Year 1 and 2 Meet the Teacher Evening

Welcome to
‘Meet the Teacher’ Evening
Elm, Birch and Chestnut Classes
24th September 2013
Miss Ives- Reading
• Reading Book colour bands have changed over the
• Each child will be heard read at least once a week in
school. They will also be heard read in guided reading
• Children will move reading levels when they are 100%
fluent in the colour band they are reading and have a good
understanding of what they have read.
• They are expected to be 80% fluent when they move to
the next colour band.
• Each class will have a reading box so that the children will
start to become responsible for changing their own books.
• It is expected that children will read every night at home.
• It is important to support your child by asking them a
range of questions and encouraging them to discuss the
text with you.
• A range of texts could be read in addition to the reading
scheme books, such as books from home, comics,
children’s newspapers, letters and signs, etc.
Letters and Sounds
• Letters and sounds is the government programme for teaching phonics
and high frequency words.
• The children have 4 letters and sounds sessions a week and our grouped
across Foundation Stage and Key Stage One.
• Letters and Sounds is split into 6 phases.
• The children learn to read and write sounds, such as ea, a-e, oy and to
read and write tricky words, such as was, said, what.
• They learn to blend sounds to read words and to segment words for
• In phase 6 they learn about spelling rules for word endings (suffixes).
Reading Activity
Choose a book that your child would enjoy. Can you use the hand-out to
ask a range of questions about the book? Try to include at least one
question from each box.
Sounds – recognising and saying all 26 letters of the alphabet
Spellings – Split into colour groups. Initially the children get 5 spellings,
which follow the first 100 words.
Encourage the children to put the words into sentences
(verbally and in writing)
Tested every 7 to 10 days.
Expected to get 5/5 as they are high frequency words.
From Silver onwards – 10 spellings will be given.
Everyday maths games ideas that can be done at home (handout)
These will help your child to apply their learning to everyday
Counting on in 2s, 5s and 10s.
Times tables – 2, 5, 10
3, 4, 8
all others to 12 x 12
Expectation – for each times table the children can answer random
questions within 3 seconds.
Times tables test!!
Sample SATs questions
Write the total.
Sue has these coins in a box
How much does she put in the box
Just some other reminders…
PE days:
Birch class – Wednesday and Thursday
Elm class – Tuesday and Thursday
Chestnut class – Tuesday and Thursday
Educational Trips
Why are educational trips so important?
• A trip can reinforce what a teacher has been teaching in class about a subject
and help students understand the topic better.
• Taking students into a new environment gives them the experience of traveling
in a group and teaches them to be respectful of the locations they visit.
• Children get to visit a place to which they have never been before. This can be
particularly beneficial for students who are less fortunate and don't have the
opportunity to travel.
• Getting away from the everyday atmosphere of the classroom gives students
(AND TEACHERS!!) an opportunity to spend time with each other in a new
Educational Trips
Trips planned for this term:
Chestnut – Nature walk through the woods to look at how things are changing
now autumn has arrived.
Elm/Birch – Do the Gruffalo trail at Thorndon Country Park to enhance the work we
will be doing in Literacy about Julia Donaldson, the author of the
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our blog!
Thank you so much for coming
this evening!

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