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Dear Parents/carers,

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great Christmas! This term we are beginning an exciting new topic-
Who’s in the Book? We will be using Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book’ as a hook for our learning this term. We
will explore a range of characters including Pirates and dragons and different story genres. We will also be
investigating different materials in our Science topic.

The learning map attached to this newsletter outlines the areas we will be looking at and some of the work
we will be doing in teacher focused activities and group work. We are also placing an emphasis on improving
the presentation of our work and writing quality sentences in all areas of the curriculum.

Here are some of the texts that we will be looking at this term:

Mini Home Project – Who is your favourite book character?

Thank you all for your effort with home learning tasks last term, including reading with your children. To link
with this term’s story focus, we would love the children to create a piece of work dedicated to a character
from a story. This could be their favourite story or a character from another book they like. We are focussing
on writing this term including handwriting and presentation. It would be great if they could do some writing as
part of their project. For example, they could describe a dragon from a story or choose a fairy tale character
like Goldilocks to write about. They could bring this in when complete by Friday 8th February.

Reading Please read with your child at least three times a week, even if it is just for 5 minutes.
When reading with your child please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read
by signing and dating in the reading record book.

During reading sessions, please discuss the story with your child and ask them questions
about what they are reading. Attached to this letter are some examples that you could
use. These questions will help to develop their understanding of what they are reading as
comprehension and discussion are key reading skills in Year 1 and 2.

Books are changed three times a week. Additionally, you are also welcome to come into
school at the end of the day to change books with your child.

Spellings & Homework Thank you for your continued support with homework. This really is a great way for you
to consolidate learning in class and a chance for you to share in your child’s learning.
Spellings will be given out once a week in the homework sheet. Please practise these words

with your child at home in their homework book. These will then be tested on a Tuesday
in school. Additionally, Year 2 children will receive a comprehension to help them preparefor the reading SATS.

Maths

Please can children continue to learn their times tables at home. Year 1 children should be learning 10x, 2x and 5x tables. Year 2 chlldren should be moving onto 3x and 4x tables.

BBC Bitesize website has links to times tables songs that children can learn.

MyMaths can be used at home for the children to explore and practise skills from class
work whenever they choose.

Useful Websites

Questions to Ask Your Child

  • Who is your favourite character and why?
  • What is your favourite book and why?
  • Can you tell me the story of Charlie Cook’s favourite book?
  • What other fairytales do you know?
  • Who is your favourite author?

Quick Reminders

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle and their book bag each day.
  • The children must always have a coat in school as the weather can be unpredictable.
  • Our PE days are Wednesday and Friday but PE kits should be in all week.

We hope you all have lovely term supporting the children in their learning and can see how much they have
learnt already. Please do not hesitate to come and speak to me if necessary.

Thank you for your support,

Mrs Norris

Learning Map