Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope you had a lovely Christmas and a nice break over the holidays.
We had a very busy Autumn term and the children have now settled well into year 2. Last term we had fun learning all about Kenya and comparing it to Batley - we learnt about different homes, daily lives, landscapes, clothing and the children particularly enjoyed a visit from local historian Malcolm Haigh who told us all about Batley's industrial past. Malcolm was very impressed by the children's attitudes and behaviour, and has been back to see them since. We found out about Remembrance Day and took our poppies down to Batley Cenotaph. The children behaved impeccably and were very respectful. In Science we learnt about materials, we tested out waterproof materials and made an umbrella for our class teddy bear Paddington. Below are some photographs of some of last term's activities.
This term our exciting new topic is 'Great Explorers'. We will be learning all about Christopher Columbus, Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake and will be finding out what explorers do and need. We will even be going on a little expedition of our own in the school grounds and making a healthy sandwich to take with us. This links nicely to our science topic - 'Growth and survival' where we will be finding out about the needs and lifecycles of humans and animals. Continuing the explorers link, in literacy we will be reading 'The Great Explorer' by Chris Judge and 'Bob the man on the moon' by Simon Bertram. In maths we will be starting a new topic on multiplication and division.
This term we will be focusing on handwriting, spelling and punctuation. You can support your child by practising their spellings with them - practising little and often helps the children to retain the spellings and apply them in their writing not just in their spelling test. This term we will also be preparing the children for the upcoming SATs tests in May. We will be in touch with more information about this a little later in the term.
As always, if you have any issues that you wish to speak to me about please feel free to see me after school or contact the office to arrange an appointment.
Thank you for your continued support and co-operation,