.
Reading – Please do continue to hear your child read frequently, asking questions and talking about the book as you do so. This is important even if your child is a very able reader
Year 2 End of Key Stage 1 assessment (SATS)
You may be aware that all children in Year 2 have to be assessed in key English and Maths skills using a range of tests produced by the government. The scores that the children achieve in these tests are combined with teacher assessments throughout the year and the children are given an end-of-key stage score. Usually, testing will not take place until the end of May.
I will hold an information meeting on Wednesday 8th February at 2.45 in the school hall for the parents of children in Year 2 to give further details about what to expect.
If you would like to give your child some additional support with practising for SATs, I would recommend purchasing some CGP workbooks. These are very cost effective and closely matched to the SATs themselves. Please let me know if you are interested in ordering some of these books through school.
Please be rest assured that in our school we ensure that the whole testing process is as low key as possible. We usually find that the children quite enjoy the experience!
As always, I am available for a chat at the beginning and end of the school day, so please do not hesitate to come and see me if you have any queries or concerns.
Please do pop in and ask if there is anything else you would like to know!