Autumn 2 newsletter

Our Autumn term 2 topic is… Heroes and Villains
Welcome back, we hope that you have enjoyed the break and are ready for what will be a very busy half term.
Our Autumn 2 topic is ‘Heroes and Villains’. During this topic we will be doing lots of exciting activities themed around both fictional and non-fictional superheroes and villains. As part of our history lessons we will be learning about Guy Fawkes and Grace Darling, as well as the meaning of Remembrance Day. In addition, we will be visiting the National Emergency Services museum in Sheffield and seeing how the fire, police and ambulance services have changed over the years.

English: In English this term the children will be looking at a variety of both fiction and non-fiction texts. All of the books we look at will have a common theme of Heroes and Villains. The children will be learning to read key words and short sentences. They will also be learning to write short stories about the text we have read. We will be reading, writing and performing poetry, as well as reading the book ‘Superworm’ and will complete writing activities based around the story. We will be paying particular attention to how letters are correctly formed, how to spell simple words using phoneme mats, how to make writing more interesting by using adjectives and how to punctuate with capital letters, full stops and finger spaces.

Approximately every three weeks, the children will complete a ‘Big Write’ session designed to showcase what they have been learning about spelling, punctuation and grammar in previous weeks. These are displayed on the ‘Our Work is Incredible’ wall. Please feel free to take them down to read with your child at their table.

In maths this term, we will be focusing on addition and subtraction, as well as learning about number bonds and representation of number.

Your child will receive new spellings to learn every Wednesday. Please support them to practise these spellings ready for their spelling test the following Wednesday. When returning the spelling sheet, please place it in the clear homework wallet on the wall outside the classroom and place a tick next to your child’s name so that we can keep a running record of homework returned. We have found that the best strategy is to keep the spelling sheet right up until the day of the test so that the children can continue to practise their spellings at home. Thank you for your support with this, we really do appreciate your help.

Reading at home
Although we teach the children the skills to help them to read, it is essential that they have the chance to practise these reading skills at home. On Fridays it is reading morning and we will be rewarding the children who have read 3 times a week at home with a sticker and a star on the class chart. The children with stars every week will be rewarded with a certificate and a prize at the end of the term. If your child does not want to read their school reading book every evening at home but reads another book, a recipe, a poster, a comic or their lines for a play for example, just include this in their reading diary and it will go towards their ‘3 times a week’ reading sessions.

Classroom Helpers – Are you interested in helping in the classroom? Any help would be much appreciated. If you are interested in listening to the children read, accompanying visits or helping out with making resources, please see Mrs Edwards, Mrs Hill, Mrs Silcock or Miss Martin.

Dates for your diary.
Mon 6th Nov Parents’ evening Tue 7th Nov Parents’ evening
(Please sign up for a slot on the grid outside the classroom)
Fri 17th Nov Children in Need
Tue 21st Nov National Emergency Services Museum trip
Thur 23rd Nov PE event at Queen’s Park
Fri 1st Dec Christmas decoration morning
Tues 19th Dec Class Nativity performance to parents
Thur 21st Dec Class party