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Elf Class (Year 1 and 2) 

Summer Term 2019

Elf Class Term 6

We hope you have all had a wonderful half term break and would like to warmly welcome you all back to Term 6, our final term of this academic year. We are hoping for lots of sunshine during this busy but fun packed term!

In English this term we will be using the story ‘I am Squarehead’ by Simon Frank during our learning. We will be using the story to help us to write descriptively, including designing our own settings and writing persuasive letters. We will be taking part in a range of different activities which will build up to us writing stories and making our own books.

In maths we will be revising all of the things we have learnt this year, helping our Elves to get ready for their next adventures in year 2 and year 3! This will include re-visiting the four operations (+, -, X and ÷), properties of shapes, fractions of shape and amounts as well as statistics (collecting and interpreting data).

Our science focus is animals including humans and will involve us looking at animals and their babies, how humans change as we grow up and keeping healthy.

Topic this term is all about discovery and will see us explore a wide range of exciting activities including space, maps and dinosaurs with a few surprises as well!

Our P.E. lessons continue to take place on a Wednesday, however we would appreciate it if P.E. kits could be in school all week for any additional activities that may take place. We also request that all items of P.E kit (as with all school uniform) is clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Homework will continue to be given out on a Friday and will include either an English or maths task and will go alongside the times tables and spelling practise. These will be checked on a Wednesday. Well done to all our Elves on your fantastic reading at home, keep up the good work! We love hearing about all the different stories you have shared.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your help in supporting your child’s learning both at home and at school, which is invaluable to their continued progress. As always if you have any queries or questions please don’t hesitate to ask a member of the Elf team.

The Elf Team.

Mrs Dengate (Monday to Wednesday) & Mrs Speller (Thursday and Friday).

Ms Dawes – Teaching Assistant.

Mrs Smith – Teaching Assistant.

Mrs Whiting – Teaching Assistant

 

Elf Class Term 5

Welcome back to the Summer term, we hope you have all had a fantastic Easter break and that you have had the chance to enjoy the wonderful weather and plenty of chocolate! Term 5 is a short, but fun, packed term with lots of exciting events planned.

We would like to wish Ms Louisa Dawes a very warm welcome to Elf Class and Lynsted and Norton School. Ms Dawes will be supporting Elf Class in the mornings in her new role as Teaching Assistant and will be working across the whole school in the afternoons as our new Family Liaison Officer, Ms Dawes will be on the playground in the mornings so do come and say ‘Hi’!

We will be starting our topic of The Seaside which will see us learning about coastal locations both locally and further afield. We will also look at Seaside holidays and how they have changed throughout the years. The lives of people who live and work near the sea along with different sea creatures will also be part of our topic work. We will also be learning about different oceans around the world as well as the continents.

Our Science this term will be based on Everyday materials and we will be investigating different uses for a range of materials and their properties along with methods of recycling.

If you have any Show and Tell items that relate to our topics please bring them in to share with us, we would love to see them!

Homework from term 5 will now be a weekly activity which will be set on a Friday and will be due in the following Wednesday, similarly spellings and times tables will also be set on Friday and checked on Wednesdays. If you have any questions about the homework please ask a member of the Elf team.

Elf Class P.E continue to take place on a Wednesday and we would appreciate it is kits could be in school all week for any additional activities that may take place. We also request that all items of P.E kit (as with all school uniform) is clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Thank you for helping us by supporting your child’s learning both at school and at home, which is invaluable to their continued progress. As always if you have any queries or questions please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the Elf staff team.

Please click here for this term's curriculum overview.

The Elf Team

Mrs Dengate (Monday – Wednesday) & Mrs Speller (Thursday and Friday)

Miss Dawes – Teaching Assistant.

Mrs Whiting – Teaching Assistant.

Mrs Smith – Teaching Assistant.

 

Spring Term 2019

Please click here for the newsletter for the week ending the 22nd of March

Last week we had an amazing trip to Kent Life. We thoroughly enjoyed our workshops where we met the baker of Pudding Lane as well as Samuel Pepys, who was very funny! We used a quill and ink to write our very own diary entry just like Samuel and we had lots of fun at the adventure playground! A huge thank you to our parent volunteers who helped us to have such a great day.

Please click here for the newsletter of the week ending the 8th March. 

Elf Class Term 4

A very warm welcome back to what looks like being another busy and exciting term. We would like to say a huge well done on all the amazing home learning the children shared with us at the end of last term. We look forward to sharing a date for the next home learning showcase with you soon.

This term we will be learning all about The Great Fire of London in our topic lessons which will enable us to explore the events that led up to the fire along with the impact on the people who were living in London at the time.

Our Science activities will be based around plants this term; we will be looking at what plants need to grow well along with the different type of foods we get from plants. There will also be the opportunity for us to plant our own seeds!

If you have any ‘Show and Tell’ items that link to our topics this term we would love to see or hear about them on a Friday afternoon!

Our P.E. lessons continue to take place on a Wednesday, however we would appreciate it if P.E. kits could be in school all week for any additional activities that may take place. We also request that all items of P.E kit (as with all school uniform) is clearly labelled with your child’s name.

This term we are very excited to visit Kent Life on Monday 18th March, there will be more details around this trip sent closer to the time.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your help in supporting your child’s learning both at home and at school, which is invaluable to their continued progress.

As always if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the Elf Team.

 

The Elf Team.

Mrs Dengate (Monday to Wednesday) & Mrs Speller (Thursday and Friday).

Mrs Smith – Teaching Assistant.

Mrs Whiting – Teaching Assistant

 

Autumn Term 2018

Welcome to Elf Class

This year promises to be a fun packed and exciting year. 

Our topic throughout the term until Christmas will be Weather Watch and we will be thinking about different types of weather.

In English this term we will be learning to develop our sentence writing skills and beginning to use adjectives to make our writing more exciting and Year 2 children will be learning higher level punctuation skills. In Maths we will be revising our place value skills and learning the four rules of number and how to apply this to other areas of maths.  We will also be focusing on our Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs) as well as number bonds and times tables.

The children will take part in Physical Education lesson on Wednesday led by Andy Booker from Dribble and Kick.

 

How you can support your child at home

Read at home for at least 5 minutes daily.

Learn the Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs). These are mathematical facts that the children need to know. We have broken them down into terms and Year groups.  We will be working on them each week in class, but we would appreciate your child learning them at home too.  There are some good games to support the learning of KIRFs which you can find at conkermaths.org . Most importantly, keep it simple, keep it fun!  

Key Instant Recall Facts – Year 1 and 2 Autumn Term

Over half term you may want to spend some time investigating dangerous weathers as we don’t encounter many of these in England. This will help the children to better understand weathers such as hurricanes, flash floods and tornadoes.

Phase 3 Handwriting sheets

Number bonds to 20

Additional Information

Curriculum Overview - 2018 - 2019

Term 1 Welcome Letter

Term 1 End of Term Letter with additional sheets