Owls: Parent Letter – Term 2

Dear Parents/Carers of Owls,

We hope you had a fun and restful half term.

This term we will be learning all about Toys!

Literacy: We will be beginning to use Talk for Writing in our literacy lessons. Talk for Writing is a fun approach to Literacy, which enables children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects. Our first text is Dogger by Shirley Hughes.

Maths: Our focus this term is Addition and Subtraction within 10, Shapes and Place Value within 20. We will be carrying out lots of practical activities to support our Maths learning.

Science: This term we will be learning all about everyday materials. We will be able to link our science lessons nicely with our topic of toys. Throughout this term we will be carrying out lots of experiments, involving melting, waterproof materials, and absorbent materials.

Art and DT: In Art we will practising observational drawing, using pictures of our teddies. In DT we will be designing and creating our own sock puppet. Finally, as the term comes to an end we will be carrying out lots of fun Christmas craft!

R.E: Mrs Cadwallader will continue to teach R.E. in Year 1 every Friday. The theme for this term is Incarnation, and the big question is: Why does Christmas matter to Christians? In addition, during the first week of term, the school will be participating in a focus week about Hinduism.

History: Our history learning will be focused on toys, past and present. We will be comparing the toys of today with toys of the past, particularly toys from the Victorian period.

Computing: This term we will be using Purple Mash to create pictures of toys using the computer to paint and create different textures and materials for our toys. We will also create different toy scenes, practising the ‘drag and drop’ motion on the mouse.

PSHE: This term we will be thinking about choosing to be a good friend.

Home Learning: Thank you for all your support in Term 1 with Home Learning. A new homework grid will be sent out on Friday. Please continue to hand in books by Tuesday for them to be looked at, they will be sent back out every Friday. Your child is welcome to decorate their Home Learning book however they wish. Please also feel free to access the Mathematical games which are stuck on the very first page of your child’s Home Learning book. The websites for the log-ins are: Mathletics, Numbots and SumDog. Your child should have received a pack of common exception words on the last day of Term 1, please practise reading and spelling these words throughout the year.

Reading at School:
Now that the first term is over, a member of Owls staff will listen to your child read once a week. Please continue to read daily with your child at home. We will check record books daily and books will be changed once they have been read through twice. Reading a book repeatedly will support your child’s understanding of a text. The more they engage with a story, the more they take away from it. It also allows your child to go over any difficult words they previously could not read. Please note: if there is a special event going on in the afternoon, we will not be able to read that day. Below is the timetable for reading, but please ensure books and reading record books are sent in every day.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Red

Yellow

Green

Blue

REMINDERS:

– P.E is on a Friday; the children need their kit in school every Friday.

– Please remember to read daily with your child and record any engagement of reading at home in their reading record books.

– Your child must be sent into school every day with their blazer and school headwear (caps/berets). – Please ensure all uniform is labelled clearly.

– Please remember to bring a water bottle in every day, although we have cups available if forgotten.

– Please make sure there are no peanut products in packed lunches.

If there are any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to ask.

Best Wishes, Miss Philpott, Mrs Giles and Miss Hayward 🙂

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