Aztecs Class - Year 2, 3 & 4

Welcome to Summer 2017!

Who can believe it's the last term already, what an amazing year we have had at Easton so far. Neither of us can believe how fast it has gone. This term we are learning about animals and their habitats. A brilliant topic with so much to explore. We will be visiting Colchester Zoo on the 9th of June - look out for the payment on ParentPay soon. 

The year 2 children have now sat their SATs and they did such a great job! They have made so much progress through the year, thanks for all your support at home! These only contribute to the overall assessments made by Miss Rivera and Mrs Murray. 

Year 3 and 4 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 Aztecs 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.

What should my child be doing at home?

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 will also be sending 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 3 and 4 will be expected to complete 2 reading reflections a week. Year 4 are expected to write longer, more detailed reflections on their reading. For every reading reflection or reading entry completed and signed by an adult the children earn a sticker, when they have earned 21 they can choose a reward from the bag! These come from Tiger and there are some lovely bits in there thanks to Mrs Murray! 

It would also be beneficial for the children to continue to ‘master’ their times tables at home. The times tables tests are really working and the children are enjoying seeing their sticker charts fill up! They are much more relaxed about their progress now too and accept that it takes more than one week to learn all their times tables! 

Year 2 need to know : 2, 3, 5,10 times tables

Year 3 need to know: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10 times tables.

Year 4 need to know: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 times tables

Children will have a times tables test every Tuesday in class. We will be sending home a letter about this shortly.

Children will also start to receive Mathletics homework once a week. This will practise and reinforce our learning in class. 

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). This terms 'Big Think' is yet to be confirmed. Thank you for the support we have had so far with the 'Big Thinks' - we have had some truly amazing projects and the children have presented what they have learnt so beautifully. This has really supported their learning in lessons as they have such a wide understanding of the topic. 

 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.

Children are also bringing home their =spelling log books, or their spelling folder if your child is in year 2, these support our daily spelling programme and the children should be practising these words at home, ideally three times a week. These words are made up of the statutory spellings and any spellings your child has found difficult during the week. They will be tested on these every Tuesday. If you would like advice or want to discuss this at all please see Miss Rivera or Mrs Murray. 

Can I help in the classroom?


Yes Please! We are always looking for volunteers in the classroom who can help out with individual reading and testing times tables! If you are interested please find me for a chat.

 

What are we learning?

This half term we have continued looking at Roald Dahl and have been enjoying reading his stories. We also wrote our own versions of Fantastic Mr Fox, these are on display in our classroom and are excellent stories, please feel free to come and have a look. We have also been looking at writing animal poems ahead of our topic next term, animals and their habitats. We have written our own anthologies using the handwriting skills we have learnt. The presentation is exceptional and the children have included two poems they wrote themselves and four that they really loved.  

In Maths this term we have been focussing on fractions, these are getting really challenging. We have been learning to use bar models to help us find fractions of amounts and matching fractions to decimals, as well as finding equivalent fractions. 

Our new topic is Animals including Habitats, we will be looking at a range of animals, where they live and how they are adapted to their environment. We will be kicking off our topic with a trip to Colchester Zoo on the 9th of June and we will be having a talk about habitats from the zoo's educational team. A very exciting way to start the topic. 

We are continuing with spelling and handwriting every day, we have seen a huge improvement in the children's presentation across the curriculum and their spelling has vastly improved. 

Please ensure that children have their full PE kit for a Thursday afternoon. Viola lessons will continue on Mondays if your child takes part in these and recorder lessons will be on a Wednesday. Please make sure your child has their recorder and books. We will also be continuing with Yoga on Mondays which the children really enjoy. Year 2 and 3 will continue swimming lessons on a Wednesday afternoon at Framlingham College after half term.  

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.

Best Wishes
Cat Rivera and Helen Murray

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From an Aztecs Point of View...(2015-2016)

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 Spelling City 

Mathletics

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Oxford Owl