We hope that you have all had a wonderful Christmas break and have been able to relax and enjoy the festivities with your loved ones; making memories, eating lots of delicious treats and enjoying your wonderful new presents. We are now back for the new year where we have a busy term ahead and a super new topic to kick it off!
The Land of the Dinosaurs!
This term, our topic theme is called 'The Land of the Dinosaurs'. As part of this topic we will be learning all about the different time periods associated with the dinosaurs, finding out about different types of dinosaurs, exploring fossils and how they help us to learn so much about the past and exploring the life of Mary Anning who was known for finding ‘curiosities’ and helping the world know about the land of the dinosaurs! We will be inspired in our literacy work to create our own fact files, write setting descriptions and stories and explore poems linked to dinosaurs. What a busy term ahead but one we are sure you will love to sink your teeth into!
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.
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!
Spelling is an important part of Literacy and is a contributing factor in meeting Age Related Expectations (ARE). Particular attention is given to Common Exception Words which are words that the government feel all children should be able to read and spell by the end of KS1. Each week we expect that children choose between 3 and 5 words from the CEW lists to practise (you may want to start with ones that you find tricky or simply work down the list). To help remember the spelling patters we encourage the use of rainbow writing, pyramid writing or simply using a Look, Cover, Write, Check (LCWC) approach- what ever works best for you. As a challenge, we would like to see children using their chosen spellings in a sentence to practise applying the words to sentences. All Year 1 and Year 2 CEWs can be accessed using the links below.
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 03.01.2022)
Week 2 (WC 10.01.2022)
Week 3 (WC 17.01.2022)
Week 4 (WC 24.01.2022)
Week 5 (WC 31.01.2022)
Week 6 (WC 07.02.2022)
Week 7 (WC 14.02.2022)
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.