Class 2 Letters
Class 2 Spring class letter
Welcome to Class 2!
I would like to say how fantastically well your children have started the new school year and I have been overwhelmed by the way they have settled back in with such a happy and enthusiastic approach to all aspects of their learning. It is hard to believe that the Reception children have only just started, such is their independence and confidence. It is a real pleasure and privilege for me to have the opportunity to work with you all until Mrs Brown’s return to school.
Our topic this half term is ‘An Island Home’. We will be exploring the theme of islands through the tales of Katie Morag in Literacy. We will develop our geographical knowledge about the countries of the UK and the islands that surround it. We will be designing and making our own island. In Science we are looking at ‘Ourselves’ and will be identifying parts of the human body and investigating the senses.
We will continue with ‘share a story’ on a Thursday morning. This is a lovely opportunity for you to stay and read stories with the children for the first part of the morning until 9.15.
Please make sure your child has a pair of indoor pumps to wear in school and their PE kit. Please name everything- it makes it much easier to reunite items with owners!
As always, if there is anything you want to know, please do not hesitate to see Mrs Birks or myself, either at the beginning or at the end of the day.
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Reading in Class 2 - the Oxford Tree Reading Scheme.
The scheme of books begins with stories that reflect real life experiences. The first stage of the scheme concentrates on the language and the pre-reading skills that children need to become competent readers. It gives your child the opportunity to experience the stories and become familiar with the characters before moving on to the first story books with words at stage 2.
Stage One books tell a story through eight pages of lively, humorous illustrations, without any text. This will allow your child to learn how stories work, and the order and direction in which they read. The absence of any text will encourage your child to focus on the illustrations in order to find out what is happening in the story. By telling the story in their words they will be learning to use information they derive from the illustrations, and developing their oral skills.
When reading with your child, find a time that works for you both and keep sessions short. Don’t attempt to read with your child if they are feeling tired, but most importantly have fun! As always, please do not hesitate to come in and ask if there is anything you need to know.