School Calendar

Monday 17th December
Carols - St. Giles Church 6pm

Friday 21st December
Christmas Party & Party Lunch (NO hot meals)
Term finishes at 1:30pm


Woodpecker Class - Year 1 and 2

Dear Parents

Welcome back. I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday and are looking forward to the busy term ahead.
Arrival in the mornings: Children are expected to come in and fill their own water bottle, and then settle down independently to their morning tasks. For the first few weeks, we will help your child change their reading books at a convenient time during the day, once we have settled in they will be able to change them independently in the morning.
Registration is at 8:45am.

P.E. P.E. sessions will be on a Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. Please ensure P.E. clothes are brought back on Monday mornings and left in school all week. Please note, all children must have trainers for use in P.E and the play equipment. Thank you.

Topic: This term our topic is ‘Once Upon a Time’. We will be focusing on fairy tales their morals in our English sessions; the children will work towards writing their own. We will also be focusing on both the history and geography of castles, learning about who lived in castles, what their roles were, and why the geography of castles is important.

English: We will be having daily phonic sessions. In our writing we will be focusing on developing confidence to write independently and use good punctuation skills. We will also work on writing full sentences, and rereading our work. We will focus on several fairy tales this term, both traditional and alternative. We will also be completing nonfiction writing based on castles. Reading sessions will include reading groups where the children can discuss the text and learn from each other, and 1:1 reading sessions. It is expected that children will read five times a week with an adult at home, this must be recorded in reading records.

Maths: This term we will begin by focusing on number and place value, ensuring the children are confident with place value. We will then move on to addition and subtraction, money, and multiplication. There will be a weekly number bond or timetables challenge, these will then be sent home for you to work on with your child.

Science: In Science this term, Woodpeckers will be investigating animals, and finding out the similarities and differences between them. We will go on to study what animals (including us!) need to be fit and healthy.
Computing: Our focus will be learning basic keyboard skills. Many of the children are very familiar with touch screen applications but far less familiar with the use of a qwerty keyboard and mouse. We will then move on to word processing and simple coding using Purple Mash software. (All children have log ins that can be used at home.)
Music:. This term we will be exploring the beat, and using their voices expressively and creatively through song and rhyme, and playing simple percussion instruments musically. We will also be looking at medieval music to tie in with our castles focus.

Art and DT: This term we will be experimenting with colour mixing, and looking at the work of artists such as Mark Rothko and his colour fields. Later in the term we will design and make 3D castles.

Homework: Please ensure at least 5 reading sessions have been undertaken and recorded through the week. Formal homework will normally be given on a Friday and due in on the Following Wednesday for year twos, and given on a Monday due Friday for year ones. The task will be detailed in homework books.

Spellings: Spellings will be set weekly on a Monday and can be found in spelling books. These are tested weekly on a Friday. Y2 pupils will often also have a spelling pattern to study – it is important that the spelling rule is understood – can they talk about it clearly to another adult?

Target sheets: You will find reading, writing and maths target sheets in your child’s book bag this week. These are targets your child will be working on throughout the year, and can worked on at home.

Labelling: All clothing, (including gloves and P.E. kits etc.) needs to be clearly marked with your child’s name. Thank you.
Show and tell: Show and tell will happen once every half term, I will let you and the children know the date nearer the time. Toys and other items from home should not be brought to school on any other days.

Collection of children: If someone else is picking up your child on a regular basis please let me know as soon as possible. There is a form in the cloakroom for you to fill in to let us know on the day if someone else will be picking up your child.
Contact: Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any worries, concerns or questions, I am happy to help.

I am very much looking forward to working with you and your child over the coming year.

Thank you
Myfina Shuff

View our timetable here.