Class Teacher: Mrs Charlotte Watmore
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Jo Kerslake
Our Learning Star
Lotty for showing a fantastic determined attitude towards her learning and trying extremely hard to improve her handwriting!
Our Value Star
Amelie for showing all of her values in class and always being a wonderful role model for the rest of the class!
In year 2, we have an open door policy. If you have any questions, concerns or information you require please speak to me at the start or end of the day. If you are unable to speak to me directly you can email me using email@example.com or send me a message on Class Dojo.
Please remember that the school gates will open at 8:30am and the register will be taken promptly at 8:40am so please ensure your child arrives on time to begin their school day. In Year 2, the school day finishes at 3.20pm. Children need to be collected from the bottom of the stairs outside of the Year 2 classrooms.
Our class PE sessions will usually be every Tuesday and Thursday. We do ask however that your child brings their (labelled) PE kit to school on Monday. At St Matthews all children are required to wear their PE kit into school for their Friday clubs. Therefore your child's PE kit will be returned home on Thursday.
New 'Home Learning' activities will be handed out every Friday. This will consist of reading, spellings as part of a sentences and a maths fluency activity. These will then be collected for marking on Wednesday.
In year 2, your child will be read with on a weekly basis in our guided reading sessions and individually as much as possible. On a daily basis we provided an opportunity for your child in reading independently and change their books as and when required. Encouraging and supporting your child with their home reading is essential when helping them to improve. Where possible, please read with your child each day and ask key questions. It is also really helpful if a short comment is made in their reading diary as this will allow us to keep a record of their reading journey.
We define bullying using 'STOP Bullying' . 'Several Times on Purpose'
We define bullying as a persistent, deliberate attempt to hurt or humiliate someone, physically or psychologically, over a period of time.
We do everything we can to prevent and STOP bullying.
Spring Term 2019
We have lots of exciting things planned for this Spring term term. For a sneak peek at our learning this term, have a look at our termly and curriculum overviews.
In year 2, children are required to "recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 3, 5 and 10 multiplication tables." Below is a useful link which can support your child with learning their tables.
In year 2, children are also required to accurately read and spell a list of common exception words. All the key words in the common exception word list can be found in the document below.
Safer Internet Day
Today, we learnt about how to keep safe online. We discussed the importance of keeping our personal information private as well as telling an adult if we see something which frightens us. After our discussion we made information posters.
Counting using the bead bar and bead string
In class, we have been using the bead bar to support our understanding of estimating numbers on a number line. First we looked a number line starting from 0 and ending at 100. We discussed the number which we could easily plot onto the number line. We decided as a class that 50 would be easy as it is in between 0 and 100. We then discussed if there were any other numbers which we could easily add. We discovered both 25 and 75 were as 25 was in between 0 and 50 and 75 was in between 50 and 100. We realised that the bead bar was divided into 4 equal parts of 25 using our previous knowledge of fractions.
Our Spring topic title is Traditional Tales, today we explored two traditional tales The Three Little Pigs and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. After reading each tale we discussed the pattern within the story and noticed there was lots of repetition ! After that, we acted out the story in groups which we really enjoyed and shared our performance with the rest of the class!
In the afternoon, studied aerial photographs and maps of our local area comparing how Derriford had changed over time. We shared our thoughts and observations with the rest of the class. After that, we discovered that one of the traditional tale characters had gone missing! We had to follow the clues to find out who the missing character was. We discovered it was Little Red Riding Hood. Our mission was to create a map of our local area to help get Little Red Riding Hood home!
In class, we have been exploring the Place Value and Number. In this unit of work, we had the opportunity to represent different numbers using a range of manipulatives. We also had to compare these numbers using the inequality signs. Here are some pictures of our fabulous learning :)
Our amazing learning in Year 1!!
Fruits of the Spirit
Today in worship we talked about the fruits of the spirit. We talked about how we could show the fruits of the spirit in our classrooms. Here is what we came up with...
Our World through Stories
Click on the links below to see what we will be finding out about this term.
If you would like to contact me via email, my address is as follows: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also contact me via the class Dojo app or drop into school for a chat.
Welcome to Year 1
This term, we will be exploring our local area studying significant historical people from the past including Sir Francis Drake. We will be creating and designing our own creative outcomes inspired by a local artist Brian Pollard as well as immerse ourselves in creative writing. We will be creating our own stories and designing our own story book inspired by Simon James.
We encourage regular reading at home so please ensure you have written in your child's reading record. To encourage home reading, we use Class Dojo. This is an online reward system whereby parents can see all the wonderful rewards the children are receiving for their home reading. Please use your parent login to access class Dojo at home!
In Year 1 we will continue to have an open door policy so please feel free to pop in and chat to one of us should you have any questions about your child's learning.
Miss Freeman and Mrs Kerslake
8th December 2017
This week we had an exciting trip to Crownhill Fort. We found out lots about the history of the fort and why it was built. A tour guide called Ed took us around the fort and showed us the cannons and the underground tunnels. We were all very excited when they showed us how they fire the cannons!
Year One's Nativity Performance
This week, the children in Year 1 performed their nativity to the whole school and to their parents. The children had a wonderful time and really enjoyed their performance!The children have been able to link their performance to their study of the concept of ‘Incarnation’ in RE. The performance also shared the important message of Christmas, reminding us why this time of year is so special. The children have been sharing their thoughts and comments about the production. Here are a few things they said.
“We love singing our songs.” Jodie 1R
“I feel excited when I am on the stage.” Euan 1F
“It is amazing because we have been singing our hearts out.” Joseph 1N
This week we have been talking about being resilient learners and how finding things a bit tricky is a good thing. Miss Freeman talked to us about Growth Mindset and how we could use this to try out new things and problems. We have decided that each week we will celebrate mistakes and how they help us move forward with our learning. Have a look at our 'Mistake of the week' board when you next visit our classroom.
3rd November 2017
This week we have been thinking about big questions linked to the space around us. We went outside and looked at the amazing natural creations around us. We thought carefully about how the plants, trees, leaves and grass had got there. We also thought about how we might care for the environment around out school and why this was important. If you would like to read our responses to these questions please come and have a look at our 'This is Us' scrapbook in the classroom.
5th November 2017
This week we have been thinking about the 'Operation Christmas Child' charity. This charity sends boxes that are full of toys and games to children that might have nothing on Christmas morning. We have linked this with our Christian value of 'Hope' and wrote messages of hope for these children which we will put inside our boxes.
Thursday !2th October 2017
Why is Christmas so important to Christians?
In our RE lesson today we talked about the key events of the Christmas story. We thought about how the different people might be feeling at different points in the story and why they responded to each other in different ways. Later in the lesson we went out into the playground and created a class Christmas timeline. Our timeline included all the key events and Miss Freeman challenged us to add a sentence to explain what was happening in each picture.
11th October 2017
We are having such and exciting week and have really LOVED sharing our learning on family maths days. In English we have been writing our very own 'Wild Woods' stories and thinking about new adventures for our characters. We researched the job of an illustrator and created illustrations for our stories. As a class we thought about how Simon James creates mood through the colours that he uses in his pictures and we tried to do the same with our illustrations.
6th October 2017
We have had a really exciting week! In Maths we have been finding out about place value using 'Base Ten'. Miss Freeman also challenged us to use different resources to find out about odd and even numbers. In English we have been working on our own 'Wild Woods' class story book and thinking about how adjectives can make our writing even more interesting.
21st September 2017
We have had a really exciting week in school! In English we have been learning about adjectives and creating our own wordles. We challenged ourselves to write sentences which included two adjectives. Miss Freeman has been showing us how to order numbers and we really impressed her with out knowledge. Today was St Matthew's day and we have been making a class poster to share information about Saint Matthew and our school vision. We hope that you enjoy looking through this week's photos...
RE and Arts Week 2017
1F have had such an exciting first week back at school. We have been finding our about different religions and spirituality through a variety of different arts subjects. The children have spent time reading Psalms and creating abstract art representations of them, considering where God might be, thinking deeply about what the term 'spirituality' might mean, talking about 'enlightenment' in Buddhism and researching the Hindu religion.
7th September 2017
Today in our class worship time we talked about our school vision and what it means to be a city on a hill. Here are some of the children's responses:
Hello from Year 1
Welcome to Year 1, we are really excited about the new school year and the next steps that your children will make on their learning journey. It was lovely to meet so many parents, friends, grandparents and carers on the children's 'meet the teacher' day.
We would like to encourage the children to read regularly over the summer break and perhaps take part in Plymouth Library's reading challenge. In Year 1 we will continue to have an open door policy so please feel free to pop in and chat to one of us should you have any questions about your child's learning.
Have a lovely summer holiday and we look forward to seeing you all in September.
Miss Freeman and Mrs Kerslake
Last term we loved learning about the Easter Story. The children were amazing at listening to and understanding the meaning behind the story. They designed their own Easter gardens and showed a fantastic understanding of why the cross is so important to Christians.
Fantastic learning RL!
We have been enjoying the beautiful weather and taken our learning everywhere!
RL’s Recipe for a Lovely Mum
A big heart
Lots of time to play
A nice dress!
Smiles and laughter
Lots of love
Always giving cuddles
Lets you choose hair clips
Protects us from bad things
Makes your birthday special
Buys you gifts
And gives big, big, big, big, BIG KISSES!
Merry Christmas from us all!
The Foundation Team would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very 'Merry Christmas'.
We look forward to hearing all about the fun you will have had over the festive period when school starts up again on Wednesday 4th January 2017.
A sincere 'Thank you' for all of your continued support.