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Year 1 & 2 - Emerald

Welcome to Emerald Class!

We are Emerald Class, a mixed age Year 1 & 2 class. We are currently made up of 22 children. Our teacher is Miss Canavan. We are very lucky to get lots of extra help from our Teaching Assistants in school, Mrs Hailwood and Miss Wright.


Every day we are busy completing a range of lessons for example in the mornings we do a mixture of Guided  Reading, Phonics, English, Maths and handwriting. In the afternoons we are busy with foundation subjects such as Art, Geography, History, PE,  Music, DT (see what subjects we are currently focusing on in our Curriculum Overview).     


This term our topic will be a History based topic looking at two famous people (David Attenborough and Mary Anning) - comparing and contrasting them over time and focusing on how their achievements have changed things for us today, their life story and placing it within our timeline. We will be learning where they are from and placing their places of birth on our class map linking to our Driver Location, Location, Location. 


We are extremely fortunate to have such wonderful outside space at Richard Durning's and we try and make the most of this come rain or shine. With wellies at the ready, we often take learning outside with trails, challenges and even just completing our classroom work outside. 


PE Days in Year 1 and 2 are Tuesdays and Thursdays, children to come in full PE kit, suited to the weather. For Spring Term Two we will have three week’s of Born to Move Les Mills and then three week’s of Football Skills and Football Matches. 

Reading is such a huge part of our Class, Miss Canavan loves books and installs this in us. Each day we are also very lucky to have Mrs Halkett come  in to listen to the children read. She encourages them and discusses the books ensuring children are trying their best and are engaged. Children are expected to read as often as possible (for the best results - a little each night). Children bring home one story book which is to be a shared read - read alongside an adult. Children will bring home a Phonics Book which links to their weekly teaching and covers sounds learnt within the phonics sessions. The idea of the book is “Repeat, Repeat” to enable children to consolidate taught sounds and apply it within the decidable text.  


Homework is set weekly on our Showbie Learning Platform; either a Maths or English activity.  Each week there are spellings to learn in our little green books.  


Please keep checking back as we will post regularly what we have been up to and things the children and yourselves will find useful. 


We encourage children to share achievements and celebrations with us from outside school so please send in any certificates. 


Miss Canavan 

We are Historians ... We had to gather facts from research to complete a quiz on David Attenborough - one of our significant people.

We are Mathematicians:

We have recently completed our NSPCC Stay Safe and Speak Out Lesson. We learnt all about Buddy and what to do if we need to speak out to stay safe and made finger puppets to share at home.

We are so excited about our current PE, we have been raising our heart rate using moderate to vigorous exercises training to be Avengers and testing how long it takes to return to a normal rhythm.

We each created an Islamic Pattern and grouped them together to create a Prayer Mat linked to our RE topic.

We recently went to Chester Zoo on a whole school class trip. We really enjoyed our time there, looking for different animals and our workshop learning all about different animals and their.

Curriculum Meeting for Parents September 2022

What is phonics? | Oxford Owl

Get a definition of phonics and understand the key aspects of learning to read using phonics. Learn more about key terms such as 'phonemes', 'blending' and 'tricky words'. Find more phonics help on Oxford Owl: What is Oxford Owl?

Information For Parents

E Safety SMART Rules

E-Safety Year One: Smartie the Penguin

E-Safety Year Two: Smartie the Penguin

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