Welcome to Maple Class
Maple Class are a mixed Year 1 and 2 group. We will be taught by Miss Poole on a Monday and Tuesday and the rest of the week by Mrs Nightingale. Miss Lawes and Miss Ballard are our wonderful teaching assistants.
This term in English, we will continue our phonics and early writing skills, using Read Write Inc. All children's phonics abilities will be assessed and they will be put into appropriate groups. This will allow us to fill in any knowledge gaps.
The children who have completed the phonics programme will take part in our Talk 4 Writing and will be learning poems and looking at non-fiction texts, learning to write statement sentences and questions. We will be continuing to work hard to develop our handwriting skills, words being on the line, with spaces and towards consistent letter sizing.
In Maths, our main focus will be on Addition and Subtraction this term, continuing to look at numbers up to 20 and beyond. We will continue to develop our recording and investigative skills.
Homework is sent out each Wednesday on ClassDojo and due in the following Wednesday, this will alternate between Maths and English each week. Spellings will be set and checked the following week. Reading is very much encouraged every day, the children will have an opportunity to read and change books daily.
Our first topic this year is 'Castles', looking in particular at who, how and why castles were built. This is will be covered through History, Art, Design and Technology and Computing.
We have made a fact sheet that will be handed out at the start of the topic detailing what we will be learning.
Topic Fact Sheets can be viewed here:
We will also be welcoming Mrs Dudfield into class who will be teaching our Religious Education and SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education).
Coach Katherine from P and E Sports will be sharing her expertise teaching ball skills and games on a Friday afternoon and Miss Poole will be teaching Gymnastics to Year 1 on a Tuesday afternoon. Year 2 will enjoy Forest School with Miss Boulton. Please remember to send in a named PE kit that can remain in school and suitable clothing for Forest School.
We will also be continuing to use the online platform 'Class Dojo' this year. You will be able to see the awards your child has received for displaying school values and good effort in reading and homework. Class stories and homework set will also be posted here. This is a really good way to keep in touch with us whilst we have restrictions in place, for any concerns and questions you have.