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Term 1

Week 1

Week ending 8.9.17


How lovely to welcome the new Willow class back to school, looking bright eyed and bushy-tailed!


The children are settling quickly into the class routine and raring to go!


What have we learned this week?


'I learned to hold my pencil correctly.'

'I learned how to form my numbers correctly.'

'I learned to write the names of numbers.'

'I met Hector, the class dog and told him all about myself, because he was shy.'

'I learned to sort food into different groups: vegetables, fruit, meat and fish.'

'I started to make a symmetrical kite.'

'I learned how to play tunnel ball and 'the up and down freeze game'.'

'I learned how to log my dinner onto the interactive whiteboard and how to make an array of the names.'




Dear Parents,


Below is a guide to what your child will be learning in Willow Class this term. If you have any queries, please contact me.




We will be learning to read and spell words with long vowel digraphs, i.e.: ‘ee’, ‘ea’, ‘oa’, ‘o-e’, ‘ow’, ‘ai,’ a-e’, ‘ay’, ‘ie’, ‘igh’, ‘y’, ‘oo’, ‘u-e’, ‘ew’, ‘ue’, ‘oo’ (as in good). At the beginning of each week the children will be given spellings to learn, these will be sent home on Friday and tested the following Friday. We will be investigating the use of capital letters, commas and exclamation marks and using them in our writing. We will also try to make our writing more interesting by using connectives, such as suddenly, unfortunately, luckily, etc. Our text work will be based on fiction and poetry, with familiar settings and we will use non-fiction to look at instructions. Good letter formation is a priority, with Year 2 children practising a cursive style. Children are invited to take home a home reading book as often as they wish- please fill in the title and date in their home reading book, together with any comments about their reading. The children are invited to take Bouncer Bunny and his cousin Betsy, for a sleepover: they record what the bunnies do at home, in Bouncer Bunny’s Diary. They may also take Willow Bear home for a weekend visit.





Children are becoming familiar with reading and writing numbers over 100. They will count on in ones, twos, fives and tens. They will practise recording in number sentences, using +, -, =, x and division. They will learn to recall pairs of numbers that total 10 and 20 and addition doubles to at least 10+10, together with corresponding halves. Year 2 children will become familiar with multiplication facts of the 10x, 5x, 2x and 3x tables and deduce corresponding division facts. They will recognise odd and even numbers. We will also be looking at: length, 2D and 3D shapes, time, money and position and the associated vocabulary. We will recognise halves, quarters and thirds and investigate maths problems and puzzles. We will look at ways of handling data, including tables, bar charts and Venn diagrams.




We shall be studying ‘Animals, including Humans’, finding out about their needs and how they grow.




Our topic is Famous Events- we shall be finding out about Remembrance Day.






We are comparing a village in another country with Elham.






This term we are studying Christianity: the Creation and the parables of Jesus. We will be making a book of the Christmas story, linking with our Nativity play.





We will learn to use a word processor to improve the presentation of our work. This will include saving and loading work, editing and printing; we will use a variety of programs throughout the curriculum and produce artwork. ICT is used on a daily basis in Literacy and Numeracy, and where appropriate, in other areas of the curriculum





We will learn ball skills and develop these into playing football. P.E. is on Fridays. Please wear suitable plimsolls or trainers and bring a cosy top and trousers or a tracksuit to wear.




We shall investigate the sounds we can make, loud and soft, short and long, fast and slow and rhythm. This will develop into using percussion instruments to compose and perform music. Mrs. Hickman teaches the Ocarina, as well as singing and percussion on Wednesdays. We will be practising singing songs for the Nativity play.




We are investigating making different marks on paper and colour mixing. We will develop this into studying portrait painting and sculpture. In the second half of the term we shall be designing and making pop-up cards for Christmas.





Thank you very much to all the parents and friends of Elham School, who give up their precious time to help in Willow Class: your contribution is very highly valued. If anyone feels they can help with any area of the curriculum we would be delighted to hear from you!



Yours faithfully,




Genevieve Ferguson

September 2017





Term 1

Week 2

Week ending  15.9.17


We made the most of the fine weather and went on a conker hunt!


What else have we learned this week?


'I learned the 'ee', 'ea' phoneme.'

'I learned how to write 'ee' joined up.'

'I learned about homophones.'

'I learned to order numbers.'

'I learned to say a number in between a pair of numbers.'

'I learned about our new R.E scheme and the story of The Creation.'

'I learned that some foods are treats and some are everyday foods.'

'I learned the names of the seven continents and five oceans.'

'I learned how to hold an Ocarina.'

'I learned how to dribble a football.'


Star of the Week: Arthur for being quick to help in class and for always trying his best.