Welcome to Wrens!
We are a mixed class of 30 Year 1 and Year 2 children. Our class teacher is Miss O'Hara and we are supported by Mrs Patel.
Our PE days are Monday and Tuesday. Can we please make sure children have a full PE kit in school which is named. If your child wears earrings, can you make sure these are taken out on this day.
Homework will be given out each Half Term and will include activities linked to previous and current learning. Your child can choose which one to do each week and bring it into school.
Spellings will also be sent home each Thursday for the children to learn and they will be tested the following Thursday. Please help your child learn them so we can get them all right.
Reading books are changed every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We like to read in Wrens and ask that our grown-ups to listen to us read at home and comment in our diaries so we can get our book changed.
We have a special reading scheme to encourage reading and we receive prizes for reading certain numbers of books. We really enjoy this! If you have any concerns please call in to see our teachers.
Phonics is very important as it supports your child with their reading and writing. Each day the children will have a phonics lesson where the children will learn to use segmenting and blending skills to read and write words.
In June, every child in Year 1 will sit the 'Year 1 Phonics Screening'. This will test your child's ability to use their phonics to read real and nonsense words.
Please try and support your child at home with their phonics. Below you will find a link to free games the children can play to help them with their phonics.
Please ensure that you listen to your child read, daily if possible, to help them to progress. We will change your child's book on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. If we feel your child is ready, we will move them on to a more difficult level. It is very important that you also do other activities with their reading book, for example:
* Ask questions about the pictures
* Talk about what has happened
* Discuss the character names and how they felt
* Predict what will happen next or how the story might end
* Find your favourite part of the story
* Retell the story with or without the pictures
Remember to write in your child's reading diary so that we know about all the hard work that is going on at home!
This is what we do in school and it would be brilliant if this could be continued at home!
Dates for your diary
Tuesday 25th February - Back to school
Monday 2nd March - Book Week
Thursday 5th March - World Book Day (Dress up)
Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th March - Parents Evening
Friday 20th March - Super Athelete Day
Monday 23rd March - Science Week
Friday 27th March - Special Author Visit
Friday 3rd April - Finish School for Easter
What have the Wrens been up to?
Photos will be added throughout the year so please keep checking!
We have been following instructions to make Halloween Pizzas in English. We even got to eat them! Yummy!
The children all came to school wearing numbers in different ways. Some children had football tops, others had numbers on their clothes and some children decorated their clothes!
In class we thought of what maths meant to us and the children came up with some fantastic ideas. We did lots of activities including patterns, writing numbers to 100, playing Beetle Drive, playing Connect 4 and creating an image of ourselves which a friend had to copy to show symmetry.
Chinese New Year|
To celebrate Chinese New Year, we all came to school wearing red. In class we did lots of activities including food tasting, creating our own dragon decorations, writing our names in Chinese and learning all about why Chinese New Year is celebrated.
In Maths, we have been looking at measurement.
We have been focusing on capacity and using equipment to measure out liquid using ml. Here we are making our own 'Fruit Cocktail'.
We had to decide how much liquid we would use of each juice. Then we had to measure all the liquid using measuring jugs before we could taste our delicious drink!
For our WOW Science investigation, Wrens wanted to see if we could make water walk. We made a prediction before we started, thought about how we can make it a fair test.
The children were all very excited to see what would happen!
Victorian Food Tasting|
Wrens have been tasting foods that may have been eaten during the Victorian Era. We tried toast with marmalade, plain rice, porridge, cheese and even sardines!
The children enjoyed tasting the different foods and some of them enjoyed the sardines so much they had seconds!
Wrens have been really enjoying our Victorian role play. We have been dressing up in Victorian clothes, acting out as a Victorian teacher and playing with Victorian toys.
In English, we have been using our 5 senses to describe Christmas. We have been tasting, smelling, feeling, listening and looking. We will use our describing words to write a senses poem.
To finish our learning of the Victorians, the Wrens stepped back in time to the Victorian Era. We attended Victorian School for the day, wore Victorian clothes and had Victorian names given to us. In the morning, we started off the day with a nail and shoe inspection. Next, we had a drill in the hall. Then, we had handwriting on chalkboards with chalk and a timetables chant. In the afternoon, we had a sewing lesson followed by technical drawing. Throughout the day we followed Victorian School Rules. We had to stand when an adult entered, we weren't allowed to put our hands up, we lined up in girls and boys lines and we had to sit up smartly at our tables with our hands on our laps. We really enjoyed the day and learnt lots about how school was in the Victorian Era.
This half term we will be learning about explanation texts, non chronological and poems. We will be learning and reciting some Spring poems and locate features including rhyming words. After that we will write our own poems with rhyming words. We will then be learning more about Explanation Texts, improving our writing and using features such as present tense and using lots of different conjunctions! We will then be focusing on non chronological reports where we will explore different features and sentence openers.
This half term is also book week. We will spend all week doing lots of fun learning on the Graham Carter story 'Otto Blotter Bird Spotter'. We will take part in role play, complete writing and maths activities and also some music and art!
In Maths we will be improving our understanding of number, comparing and ordering. Year 2 will even be rounding numbers to the nearest 10! We will continue our learning on different measures and solve problems involving the four operations. After that, we will begin to find fractions of amounts and equivalent fractions and also learn more about position, direction and time (to 5 minutes).
Our Theme this half term has been created with the children and their interests. 'Castles, Knights and Dragons' will look at St.George and consider why he is still remembered today. We will then observe castles and the different featuresof a castle. Job roles within a castle and what castle life was like and use this to make comparisons to jobs in the present. Then will move on to looking at dragons. We will design and create a dragons eye in Art using pencil tenchiques and then we will make our dragons eye using clay. We will use different tools and techniques to add patterns and texture.
In computing, we will be looking at coding and understanding algorithms and how they are used. We will look at creating and debugging simple programs.
We will be identifying and naming a variety of common animals. The children will create their own animal using the features of others and looking at how animals are the same and how they are different. We will then use our knowledge to group animals into category and think about whether they are carnivore, herbivore or omnivore. Year 2 will expand on this and look at animals and their offspring, find out about an animals basic needs and look at the importance of exercise and food types to be a healthy human.
We are following the Lancashire scheme of work and will be learning more about Althetics this half term. Focusing on games and rolling a ball.
In RE, we are learning more about Islam. We will learn about rituals and prayer in Islam and reflect on how we show grititude.