Well what an amazing start to the year already. The children already have lots of work appearing in their books and are starting to settle in to the new routines and expectations in year 2 and 3. We have already been really enjoying our new topic for this half term - Volcanoes - the children have had so much to say about it and lots of questions too!
The year 2 children will sit their SATs in May 2018. These will be discussed more nearer the time. Throughout the course of the year the children will be assessed against the interim assessment documents published by the government and these will ensure that your child is making the progress they are capable of. You will be kept updated about your child's progress through reports and conversations but if you have any concerns in the meantime please feel free to come and see me. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday after school is best!
Year 3 will be assessed using the expected outcomes for their year group – you can find documents to support your understanding of this on the English and Mathematics pages of the website. You will receive a formal update of your child’s progress through these statements 3 times a year, however please feel free to find me if there is anything that you would like to discuss. In Dragon Class we do let parents know if there is something which your child may be finding more challenging and let you know ways in which you can help by providing you with a short note at the end of the day. A key message from the new curriculum is to develop depth of understanding rather than pace (i.e. the drive under the previous curriculum to push forward through levels).
Interim Assessment Document for 2016 - The document stating the intended outcomes at the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2)
Key Stage 1 Sample Testing Materials - A link to the sample materials for the Key Stage 1 tests.
It is important that the children experience reading at home as regularly as possible. Just five-ten minutes a day can have a tremendous impact on fluency. We have also sent home new reading journals, in the front is an insert that provides guidelines about the conversations you and your child can have about the text that they are reading. From this term all of Year 2 and 3 will be expected to complete 2 reading reflections a week. These don't need to be long, just two or three sentences about what they have read. For every reading reflection the children earn a raffle ticket, at the end of the week I draw out 5 names to choose a prize from the box.
I have started sending out spellings this week and your child may come home with theirs on a different day to another child, this is because your child is working on different ones to others in the class. Your child will be tested, weekly on their spellings. If your child comes home with their spellings on a Tuesday then the test will be the following Tuesday where they will either practise these spellings for another week or be given new ones, depending on whether they have learnt them or not. We have found the most effective way to learn spellings is look, cover, write, check and they should be practised about 4 times a week to ensure they have 'stuck'. If you have any questions come and ask as I am happy to help.
Children will also be expected to learn some of their times tables this year. I will send out letters about these in due course.
Year 2 need to know: 2, 3, 5,10 times tables
Year 3 need to know: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10 times tables.
The ‘Big Thinks’ will still be an important part of enriching the children’s education and a new task will be sent home each half term. If you ever have any questions please feel free to catch me (after school is best). Stay tuned for this term's big think which will be out shortly. These are a great way to deepen your child's understanding of a topic and they love sharing their knowledge in class.
If your child particularly struggles with a concept within a lesson we may ask for your support that evening at home. We will write this in their reading journal or homework book.
Yes Please! We are always looking for volunteers in the classroom who can help out with individual reading, spelling practise and testing times tables! If you are interested please find me for a chat.
This half term we are learning about volcanoes and we will shortly be starting a literacy project linked to this. We will be writing reports about volcanoes, in particular what happens when they erupt. Children will be expected to use apostrophes, use the correct tense and join sentences to make them longer.
In Maths this term we are focusing on place value and number. This ensures the children have a really solid understanding of the numbers they will be using throughout the year. Year 2 children are expected to be able to read, write and talk about numbers to 100, for example how many tens and units and split them up in different ways, like 57=56+1, 50+7, 40+17. Year 3 children are expected to be able to do the same with numbers to 1000.
We have begun our spelling and guided reading every day and we will be starting our handwriting programme soon, last year we saw a huge improvement in presentation and spelling across the school.
Please ensure that children have their full PE kit for a Tuesday afternoon and as the weather gets colder, joggers and a jumper would also be recommended. Recorder lessons are on a Wednesday and Mrs Freestone suggests that year 2 children practise for 5 minutes 3 times a week whilst year 3 children practise for ten minute three times a week. We are pleased to say that yoga is back and the children have their yoga lesson on a Monday afternoon.
We look forward to yet another jam-packed, exciting half-term. If there is anything you would to discuss we are available after school most days.