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Class 2/3L Newsletter – Spring Term 2015

 

I would like to welcome everyone back to school after the Christmas holiday. I hope you all had a wonderful and restful time and I am looking forward to another exciting term with lots of interesting topics and special events.

 

In Numeracy we will be working on:

  • reading and writing numbers to at least 1000 in figures and words and ordering and rounding to the nearest 10 or 100 and using this to check own calculations.
  • recording addition and subtraction calculations using different methods
  • learning the 3 and 4 times tables (and more) and learning to look for patterns to help deal with larger numbers.
  • recognising all coins and notes, using the correct notation for money and working out how much change is needed.
  • finding fractions of shapes and numbers.
  • using suitable equipment and units for measuring weight and length.
  • naming and describing a range of new 2 and 3 D shapes and learning about co-ordinates.
  • collecting information and then using it to make graphs and tallies.

 

Our class target in Numeracy this half term is reading, making and interpreting graphs and other ways of handling data.

 

In Literacy we will be undertaking a number of different reading, writing and speaking and listening activities. The children will be reading and writing about a number of traditional tales including myths and legends. They will have fun reading, writing and performing poetry which plays with language. They will also be reading different non-fiction texts including a range of instructions. A lot of our work this term will be linked to our topic work on water.

 

Our class target in Literacy this half term is to use a greater range of connectives instead of ‘and’ and ‘then’ and using different sentence openers to avoid repetition.

 

Both Year groups have two exciting topics in Science this term. First the Year 3’s will be investigating Forces, focusing mainly on magnetism and springs and after half term they will be learning about light and shadows. The Year 2’s will again be working with Mr. Hawkins. First they will be completing their topic on Materials and their Properties and thenthey will also begin a topic on Forces, this time focusing mainly on pushes and pull. Through both topics the children will undertake a number of experimental activities. Together as a class we will also be investigating the properties of water.

 

Our topic work this term has a geography focus, being based on water. We will be learning about the uses of water, rivers and the weather. We will also be finding out about natural disasters and the impact humans have on the environment. The children will be using maps, atlases and globes to identify different features.

 

Our art and design work will be based on a water theme. The children will be looking at the work of Monet and doing their own water colour paintings. They will also be investigating different dyeing techniques and sewing their own water creatures.

 

P.E. continues to be on a Tuesday and Friday but for this half term the children will be swimming as one of their P.E. sessions on a Friday morning. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for providing your child with appropriate clothes for P.E., both for inside and outside work in most cases.

 

In R.E. and P.S.H.E the children will be discussing how we work together and how stories are used in different religions. They will also be learning about the significance of Easter.

 

The children will continue to receive two pieces of home learning a week in addition to their reading and spelling. While the children are swimming, new spelling words will be given out on a Monday and the children will be tested in school on Friday. When the children stop swimming we will return to testing on a Thursday. Home learning will usually be based on the work done in Literacy and Numeracy that week but may include other curriculum work. Literacy home learning will be given out on a Monday and is due in on Thursday. Numeracy home learning will be given out on a Thursday and is due in on Monday. Please feel free to speak to me if there are any difficulties or problems.

 

We are lucky to have Mrs Cherington working with us as our Teaching Assistant every morning.  Mrs Dillon will continue to teach the children one day a week. This will be on a Thursday while the children are swimming and will move back to a Friday when they stop.

 

I appreciate all your help and support with P.E. kits, reading, home learning and trips. Please do not hesitate to come in and speak with me should you have any problems or queries.

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

Denise Lowry.