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St Matthews C of E Primary School

Half-termly Class Newsletter


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Date  8th June 2018


General Information / Upcoming Events

Welcome back! We hope everybody had a lovely half term break! Phonics Screening will take place the week commencing 11th June, please ensure where ever possible, your child is in school on time during this period. Moving up day will soon be upon us and your child will spend the morning in their year 2 class meeting their new teacher for September.



The main PE session will take place on a Tuesday morning and will be taught by Mrs Kimpton. There will be another PE session) held on Monday afternoons whereby the children will participate in different activities. Please make sure your child’s PE kit is in school on these days.

Reading Books

Children’s reading routines i.e. guided reading/individual reading will be the same as stated on the last newsletter. Please encourage your child to place their reading book and reading record in the basket on my desk when it is ready to be changed.


Curriculum – What will children be learning this half term?


The children will complete a ‘Storytellers’ unit where they will be introduced to a traditional tale from ancient India, The Best of Friends. Activities involve selecting words to describe the characters vividly, identifying good storytelling techniques and exploring strategies for remembering a sequence of events. The children then compose and rehearse their own retellings of the story. The children will then move on to a ‘Poetry unit’, the children will explore poems with themes that are engaging and relevant to their own lives and experiences. They will compare poems, identifying similarities and differences in points of view and feelings. They will learn poems by heart, experimenting with sound and movement as they recite and perform their poems. The children will then look at a ‘Non-Fiction unit’ exploring the book ‘Top Jobs’. In this unit, the children will explore the Big Question: What’s the best job? They will learn how to write a job application, focusing on what they think they are good at, and then read aloud their writing to apply for the job. They will answer the Big Question, planning and writing their own instruction text based on a model.



Is this half term the children will continue to look at place value, using numbers up to 100. They will learn to identify which are the tens and one digits, and look at different ways to represent amounts. They will also look at the 100 square and begin to recognise patterns when moving horizontally and vertically. Next we will begin to look at money and the children will learn to recognise and know the

value of different denominations of coins and notes. They will use this to help solve one step problems that involve addition and subtraction. After that we will be looking at Time. The children will Sequence events in chronological order using language, recognise and use language relating to dates, including days of the week, weeks, months and years, Tell the time to the hour and half past the hour and measure and begin to record time.



In science the children will be looking at the unit ‘Changing Seasons’. In this unit children will learn that there are four seasons, the names for these seasons and that there are differences between them. They will identify and design weather symbols for the different types of weather they are likely to experience across the seasons. Working scientifically, they will make observations and measurements over time throughout the seasons including day length, temperature, rain/snow fall, wind strength, cloud conditions and the accompanying changes to plants and animals in their local environment. They will describe and record their findings and compare them across the seasons



The topic will be about ‘Baptism’, the children will explore what being baptised means. They will look at baptism in the Muslim and Jewish faiths as well as the Christian faith. They will look at the story of Jesus’ Baptism. They will look at the promises that are made to God and explore the role of Godparents.


The children will be following a unit on ‘Purple Mash’ called ‘Lego Builders’. Here they will learn what an algorithm is – a precise set of instructions. They will follow and create simple instructions on the computer, and consider how the order of a set of instructions can affect the end result.


Topic this term will have a History focus and will centre around ‘How has Chadderton Park changed over the years?’ The children will be looking at pictures of the park from the past. They will compare pictures of the park from the past and now. They will learn about significant features of the park now and compare them to features of the park along time ago. The children will be able to explain how and why the local area has changed


Taught by Mrs Kimpton.


Taught by Mrs Collard.



What will be given?

When will it be sent home?

When does it need to be returned to school?


Weekly phonics homework



Spellings (will begin again w/c 18th June)




On a Friday




On a Friday




By Wednesday (children to return it to the blue box in the classroom)


Children will need to practise the spellings for the following Friday’s spelling test.



How can parents help?

We are always grateful for your support and involvement throughout the year. Helping your child with their homework weekly will be much appreciated, as the homework set is there to embed the concepts we have learnt throughout the week. As always, we ask that you read with your child at home as frequently as possible and make brief comments in their reading record book to indicate that the book has been read. As the Phonics Screening Check is drawing closer, we ask that you practise recognising phonic sounds with your child as much as possible and practise applying them by reading real and nonsense words.


Useful links to support learning                         Interactive clock

www.phonicsplay.               Youtube-  days of the week                   Maths games

Ipad app- Pocket Phonics and Phonics Test UK.                                Youtube- Odd Todd and Even Steven song.

Thank you for your continued support.         Mrs Buckley