In Autumn 1 our topic will be...Enchanted Woodland
If you go down to the woods today you’re in for a BIG surprise. Foxes and badgers, voles and mice, beady eyed owls in the swaying tree tops. Beneath the leaves are tiny footprints – animal or imp? You decide. Deciduous or evergreen? Can you match a leaf to its tree? Can you match a petal to its flower? Let’s build a den, stick by stick and branch by branch. Or we could make a teeny tiny home for a woodland fairy. Then let’s party down in the woods with Mr Fox and all his woodland friends. We’d better not get lost. Let’s leave a trail of conkers as we go. At last, it’s time to rest by the woodland fire, listening to stories and toasting our sweet, gooey marshmallows. Yum, yum.
To support your children's learning this half term it would be great to visit our local woodlands like Sherwood Forest or Sherwood Pines. Can they spot the deciduous and evergreen trees? Can they spot animal habitats? What enchanted stories can they imagine? Feel free to send in some photos of your visit to share with us!
In Class One we love to read for pleasure! This half term we will reading a variety of popular stories set in the woods like The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's child. We will also read tradition tales like Little Red Riding Hood too, as well as learning about the legend of Robin Hood!
In RE this half term, we will be learning about Celebrations in the Jewish faith, including important stories like David and Goliath and the Lion's Den. We will finish our RE topic learning about Hanukkah. As part of our whole school Christian worship we will also be celebrating the Harvest Festival.
In RSHE the children will be learning to 'Be Yourself', learning about what makes them all unique and special and why our differences make us marvelous! In the words of Piglet - "The things that make me different, are the things that make me, me!" We will practice talking about our feelings and knowing that all feelings are normal and okay.
Read Write Inc - Phonics and Spelling
At Kneesall School we use the Read Write Inc. scheme for Phonics and Spelling. It is a very popular and successful literacy programme. Your child will learn to read in a very simple way. He or she will learn to:
1. Read letters by their ‘sounds’
2. Blend these sounds into words
3. Read the words in a story.
The sounds are split into 3 sets and children read books that contain sounds that they have already learnt to enable them to build their confidence and therefore read more fluently. Fluency in reading is very important as it allows the children to focus on understanding what they are reading rather than having to focus on decoding to read.
First, your child will learn to read:
• Set 1 Speed Sounds: these are sounds written with one letter: m a s d t i n p g o c k u b f e l h r j v y w z x and sounds written with two letters (your child will call these ‘special friends’): sh th ch qu ng nk ck
• Words containing these sounds, by sound-blending, e.g. m–a–t mat, c–a–t cat, g–o–t got, f–i–sh fish, s–p–o–t spot, b–e–s–t best, s–p–l–a–sh splash
• Red, Green and Purple Storybooks.
Second, he or she will learn to read:
• Set 2 Speed Sounds: ay ee igh ow oo oo ar or air ir ou oy
• Words containing these sounds
• Pink, Orange and Yellow Storybooks.
Third, he or she will learn to read:
• Set 3 Speed Sounds: ea oi a-e i-e o-e u-e aw are ur er ow ai oa ew ire ear ure
• Words containing these sounds
• Blue and Grey Storybooks.
Children will learn an associated phrase for each of the set 2 and 3 Speed Sounds to help to remember them. (Please see attached document below).
Each daily RWI lesson consists of a Speed Sound lesson, a chance to practise reading words from their current book, an independent read of the current book and a writing activity based on the book.
One book last for three days over which children also learn about grammar and do comprehension activities linked to the book.
The Oxford Owl website has loads of really useful resources to help you support your child:
In Year 2, as the children come to the end of the Phonics scheme, they start the Spelling scheme. This looks more closely at spelling, for example different ways of spelling the same sound.
Maths in Key Stage One
In Maths we teach the different areas in blocks. These blocks are: