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Welcome to Year 1 and 2

 

Meet the Staff

 

Miss Boon – Class Teacher

Mrs Bates – Teaching Assistant

Mrs Parrish - Teaching Assistant

 

 

Our Class Saint

 

 

This year, our class saint in Year 1 and Year 2 is St Teresa of Calcutta or as many know her, Mother Teresa. She was a humanitarian and this meant that she did many things to help others. She devoted her life to helping the poor, the sick, the needy and the helpless. When she was 36 years old, she felt a call from God to help the people of India. She had very little support and overcame great challenges herself, including hunger and illness.

Later, St Teresa formed the Missionaries of Charity. She described the purpose of the Missionaries of Charity as an organisation that was to take care of all of the people wo are shunned by society. Today there are over 4000 nuns who care for people all around the world and follow in Mother Teresa’s footsteps.

St Teresa will guide us through this academic year as we strive to become more loving and compassionate to those people who are in need. We will listen for God’s calling and ask him to lead us in the right direction, helping anyone who needs us.

 

St Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us.

 

Feast Day - Saturday 4th September. We will celebrate this in school on Wednesday 15th September.

 

 

Spring 2

 

      

 

Our class texts for this half term are Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae,

Tiddler by Julia Donaldson and Lucy & Tom at the Seaside by Shirley Hughes.     

R.E.

 

             

 

We will begin this half term by focusing on the unit Easter. This unit will develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the season of Easter as a celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus. The children will understand the importance of the Resurrection and its message.

 

We will then move on to the unit of Pentecost. This will develop the children’s understanding and knowledge of        Pentecost as the fulfilment of Jesus’ promise to send the Holy Spirit. The children will learn about the coming of the Holy Spirit as a promised gift that brought about a change in the lives of the disciples and how we celebrate and receive that gift in our lives today.

 
 

Homework

 

To help with homework, I have produced a handy document that explains all of the homework that the children will need to complete. I will send this home with the children on the first day back. If you require an electronic copy, please drop me an email at rboon@olognewman.co.uk

  • Daily Maths homework will be four questions consolidating the week’s new maths learning. This must be completed by all children each evening.
  • Daily Literacy homework will support the development and enrichment of vocabulary. Words will be taken from class texts, stories read in school or key vocabulary from other curriculum areas. Y1 pupils should read and practise the words at home. Y2 pupils should use the words within a sentence and write those sentences in their literacy homework book.
  • Weekly homework - Children will also receive one piece of homework on a Thursday to be returned on Monday. This homework will be centred around Science, History, Geography, D&T, Art, French, Computing or PSHE, and will be rotated on a weekly basis. This can be completed on Purple Mash or in their purple homework books.  
  • Reading diaries – Children are encouraged to read at home daily (for at least 20 minutes) and are expected to have their diaries signed by an adult at least 3 times a week. Please note that unless the children’s diaries are signed to say that they have read, their book will not be changed (Y1 only).
  • For Y1, we change reading books on a Monday and Thursday. The children will each receive one phonetically decodable book that they can read independently and one shared book that is for you to read with your child.
  • Y2 children will be able to change their book once they have read three times and taken an accelerated reader quiz. If the children receive 100% two times, they will be moved up a level.
  • Spellings – Spellings will be given out on a Monday and tested in the form of a dictation on a Friday.

 

 

 

 

  • Our PE days are Monday and Tuesday.
  • All children will have Port Vale coaching team for PE on Tuesday afternoons.   

    For more information on what we will be looking at across the curriculum in Summer 1 please see the information sheet below.

    This week we have been looking at plants and now we are growing some cress.

    We had a wonderful time visiting the animals at Peak Wildlife Park and learning all about their habitats.

    In Science we have be learning about which of our senses is most useful for identifying flavour.

    We had lots of fun making book marks in our Craft Club.

    Ideas for books to be experienced.

     

    The Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse – Ursula Moray Williams

    Gobbolino the Witch’s Cat – Ursula Moray Williams

    Anna Hibiscus- Atinuke

    Burger Boy – Alan Durant

    Hue Boy – Caroline Binch

    Lion at School – Philippa Pearce

    Mrs. Pepperpot – Alf Proysen

    The Diary of a Killer Cat – Anne Fine

    A Sudden Puff of Glittering Smoke – Anne Fine

    The Magic Finger – Roald Dahl

    Fantastic Mr. Fox – Roald Dahl

    Dick King-Smith animal stories

    Winnie the Pooh – A A Milne

    Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf – Catherine Storr

    Jack and the Baked Beanstalk – Colin Stimpson

    Winnie the Witch series – Korky Paul and Valerie Thomas

    The Day the Crayons Quit – Drew Daywalt

    My Naughty Little Sister – Dorothy Edwards

    The Storm Whale – Benji Davies

    The Story Tree – Hugh Lupton

    The Bear and the Piano – David Litchfield

    The Colour of Home – Mary Hoffman

    Greenling – Levi Pinfold

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