We hope that you have all had a lovely half term following the fantastic start to the year that the children have made. Hopefully you have all managed to rest, relax and recharge ready for a busy term ahead!
The Great Fire of London!
Wow, Term 2 already! This term, our topic will be based around 'The Great Fire of London'. We absolutely love this topic and we are excited to share it with you as we explore a huge historical event from 1666. As part of this topic we will be exploring the events that unfolded during the tragic fire and creating a timeline of the events, exploring the life and significance of Samuel Pepys and his diary, understanding how the great fire came to be and ways we are kept safe these days as well as creating observational drawings of typical tudor houses. We will be inspired in our literacy work to create our own diaries, write setting descriptions and in remembrance of bonfire night we will be exploring the gunpowder plot and creating some firework poetry. This term we will also be preparing for a special Christmas performance of 'Baubles' which we are excited to share more about with you in due course. What a busy term ahead!
Homework Tasks and Expectations:
Please continue to read with your children as much as possible. We recommend short daily reading opportunities and regularly rereading familiar books- this can really 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.
Phonics & Spelling
If your child finds phonics difficult, it is really important that they regularly recap the learnt phonemes from their phonic sessions in school. This helps children overlearn the phonemes and supports them with recognising the phoneme as graphemes which not only supports fluency in reading but is really important for writing too. Below are some links to some simple videos with Mrs Elford to help your child recap phonemes for phase 2, Phase 3 and Phase 5. Practising this daily as part of reading opportunities can really help make fantastic progress. We recommend that your child watches it once to listen and repeat and then mute the video to say the sound that Mrs Elford is holding up!
As we continue to prepare for the phonics check we have decided that this will be our weekly homework focus. The task has been designed to enable children to practise their segmenting and blending skills and each week they will have a new set of real and nonsense words. The aim is for children to draw sound buttons and bars (if they need to) to help them to segment the sounds in a word i.e. d- o- g before they blend the sounds to say the word as a whole. You may print the sheet if you want to or simply get children to write the word down before adding sound buttons and bars and reading the word. Please note: these tasks do not need to be returned to school. Below is a short video which explains sound buttons and bars which your children will be used to but may support you at home too :)
Week 2 (12.11.2021)
Week 3 (19.11.2021)
Week 4 (26.11.2021)
Week 5 (03.12.2021)
Week 6 (10.12.2021)
Should your child need to self isolate due to themselves or a member of the family displaying symptoms we have provided opportunities that mirror the learning that would be happening in school. Please remember these are proposed learning tasks and we recognise that you may not complete them all on set days and you can access them as you need to across the week in ways that support yourselves and your families and feel free to revisit older tasks if you need to.
The 'overview' will explain what resources are needed and what the task entails and provide a screenshot of specific learning resources that could be used but remember to be flexible and allow your children to complete tasks as they are able to. We do not expect you to print resources to use, they are merely here as a guide or screen prompt and you are free to use paper from home or your previous home learning book should you have it.
'Resources; that you need are accessible from the 'Resources' link. This will download a zip file with everything you need and the resources mentioned in the overview. NOTE: This works best on a laptop or a computer. If you are accessing via a tablet or phone you may not be able to download the folder so please use the year group email and someone will respond ASAP.
Equally as important as the home learning we set, we encourage allowing your children to pursue and investigate their own learning tasks incorporating their interests as well as life skills such as cooking, cleaning or even gardening.
If you have any questions or problems, remember to email using our year group emails (Y1@paulton-inf.bathnes.sch.uk or Y2@paulton-inf.bathnes.sch.uk) and put your child's name and class in the subject line where a member of the team will respond as soon as possible. Take care!
Week 1 (WC 01.11.2021)
Week 2 (WC 08.11.2021)
Week 3 (WC 15.11.2021)
Week 4 (WC 22.11.2021)
Week 5 (WC 29.11.2021)
Week 6 (WC 06.12.2021)
Week 7 (WC 13.12.2021)
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.