Wagtails

Welcome to the Year 1/2 Wagtails Page
The Wagtails have had so many incredible learning adventures in their work for the topic of Dragons, Knights and Castles! 

They have enjoyed exclusive access to the woodland to go in search of a missing dragon's egg, created their own medieval heraldic shields, been visited by a dragon and dragon keeper and even went back in time to become castle designing spies! 
Wagtails Class are getting to grips with their tennis skills! 
The children of Wagtails Class have designed catapults in Design and Technology, and were making and testing their designs.
Wagtails have been on a materials hunt outside, making the most of our beautiful school and learning about materials in Science!
Thank you to all parents for your continued support and interest in your child’s learning. 

Reading 
We would be grateful if all children could practise reading with an adult at home at least 3 times a week. Please record this reading within the reading record book according to your child's Accelerated Reader level!

Spellings 
Spelling remains a whole school priority again this year and we are continuing with the weekly lists your child brings home to practise. They will all bring home the statutory Year 1/2 spellings, as well as some common exception words they need to become fluent with.

Your child will be bringing their new spellings home each Friday. Please help them to practise these, and remind your child to bring this book in to school every Friday.


What we will be covering this term
Please find a downloadable copy of our 'Curriculum Letter' in below - enclosed is an overview of all the exciting things that the Wagtails will be up to this term!

Wagtails Maths Challenge

Our Wagtail children participate in maths challenges designed to develop fluency in number and to encourage the use of mental strategies to solve arithmetic problems. There are 15 challenges for the children to work through in total over the two years. We will test the children approximately twice a half term but will always do an extra test if you think your child is ready for a new challenge - just let us know.

You can see your child’s current challenge by looking in their maths challenge homework book. The challenge sheet has a few sample questions on it to show the way your child will be tested in school but they will usually need lots of practise to master a challenge. They will learn most successfully if they practise regularly for shorter periods, rather than trying everything in one go.

All children will work through the challenges at their own pace and may not complete them all. They may find some more difficult than others and may not be successful the first time. However, the mistakes they make are an important part of the learning process and children should be encouraged to persevere and their hard work will pay off!

As well as practising by writing out the number bonds or times tables that your child is working on, they may enjoy having a go at the ‘Hit the Button’ online.  This is free to use (although you can buy an app too) and can be used for any of the targets. Rhymes can also help as well as looking at a number grid and colouring in the multiples of a number.