Year 1 & 2 Class News

Christian Value: Friendship

Posted on Friday 30 October 2020 by Mrs Rowley

This half term, our Christian Value has been friendship.

We have thought about how we can be a good friend and what we can learn from the Bible about friendship. We learned that Jesus teaches us to be a good friend to all – he told a story about how the good samaritan was a friend to someone who was supposed to be his enemy.

In our reflection areas, we had two challenges: a friendship flower and how to be a good friend.

For our friendship flower, we thought about who was a good friend or someone we were thankful for and wrote or drew a short thank you thought or prayer for them.

We took the friendship finger challenge and thought about all the things that make a good friend. We thought about how we could be a better friend.

Foundation stage have also been learning all about our Christian value of friendship. They’ve created a friendship tree and friendship stones whilst thinking about the qualities they would like in a friend.

Look out for next half term’s Christian value: perseverance.

 

Living and Learning – mental health

Posted on Tuesday 27 October 2020 by Miss Harker

We have been looking at mental health over the last few weeks. Using mindfulness techniques (we like some of the Go Noodle ones) and talking about our feelings, moods and emotions is important. The SMILERS 7 steps to wellbeing is also a simple self-help guide.

Phonics – sound mats

Posted on Thursday 22 October 2020 by Miss Harker

At the recent parent-teacher consultations, a few parents asked about the sound mats we use in school. Children have been talking about ‘orange’ and ‘green’ sounds at home – which is great!

Here are the sound mats and below is a link demonstrating how each phoneme (sound) is pronounced.

Listen to the orange sounds here.

Listen to the green sounds here.

Celebration certificates

Posted on Friday 16 October 2020 by Miss Harker

It’s Friday again… another learning-packed week. The children are now able to choose a library book to take home on a Friday. We enjoyed reading and sharing our books outside today.

As we can’t have our usual celebration assembly on a Friday at the moment, I will be posting the certificate winners on here each week.

For great learning…

Teddy – for being an active learner. You often have your hand up and like to contribute in lessons. Well done!

For living and learning…

Honey – for being polite. You know that manners are important.

Phonics and the phonics screening check

Posted on Wednesday 14 October 2020 by Miss Harker

The phonics screening check determines how well a child can use the phonics skills they have learned in year 1, ensuring that they are on track to become fluent readers.

Next half term, the phonics screening check will be taken by all children in year 2. Year 2 pupils who do not meet the expected standard in the autumn check will take the statutory check in June 2021, alongside year 1 pupils.

The phonics screening check contains 40 words divided into two sections. Both sections contain a mixture of real words and alien words.

The children are encouraged to add sound buttons or use phoneme fingers to read a word.  Here is a video showing how we do this.

You can help your child at home by reading anything and everything!

Celebration certificates

Posted on Friday 09 October 2020 by Miss Harker

We’ve had another great week. I have seen fantastic progress in reading, handwriting and maths in just a few weeks. Keep up all the hard work year 1 and year 2! As we can’t have our usual celebration assembly on a Friday at the moment, I will be posting the certificate winners on here each week.

For great learning…

Liam – for great learning in all lessons this week, showing good concentration.

For sport and physical activity…

Ralph – Your attitude in PE and WUSU is fantastic. Well done!

For living and learning…

Lilly – for recognising how others are feeling.

Bagel Bar

Posted on Friday 09 October 2020 by Miss Beatson

Our bagel bar has been open for a few weeks now and the children have really enjoyed eating breakfast with their friends and it’s been a positive start to their day. The doors open at 8.30am each morning and  all children from Reception to Year 6 are welcome.

Words, words, words

Posted on Wednesday 07 October 2020 by Miss Harker

I have been spending lots of time teaching reading: story time, reading together (reading fluency), daily phonics lessons, vocabulary lessons, RIC (comprehension), individual reading, discussing books we have read, giving star ratings and lots more!

Being able to read and write the year 1 and year 2 common exception words is important to develop fluency. These words do not follow the usual spelling rules and so are sometimes tricky to read or write. They need to be learnt as whole words and just remembered.

We try to make learning them fun – singing the phase 3 tricky words song and phase 4 tricky words song for example! (This is a YouTube link. Top tip for watching YouTube with your child: go to the settings cog along the play bar and turn off autoplay – this avoids an inappropriate clip coming up automatically, and helps to discourage your child from passively watching clip after clip.)

Living and Learning: Mental health (I can talk about my feelings)

Posted on Wednesday 07 October 2020 by Miss Harker

We have begun a topic on mental health in our Living and Learning lessons. This week, we have talked about our feelings. They change all the time and don’t last forever.

Can you guess the emotions that the children were showing?

Celebration certificates

Posted on Friday 02 October 2020 by Miss Harker

We’ve had another great week. The children have learned about micro-habitats (very small, specialised habitats) so there will be some visitors in the topic area on Monday…

As we can’t have our usual celebration assembly on a Friday at the moment, I will be posting the certificate winners on here each week.

For great learning…

Leo – for great learning in phonics, showing good concentration. Well done!

For sport and physical activity…

Summer – for showing enthusiasm in PE this week.

For living and learning…

Christian – for listening to, sharing with and including others.