welcome to class 2
The Magic Carpet
Reading - Children will continue to develop their decoding skills, increasing their pace and accuracy of decoding. We will re-read to develop fluency and expression in our reading. After reading we will discuss and describe characters, retell stories; discussing events, and answer questions about what they have read. The children will visualise and identify and discuss new vocabulary to deepen their understanding of what they have read. Guided Reading takes place every day and we will focus on a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
Writing - Our current skills focus is using expanded noun phrases to describe in greater detail, using commas for lists and also apostrophes for possession.
We will use the text 'Journey' by Aaron Becker. It has no words but the pictures tell a magical adventure full of different themes and hidden symbolism. The children will use the images to create their own expanded noun phrases and descriptive sentences. The children will include possessive apostrophes and commas for lists when they write to describe how the flying machine works.
We will continue to work on our spelling strategies including adding suffixes such as -er, -est, -ful, -less, -ly.
We have now learned about 2D and 3D shapes and are moving on to measurement and time.
The children will learn how to use rulers and tape measures to measure lengths and heights. They will use balances and scales to measure mass, whilst using measuring cylinders and jugs to calculate the capacity of containers. They will read temperatures on thermometers. The children will learn the different units of measure, compare and order measures as well as solve problems.
In the topic 'Time', the children will learn to read analogue clocks to the hour, half hour, quarter past, quarter two and 5 minute intervals. They will need to know that there are 24 hours in a day and 60 minutes in an hour
KIRF - Recall number bonds to 100 (Please practise at home.)
Please read with your child at least 3 times a week. I cannot stress how important this is - it really can make a difference!
PE - Friday Children should come to school wearing PE shorts, t-shirt and tracksuit. If your child can wear shorts underneath their tracksuit or bring some in this will be helpful during gymnastic and dance sessions. Long hair must be tied up. If your child wears earrings, they must either take the earrings out or put plasters/surgical tape over the earrings.
Library - Friday Children are able to loan a book from the library. They must return a book in order to loan another one. Books can be kept for as long as needed. Children can also access the library on Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtimes.
Forest School – Thursday Children can bring in suitable clothing to change into in the afternoon. Please make sure the children have wellies and an old coat. Depending on the weather they may need gloves, hat etc. in school. Make sure all items are named. We have waterproof suits that will be placed on top.
Reading percentages are calculated on a Thursday. Reading records are checked on Thursdays. Children need to read at least three times a week.
Miss Handy will teach the class on Wednesday afternoons and Miss Edwards on alternate Wednesday mornings.
Homework will be given on Friday and should be returned the following Thursday.
Humans and Other Animals - We will learn about the offspring of different animals and the adults they grow into.
We will explore the life stages of humans and life cycles of other animals. The basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival such as water, food, air and shelter. Identify the need for exercise, a balanced diet and good hygiene.
The World - How should we care for our world, and why does it matter? We will look at how religions teach about right and wrong as well as how to care for others. We will look at creation stories and how religions teach ways to take care of the planet.