welcome to class 2
Wanted: The Perfect Pet
Henry really wants a pet dog more than anything in the whole wide world because everyone know that dogs are the perfect pet!
The children in class 2 like nothing more than discussing their pets so this is the perfect theme for our learning. We will use our computing skills to conduct research on pets, save and open documents, copy and paste images and text and change the text font and size. As scientists we will look at the life cycles of animal and identify what we need to do to care for them including identifying the three basic needs. As artist we will develop printing skills in order to select effective techniques to create images.
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
Homework will be given on Thursday and will be returned the following Wednesday.
Reading percentages are calculated on a Thursday. Reading records are checked everyday. Children need to read at least three times a week.
FAME (Whole class violin lessons) will take place on Thursday led by Mrs Brannelly.
Spellings will be given on Thursday and tested the following Friday.
Big Maths and Spelling Challenges - Friday
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 with Mrs Bell. 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.
Over the year we have learnt about many writing features and now it is time to make sure we can use many of these features in each piece we write. We will make sure we cover a range of genres including writing descriptions, letters, instructions, adverts and stories to showcase our skills and creativity. Alongside this we will make sure we continue to develop stamina to write at length. To help this we will make sure we plan ideas thoroughly and refer back to these as we write. We will also analyse how other people have written the text we are trying to create so we can include these features within our writing. Every time we write we will always make sure we read back through our work to check our punctuation and spelling is correct.
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. 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. Skills like predicting, inferring and comparing will continue to be developed.
Within our phonic and spelling sessions we will revise and improve the accuracy of our spelling. We will learn about strategies and resources we can use when we are unsure of how to spell a word. 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 now have three words each week that are non-negotiable and must be spelt correctly every time we write them. These words link to our theme usually. As part of the Year 2 spelling currciulum we will also consolidate our knowledge of suffixes and contractions, revise and learn further homophones and discuss further spelling patterns.
In mathematics we will be increasing our knowledge and skills at using the four operations. We will also learn about fractions, time and measure. We will also spend some time consolidating other areas of mathematics we have already covered this year. 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.
We are focusing upon 'Animals, including humans'. We will identify animals and their young, representing the changes that occur as they grow in a life cycle diagram. We will also identify the needs animals have in order to survive, including the three basic needs. We will use our research skills to support us with this. We will also identify things that keep humans healthy such as exercise and healthy eating. Here we will plan investigations using simple equipment to conduct them and conduct surveys in order to draw conclusions.
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 few spellings to learn 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.