Year 1/2 - St Bernadette 2023 - 2024
Welcome to Year 1 and 2
Teacher: Mrs Murray
Class Teaching Assistant: Mrs Marnell
Additional adults supporting: Mrs Schorah
PE Days: indoor Tuesday pm and outdoor Friday am
Reading books sent home: Wednesday
To be returned: Monday
Homework sent home: Wednesday
To be returned before: Friday of the following week
This page will give you lots of information about year 1 / 2 as an overview. Our curriculum and the different topics we will be covering each term in each subject are found on the website class pages. We will post a weekly blog and photos on Dojo and use it's messaging service.
The team are always happy to help and answer any questions face to face, via Dojo or a message in the school office.
Reading is a HUGE part of our journey!
Reading books will come home on a Wednesday and need to be returned to school on a Monday.
There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:
A reading practice book. This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently.
A sharing book. Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.
Reading practice book
This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading.
Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.
In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together.
Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!
What is Maths No Problem (MNP)?
Maths No Problem is a series of textbooks and workbooks written to meet the requirements of the 2014 Maths National Curriculum. The Maths No Problem Primary Series was assessed by the Department for Education’s (DfE’s) expert panel, which judged that it met the core criteria for a highquality textbook to support teaching for mastery. As a result, the Maths No Problem Primary Series are recommended textbooks for schools.
Why use MNP?
The Maths No Problem approach is at the heart of this of our maths curriculum and adapted to suit our pupils. The textbooks are skillfully designed by expert authors. They contain carefully varied questions and examples which:
• Are easy for pupils to enter while still containing challenging components;
• Encourage pupils to think about maths;
• Deepen pupils’ understanding and reveal misconceptions.
The scheme has the concrete-pictorial-abstract (CPA) method at its heart which encourages children to use and discover through the use of equipment (concrete – such as cubes or tens and ones blocks), then they progress to representing this in picture form (pictorial) and finally moving on to the concrete stage which uses equations and mathematical symbols(abstract). The CPA approach allows all children to access maths and deepens their understanding of key topics, enabling them to make crucial links between topics and develop their mathematical thinking, ability and confidence.
NumBots is an online game and playing little and often will significantly improve your child’s recall and understanding of number bonds and addition and subtraction facts. These are critical foundations in maths so we are excited by the impact NumBots will have.
Autumn Term 1 Topics
RE: Creation and Covenant
Science: Everyday Materials
PE: gymanstics and games
Geography: Our Local Area
Computing: Everyday Technology
Autumn Term 2 Topics
RE: Promise and Prophecy
Science: Animals including humans
PE: Dance and games
History: Rememberance Day
Computing: Digital painters
DT: Creating a windmill
The children will bring home a weekly phonics consolidation sheet, an english and maths homework task and spellings. (Spellings will be sent home on a Friday and will quiz the following Friday.)
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