Class 2 Letter Term 3 2018-2019

January 2019

Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils of Class 2,

 

Welcome Back! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas.

As you know Mrs Clark- Murphy will be starting her Maternity leave very soon. I am delighted to be joining St Peter’s to take on the teaching of Class 2 in her absence. Mrs Clark-Murphy and I have had a lot of time together to discuss the class and the progress they are making which has meant that we have been able to take all the necessary steps to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible and that the children continue to learn and progress throughout the rest of the year. Miss Collier continues to support the children in class 2 and Mrs Twiddle will continue to teach on Wednesdays. If there is anything at all you would like to discuss with me about your child’s learning please do not hesitate to contact me either making an appointment after school or by emailing me at pgawthorpe@st-peters-canterbury.kent.sch.uk.

 

Following our topic, ‘Out in the Ocean,’ in English, we will be starting off the year by reading some poetry from a variety of different poets about the ocean and ocean animals. This will really help us build our descriptive vocabulary which we will use when writing some short stories on this theme. We will also be continuing to develop our non-fiction writing by writing reports about different sea creatures and places around the world such as the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

 

Our maths lessons this term we will be concentrating on multiplication and division. The children will be using objects, pictures, numberlines and symbols to build their understanding of this as grouping and sharing. We will continue to work on ensuring that the children are not just able to remember facts or mathematical methods but can explain their reasoning. We will continue to build their understanding of how numbers work by looking for patterns.  Our times table test on a Friday will still take place. Although the format of this is changing slightly, the main focus remains the 2, 5 and 10 times table. Regular practice at home will help the children to feel confident when recalling these facts. A fantastic way to start practicing is by counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10 both backwards and forwards.

 

Science lessons this term will continue to focus on ‘Animals including Humans’. This will also link to our Out in the Ocean topic as we will be focusing on habitats.

 

Homework: Homework will continue to be set on a Friday and should be returned to school to be marked on the following Wednesday. Homework will comprise of either a maths or grammar activity to consolidate class 2’s learning. Each task should take no longer than 20 minutes. If it takes longer, feel free to stop them and we will talk about the work in school.

 

Reading: Children are expected to know when their home reading books needs changing and place them in the red basket at the front of the classroom first thing in the morning. We will endeavor to change their reading book on the day they give them in and send it home that afternoon. Please keep reading at home as much as possible, as it is absolutely integral to all aspects of learning. Guided group reading is every day, and we are lucky enough to have volunteers in during the week to hear children read individually. Thank you to those families that read regularly at home, it makes such a difference!

 

PE: This term Class 2’s PE lessons will be on Mondays and Thursdays. Children should have their PE kit in school every day and we will send them home at the end of term to be washed. Please make sure they have jogging bottoms as we will still be going outside for our PE lessons.

 

Spellings: Spellings are sent home on a Friday to be learnt throughout the week for our test the following Friday. Ideas to help practise spellings at home include:

  • Cutting out letters from magazines and newspapers to make the spelling words.
  • Writing them in different colours.
  • Typing them on the computer using different fonts.
  • Writing spelling words in capital and then lower case letters.
  • Writing out the words and then circling the vowels or consonants.
  • Drawing a picture to hide the spellings in.

 

Thank you so much for welcoming me into the school community. Once again, please do not hesitate to contact me if there is anything at all you are concerned about.

Yours Faithfully

Mrs Gawthorpe