Class 2 Letter Term 5 2018-2019

Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils of Class 2,
 
Welcome Back! I hope you all had a lovely Easter holidays
 
As you know from our discussions at Parents Evening this term is a busy one in Year 2. During May the children will be sitting the KS1 SATs. These are statutory assessments that help guide us as staff as to how your children are doing as they make the transition from KS1 to KS2. Although this may sound daunting, the assessments at KS1 are quite informal. The tests will be conducted over a number of days sometimes in small groups, sometimes in larger groups and sometimes individually. Although there are time guidelines, there are no fixed time limits and the timetable is flexible and will be adjusted to meet every child’s needs and to make sure that any stress is removed from the process. The children have done similar practice tests throughout the year and are well prepared for them. In Class we have been calling them ‘Secret Agent Training tests’ in order to make it a bit ‘fun’ for the children. It is important to stress that the results of the tests are only part of what will be used to determine where your child is at, at the end of the year. The final assessment judgement at the end of year 2 is a teacher assessment judgement made using a number of sources of evidence, including your child’s work in class and throughout the year and the tests in May are only a tiny part of this. As always if there is anything at all you would like to discuss with me about your child’s learning or about the SATS 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.
 
In English, we will be continuing work on narrative and will be writing some adventure stories based on the book ‘The Minpins’ by Roald Dahl. We will be inventing our own monsters and our own forest worlds.
 
In our Maths lessons this term we will be revising a lot of the work we have done over the rest of the year. In particular we will be focusing on problem solving and thinking about which operation suits a problem best. We will continue to work on our understanding of how numbers work by looking for patterns. Knowledge of times tables remains paramount, especially their tens, fives and twos. Our times table test always takes place on Fridays and regular practice at home will help the children to feel confident when recalling these facts.
 
Science lessons this term will focus on Materials and their uses. This will also link to our Great Fire of London topic as we will look at what is flammable and what is not.
 
Homework: Thank you so much for the enthusiasm with which you have taken on board the new topic homework. The children will have a menu of activities linked to our topic that they may try. They must choose one activity a week and return work on Wednesday for it to be sent home again on Friday.
 
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 Thursday afternoons. 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 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.
 
Yours Faithfully
Mrs. Gawthorpe