Welcome to Chestnut Class
A couple of reminders:
- Please check ALL uniform and belongings are named: during the summer jumpers and cardigans often go missing!
- Your child needs a NAMED water bottle in school every day.
- PE continues to be on a Monday afternoon, so PE kits must be in school.
- Some children still need to bring in field shoes for play times.
It is very important that your child reads every day to somebody.
The children have been asked to have a reading book in their tray, one that they are reading at home, whether it is a school book or not.
Children should be reading for at least 20 minutes everyday with a grown up. Reading is a pleasurable pastime activity and a great way to spend time with your child.
Most of the children are now very competent readers, but some still need to build-up their reading 'stamina', so that they can really get into a story and enjoy it.
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE SHARE A STORY WITH YOUR CHILD REGULARLY TO HELP THEM TO FOSTER THEIR LOVE OF READING.
This term we will be revisiting all areas of our learning to ensure the children are really confident when they go into Year 3. Today we were reading scales on measuring jugs in ml; the scales went up in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s so we had to think very carefully.
We've been finding 1/2, 1/3 and 1/4 of amounts. This meant that we had to know our 3 x table. We found it really easy to count in 3s: ask your child to tell you about 'whisper, whisper, SHOUT!'
We have also practised our addition, e.g. 73 + 21 = , 32 + 28 = , 37 + 47 =
Also, the children enjoy practising their number bonds using this website:
Try this at home. Start with number bonds to 10, then try 20, then try the number bonds to 100.
This website will also help your child to practise their number bonds to 10: http://www.ictgames.com/save_the_whale_v4.html#top
This link is for your child to play Mostly Postie! http://www.ictgames.com/mostlyPostie.html
We'd love you to continue to practise time with your child. Here is a website link to a game called Hickory Dickory Clock we've played in class: http://www.ictgames.com/hickory4.html
Here is a link to Mathletics:
Your child's sign in details are in the back of their yellow Reading Record books.
In our writing we are trying to be more independent: we are sounding out our words really carefully and thinking hard about our phonics when we are writing ourselves.
Here are some fun phonics games your child may enjoy:
We have been learning handwriting patterns.
Please do remind your child about using the correct pencil grip when writing at home as some children are beginning to develop bad habits.
Correct pencil grip is very important.
Most children in Chestnut Class are aiming to use joined-up (cursive) handwriting in all their written work.
After Half Term, the children may bring an ink pen in to practise their writing before going into Y3 (no biros please).
Power of Reading
This term we will be looking The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl.
Punctuation is a major focus in Chestnut Class: all of Chestnut Class understand when to use a capital letter and a full stop, but they forget to use them. Therefore their written work does not make sense or show how clever they are.
PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILDREN TO WRITE AT HOME AND TO USE CLEVER PUNCTUATION.
I am being very strict about this now, to prepare the children for Year 3.
We have been learning that sentences can have different functions: there are STATEMENT, COMMAND, QUESTION AND EXCLAMATION sentences.
Your child should come home with new spellings in their green spelling book every Monday. Please ensure books are returned to school every Monday morning too.
These are the spellings we've been learning this term: