A warm welcome to our class page!
Term 1 2022-2023
Hello everyone and welcome to the Woodpecker Class page. Myself and Mrs Stoneman are really looking forward to starting the new academic year with you all and we can't wait to hear about your time off over the summer and delve into our new learning for the year! Please have a look below to find any important information you may need for this term and more. There will always be updates on this page as they are needed and I will add the link to a post on our Class Dojo Page if there is something I think you need to see urgently. I will upload any Home Learning tasks and extra practise to our home learning page so do check that regularly too, information about spellings, phonics and times tables will be on there for you which are key.This page just tells you all about what is going on in Woodpecker Class over the course of the year including photos of our learning that you can look at too that i'll keep adding to and there will be information about new projects each term. I will also post at least weekly on class Dojo to inform you of what we are learning in Woodpecker Class and what exciting things we are getting up to with photos and snippets of the children's work.
Let's have a great start to the year and again we can't wait to start working with you all.
Mrs De-Keyzer & Mrs Stoneman
Reading underpins everything we do throughout our curriculum so at this stage it is vital we have underpinned basic phonic skills to be able to access our ever challenging curriculum. I expect you to read every day, for at least 5 minutes and to discuss what you have read with somebody. You must also have your reading records signed daily (Mrs Stoneman, and I will be checking regularly) so you can move up our Reading Rocket Challenge and receive rewards and prizes! If it is not signed you will not move up. As a school we are driving mastering the skill of fluency in reading sp at the moment so books will only be changed 2-3 times a week and they do need to be re-read ( twice through) to build on speed and accuracy of what is being read.There will also be a reading for pleasure book from the library each week.
At some point this year we expect children to master their phonics and move onto accelerated reader where comprehension and fluency can be developed further on our excellent whole school approach to reading. When you get an accelerated reader book you will have your zone, username and password in the back of your reading records. This comes after phonics only when we feel a pupil is secure in phonics and ready. Please do not quiz at home. This needs to be done in school. Once at this stage you choose your own accelerated reader book within your own zones which gives you more ownership of your reading and a larger variety of texts.
This year our focus is learning our 2, 5 and 10 Times Tables, including knowing them in and out of order and the corresponding division facts e.g 2 x 3 = 6, 6 ÷ 2 = 3. It is no longer just counting up in steps ( although we need to know this too). Please find any home learning info for times tables on our Woodpecker Home Learning page.
You will have your Times table rock star logins in your reading records within the first week so please make the most of using these for rapid recall practise. I will set where I think you should be practising in garage mode. This is the only mode that can be set on the rest of the games are random selection so do make sure you play in the correct part.
At Woodchurch we follow 'White Rose Maths'. In Maths this term we will begin our learning on Place Value and then we will move onto Addtition and Subtraction. Any extra support or information for Maths will be on our Home Learning Page for this too. If you have any questions about methods we use for maths and how to help your child please do not hesitate to ask as with any other part of your child's learning.
Phonics and spelling!
To continue with our approach with whole school catch up year 2 will continue to have daily whole class phonics sessions. Any children requiring extra practise will be provided with targeted intervention to meet individual needs.
Alongside phonics, we are also teaching a year 2 spelling rule a week using our whole school approach to teaching spelling through Spelling Shed. You will get new spellings every week on a Monday and test on a Friday. We always have time to practise and revise these throughout the week as part of our practise session. The children will have spelling shed logins in the back of their reading records by the end of week 1 so that they can practise their spellings through interactive games online throughout the week at home. We will be monitoring the progress in spelling as it is part of our whole school agreement for core skills practise.
Your spellings to practise at home for the spelling challenge on a Friday will depend on your child's spelling and phonic knowledge. Again, I will make sure you know which spellings you are doing each week but please do ask if you are stuck. Spellings will always be uploaded to class Dojo too if they aren't in the back of reading records i.e. if there has been absence on a Monday or there is no reading record in school. We will not be checking reading records everyday to see if spellings are in there.
This term our main driver topic is Movers and Shakers.
This project teaches children about historically significant people who have had a major impact on the world. They will learn to use timelines, stories and historical sources to find out about the people featured and use historical models to explore their significance.
Here are some of the texts we will be using for English writing, Whole Class Reading and Connected Curriculum...
These are the prayers the children will be learning to recite together before lunch and at the end of the school day as part of our routines.
End of the day
Please see below important documents for this term:
Useful Web Links
Please only use this link in school to complete your Quiz if you are on Accelerated Reader. Thank you.
Below are all links to websites the children will use at home and in school. The children will be familiar with this page if they need to access it during any lessons.