Year 1/2 - Rowan, Cedar and Maple
Welcome back to the new school term. The children settled well in the Autumn term and have got used to a faster pace of learning and written work. We now have lots of new and exciting learning opportunities planned for your children as we enter 2019!
Spring Term 2019
The children have all developed their fluency in Reading in the Autumn term, and now we turn out attention more than ever to their comprehension. We teach this through targeted questions based on VIPERS! This stands for Vocabulary - helping them to learn, use and work out the meanings of new words, Infer - asking children to explain what is meant by words and events in the texts, Predict - guessing what will happen based on what has already happened, Explain - e.g. describing how characters are feeling and why, and Retrieve - finding key words and information. We would welcome your support in asking these types of questions at home.
In Writing, we will be focusing on writing our own stories modelled on high-quality and interesting books.
We will be reinforcing key mathematical concepts in our Maths lessons and developing further fluency with place value and number patterns. Counting, in steps of different numbers, becomes increasingly important in Year 1 and, in Year 2, we expect the children to practise their two, five and ten times tables, learning them by heart by the end of the term.
We are looking at the life of Jesus in RE and concentrating on interacting with others in thoughtful, positive and sensitive ways. Our Art work focuses on weaving - and you might just receive a special weaved surprise at Easter! In Science, our study of animals continues. We really enjoyed seeing the animal groups at the museum, and now we will develop these studies to include the offspring and needs of animals. We also look at how we, as humans, stay healthy. The children will discover how important it is to eat their vegetables!
Our humanities studies switch from Geography to History, where we study significant figures from the recent and more distant past. First, we travel back in time to find out about the life of Florence Nightingale. Real History will help bring this study to life. After that, we have planned a brand new topic to take account of our cultural heritage when we study the life and work of The Beatles! We are particularly looking forward to this part of the curriculum and are planning a trip to make the most of Liverpool's rich heritage. The children are really enjoying Music through our excellent scheme, Charanga.
Our ICT work will see us programming and beginning to use code, and we have some speal ICT enhancements planned, including an ICT Inspiration Day. More details to follow ... In P.E. we are continuing our gymnastics lessons and developing sports skills which will lead into team games and athletics events as the children grow older.
As always, if you have any questions or queries, don't hesitate to contact us - we see our relationships with parents as a partnership. After all, we all want the best for your children.
Mr Leach, Mrs Laycock, Miss Arndt & Mrs Foulkes.