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Hello and welcome to The Willows class
Welcome to Dosbarth Helyg! Year 1 and 2 have a very exciting year ahead of them!
I hope your child is excited to come back to school. The last few months have been challenging for many but I hope any anxiousness will soon disappear as soon as the new term starts and our pupils are welcomed back into class.
Our class topic for the new term is ‘Moon Zoom’. This is an exciting topic based around the theme of space, rockets and aliens! Your child will cover various areas of learning across the curriculum throughout the topic. We offer a range of learning experiences and opportunities. Pupils will develop their literacy, numeracy and ICT skills as well as all other areas of the curriculum.
Your child will be revisiting and developing mathematical skills they learnt in Reception and Year 1 with the addition of new skills specific to Year 1 and Year 2. They will also engage in Big Maths sessions which develop their mental maths skills.
Each child also has access to Active Learn Primary which is an online numeracy programme which pupils should be familiar with using. They have a unique login which allows them to access a range of mathematical games which aim to develop the skills covered during lessons.
When your child is issued a reading book, please ensure that you read with them regularly and sign their reading record so that we can change their books swiftly. We endeavour to change books at least once a week if books are brought in on time. The purpose of a reading book is to ensure that your child develops strategies to sound out words and blend them together, whilst also reading for meaning and understanding. Please support them in their reading and assist with sounding out unfamiliar words. Your child will engage in various reading activities throughout their lessons as well as one-to-one reading and group guided reading sessions. Your child will be expected to read every day, as little as ten minutes per day can have a huge impact on their learning.
Weekly spelling lists will be given out and will need to be taken home to learn. Please encourage your child to practise their spellings regularly, ready for their test on a Friday.
Your child will participate in regular exercise. Please provide suitable clothing and footwear. To ensure your child’s clothing is safe and can be found easily, please clearly mark their name on each item. If they wear earrings, they must be removed prior to PE sessions. Please also ensure they have a coat, particularly during the autumn and winter months as being in the Foundation Phase, there is a large emphasis on taking our learning outdoors.
Dinner money is payable online. If there are any problems, please see the office. If your child brings a packed lunch, please ensure you include healthy foods and plain water. Fruit money should be placed in an envelope marked with your child’s name, year and the amount.
If there is anything you would like to discuss with either myself or Mrs Clee, please do not hesitate to speak to us. We look forward to an action packed and fun-filled year!