A guide to your child’s learning this half term.
Autumn Term 1 – Rec, Year 1 and 2
Mrs Berry and Mrs Sargen
In English, we will be completing various writing activities based on our topic of ‘Amazing Me – Superheroes’. We will be; finding and writing facts about superheroes (emergency service heroes); writing instructions on how to make a healthy snack for our hero (we will follow these instructions and make this snack in DT); writing captions for pictures; writing lists using commas; creating and describing superheroes and naming these, using nonsense words – this will reinforce our phonics to sound out words. This term in handwriting we will continue to spend a session a day focusing on letter formation, ensuring we are still forming letters correctly when writing words and sentences.
Reading will take place three times a week for year 1 and 2, Reception will work on key word and this will be reinforced daily. We will also have one session a week on guided reading. We will look at a range of text types and talk about the books to answer questions.
You can help your child at home by-
Ask your child to look at the key word spellings on the back of the books stages 1-5 Oxford reading tree and encourage them to have a go at spelling theses words…
Look at the word. Say the word. Cover the word. Write the word. Check the word.
In Mathematics, we will be learning to recognise numbers to 5 (in Rec), 30 (in Y1) and 100 and beyond (where appropriate in Y2) and thinking carefully about how we can partition these numbers into tens and units.
We will also look again at number bonds to 10 and 20 and will concentrate closely on related number facts e.g. 3+2= 5, 2+3=5, 5-2=3 and 5-3=2.
We will also be looking at doubling numbers and will continue to develop our addition and subtraction skills. These will all be covered with a range of practical learning activities.
You can help your child at home by-
Time and Place (History and Geography)
In Geography, we are looking at the local environment. We will think about all the things that make up the local area and use this to describe the earth’s features using geographical vocabulary. We will think about how we can take care of our village and discuss environmental issues.
We will be looking at Florence Nightingale in History as a continuation of our topic.
Science – In science we will be looking at our body and healthy foods.
DT – Designing and making superhero capes; making healthy foods for ourselves; superhero designing and painting.
Art – We will be looking at paintings by Vincent Van Gogh and we will create our own starry night picture.
RE – In our RE we will be looking at caring for each other and caring for our community.
PE – We will be looking at why we exercise and we will be doing multi skill sports.
Please help your child to complete weekly reading.
Please do not hesitate to contact staff at school if you have any questions regarding your child’s learning. Thank you for your support and we look forward to working with you and your child.
Your child will be taking their SATs tests during May 2019. We hope the information below will help you understand your child’s SATs tests in a little more detail.
What are SAT’s?
SATs (Standard Attainment Tests) take place at the end of year 2 and are designed to test pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the key stage 1 programme of study. All year 2 children across the country are tested in English and Maths and this gives the government a clear picture of what standards look like. It also helps parents compare their child’s progress with children of the same age nationally. This is the third year that a year 2 cohort has been tested on the new curriculum that was introduced in September 2014. Consequently, the testing process has been changed to previous years to account for this.
What will my child have to do?
Paper 1 – (30 minutes)
Paper 2 – (40 minutes)
English grammar, punctuation and spelling test (SPAG) – OPTIONAL
Paper 1 – short answers (20 minutes)
Paper 2 – spelling (15 minutes)
Paper 1 – arithmetic ( 20 minutes)
Paper 2 – reasoning ( 35 minutes)
What happens to the tests?
Tests are marked internally by the class teacher. Parents will be given a copy of their child’s test results and teacher assessments. The results of the school are used to inform school ‘performance tables’.
What do the results mean?
It is important to understand that children cannot ‘fail’ SATs. The information is used as a snapshot of where children across the country are currently working. Since the removal of the ‘old’ levels, the government has had to think of a new way of measuring attainment. From 2016 onwards, the raw score from each test will be converted into a scaled score and each child will receive an overall result indicating whether or not they have achieved the required standard on the test.
What is meant by ‘scaled scores’?
It is planned that 100 will represent the ‘national standard’. Each pupil’s raw test score will therefore be converted into a score on the scale, either at, above or below 100. The scale will have a lower end point somewhere below 100 and an upper end point above 100. A child who achieves the ‘national standard’ will be judged to have demonstrated sufficient knowledge in the areas assessed by the tests.
In July 2018 for the first publication of test results, each pupil will receive:
How can I help them at home?
In school, we will help support the children for them to achieve the very best results that they can. We have every confidence in them!
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Mr Beahan and Mrs Berry
Please find attached the presentation from the parents meeting in April 2018:
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