Learning this half term in class 1:
The theme of this half term’s learning is ‘Traditional Stories!’
In English, we will be completing various writing activities based on our topic of ‘Traditional Stories’. We will be; finding and writing facts about different Castles; writing a letter to The Giant – in writing we will be learning about Traditional Stories; writing a newspaper article using the book a ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ book as a stimulus; writing lists using commas; and creating and describing characters. In literacy for the coming topic we will be reading ‘The three little pigs’, ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’, ‘The Gingerbread Man’, ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves’.
This term in handwriting we will continue to spend four sessions a week 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 years 1 and 2. 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 these words. Also look at the word list for year 1 and 2 (if you need a new copy please ask.)
Maths/Number, Shape, Space and Measure
In Mathematics, we will be learning to recognise numbers up to 100 in year 1 and up to 999 in year 2. We will be thinking about the place value of these numbers how we can partition these numbers into tens and ones in year 1 and hundreds, tens and ones in year 2.
We will 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, which you could follow through at home: example looking at 10’s and 1’s using money. We will also look at 3D shapes, data, weight and measure. In reception we will be focussing on money, looking a value of coins and addition and subtraction.
You can help your child at home by-
Topic – ‘Traditional Stories!’
Science – we are learning about materials and their properties.
History/Geography – Local area study of Peveril Castle including a trip to Peveril Castle. History of a variety of other castles.
Computing – making a leaflet about castles and Traditional Stories.
P.E. – Extra Time – Multi skills and team games
Music – We will be looking at patterns and beat.
R.E. – Our planet – looking at how we care and respect the environment we live in.
Year 1 and 2 will have homework tasks set each week – one to reinforce English skills and one to reinforce maths skills learned in class that week. This will be given on a Friday and should be brought back in on a Wednesday. Your child will also have key word spellings to learn each week. Reception children should learn their letter sounds and key words. There may also be times when the children will also bring home a topic related piece of homework. Reception children will bring home 4 tricky words to learn to read and write each week along with sounds. The reception children will also have their diary work each week.
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 2018. 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: