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Happy New Year and Welcome Back to The Spring Term  !! 

Hello there and a very Happy New Year to you all!  I hope that you have all enjoyed your Christmas break and had a lovely family time! Thank you so much for your generous cards, gifts and Christmas wishes; it was really kind of you. We have an exciting half term planned with some great learning opportunities for your children.  The children were totally immersed (pardon the pun!) in our topic on the Titanic and became avid historians.  I was amazed by their knowledge and understanding of the disaster and how it impacted the lives of so many, especially those from different social classes.  They were outraged to discover that of the 50 children that lost their lives, 49 children were from steerage and one was from first class.  The highlight of our learning was our day spent at Liverpool Maritime Museum.  The children dressed in character and discovered even more about this historical event.

The teaching arrangements for this half term will continue to be me teaching the children on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and Mrs Tomlinson teaching on Wednesdays where she will continue to cover Science, RE and PE.  

Last half term we were fortunate enough to have Miss Oldknow join us as a student teacher.  She has settled in really well and has already developed super relationships with the children.  Miss Oldknow will be with us until 7th February.  Please find below an introduction from her:

"Hello, my name is Holly Oldknow. I am currently in my second year at Edge Hill University studying Primary Education, specialising in Early Years and Maths. I have always wanted to be a primary school teacher from a very early age gaining inspiration from my Grandma who was a primary school teacher for over 30 years. Last year on my placement at Chelford C.E. Primary School I worked in years 5 and 6, but this year I cannot wait to be working with Year 2 at Little Leigh! I have always wanted to teach in Key Stage 1 and really hope to teach this age group in the future as a full-time teacher. 

When I am not in University, I am a football coach for children age 18 months to 7 years for a company called Little Kickers, which works on developing children’s skills in football, as well as number and colour recognition, sharing, using their imagination and following instructions. 

I am so thankful for the opportunity to be working with a group of lovely Year 2’s at such a wonderful school!"

As always, on this page you will find lots of information, events and news about the class, our topics and most importantly the wonderful work we produce! You will also find important information about our daily routines, homework and dates for your diaries. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter where I will keep you updated with photographs of your child's wonderful work and other activities.

If you have any concerns, questions or worries please feel free to pop in and see me, either before or after school or you can leave a message via email, phone or in the class message book located in the school office. My door is always open.

Warmest Regards,

Mrs King

Please click here to view this year's curriculum map!

 

        Our New Theme For Spring Term 1 is...

          Rivers 

 

As Geographers...

We will be investigating rivers.  Our key question will be "Why are rivers wiggly and canals straight?" The children willld be taught to use geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features about rivers.  We will be able to name and locate rivers in the UK.  Alongside this we will learn about the importance of water safety.  As part of our learning, we will take part in a local study on a river and a canal so that the children will learn more about their own local environment.

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In English, our shared text is...

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This book, by acclaimed author Marc Martin will be taught thematically, providing opportunities to write a circular narrative and a letters.

As Artists and Designers...

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In Art and DT, we will be building on the skills required, as highlighted in the National Curriculum,  to develop the children's expertise in this area of their learning. We will be sketching images of local rivers using perspective with different materials. In DT we will experiment with weaving using different materials

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During our Create Week, the children will be given the opportunity to publish their wonderful work and create some wonderful art masterpieces.

 

As Scientists...

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Plants

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Science will be taught discretely this half term.  The children will be taught all about plants.  They  will become expert in labelling the parts and features of plants and will observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants.  Alongside this they will discover and describe how plants need light, water and the right temperature to grow and stay healthy.

 

 

 As Musicians

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I am delighted  to share with you that this term the children in Class 2 will be learning to play the ukulele.  Each Tuesday morning, Dan, our guitar teacher, will be coming into class to teach us all (me included!) to play this fabulous instrument!  I am so excited!!

 

 

As Mathematicians...

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  In Maths, as always, we will endeavour to thread our learning throughout all areas of the curriculum, making links where we can.  This half term will predominantly focus on multiplication and division.

To help your child's Maths learning at home, you can assist with times table recall (2's, 5's and 10's), using money and learning to tell the time.  Please click on the link below for an example of a times table game. 

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I am really looking forward to learning alongside the children!

 

 

Who is our class author?!!

Benji Davies

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We will be finding lots out about this wonderful author including the books he has written and compiling fact files about his life, influences and inspirations.

Embedded Calendar

Reading

During the week, all children take part in guided reading sessions both as a whole class and individually. Within these sessions we read a variety of extracts and chapters from stories. These sessions aim to develop word recognition, inference skills, comprehension of texts and fluency/understanding of the texts we read. 

There are also opportunities for the children to develop their love of reading during quiet reading sessions

In KS1 we strongly encourage parents/guardians to read at least 3 times a week and record a short comment in thier child''s reading diary about that reading session..

I am always grateful for any help with reading during school time if you can offer a couple of hours; it really does help the children's progress in reading and writing.

PE

This half term, our PE sessions will take place on Tuesday and WednesdaySwimming lessons will commence on Wednesday 26th February.  More information will follow.  Our focus in PE this term will be on catching and throwing skills Please ensure that your child has the relevant kit for their PE sessions..

Although our sessions are scheduled for these days, it is not uncommon for those to change due to other events in school so it is vital that all children have their kits in school on Monday and remain in school until the weekend. 

 

Homework

Homework is given on a two weekly rota. One week, English is sent home and the following week, Maths is sent home. It is given on a Friday and due in the following Friday. Please try to ensure that homework is brought in by the due date so it can be checked and prepared for the following week.

Learning Logs are sent home each half term.

Spellings are sent home weekly on a Friday and tested the following Friday.

If you have any issues regarding the homework set then please contact me via the message book or at the door and I will do my best to resolve the issue

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