Welcome to 2B’s Class Page!
Class Teacher: Mrs Bones
Support Staff: Mrs Monk
Note(s) for parents:
We are very excited to begin our ‘Castle’ themed unit of work. Below is a curriculum newsletter that outlines what we shall be studying during this half term.
With kind regards,
Mrs Bones and Mrs Monk
Parent Curriculum Newsletter
Our school has chosen Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised as our new systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) programme to teach early reading and spelling.
Please click on the link below which will take you to the parent support page for phonics information
You will be set a weekly spelling test that you will need to practice for at home. The test will be on Friday. To make this more engaging you may wish to use the look, cover, say, write, check method, create your own word searches or make up your own humorous or memorable mnemonics (eg. because – big elephants can’t always use small exits) to help you remember those more challenging spellings.
To begin the new term, we shall be listening to your child read regularly using stage books. In guided reading, we shall use a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts to support your child’s reading comprehension skills. Some of the skills that we shall be focusing on are:
- Using their ‘fastest finger’ to locate words and information within the text.
- Using titles, subheadings, pictures and paragraphs to make predictions.
- Explaining characters thoughts, feelings and actions using evidence found in the text.
- Discussing the sequence of events that occur in a story.
- Encouraging the reading of a variety of genres to engage and excite your children to read as well as to expose them to a diversity of stimulating and new vocabulary.
Please read with your child for five to ten minutes, fives times a week. Use the reading VIPERS below to support questioning. Questioning when reading with your child is fundamental at this stage in their reading development to help your child develop their comprehension skills as they become more able to read fluently.
My Classroom Ethos
I am a huge fan of the psychologist Carol Dweck. In my classroom, I promote a positive learning environment using ‘Growth Mindset’ techniques. Below is a poster for parents of growth mindset ideas that you might wish to use at home. I particularly love ‘The Power of Not Yet!’ If you have any worries or concerns about your child, I will be happy to meet with you. Please make an appointment with the school office (01708 457019). Please be aware that COVID health and safety restrictions may apply when visiting our school.
Online safety is very important to us at Scotts and we will be teaching online safety throughout the school year and at some points explicitly in our lessons. We will share the acceptable use policy with the children in September. Below is a copy for you to view.
We will set maths homework on Mathletics and may send home some additional work if we feel that it is required.
When counting or practicing times tables with your children at home, please remember to count forwards AND backward. This is vital to their knowledge and understanding of number patterns.
Below is a document of helpful hints to support your child with maths at home and some maths mats that show some of the objectives your child will be learning in school.
Our PE day is Monday (indoor) and Wednesday (outdoor) during the autumn term. The children can wear their summer PE uniform until the October half term. Please remember to REMOVE earrings on PE day.
During this half of the autumn term, children can wear their summer uniforms. However, we do get unexpected cold days so please ensure your child comes to school with a jumper or cardigan and a coat for drizzly days. If your child wears shoes that have laces, they must be able to lace them themselves. Otherwise, we ask that you buy velcro shoes.
Please provide your child with an art apron or an oversized tee shirt to protect their school uniform.
No Outsiders lessons
At the beginning of the spring term, we read the book 'All Are Welcome' and made models of ourselves. We used these to show that 'All Are Welcome' in our class!
Most recently, we read the book 'Can I join Your Club?'. We learned about accepting differences and how to welcome different people.
We have recently made habitat boxes in design and technology.
Aren't they fantastic?
We used different materials to create a background and floor. Also, we made some 3D models from air-dry clay.