Welcome to Kingfishers' Class!
Term 5 - Street Detectives
Our new topic for Term 5 is ‘Street Detectives’ The children will be finding out about the local area in which they live. We will be ‘detectives’ during the third week when we take a trip around Sutton Courtenay armed with maps and clipboards. Our topic will include learning about where Sutton Courtenay is compared with other places, using and making maps with symbol keys and sketching and painting Didcot Power Station. To finish our topic we will take on the role of planners and decide what we would like to change about Sutton Courtenay and build a model of an extra part of our village that we would build if we could!
Key Stage 1 - Statutory Assessments
All Year 2 children nationally are assessed against National Standards for Reading, Writing and Maths. Class teachers make judgements about each child's attainment and are responsible for reporting whether children are working towards the expected standard, at the expected standard or at greater depth of the the expected standard.
Part of this process involves the children taking part in SATs (Statutory Assessment Tests) for Reading and Maths. They can be carried out any time in May and support the teacher in making their Teacher Assessment judgements.
At Sutton Courtenay we will carry out the tests over a 3 week period from Tuesday 7th May. We carry them out with groups of about 7 children at a time and make them as informal as possible so that for the children it is just a normal lesson activity. We have already been using past SAT papers with the class so they already have experience of the test style and know what to expect. In addition we ensure there are lots of other fun activities and biscuits for brain snacks!
Please read the Parent Guidance in the link below and watch the video link. These will give you a clear outline of what your child will be doing. Following this, if you have any questions or would like to see examples of the papers, please come and ask us. We are very happy to talk you through the process.
PE in Kingfishers
This Term Kingfishers' will have PE on Tuesdays and Fridays, however please have your PE Kit in school hung on your peg all week. You need: Black shorts, green t-shirt and trainers/plimsolls. (please can girls who wear tights also keep a pair of socks in their PE bag ).
Children who wear earrings must take them out for PE, if they are unable to do this themselves please take them out at home on PE days (If they have just had them pierced you need to provided them with plasters or micropore tape for 6 weeks).
Homework and Reading in Kingfishers' Class
Homework is set weekly and has an English, maths or topic focus. We give homework out in their 'My work at home books' on Wednesdays and expect them to be brought back in on Monday mornings. This allows time for marking and new homework to be put in books.
Please do add any comments you feel would be useful to your child's homework, it is a good way of communicating how your child is getting on with their homework and what support they needed. Please also use this book to share any other work you do at home with your child eg a piece of writing, some extra maths or a piece of art; we love to see what other work the children are doing at home!
Please read with your child at least 4 times a week, regular reading really does make a difference. Year 2 is an important year for reading, they have learned many of the phonics needed and are now applying them and developing reading stamina and comprehension. At the end of this year they will be sitting a reading SATs paper which assesses their level of reading through their ability to answer written questions about what they have read.
We aim to change the children's reading books twice a week, usually on Mondays and Thursdays. If there is not evidence that they have read at home, we will not change their book until we have heard them read. Please remember that children benefit from reading a text more than once, it can really develop their confidence and allows opportunities for them increase their fluency. Please help your child to develop their comprehension skills by asking them questions about the characters and the story plot.
Maths - Active Learn
Remember if you want to practice the maths skills we are working on in class then log on to Active learn! Username: child's first name (no capitals) Password: kingfishers School code: ljsw