welcome to class 2
A crime has been committed in Story Town! A straw house and a stick house have been destroyed. Police are appealing for any information to help them in their investigation.
Year 2 are expert detectives and are busy collecting evidence to identify who has committed this most despicable crime. We will be apply our computing knowledge in order to log all evidence collected. As geographers are mapping skills will be extremely useful. We will also make links with British laws and values, personal, social and emotional aspects and R.E. to aid us in decision what has happened and looking 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 use different types of sentences and expanded noun phrases when appropriate. We will also be learning about conjunctions this half term - how we use them and when we use them. This will enable the children to add more detail and build ideas in their writing.
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.
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 homophones. As always we will continue to improve our spelling of high frequency words. 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 and counting patterns. We will also develop strategies for adding and subtracting. We will apply what we have used to a range of contexts including money, completing mathematical investigations and problems. We will explain, reason and justify our findings.
Our science theme at present is 'Living things and their habitat'. within this we will identify things that are living, things that are dead and things that have never been alive and begin to use appropriate scientific language to explain how we know. We will be able to name habitats and state what plants and animals live within them. We will sue books to research information if we are unsure. We will also discover about food chains.
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.