Welcome back to school! I hope you all had a good summer break and are ready to go!
Please ensure that children have their full PE kit for Monday afternoons. Recorder lessons are on a Wednesday and Mrs Freestone suggests that year 2 children practise for 5 minutes, three times a week whilst year 3 children practise for ten minutes, three times a week. We are pleased to say that yoga is back and the children have their yoga lesson on a Wednesday afternoon.
The year 2 children will sit their SATs in May 2019. These will be discussed more nearer the time. Throughout the course of the year the children will be assessed against the interim assessment documents published by the government and these will ensure that your child is making the progress they are capable of. You will be kept updated about your child's progress through reports and conversations.
Year 3 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. 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.
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 have also sent 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 2 and 3 will be expected to complete 2 reading reflections a week. These don't need to be long, just two or three sentences about what they have read. For every reading reflection the children earn a raffle ticket, at the end of the week I draw out 5 names to choose a prize from the box. The children have a sheet in their reading journals with some reading reflection activities that they can do. They are free to choose whichever tasks they like from this list.
I will continue to send out spellings each week and your child may come home with theirs on a different day to another child, this is because your child is working on different ones to others in the class. Your child will be tested weekly on their spellings. If your child comes home with their spellings on a Tuesday then the test will be the following Tuesday where they will either practise these spellings for another week or be given new ones, depending on whether they have learnt them or not. We have found the most effective way to learn spellings is look, cover, write, check and they should be practised about 4 times a week to ensure they have 'stuck'. If you have any questions come and ask as I am happy to help.
Year 2 need to know: 2, 3, 5,10 times tables
Year 3 need to know: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10 times tables.
We do our times tables tests on a Friday morning. If children get at least 36 out of 40 they can progress onto the next test. I'll let children know if they have passed their test, and which tables they need to begin learning for the next test. Parents can access the times tables tests in the link below and print off the sheet for their child if they wish to practise using the exact format we use in class. Times tables to commence after half-term. I will provide more information closer to the time.
It is worth noting that to support your child to achieve true fluency with their times tables it would be useful for them to practise their times tables in various ways at home, and not only practising using the exact test format we use in class. It might take them a little longer to get to the magic 36 out of 40, but they'll benefit in the long run by developing a more embedded knowledge of the times tables.
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). Stay tuned for this term's big think which will be out after half term. More information to follow shortly. These are a great way to deepen your child's understanding of a topic and they love sharing their knowledge in class.
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.
Yes Please! We are always looking for volunteers in the classroom who can help out with individual reading, spelling practise and testing times tables! If you are interested please find me for a chat.
We look forward to yet another jam-packed, exciting half-term. If there is anything you would to discuss we are available after school Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.