welcome to class 2
Once upon a time...part 2
Everyone knows the story of Jack and the beanstalk, but what ever did happen to the giant? We will be finding out in Year 2!
We will discover many interesting things along the way and we are hoping to be lucky enough to have visitors to school to share their expertise on certain subjects. Our computing skills will also be helpful in us researching. It will be really important to be able to offer clear explanations to others about what we have discovered.
In science we will be studying a range of materials and there suitability. In turn this will help us to develop our DT skills, using a range of tools and materials.
Through are discussion in R.E. we will be able to look at things from different perspectives.
We will use our outdoor area and the school grounds as much as possible to enhance our learning and provide real life contexts.
Over the weeks I am sure this topic will build and develop as the children explore and investigate further. We will keep you updated with our discoveries!
We are really enjoying our theme in school and we hope that the children are sharing their learning and achievements with you at home.
P.E. – Monday
Miss Edwards will teach the class on Thursday morning when Miss Campbell has her PPA time.
Homework will be given on Thursday and will be returned the following Wednesday.
Reading percentages are calculated on a Thursday. Reading records are checked three times a week. Children need to read at least three times a week.
FAME (Whole class violin lessons) will take place on Thursday led by Mrs Howles.
Library - Friday (children can borrow a book from our school library. They must return their chosen book in order to borrow another one)
Forest School - Friday. Please make sure wellies and a change of clothes are in school.
English and Mathematics
As always our English and Mathematics skills are of upmost importance. We will link our learning as much as possible within the context of our theme to make our learning interesting and enjoyable.
Our writing skills and knowledge are developing well and we will continue to make sure all our writing has accurate spelling and punctuation. We will also be learning about conjunctions this half term - how we use them and when we use them and we will be working hard to include a range of conjunctions within our writing. This will enable the children to add more detail and build ideas in their writing. We will also continue to expand our vocabulary, making careful choices of sentence openers, verbs and adjectives to create interest and effect.
Our reading will reflect our writing. We will read a range of texts, discussing and answering questions about them. We will make sure we have a range of strategies we can use to decode unfamiliar words and we will discuss the meaning of the new words we meet. As we read we will check that what we have said makes sense and re-read the text when it doesn't. We will also re-read texts in order to improve our fluency and expression. When demonstrating comprehension we will make sure we understand the type of answer the question needs and search the text to formulate an accurate response. Non-fiction texts will be a particular focus this half term and we will make sure we can identify their features.
Within our phonic and spelling sessions we will make sure we are applying our phonics knowledge accurately by selecting the appropriate graphemes. We will also learn strategies for learning words we find difficult to spell. We will discover about contractions and we will begin to learn rules for adding suffixes. As always we will continue to improve our spelling of high frequency words and will continue to expand our knowledge of homophones. We will make sure we aim for accurate spelling every time we write by employing appropriate spelling strategies or using resources to support. We have three words each week that are non-negotiable and must be spelt correctly every time we write them.
In mathematics we will be deepening our understanding of two digit numbers, counting patterns, addition and subtraction. We will develop our knowledge of multiplication and division, learning a range of methods to calculate. We will apply what we have used to a range of contexts, completing mathematical investigations and problems. We will explain, reason and justify our findings.
Our science theme at present is 'Uses of everyday materials'. Within this we will identify what material objects are made from. We will develop our vocabulary to describe the properties of materials. We will apply the vocabulary to give reasons why certain objects are made from certain materials and consider the suitability within different contexts. We will also investigate the effect of stretching, bending, twisting and squashing materials.
We value the support you can give your child at home in helping to develop the basic skills of English and Mathematics.
In Year 2 we hope that children will be engaged in some form of homework for approximately 10-15 minutes per night. Most of this time will be used to read with your child and discuss what they have read. Reading stories on a regular basis helps children develop a sense of the story structure and fires their imagination.
The children will be given a spelling activity as well. These will usually be based on the phonics and/or spelling patterns we have been learning during the week. We will also focus upon the spelling of high frequency words.
The children will have one additional piece of homework which will help to embed the mathematics or literacy learning we have covered during the week.
On occasions additional activities and suggestions may be sent home to support your child's development.