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Lower School – Year 1&2

Spring Term 2019

A warm welcome back to the Spring Term. We hope that you have enjoyed the festive break and that your children are raring to go for another fun filled term.

This term, Year 1 will be exploring ‘Castles’ and Year 2 will be visiting the topic of ‘Egypt’. There are lots of exciting activities planned once again, such as building a castle and making Egyptian jewellery! Year 1 will be visiting Hever Castle and Year 2 will go on an outdoor adventure where they will build dens and get to be at one with nature. Both Year 1 and 2 will also have a workshop from Perform which is space themed.

Year 2 will now be swimming this term so please make sure that they have their swimming kit on a Friday. They wear their uniform to swimming this year, not their Games kit. Year 1 will be involved in lots of designing this term with their Design and Technology topic. We look forward to seeing all of their creations.  We also have lots of Stunning Starts, Marvellous Middles and Fantastic Finishes planned, so keep an eye out on twitter to see a snap shot of these wonderful events.

Follow the links below to find out what your children will be focusing on this term via the curriculum, maps and jigsaws.

Please also remember to check the on-line calendar for those important diary dates which includes the Easter Service.  For those of you who are new to RSM we have created an Event Help Sheet which will help you navigate around our system. Just follow the link below for more information.

We also have the RSM Lower School twitter account (@RSMLowerSchool) that you can follow which shows you the behind the scenes day to day running of the classrooms and a Facebook page which you can LIKE (www.facebook.com/ReigateStMarys/) so that you can see your children in action!

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to come in and chat to us anytime, our door is always open.

 

Reading Homework
Year 1  we recommend that you hear your child read for 10-15 minutes each night. Please spend time discussing with him/her what they have read, making predictions about possible outcomes, as well as drawing his/her attention to the use of punctuation, expression, descriptive language and writing styles. Please use the reading record book on a daily basis to make a brief comment on your child’s reading. Your child will also have the opportunity to take home a book from the school library each week to read alongside their home/school reading book.

Year 2  we recommend that you hear your child read for 10-15 minutes each night. Please spend time discussing with him/her what they have read, making predictions about possible outcomes, as well as drawing his/her attention to the use of punctuation, expression, descriptive language and writing styles. Please use the reading record book on a daily basis to make a brief comment on your child’s reading. Your child will also have the opportunity to take home a book from the school library each week to read alongside their home/school reading book.

Snacks
From now on all snacks will be consumed within the classroom prior to going outside to play. We ask that your child brings in a piece of fresh fruit/vegetables for their morning snack. He/she may wish to bring in a further snack for the afternoon, comprising of either another fresh piece of fruit/vegetable, a small sandwich, plain breadsticks or plain rice cakes. Please ensure that sandwich fillings do not contain nuts or chocolate. We advise that your child brings in a named water bottle, comprising of plain, still, water, to access during lesson times. The children are encouraged to refill this if needed.

Uniform
Children in Key Stage 1 need to arrive at school each day wearing their Blazer and hat (winter hats for girls).  Please ensure that these are named clearly to help us identify these easily if they are mislaid. Children in KS1 are also required to have an art apron in school and once again this needs to be named clearly

 

 

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