Class 2

Our Learning

Autumn Term 2020

Welcome to Class 2’s Web Page. Here you will be able to find out all about the exciting things we have been doing in class. We hope you enjoy seeing this as much as we enjoy learning!

PE Days:

Class 2 will have their PE day every Monday. This means that children MUST come to school dressed in appropriate clothing. PE will usually take place outside if it is dry, so please ensure children have long, comfortable tracksuit bottoms/leggings, and a t-shirt and hoodie/jumper. All pupils must wear trainers or daps. 

Reading Books

Pupils will be given a new reading book every Monday. This must be returned by Friday to allow the books be quarantined for 48 hours over the weekend. Books are not to be returned to school before Friday. If any books are returned before Friday, they will be handed back at the start of the day.

Your child will be given a selection of words to practice at home. These must be taken out of their reading folder and remain in the house. Now more than ever it is vital that the children practice reading these words on a daily basis to help refresh and boost their knowledge.

When reading with your child, discussing the text is just as important as being able to read the words. Pupils must understand what they are reading and be encouraged to express their opinions and make predictions. When books are returned on Friday, we will be asking the children to recall details of their reading book to ensure they have a thorough understanding of what they have read. If your child cannot recall any details from the book, it will be returned home to be read again.

Google Classroom

In the current climate we are finding new and innovative ways to communicate and teach online. As time is limited at the start and end of the school day, we will be using a site called ‘Google Classroom’. This is where pupils will complete homework, and can be used as a message board of communication between teacher and guardian for any questions or concerns you may have. We are trying to limit the amount of letters that we send out to reduce items coming in and out of school. Twitter and the school’s website are also excellent ways of keeping up to date with news and events at Aberdare Park Primary School.

Pupils will be issued with log in details and taught how to explore this in school. Log in details will be sent home with your child so that you can start exploring this new way of learning and communication.

What to bring to school:

All pupils are permitted one bag to bring to school that must be able to hold their lunch box, drink and reading book.

Pupils must bring a water bottle as we are no longer using the shared water fountain at present. This must have your child’s name clearly written on it to avoid cross contamination.

Pupils may bring a snack for morning play time. This must be a healthy snack of fruit. Again, we ask that snacks be wrapped in a sandwich bag or foil with your child’s name on it to avoid cross contamination.

Pupils may bring a pencil case to school which should include a writing pencil, eraser, and colouring pencils. In year 1, there is no need to provide your child with ball point pens as we do not use them at this stage. Pencil cases should be kept small. They will be kept in school to avoid bringing items back and forth, thus avoiding cross contamination.

Lunch boxes:

At Aberdare Park Primary School we love to stay fit and healthy! Please help us to encourage the children to do the same by providing a healthy lunch. Please also be aware that we are currently adhering to strict time frames when eating lunch, so we ask that you avoid packing too much food for the children!

Children are not allowed fizzy/sugary drinks. Water is highly recommended to help the children feel refreshed and focused. A healthy, balanced lunch will provide the children with much needed ‘brain power’, allowing them to focus on their afternoon activities.

Our topic this term will be ‘People Who Help Us’.

People Who Help Us word Mat | Teaching Resources

Our Topic Map – Please click on the link below to view what the pupils will be learning this term:

People Who Help Us

Jolly Phonics

Across the Foundation Phase, we have introduced a new exciting phonics scheme called Jolly Phonics. Jolly Phonics teaches children songs and action that link with each sound. Every day we sing these amazing songs and have so much fun! Why not practice them at home too? Follow the video link below!

We do not only use these songs and actions during Phonic time, they also help us to read AND write! When we are writing, we segment the word into its individual sounds. For example cat> c-a-t,  shop > sh-o-p,  strong > s-t-r-o-ng. The children can segment the words orally and then use their actions and songs to help them find the sound on the corresponding sound mat (see below) to help them write. It is incredible how the children can apply this knowledge when reading and writing! When writing at home, try and have these available for your child when they are spelling new words and see them progress. 

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High Frequency Words / Tricky Words

In addition to sounds, children will also be learning to read ‘tricky words’. These are words that cannot be broken down into their known sounds. Children will need to learn to sight read these words and spell them correctly. We practise these on a daily basis with the children and have them on display for them to use when writing. It is also important that your child can recognise and read the tricky words in a sentence too – as this is where we find they find it difficult to apply their word knowledge. They may be able to sight read the word on its own, but when it is in a sentence and a different context, the children tend to forget that they have already learnt the word. Please practise these at home too and see if they can find the words in books!

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In Year 1, children are being introduced to cursive handwriting. This is where every letter starts on the line and also leads out. By learning this at a young age, it will aid them in finding handwriting easier as they progress through the school. When writing, we strongly encourage that you practice the right formation with your child at home too. You can see the expected letter formations below.