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St Giles C of E Academy

Growing Together

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Welcome to Class 2 

Teachers: Mrs Best, Mrs Burton and Mrs Mitchell

Teaching Assistant: Miss Curtis

 

Our Christian Values 

RESPECT, LOVE, HOPE, FAITH, CONFIDENCE & GROWING TOGETHER.

This half term's Topic :  Wacky Weather

Key Enquiry: Who Put the Colours in The Rainbow?

 Here are some of the amazing texts we will reading and have in Class 2 thanks to generous parents, friends and businesses who have generously bought Class 2 books to support our learning journey via the Amazon Wish List on Amazon.

You can still gift Class 2 a book via our Amazon Wish List by clicking on this link.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/HCUY75IW7W39/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1?_encoding=UTF8&type=wishlist 

 

 

 

Key information

School starts  - 8:45am

School Finishes - 3:05pm.

 

P.E DAYS - Tuesday and Wednesdays  

Due to Covid-19 we are currently asking that children attend school in their P.E kits and return home in them. They do not need to bring their school uniform on these days. Please take note of the weather on PE days and ensure that your child is dressed appropriately

 

Lunch Times & Packed Lunches 

All KS1 children are entitled to a free school meal. If your child requires a school dinner, this can be ordered in school, the same day by the class teacher. At the moment, there is not an option for dinners to be pre-ordered at home. If your child does not wish to have a school dinner then they can have a packed lunch from home.

Homework

Optional homework and spellings are sent out every Friday and usually due in the following Friday.  Please do support your child in completing homework and spellings as this will help them develop in all areas of their learning. We will log with your child their spelling score in their planner which is why we ask that the planners be brought into school daily. 

 

Weekly Spelling Practise

In addition to learning how a word is spelt, when practising spellings the children need to be able to explain what the word means, be able to write it in the correct context of a sentence and an extension is thinking of synonyms to match to a word. E.g lovely – wonderful

Communication with your Class Teacher and School

To ensure Covid-19 guidelines are adhered to we are asking that communicate be communicated via the Class Dojo messaging system. Your child's class teacher will do their best to back to you the same day during school hours. If you need to notify the class teacher of an appointment, medication or an upcoming holiday you can do this via Class Dojo. 

 

Each child has their own planner. The planner is the second point of contact between you and your child’s class teacher. It will be school policy that children will enter their classroom independently, this is to ensure our school’s Safe Guarding Policy is being followed correctly and is in accordance with measures but in place due to Covid-19. To ensure they can do this please make sure your child has their coat, water bottle and book bag ready. If you feel a matter is urgent please send a message on Class Dojo or ask for an appointment, during these times appointments will be over the telephone where possible.

 

Reading  

We expect and encourage the children to read at home at least three times a week and this be recorded in their planner. There is a designated space in your child's planner for both parents and teachers to log when your child has read. Children should be reading books from both their reading level from school and reading more challenging books of their choice for pleasure. It is important for children to be reading with parents so that vocabulary can be discussed and questions can be asked about the story or text that they are reading. School reading books will not be changed unless we see a signed note from a parent to do so. 

In addition to reading a physical book that your child has brought home with them, your child has their own Reading Egg account. (the login details are in the front page of planners) It's a great place where children can play reading games in a fun and engaging way to further develop their reading ability. Here is the link to explain all about it. https://youtu.be/eYYg15i9O9I

 

Reading Race 

All children will take part in the Reading Race. Children have their own car and it will moved by a member of staff when planners are checked on a daily basis. This is why we require parents to sign in a planner when a child has read, so that we may celebrate with the child and move them on in the Reading Race. 

Once the child completes the Reading Race they can pick a prize form our prize box!

 

Book bags

Please ensure book bags and planners are brought to school and returned home each day. This helps with communication and letters so you are up to date with events happening within school. It also means that reading books are being read and swapped regularly.  

 

Water bottles

We will send water bottles home every day due to bottles not being able to be cleaned properly in school. Children can rinse out and refill bottles during the day with fresh drinking water.

  

Promoting Independence

 

Promoting independence and active learners is a huge part of the curriculum and as your child moves through school it is essential we encourage them to be as independent as possible in their attitude towards learning as well as in their own self independence.

Please help promote your child’s independence this year by;

 

  • reminding them about homework and spelling deadlines (every Friday).
  • teaching them to be responsible for their belongings.
  • helping them to understand why learning is important.
  • teaching them how to tie shoelaces.
  • learn your 2, 5 and 10 times tables and then the 3 times tables.
  • learn how to tell the time and know the times of key events in the day.

 

 

 

Class 2's Home work 

This term's spellings 

 

 

 Class 2's Medium Term Plan for Summer E Term 

Reading Eggs 

Reading eggs is an amazing online reading programme that your child has access to!

Reading Eggs makes learning to read easy and fun — and it really works!

The programme includes activities, games and books that match your child's ability and feature fun characterswonderful songs and interactive animations.

Your child will feel motivated to learn with exciting rewards and enjoy over 2500 beautifully illustrated e‑books.

Your child's login to access reading eggs is stuck in the front page of their planner. We will be using Reading Eggs in school but we also recommend using it at home as much as you can to further develop your child's reading skills. 

 

 

 

 

Times Table Rock Stars 

 Each child in Class 2 has a username and password for TTRS, it is stuck in the front of their planner . This is a really fun website and app that can be used at home, as well as in school to practice speedy recall for times tables facts! It is fun and allows children to compete with each other, other classes and even us as teachers! In Class 2 the expectation is that children should be fluent with their twos, fives and tens. Once they have mastered those, we move on to our three times tables. 

 

 

 

 

St Giles have invested in such fantastic Maths and Reading resources to support children's learning at home!

We really would like you to use TimesTables Rockstars and Reading Eggs as a fun and interactive way for children to enhance and expand their learning. These can be used on all devices such as laptops, tablets and phones for children to complete the games and different learning activities.

 Childrens log in's for these are stuck in the front of their school planners. Please get in touch with us via Class Dojo if you can not find these. 

Topic Homework 

From time to time we may do topic based homework to enrich the children's knowledge of a subject, this is likely to be history, geography or science based. In the form of gathering research, creating a poster or carrying out an experiment. 

  

Supporting your children - Common Exception Words

We regularly work on learning to sight read the Year  1 and Year 2 High Frequency Words. The idea is that by the end of the academic year, hopefully children can sight read the majority of these words. To support your child, every child has their own 'Word Book'. Every child's list is different and once a child has successfully learnt to sight read all the Year 2 words we challenge them and move them on to the next year groups High Frequency word list. This way, all children are challenged and their learning journey is tailored specifically to them. We currently have some children in Class 2 practicing Year 4 High Frequency Words. Use the list below as a guide for the Year 2 words. 

It is also extremely useful to discuss the meaning of the word in addition to practicing saying it. We instill the importance of recognizing the meaning of words so that the children then have the confidence to use the new words they have learnt in their own writing. 

Your child's word book will be sent home with them every day. We suggest practicing sight reading these words daily.. If your child can read the word give it a tick. If they are not confident with a word leave it for the next day and try again. When a child receives 3 ticks we will give them a new list of words.