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Tomorrow’s success starts today


Term 1

Welcome everyone to Robin and Owls Classes! We have an exciting term ahead.

Here is some information to get you started:


Moving on up:

Moving from mainly play-based learning in Year 1 to more formal lessons in Year 2 is a big step for the children and we try to make it as painless as possible.


Until Christmas, Year 2 will have two breaks each day - each morning and afternoon. They will stay in the relative quiet of the Year 2 garden area and classrooms, rather than the main playground. Fruit will be provided, just as in Year 1, so they don’t need snack money. Please send them with a labelled water bottle each day.


When children arrive in the morning, please help them to become as independent as possible about hanging up their coat and bag and coming in to class. When they arrive, we will greet them and start them on a morning activity at their table or on the carpet. They should be in class by 8.40am, ready for the register.


With so much to learn this year, it’s important not to fall behind, so please try to make sure the children are in school each day, on time and with the correct equipment. Regular attendance makes a massive difference to progress and attainment.


Our first topic

This term is a whole-school topic called Health and Happiness. The children will take part in different fitness activities and monitor their progress as the term progresses. We will also send home different ‘Keep Fit’ games to play. We will look at basic movement and skills in PE and the importance of diet and exercise to humans in Science. We are interested in the children’s own experiences of health and fitness so please let us know of any sporting achievements so we can celebrate together!


Reading for success

All children will read to an adult in school at least once a week. They will also be reading with a partner each day in phonics for decoding, while Guided Reading activities will boost comprehension. However, nothing boosts a child's progress in reading more than reading to a grown up at home.



Book bands: We use Oxford Reading Tree scheme books are colour coded into reading bands. Children progress through the colours as they show that they can both read and understand the texts. Each time they move up a band we’ll write it in their Reading Record. You can choose the books together from our reading trolley in the cloakroom area. Please stick to the correct reading band.



In Maths this term we will be concentrating on ‘Place Value’ and begin looking at ‘Addition and Subtraction’.

When learning about Place Value we will learn to:

· Count in steps of 2, 3 and 5 from 0 and in tens from any number, forward and backward.

· Recognise the place value of each digit in a two digit number (tens, ones)

· Identify, represent and estimate numbers to 100 using different representations including the number line.

· Compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100; use <, > and = signs.

· Read and write numbers to at least 100 in numerals and words.

· Use place value and number facts to solve problems.

In ‘Addition and Subtraction’ we will learn to:

· Recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently, and derive and use related facts up to 100.

· Show that the addition of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and subtraction of one number from another cannot.

· Add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally, including: a two digit number and ones; a two digit number and tens; two two digit numbers; adding three one digit numbers.

· Recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and solve missing number problems.

· Solve problems with addition and subtraction: using concrete objects and pictorial representations, including those involving numbers, quantities and measures; applying their increasing knowledge of mental and written methods.




In English, our writing focus will be super sentences. We will learn how to:

· Recognise different types of sentence (statement, question, command, exclamation)

· Use correct sentence punctuation.

· Think, say, then write a series of sentences.

· Re-read sentences to check that they make sense.


We’ll apply our knowledge in different writing genres:

· To start, we will write acrostic poems. Look out for these on display on our walls.

· Next, we will practise being ordered and bossy to write instruction (command) sentences!

· Then, we’ll use storytelling to learn and retell a traditional tale, looking at the style of language and structure.

· We will compare it with an alternative version that has a ‘Health and Happiness’ twist.

· Finally, we’ll use what we’ve learned to write our own topical ‘twisted’ tale to make a class book.



· Sentence type, construction and punctuation.

· Recap nouns, verbs, adjectives (adverbs)

· Past and present tense verbs.



English spelling is sometimes tricky. But, good spelling makes a good first impression so many times in adult life, whether you're applying for a job, writing a report or even just emailing.


In primary school, good spelling is still an important part of Key Stage 2 SATs. Feeling confident about spelling can also boost children’s writing to a higher level, encouraging them to use more adventurous, exciting vocabulary.


To help Willowcroft children get to grips with spelling rules, we have introduced a new spelling programme from Year 2-6, with at least three 15-minute sessions a week and regular assessments.


How you can help your child fast-track to fantastic spelling:

· Ensure they learn and practise any spelling homework.

· Check out the Year 1 and 2 words that children should know by the end of KS1; it’s in the front of the Reading Record booklets. As they show in their daily reading and writing that they can read and spell these words, they will be able to colour in part of their personal spelling hive. For every 10 words they colour in they will get a reward.



Please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school at all times as not having the correct clothes can cause distress. We recommend leaving PE kit on their peg until half-term, especially as our topic will include lots of physical activities.

Full kit for autumn and winter includes white or house-colour t-shirt, PE shorts, jogging bottoms, plimsolls and/or trainers. A sweatshirt will be useful for colder days. Please label everything!



Year 2 children have the opportunity to learn swimming at The Wave for a number of sessions. This will take place in either a spring or summer term. To reassure you, the children are assessed in the first session and ability grouped to make sure they can progress in their own time.


Dates for your diary


Wednesday 12th September – Meet the teacher

1500 in your child’s classroom

Friday 28th September 2018 – PTA Cake Sale

1430 in the hall

Monday 15th October 2018 – Health and Happiness Celebration

1400 – 1500 in your child’s classroom

Tuesday 16th October 2018 – Bedtime Stories

1800- 1900 throughout the school

Thursday 18th October 2018 – Halloween School Disco

1545 – 1800 in the school hall

Friday 19th October 2018 – Non-uniform Day

Throughout the school

Wednesday 7th November 2018 – Parent Teacher Interviews

1530-1730 in the hall

Thursday 8th November 2018 – Parent Teacher Interviews

1530 – 1930 in the hall

Thursday 15th November 2018 – KS1 Cinema trip

0930 at Didcot Cineworld

Friday 16th November 2018 – Children in Need Cake Sale

1430 in the hall

Friday 16th November 2018 – Requests taken for tickets for KS1 Play

Friday 30th November 2018 – Deadline for ticket requests

Friday 7th December 2018 – Christmas Fayre

1530-1730 in the hall

Tuesday 11th December 2018 – KS1 Christmas Play

1345-1445 in the hall

Wednesday 12th December 2018 – KS1 Christmas Play

0930 - 1030 in the hall

Thursday 13th December 2018 – KS1 Christmas Play

1600-1700 in the hall

Friday 14th December 2018 – Christmas Jumper Day

Throughout the school



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