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Image result for spring pictureSpring Term 2 2019

Welcome To The Woodpecker Class

Class teacher -Mrs Plange

Teaching Assistant-Mrs Culpin

I hope you have all had an enjoyable half term and are feeling refreshed to start Spring Term 2.

 Please find below details about the coverage in the Spring Term 2 . I hope you find it useful.

Our theme this half term is entitled, 'Come and Play'.

All curriculum subjects where possible will link with our theme.


Our English will incorporate a variety of both fiction and non-fiction texts. We will focus this term on the story 'Supertato'  by Sue Hendra and 'Traction Man is Here' by Mini Grey. Our non- fiction text will look at Whales and will be linked to Science.

Image result for traction man is hereSupertato Veggies Assemble  Dear Greenpeace                                                                      


Year 1

Addition and Subtraction within 20

Number: Place value within 50


Multiples of 2, 5 and 10

Measurement: Length and Height

Measurement: Weight and Volume

Year 2


Properties of Shape 2D and 3D

Temperature: Reading scales



Multiplication and Division

Doubling and Halving

Addition and subtraction inverse operations


Measurement: Length and Height


Year 1 - Animals including humans

Year  2 - Growth and Survival


Victorian toys

Victorian toys past and present


Communication and networks



Our unit is entitled, 'Creation'.


Make a moving toy


This term the children will take part in three PE lessons per week.

They will have 2 indoor sessions which will be gymnastics focusing on floor exercises and dance is peformance dance. Outdoor PE will be invasion games.

General Information

Home Readers

We encourage the children to change their home reader books on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Please ensure your child’s bag contains the book you wish to change, plus the blue home school Reading Record. The teachers will collect all the blue Reading Records in on the above days and they will be returned the same day. We hope your child will continue to enjoy the home reading scheme this year.

Libary Books

Children will have the opportunity to visit the school libary weekly and will be issued with books which they are allowed to take home. Please ensure your child does not loose their book and has their book in school should they wish to change it.  



Homework challenges will be set every half term. Chldren in Year 1 will be given a red homework book and the Year 2 children will continue to work in their purple homework book. Please ensure your child hands these in at the end of each half term so that they can be marked and new challenges can be stuck in.

Mathletics Homework (the interactive computer programme we subscribe to). Each child’s login card will be stapled on the inside of their blue Home Reading Record book. Please encourage your child to use this whenever possible to consolidate maths skills.

All children have been allocated with a Reading Shed log in where children can practise spellings linked to their year group.


Water Bottles

Please ensure that all water bottles for use within the classrooms are transparent and named and not placed in the children's book bags as leakages cause irreparable damage.

PE Kit

Could we ask that you please ensure your child has their full named PE kit in school all week. It would be helpful if your child is familiar with their name label and can identify it.

Children require an indoor kit (shorts and T-shirt) and outdoor kit (warm tracksuit, socks and waterproof trainers)

We do go outdoors in all weather conditions for PE so it is essential when the colder weather approaches that the children are correctly kitted out.

PE kits will be sent home after outdoor PE on Wednesday during the winter months as it can get very dirty and is often wet. We kindly ask it is returned washed ready for their next outdoor PE lesson te following week.

Schools Bags

As space is limited within the classroom we kindly ask that children do not bring large rucksacks to school. The book bags that children had in reception are perfect. Please again ensure they are clearly labelled to save time at the end of the school day.

Year 1 Phonics Screening Information for Parents.

What is Phonics?

Children begin to learn phonics (sounds) in Reception. Once children begin learning sounds, these sounds are used orally to identify and make words. They will then begin to learn the letters which make each of the sounds and these are used to read and spell words.

For this reason, the first initial sounds that are taught are ‘s’, ‘a’, ‘t’, ‘p’, ‘i’, ‘n’. These can immediately be blended for reading to make simple CVC words (consonant, vowel, consonant) e.g. sat, pin. Children then develop segmenting for writing skills; breaking the word into sounds to spell it out.

What is the Phonics Screening Check?

Children in Year 1 throughout the country will all be taking part in a phonics screening check during the same week in June. Children in Year 2 will also take the check if they did not achieve the required result when in Year 1 or they have not taken the test before. Headteachers should decide whether it is appropriate for each of their pupils to take the phonics screening check. The phonics screening check is designed to confirm whether individual children have learnt phonic decoding and blending skills to an appropriate standard.

What Happens During the Screening?

The test contains 40 words. Each child will sit one to-one and read each word aloud to a teacher. The test will take approximately 10 minutes per child, although all children are different and will complete the check at their own pace. The list of words the children read is a combination of 20 real words and 20 pseudo words (nonsense words).

Pseudo Words (Nonsense Words)

The pseudo words will be shown to your child with a picture of an alien. This provides the children with a context for the pseudo word which is independent from any existing vocabulary they may have. Pseudo words are included because they will be new to all pupils; they do not favour children with a good vocabulary knowledge or visual memory of words.

Reporting to Parents

By the end of the summer term all schools must report each child’s results to their parents. They will also confirm if the child has met the standard threshold. Children who do not achieve the expected level will retake the test when they are in Year 2.

How Can I Help My Child at Home?

• Play lots of sound and listening games with your child.

• Read as much as possible to and with your child.

• Encourage and praise – get them to have a ‘good guess’.

• If your child is struggling to decode a word, help them by encouraging them to say each sound in the word from left to right.

• Blend the sounds by pointing to each one, e.g. /c/ in cat, /p/ in pat, /ng/ in sing, /ee/ in been.

• Discuss the meaning of words if your child does not know what they have read.

Should you have any questions regards the phonics screening, please do not hesitate to ask.


Important Dates:

Year 1 and 2 sharing assembly -Friday 15th March

Red Nose Non-Uniform Day- Friday 15th March



Weekly Maths Coverage

Spring Term 2

Week 1

In maths this week we will be covering the following:

Week 1 - Week Commencing : Monday 25th February

Year 1 Unit - Measurement Length and Height

Compare lengths and heights using mathematical vocabulary

Solve problems, comapring length and height

Year 2- Multiplication and Division

Make equal groups -sharing

Make equal groups by grouping

Dividing by 2

TTRock stars x10 multiplication and division facts

Week 2 -  Week commencing Monday 4th March

Year 1
Solve problems using their knowledge of measuring length with a ruler.
Introduce weight and mass
Measuring mass...
Year 2
Odd and even numbers
Dividing by 5
Dividing by 10
TTRock Stars x2, 5 and 10


Week 3 -  Week commencing Monday 11th March

Year 1
Measuring mass and problem solving
Comparing mass
ntroducing capacity...
capacity problem solving
Year 2
SAT's paper practise (Arithmetic and problem solving)
Rounding to the nearest 10
Estimating the answer to addition and subtraction calculations.
TTRock stars x2, x5 and x10

Week 4 Commencing  Monday 18th March
Year 1 Unit : Measurements
Measuring capacity
Comapring capacity
Year 2 ...
Inverse relationships looking at addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
TTRock Stars x2, x5 and x10
Week 5 Week commencing Monday

Year 1 Multiplication and division
Counting in 10s
Making equal groups
Adding equal groups....
Year 2 Fractions
Making equal parts
Recognising a half
Fnding a half
TTRockstars x2, x5 and x10 multiplication and division facts.

Week 6 Week commencing
Year 1 -
Year 2


















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