Year 1/2

Year 1/2 - Miss Bray

Welcome to the Year 1/2 class page!

We are an extremely hard working and enthusiastic class who love to immerse ourselves in learning.

My name is Miss Bray and I am lucky enough to be the teacher of this wonderful class, our teaching assistant this year is Miss Smith. We are a mixed class of Year 1 and Year 2 children.

World Book Day 2018!

Year 1/2 had an excellent World Book Day. We did some independent writing about our lovely costumes, made bookmarks and drew pictures. What a great day!

Reading Buddies

To encourage greater independence in learning, we have `Reading Buddies`. Children are paired up together to practice reading their school books to each other, their weekly spellings and also refining their cursive handwriting. Children are extremely focused and are enjoying the trust and independence they feel.

What is the phonic screening check?

The National phonic screening check is a statutory assessment that was introduced in 2012 to all year 1 pupils and is a quick

and easy check of your child’s phonic knowledge. It takes place each year during June.


What is in the phonic screening check?

It comprises of a list of 40 words and nonsense words. It will assess phonic skills and knowledge learnt through reception and

year 1. Your child will read 1-1 with a teacher. It will be your child’s current teacher so it is a familiar face. Your child will read

up to 4 words per page and they will probably do the check in 10-15 minutes. They will be asked to ‘sound out’ a word and blend sounds together. (The check is very similar to tasks the children already complete during phonics lessons.)


www.phonicsplay.co.uk

http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/2016-key-stage-1-assessment-and-reporting-arrangements-ara/section-7-phonics-screening-check

Reading Royalty

Reading is taken very seriously in our class. In addition to reading at school, reading at home has a huge impact on progress and I would ask that you read with your child at least 3 times per week. Children who read at home are then allowed to wear a `Reading Royalty` crown the following day. The children really love it!


Being on time...

I would just like to highlight the importance of being on time for school on a morning. Our learning begins straight away & by being late, children are missing vital information for the first session of the day.

All children need to be lined up by the bike shed at 8:50am.


Our New Learning

We will be studying some really interesting topics this half term. Here are just some of them:

-Florence Nightingale & Grace Darling

-Hot and cold places

-Kenya

-Plants

-Map work

Upcoming Maths Topics

Fractions

Multiplication & Division

Measuring

Time

Welcome back! I hope you have all had a wonderful break. I would just like to start by saying how impressed I am with how well the children have settled back into class after the holidays. They have been working exceptionally hard and I am so proud of every single one of them!



The Lady with the Lamp, by Paul Perro

Every child in our class has taken part in recording a line of our class poem. We think it sounds great!

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We just love reading in Year 1/2!

5 Times Table Practice!

We practiced our 5 times tables by jumping, hopping and leaping from one hoop to another whilst counting in fives. It was certainly memorable!

When Resilient Reader came to visit...

This is Resilient Reader, he is a character that helps us when we're working on our reading and comprehension skills. We use the skills he promotes in 1:1 reading, guided reading groups and whole class comprehension lessons. We loved it when he came to visit us, he especially enjoyed moving our gingerbread men on our reading race board!


Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the KINDEST of them all...

Our Kenyan Warrior Artwork

We used a watercolour wash and let the colours bleed together. We then used acrylic paint and a stencil to create our warrior silhouettes.

Florence Nightingale Scutari Hospital Role Play

The children are loving our new Florence Nightingale hospital area before and after Florence made her changes.

Health Day 2018

In our class, we decided to focus on not only a healthy body, but a healthy mind too. We talked about mindfulness and how it can help us to manage our emotions and make us happier. We made calming down bottles, sleep masks and we also did some yoga. During the afternoon, we got active and had a dance class. What a great day!

TESCO Gingerbread Workshop

In our Literacy lessons we have been working on Traditional Tales, one of our favourite stories was The Gingerbread Man. We absolutely loved it when Lisa from TESCO came into school to share some interesting facts about ginger. After, we decorated our very own gingerbread man!

PE Kit

In Year 1/2, our PE days are

Tuesday and Wednesday. Your child will need to bring in their kit on Monday and leave it in school until Friday. Our school PE kit is a white shirt, dark shorts or jogging bottoms and trainers or pumps.


Spellings

Spellings are given out on Monday and the test takes place on the following Monday.

Uniform

Please ensure that your child's name is written in all their

uniform, including their PE kit. Long hair also needs to be tied up during school times.

Our Transition Afternoon

On our transition afternoon we read a story called `You be you`. The book talks about how we are all different and that we should celebrate those differences. After getting to know each other, we created our own fish, each as different as we are. They are now swimming proudly on our classroom washing line.