The children have been learning about the life of Hockney and exploring his art work. Our favourite was definitely collaging photographs, which is what Hockney calls ‘Joiners’.
The children had a great time at Harlow Carr Gardens, Harrogate learning about minibeasts and habitats linked our current science topic Living things and their Habitats. The children spent time exploring the beautiful gardens as well as pond dipping, which was really fun! Thank you very much for all our parent/grandparent helpers who gave up their time to come with us.
The children have been exploring ideas about what God is like. We have been discussing God in different forms, including God being like a King!
Class 2 have made the most of the lovely weather and been outside exploring micro habitats around our school grounds. The children then recorded what they found in a Pictogram.
The children choose their own books from the correct colour book box and then ‘tick off’ the books they have read from a sheet with a partner to help them.
Listening to your child read on a regular basis, for example 3 or 4 times a week really helps them to progress and your help is greatly appreciated.
It will be very helpful if you could please continue to do the following:
The test is every Friday. The children are tested on a specific phonic sound. For example, ‘igh’ in the word high. They may have already been tested on a specific sound before but we will revisit the sounds as they provide the children with good foundations of how to spell. On other occasions your children will receive ‘common exception’ words. These are just everyday words that children use when writing.
A quick reminder of good ways to practise learning spellings together:
On a weekly basis the children do BIG maths. This is a timed test and is a fun way to ‘speed up’ children’s arithmetic skills. They only compete against themselves to try and beat their own best score. Year 2 children will take their SATS tests in Spring 2019 and I will discuss this with parents at parents evening nearer the time.
Your child is working on their SMIRF targets. You can find these in the front of their yellow reading record book. Like last year, the aim for your child is to complete the targets to enable them to move onto the next planet. Instant recall of mental maths is really beneficial to your child’s understanding and further progress in maths. Please encourage your child to practise these on a regular basis, just 5 minutes is perfect!
This is a great website where the children practise their times tables (and the corresponding division facts). Each child has their own username and password to login (Year 1 children will be given their login details shortly). Hopefully all parents are aware of this site now but don’t worry if you’re not, just pop in and I’ll give you your child’s login details.