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Year 1 and 2 (Hamilton, Backshall and Banksy)

STAFF

Key Stage leader:  Mr De-Keyzer (Hamilton Class)
Teachers: Mr Townsend (Backshall) Miss Simpson (Banksy)
Cover Supervisors:  Mrs Marriott
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Stokes and Mrs Stevens 

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We use Monster Phonics to help us teach phonics. Watch this video to find out more.

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WHAT WE ARE LEARNING

This term we will be learning about children's authors.

Class

Topics

What could I do at home to help?

Hamilton

Backshall

Banksy

Identity and diversity  

This topic will involve us looking at what makes us special. We will also be looking at the geography of the local area and comparing it with areas further away.

To help discuss with your child things such as; what makes them unique, what your family special.

You could also get outside and explore the local area. Looking at maps of places you have been and of Marden would be a great start in the fieldwork skills that we will be teaching.

HOMEWORK

We give out homework sheets at the start of the term and expect one to be completed each week. Don't forget to record each time you read in the yellow reading record!

REMINDERS

Please name all your child’s clothes.

Please tick/write a comment if you have shared your child’s home reading book or any other reading activity at home.

Please ensure that children have correct PE kit including a tracksuit or jogging bottoms and jumper for outside PE.  Can you also check that children have correctly fitting trainers (outdoor PE) and plimsolls (indoor PE).

BLUE CONTACT BOOK

Please use this book as a point of contact. Let us know if your child is feeling unwell, or if someone different is collecting them etc. We will use it to communicate general information. If you have any questions or concerns pop a note in the contact book and we can arrange a time to meet to discuss it.

DAILY INFORMATION

  • Playground 8.30-8.45 am
  • Playtime and fruit snack 10.10 am                 
  • Lunch 12.00-12.25 pm
  • Playground 12.25-1.00pm

PE

  • Backshall - Monday and Thursday
  • Banksy - Monday and Thursday
  • Hamilton - Monday and Thursday

BOOK CHANGES!

The children have set reading book change days which are Monday and Thursday so all home reading books and record sheets.  If books need to be changed outside of those days, the children will need to ask an adult who will then let them know when it is convenient for them to do so.

Sometimes, children choose to read their own books instead of school books.  This is fine.

HOW YOU CAN HELP YOUR CHILD AT HOME         

Read with your child daily or as often as you can.  Support your child’s phonics development by playing phonics play activities or simple eye-spy games linked to the phonemes.  Support homework activities but please try to allow the children some time for independent work within homework tasks too.  Numbot is also a great website/app for the children to play whilst supported by an adult.

LINKS

www.phonicsplay.co.uk -  (username: marden password: phonics)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/8_9/habitats.shtml