Hello everyone and welcome to the class page for 1/2M. I am Miss McKeown, the children’s class teacher. I hope you enjoy looking around getting to know us and seeing all the exciting things we have been up to. We are a busy, loud, hardworking, happy class who enjoy learning, following the Christian values and being creative. We are very lucky in 1/2M to have a large, fantastic team. We currently have 35 children and 6 adults working with us during the week.
Class teacher – Miss McKeown
HLTA – Mrs Cummings
HLTA – Mrs Morgan
Support assistants – Mrs McEvoy, Mrs Gavin and Mrs Lucas.
I am getting to know your children more and more everyday, they are a joy to teach and make our classroom, vibrant, energetic, positive and purposeful. If you wish to speak to me about anything please feel free to catch me before or after school or alternatively book an appointment with Mrs German or Mrs Grady in the office.
We currently do PE on Thursdays and Forrest School on Fridays, your children are invited and encouraged to come into school in their PE kits on these days. During winter months, children are able to wear blue jogging bottoms and a hoody or zip up jacket. We ask that all long hair is tied up for PE.
We send reading books home every night and ask children to bring them back each morning, we expect all children to read at home 3 times a week as their key stage one homework. Reading at home is fundamentally important for their development. Please support us by supporting your children in this process. If you need any support with how best to support your child in their reading please come and see me and we can give some suggestions to help.
Please see our curriculum page for a detailed outline and of the all objectives the children will cover this half term. The children in Year 1 and 2 are looking forward to a great year of learning.
We have a focused session on Reading, Writing, Maths and Phonics each day. We also enjoy lots of opportunities to learn about Science, Computing, PE, History, Geography, RE, Art, DT, Oracy and Music.
Phonics – English
We value the literary skills of our children at Holy Trinity Primary School, we work hard to support the children in their learning to enable them to be confident and able readers and writers.
We teach systematic synthetic phonics through Read Write Inc. every day. The children have an hour daily session in which they learn phonetic sounds, reading, writing and grammar skills. Please head over to our Read Write Inc Page to read more about our fantastic work.
As well as our RWI hour we also teach English using high quality texts which immerse the children into rich vocabulary and enable them to learn how to write coherently. Our current book is Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne. A key focus for us this half term is letter formation, the children are working incredibly hard trying to orientate all letters correctly and using an appropriate size.
So far, we have made predictions about the story using the front cover, we have learnt how to put fruits in alphabetical order and about any surprised, the children have had in their lives. As the weeks progress we will learn to use adjectives to describe and how to innovate stories. I cannot wait to see what the children achieve using this book. I will publish some pieces of work as the weeks continue so watch this space.
We teach maths using White Rose maths and the CPA approach. White Rose Maths provide carefully planned and designed resources that address the three key aims of fluency, reasoning and problem solving. It follows the principles of teaching for mastery, which ensures we have high standards whilst supporting children in succeeding. CPA stands for concrete, pictorial, abstract. No matter what mathematical concept we are teaching we always start with the concrete, we use resources to support the children’s understanding. When the children are secure using concrete objects we move them on to pictorial, which enables them to create or view representations of objects to support their maths. When the children are showing a good understanding of the concept they are able to move on to the abstract which originally many children would struggle with.
We are building a whole new culture of deep understanding, confidence and competence in maths – a culture that produces strong, secure learning and real progress. Children are being taught using a wide range of resources and practical strategies, enabling them to develop a deeper understanding, not only of the 'how...but also of the 'why'. By developing a depth of understanding, children will be able to become assured, happy and resilient mathematicians who relish the challenge of maths. They will become independent, reflective thinkers, whose skills not only liberate them in maths but also support them across the curriculum.
Number bonds and times tables are two key focus points in year 1 and 2. Please follow the link for fun games for your children to do
We use our high quality text to immerse the children in our topic making it more thematic and relevant. In geography the children are currently learning the difference between hot and cold places, they will use atlas’ and a range of sources to locate different places.
Sprint Run Skills: Static Balance Skills:
* Arms/legs move in opposition * Support leg still, foot flat on ground
* Slight forward lean of body * Adjacent leg bent, not touching support leg
* High knee lift * Head stable, eyes forward focussed
* Arms drive forward in relaxed style, * Trunk stable and upright
Elbow’s bent * No excessive arm movements
Vertical Jump Skills: Catching Skills:
* Eyes forward focussed * Eyes focussed on the object
* Crouches, knees bent, arms behind body * Feet move to place body in line with object
* Forceful forward, upward swing of arms * Hands move to meet object
* Legs straighten in the air * Hands & fingers relaxed and cupped to
* Lands on balls of feet & bends knees catch the object
to absorb landing * Catches & controls object with hands only
* Lands with no more than one step in * Elbows bent to absorb force of object
In our PE lessons we are focussing on the fundamental movement skills and ensuring all children are secure in these movements before moving on to applying them in games. The fundamental movement skills are vitally important in physical development and each one can be broken down into steps in order for us to support the children progress in their development. Below is an example of this
In music the children are learning about rhythm, they are showing a real enjoyment of music this half term.
We are hoping to invite you in this half term to celebrate all our learning, please watch this space for all information. I cannot wait to see all the families I already know and get to know those families I do not know yet. If you have any problems, concerns or questions please do not hesitate to come and see me or book an appointment with Mrs Grady or Mrs German in the office.
At Holy Trinity Primary School, we always aim to encourage, promote and celebrate positive behaviour through the Christian values. Please read our behaviour policy for all of the information. In 1/2M we celebrate positive behaviours using class dojo’s. Children earn Dojo’s for all kinds of behaviours from amazing work, completing homework or being kind, respectful or honest. Last week we gave out a huge 236 Dojo points! Wow!