Year 1/2 Term 3 – ‘Dinosaurs’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you had a fantastic Christmas holiday! Our topic for the next two terms is ‘Dinosaurs’: we will be learning everything there is to know about these amazing creatures from the past!  Our PE days are Tuesday and Friday, and we do the Golden Mile on a Wednesday, please ensure your child’s kit is always in school; as the timetable can sometimes change – trainers and coats everyday are essential.

Reading Please read with your child regularly. Their books and book bags will need to be in every day.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in their reading diary, but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments space. A member of staff will be checking reading records during the week and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult. We are very keen to have parent helpers listen to some readers at school – please let one of us know if you can help out!
Spellings Spelling tests are every Thursday and your child will be tested on the spellings they were given in the previous week. We send out new spellings on Fridays. We use the ‘No-Nonsense’ Spelling scheme in class and spellings sent home for homework will be derived from the Year 1&2 curriculum word lists. Please do ask if you would like to see the resources we use or would like to know more about how we assess the children’s spelling. Their spelling tests results will be recorded in their books for them to share with you at home.
Times Tables It is expected that by the end of KS1 all children will know their 2, 5 and 10 times tables fluently (and hopefully some others!) we will be testing these regularly at school, so please reinforce at home whenever possible.
Maths Maths homework will be on Mathletics and should consist of 30 minutes per fortnight, the children can compete against each other or complete their own timed skills trials – I will be able to see clearly areas in which they need more focus and how many minutes they spend online. If you do not have access to the internet at home, please let me know and we can arrange a time for your child to complete it at school. If your child has misplaced their login details, let a member of staff know and we can give you a copy.

Helping to enrich our topics

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, we would love to see and hear about them. We are also looking for parent readers during the morning!

Forest School

Our class will be having Forest School sessions once a week on a Monday. Please make sure your children have their full forest school kit, including waterproof clothing and wellies.

School trip

We hope to go on a school trip this term, linking to our topic, and will be sending letters out in week one. Please let me know if you would like to be a parent helper!

Reminders

Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled and bring a coat for any wet weather.

Many thanks, and I hope you have a great term!

Mrs King

Reading at School and at Home

I could sound out the word

dog
sweet

I can miss out the word. Then I could read on to the end of a sentence and then go back and check what would make sense.arrows

I look for smaller words in words.

butterfly
cat
handwriting

I talk through my ideas, thoughts and feelings about what I am reading so I understand it.

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When I read I imagine what is happening and create a picture in my mind.

2

I use the pictures to help me.

3

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Questions you could ask your child about their learning this term

  • Can you name any dinosaurs?
  • How long ago did dinosaurs live?
  • How have the continents changed from when the Dinosaurs were alive?
  • Can you count up in your 2’s/5’s/10’s?
  • What is a fraction?
  • Can you name the months of the year?

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