“Hand in hand with God,we live love and learn together.”
“By God’s grace, we learn to loveand love to learn.”
This half term our focus text is The Dragon Machine. We will be writing a story based upon the text using our own ideas for a change of character and machine.
We will go onto create an information poster about Dragons.
Author of the Term - Helen Ward
Our Author for this half term is Helen Ward. She is a very successful writer and illustrator and has published many wonderful books including The Dragon Machine, Tin Forest, The Boat and the retelling of Aseop's fable The Hare and the Tortoise.
We will be using her texts within our Guided Reading and English lessons.
The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers
'Once there was a boy who, one day, found himself on the moon, and he was not alone...'
This half term we are going to be working on the text On the Way Home. We are going to be learning about adjectives and expanded noun phrases and apply these when writing out character descriptions. Afterwards we are going to be planning and writing our own stories in the style of the 'On the Way Home.'
This half term we are reading the book 'Beegu'. This book is about an alien who is lost. We will start off by thinking about who Beegu is and how he is feeling. We will then be designing and labelling our own planets and also a new friend for Beegu. We will go on to write a character description for Beegu's new friend.
We will finish this half term writing instructions on 'How to make a flying rocket'.
Our guided reading sessions this half term are based on the book 'Ruby's Worry'. We are starting this term doing whole class guided reading where we will share a text and complete activities based on that text using VIPERS (Vocabulary, Infer, Predict, Explain, Retrieve and Sequence/ Summarise).
We will also be aiming to listen to individual readers at least once a week. Could you please make sure your child has their reading diary and reading book in each day as this day may vary.
Reading books should now have been sent home for you to read and enjoy together and we ask parents to support their children with their reading on a nightly basis. Reading books will be changed on a Monday and Thursday. Between these days please encourage your child to read their school book more than once as this aids fluency and understanding. Feel free to also read your own books from home and online books.
Author of the Term
Our Author of the term is Jill Murphy. She is an incredibly successful children's author and has written numerous best sellers loved by children and parents. We will be reading a range of her books within class as well as using them within our Guided Reading and English lessons.
Common Exception Words
Common Exception Words are words that the children are expected to be able to read and write by the end of the academic year. We will do lots of work on these words within our English and Phonics lessons and you might also see them popping up in your child's spellings.
Below is a word mat listing each of the words included in the Year 1 and Year 2 lists. I have also added a Power point of the words so you can practise reading them at home.