Teacher: Mr Daniel Bashford
TA: Miss Smallman
Year 2 children will be sitting the KS1 SATs tests in both reading and maths during the week commencing the 20th May. We have had lots of practise and everyone knows what to expect when we sit down to have a go at the papers. In Otters' Class, we will be sitting the papers in small groups with an adult. The children have all been working so hard, and I am sure the SATs will show off all of their fantastic achievements so far in their education.
Year 1 will be sitting their phonics screening during the week beginning the 10th of June. This will test how well the children can decode a range of words by sounding them out and blending the sounds back together again. It is therefore really important that the children know all of their sounds in preparation for sitting the phonics screening.
Children will need to read 40 words from a colourful booklet which will be completed on a one to one basis with Miss Williams.
Our topic for this term is based around 'Seasons and the weather'. We will be looking at seasonal changes and what this means for us, the environment, animals and of course the changeable weather.
PE Kit and Wellies!!
Please can you ensure your child has a named PE kit in school on Wednesday and Friday, to ensure they can get the very most our of their PE sessions.
If possible, please could you send your child in with Wellies/old shoes and a coat so they can fully participate in our Outdoor Learning sessions. This is particularly important during the winter months, as our field can get quite muddy. Thank you!
A normal day in the life of an Otter!
Our day usually starts with activities out on our tables in the morning, linked to the children’s current learning, followed by Wake and Shake, Maths, Phonics then English. During the afternoon the children will have a guided reading session and then move onto other areas of the curriculum such as science, geography, RE, PE, ICT and art relating to the current topic to ensure that the children's learning is contextualised, thus making learning meaningful and memorable.
Our afternoons currently generally consist of:
Tuesday: RE with Mrs Jones
Thursday: Art/Topic with Mrs Jones
We continue to have open mornings on a by-weekly basis and I am available to discuss any queries you may have during these sessions.
Homework in Otters' class will cover a range of learning including writing, maths, reading and creative activities linked to topic themes. Homework will be based around an outcome, rather than specific individual tasks, to make sure everyone can have a go at different activities revolving around the topic we are covering.