Maple Class (Yr 1 and Yr 2)

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Maple class have really enjoyed the beginning of our learning about Pirates. We have already learned about key Pirate vocabulary (Aargh!), Pirate maps, flags and a famous Pirate (Calico Jack). We have also been on a treasure hunt with Cherry class around Ditcheat. We are really looking forward to learning more about Pirates through our History and Geography work. We will also use our skills with the iPads and laptops to help research and record our work.

Our daily writing lessons will also work within the theme of Pirates. We will be exploring story writing and adding detail with descriptive language. We will also be looking in detail at letter writing (a message in a bottle) and how these are used to communicate with and inform the reader.

In Maths we have been working hard at improving the speed and accuracy of our mental addition and subtraction with 1 Minute Maths 4 times a week. We will also be learning about money, shape and time. We will be using lots of practical contexts and use the skills we have already learned to help in problem solving questions. We will also regularly re-visit key knowledge and skills. These include 1 more and 1 less, ordering numbers, counting in 2s, 5s and 10, as well as number bonds to 10, 20 and 100.

Within Science we are learning about Everyday Materials and how these are useful for us in everyday life. This includes the properties of materials like wood, glass and plastic, as well as what they are used for and how they can be changed by stretching, bending and squashing. This will help out Design Technology work where we will make Pirate Ships which need to be able to float.

PE is every Friday afternoon with Miss Alvis. We will be learning about Dance and working as a team through a variety of team games and challenges. Please make sure you have a full PE kit in school every Friday which is suitable to be work indoors and outdoors if the weather permits.


Key information:

Homework: Please return homework today to the red Homework book tray at the front of the classroom on Monday. Remind your child/ren to add any team points they have earned to the box when they return their book. Homework will then be given on Wednesdays and stuck into Homework books.

Spellings: The children have done an amazing job at learning their spellings so far! Spellings are give out by Wednesday each week and are stuck into their reading records. They are then tested on the following Monday. Any spellings in bold at the top of the list are spellings which were not spelled correctly in the last test.

Club tables (Year 2 only): Club table practice sheets are stuck into Homework books on Wednesdays. The children are then tested on them each Tuesday. They have 3 minutes to complete the questions independently. They will progress through the 2, 5 and 10 times tables before challenging themselves with the 3 and 4 times tables.

Reading: Reading homework will be in the children’s reading records on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays this term. Please complete these and sign to show it has been completed. Please do not feel limited to the reading homework and book that goes home. Any extra reading can be recorded here too and it is amazing to see the children reading around their own interests at home. The children usually get to visit the library every Friday and it is great to see how enthusiastic they are about taking home new books to read each week.