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Welcome to Year 1 and 2

 

Meet the Staff

 

Miss Boon – Class Teacher

Mrs Bates – 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.

 

 

Autumn 2 Topic

 

   

                   

 

This half term, we will be focusing on Traditional Tales. We will spend the next six weeks looking at Goldilocks and the three bears, Jack and the Beanstalk and The Gingerbread Man. We will be looking at what features must be included in a traditional tale and comparing those features to ones used in more recent texts, such as Stick Man by Julia Donaldson.

R.E.

 

       

 

 

We will begin this academic year by looking at Old Testament stories. This will give the children an insight into the stories and characters of the Old Testament.

This unit will also introduce the children to some important images of God found in the scriptures.

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.

 

 

 

  • All Y1 and Y2 children will have the Port Vale coaching team in to teach them PE on a Tuesday afternoon.
  • This half term the children will be starting swimming. Please note this does not begin until the week beginning 20th September, so until then, please send all children with their PE kits on a Thursday.
  • Year 2 children will be going swimming on a Thursday morning.
  • Year 1 children will be going swimming on a Friday afternoon.

 

 

All children will be required to bring their PE/swimming kits in on their PE day and get changed at school. For any questions regarding kit please contact the school office.

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

    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.

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