Weekly updates 22/23

Dear Parents,

I hope you are all well on this lovely sunny Friday!

We have had a great week here in Y1/2 with lots of learning happening.

In English this week, the students had fun using masks to retell the story “Finders Keepers”. The students were given roles and did a wonderful job acting with Ms Temple. 

The Year 2 students spent time writing their own comic strips whilst the Year 1 students drew pictures to tell theirs. We looked at story endings and story settings and finished off the week reviewing the four stories we have read over the unit. We also spent time speaking about mistakes and how they are a good thing as they help us learn. The Year 2 students’ homework is related to making mistakes and they have to help fix the sentences. My aim is to create a classroom environment where mistakes are totally and completely 100% okay. My wish is for students to respond positively to any corrections they may be asked to make. This is a work in progress 🙂 So far so good!

Rotations for phonics and guided reading are starting on Monday! We are ready to go now! Yay!

In Maths, we have continued on with our unit on Numbers. The Year 1 students are getting better each day at forming their numbers and spotting missing numbers on their number lines. They learnt some counting rhymes and had great fun catching the fish in the tuff tray and practising writing the numbers on them.

Year 2 have reviewed odd and even numbers, counting on in 2’s and 10’s and spent time estimating. The students were asked to find easier ways to count larger numbers. One way they came up with was counting in 10’s, therefore grouping the objects first and then counting in 10’s and then 1’s. The tuff tray on Thursday helped them to do this with manipulatives. The Year 2 students also worked on missing numbers in a 100 square. They had to think about whether to add 1 or 10 depending on the direction.  

Maths rotations are in full swing now and we are doing well with the transitions! Well done to everyone for their hard work 🙂

In IPC we finished our unit ‘Brain Wave’ and will be starting our new unit “If you’re happy and you know it” next week. We finished it by reviewing emotions that help us learn well and also looked at  good and bad behaviours in class. We created a poster with pictures of great choice behaviours and bad choice behaviours. 

In PSHE, we looked at teasing and how this can make others feel. We watched a lovely little video which showed how teasing can make others feel really sad and upset. In our class we never want anyone to feel like this.  We discussed what we can do if someone in the class says or does something we don’t like. The students all now know that they can come to me or Ms Temple if they have any problems. The students are still young and learning how to interact with one another. The PSHE lessons are wonderful and really help us build positive relationships as a class.

In PE, Ms Temple prepared a fantastic lesson for the students where they were working on several skills in pairs. The students are still working on teamwork and working with other members of the class. The activities built on these skills and it was great to see them working nicely together.

We ended the week with a nice games session this morning. I have never laughed and smiled so much at Ms Yuli’s enthusiasm on the piano. She played away for us while we played musical statues and the number game. When the piano stopped the children had to run to a mat in numbers. We all now know how many students are in the class 😉 

Homework and library books went home as normal and should be returned next Friday. 

I think that is all for this week! 

Have a great weekend and see you all on Monday!

Mrs Sim 🙂