Class Elm

Autumn Term 2021

If you would like to contact Mrs Ingham directly, please use the class email address.

elm@overton-st-helens.lancs.sch.uk

Dear Parents

I am so pleased to have been able to welcome everyone into Elm Class and for us to begin our Year 2 journey together. It has been lovely getting to know your children and finding out all about them. They have all settled really well into the class and we are all working hard on making sure Elm class is an amazing team! It was lovely to meet lots of you at our ‘meet the teacher’ meeting on Wednesday. However, if you didn’t manage to make or you have further questions then please come and chat to me at the end of the school day. 

Book bags and Home Reading books

Please ensure reading folders are brought into school every day. Books will be changed on a Tuesday and Friday morning when comments have been written in the home-school diary. To make the children more responsible for their own learning we are asking the children to put their reading book and diary into the ‘book box’. As the length and complexity of books increases, it may be that your child takes longer than a week to complete their book – please write in the reading diary which page they need to read next so we can see how they are progressing with longer books. It is still essential that, as your child’s fluency and stamina increase, you continue to discuss with your child what is happening in the story, predict what will happen next, check understanding of new vocabulary and ask questions about the text. If your child is also reading their own books at home then please also record these in the home-school diary so we can praise them for additional reading at home. Reading folders must be in school every day so we have the opportunity to hear your child read their book and check they are on the appropriate level.  

How to support your child at home: 

Common exception words

Attached to this letter is a copy of the Year 1 and Year 2 common exception words. Your child needs to be able to write the Year 1 words independently and over this year we will learn the Year 2 words. Once the words have been taught, the children will be expected to spell these words correctly in their writing. It is a great idea to put the words somewhere prominent in the house so you can keep practising how to spell these words, with your child. 

Phonics

Phonics is still a very important part of the process in supporting your child to read and write and, due to the children’s time away from school, it means they haven’t covered as much of the phonics curriculum as they need to. This will form a larger part of our curriculum this year to ensure they are secure with all the graphemes they need to know before leaving year 2. You may be aware from the media that Year 2 children will complete the phonics assessment in the autumn term. This is in place of the assessment that was missed in the summer term.  Attached to this letter is an overview of all the graphemes they need to be secure with by the time they leave year 2.

Times tables

Times tables – we will move onto learning our 2, 5, 10 and 3 times tables. Please support your child by continuing to practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s both counting on and counting back. 

Homework 

Homework – As mentioned at the ‘meet the teacher’ evening, we will be sending out our homework menu the week beginning 20th September. So that we all keep developing our google classroom skills, I will set up a new folder where work can be returned via google classroom. This will be explained in more detail on the homework letter. For now; please make sure you hear your child read as much as possible, read books to your child and keep practising those spelling, phonics and number patterns (counting in 2s, 5s, 10s).  

Our class novel

As many of you know; I love books! Each term we have a number of books which we will continue to read. We will also have a class novel which we will listen to whenever we get the chance. This helps the children to hear how stories should be read and broadens the range of books they are exposed to with more challenging vocabulary. We have been enjoying reading Oi Frog, Oi Dog, Oi Cat and Oi Duck-billed Platypus by Kes Gray. Next, we plan to read another Claude book by Alex T. Smith because the loved Claude in the City last year. 

PE

Our PE day is a TUESDAY and PE kits need to be brought into school and left on your child’s peg. Please ensure long hair is tied back and earrings are removed before school.  

Forest schools and outdoor learning

In Elm Class we hope to spend a lot of time outside! Our focus on animal habitats means that we will be able to get outside and explore habitats and micro-habitats in our outdoor area. 

Our Forest School session will be on a Friday. A text will be sent out the day before a Forest School session as it is essential all children have a kit to wear- all children will join in each session as it isn’t possible to accommodate them within another class. For Forest School sessions your child will need wellies, waterproof trousers and a waterproof jacket. Forest School kit unfortunately can’t be stored at school and needs to be brought in for each session. 

Water bottles

Please remember to send your child to school with a named water bottle each day. 

Thank you for your continued support – By working together we can ensure the best outcomes for your child. 

Mrs Emma Ingham and Mrs Karen Blundell