Year 1 & 2 Class News

Place value – representing numbers in different ways

Posted on Wednesday 30 September 2020 by Miss Harker

As part of our place value learning in maths, we have been using a range of models to represent numbers up to 20.

We use real life examples to demonstrate how 10s and 1s can be used. Here are 12 pens made up of one pack of 10 and two ones.

By seeing and making a range of representations, children are able to secure a deep understanding of numbers.

Most of the following representations focus on partitioning (splitting up a number into parts) a number into tens and ones.

The middle box on the bottom row shows 12 being made by cubes. The second picture in that box is to show how the cubes can be drawn. Children find it far quicker and easier to draw a long line to represent a ten than drawing a rectangle that is divided into ten squares.

Try using these at home to support your child’s learning.

Celebration certificates

Posted on Friday 25 September 2020 by Miss Harker

We’ve had another great week with lots of learning, being active and having fun with our friends.

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…

Tia – for super work in phonics. Your blending knocked my socks off!

For sport and physical activity…

Emily – for amazing resilience learning how to skip.

For living and learning…

Jayden – for being a responsible learner and an excellent year 2 role model.

Bagel bar

Posted on Friday 25 September 2020 by Miss Beatson

On Monday, our bagel bar will be opening at 8.30am. You can bring your child to school for a breakfast bagel free of charge. This will be available Monday to Friday until March 2021.

This is part of a Covid response under the National School Breakfast Programme.

Our school has signed up to receive free healthy breakfast food as part of the Covid response offer, under the National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP), which is being delivered by the charities Family Action and Magic Breakfast.

Reception, Years 1 and 2 will enter through the main door at the office. Years 3-6 will enter school through the playground gate as normal. Please remember to follow social distancing guidelines when dropping off your child.

We look forward to welcoming lots of children to our bagel bar next week!

Living and learning – 8 Rs for learning

Posted on Thursday 24 September 2020 by Miss Harker

We have been talking about the eight Rs for learning.

Our current class novel, After the Fall (by Dan Santat), enabled us to talk about resilience and how it’s important to keep on trying and not give up, even when things are tough. Our Talk Time homework also enabled children to share when they had shown resilience.

I found it really hard to skip but the more I did it, the better I got.

I showed resilience learning to do handstands on my trampoline.

We’re going on a habitat hunt…

Posted on Monday 21 September 2020 by Miss Harker

This half term, our science learning is all about living things and their habitats. A habitat is where animals and plants live. We explored different habitats around the school grounds and recorded the living animals and plants we found.

 

Celebration certificates

Posted on Friday 18 September 2020 by Miss Harker

We’ve had another great week in year 1 and 2. Thank you to everyone that emailed homework in. The children have enjoyed sharing their learning from home in class 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…

Umar – for having a positive attitude towards learning this week. You are an excellent year 2 role model.

For sport and physical activity…

Willow – for amazing moves and enthusiasm in Wake Up Shake Up (WUSU).

For living and learning…

Chloe – for being ready to learn and working hard.

Celebration certificates

Posted on Saturday 12 September 2020 by Miss Harker

The children have made a brilliant start to the year after such a long time away. I have been looking forward to this week for ages! All the children have settled and we feel like we know each other quite well already.

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…

James – for super work in writing, starting to join letters.

For living and learning…

Lily – for showing friendship to your new classmates.

Supporting reading at home in Key Stage 1

Posted on Thursday 10 September 2020 by Miss Harker

Children will be bringing home a reading book this week. These will be changed once a week to minimise books moving between home and school.

Please return books to be changed on Wednesday. We will quarantine books before putting them back in the system.

The ‘practise phonics’ book (sticker on the front cover) is for children to work on their ‘sounding out’ of words.

Please comment on how your child copes with the books as it may take me a little time to adjust and match books to each child. Year 2s will gradually move away from phonics books and have more freedom to be ‘free readers’.

Children will also choose a library book each Friday.

Help me help your child by reading anything and everything you can. THANK YOU!

PE days

Posted on Wednesday 02 September 2020 by Miss Beatson

Hopefully you have read the information in the Autumn for all – Key Info St James’, which also has a link to our uniform policy.

On the days your child has PE, they should come to school in their PE kit. (Track-suit bottoms instead of shorts would be good on colder days. Footwear : black/brown/grey/white flat shoes which are safe to run around in.)

Footwear on PE days could be children’s ‘school shoes’ which are often a ‘trainer’ style anyway, if you want to avoid having to buy 2 pairs of shoes.

Please find below the days each class has allocated PE times, which will be taught outdoors, except in extreme weather.

  • Foundation (Miss Marsden) – Wednesday
  • Year 1/2 (Miss Harker) – Thursday & Friday
  • Year 3/4 (Mrs Welsby/Mrs Rowley) – Tuesday & Friday
  • Year 5/6 (Miss Beatson/Mr Mills) – Tuesday & Friday

Class mascot named…

Posted on Friday 17 July 2020 by Mrs Latham

After all the votes have been counted, I can now reveal the name of our lovely dog will be… Slinky!

She is looking forward to having lots of adventures in our class. Have a lovely summer!

From Miss Harker

Slinky