Welcome Back! We hope that you have all had a fantastic break and are feeling relaxed and ready for a new and busy term ahead. The children made a fantastic start to the academic year last term and we are sure this will continue as we begin a new and exciting topic. Please remember if you have any questions or concerns to speak to your child's class teacher.
This term we will be exploring all things sweet and yummy! Our theme has an emphasis on History and we will be learning all about the history of chocolate. We will also be exploring important manufacturers of chocolate within the local area and learning about the history of chocolate around us. In art, the children will be exploring the artist Sarah Graham and will be using different media to create their own sweet inspired masterpiece.
Within English, our main texts will be 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' by Roald Dahl in Year 2 and 'Jack and the Jelly Bean Stalk' by Rachel Mortimer in Year 1. We will be writing imaginary recounts based on what we have read. We will focus on the first person and using past tense. The children will also be writing instructions about making a delicious treat with a focus on time connectives and imperative verbs.
As we come to the end of the term and closer to Christmas, we look forward to Year 1 putting on their Christmas production of the 'Higgledy Piggledy Nativity'. We also get to enjoy listening to Year 2s wonderful singing at a carol service at our local church.
Homework Tasks and Expectations:
Please also read the latest newsletter for further details of home work tasks starting this term
Please continue to read with your children as much as possible. We recommend short daily reading opportunities and regularly rereading familiar books. We do expect children re-reading the same book three times per week to help to build fluency and develop sight reading skills. It is also important to remember to ask simple questions as you go as this will help children's comprehension. These could be about what has just happened, how a character is feeling, why they choose to do something or what might happen next. It is also important to discuss new vocabulary with children.
If your child finds phonics difficult, it is really important that they regularly recap the learnt phonemes from their phonic sessions in school (these will be shared on a regular basis). This helps children overlearn the phonemes and supports them in recognising the phoneme as graphemes which not only supports fluency in reading but is really important for writing too.
Useful Websites & Apps
Websites for additional learning opportunities:
Below is a list of useful websites that can support you and your family during this time:
Websites that offer interactive games:
Websites for Reading Support:
Children have individual log ins and passwords
Useful Youtube Channels:
These are useful apps that we have used in school which we encourage you to use as required at home. Some of these are free but will need you to make an account whilst others are paid apps.
Teach your monster to read
If you discover something really useful that you think others might enjoy, please share with us so that we can share the links and information with our school community. Thank you for your continued support.