Welcome to Year 2!
In Class 2, the teacher is Mrs Jessop and the teaching assistant is Mrs Spruce. Please find below a brief outline of the topics to be covered this term and our daily routines in the class booklet and topic letters. We plan everything around our current topic making everything cross-curricular where possible.
This half term our topic is entitled ‘The House that Jack Built’. This is a science based topic focusing on materials and we will be linking this to our work on traditional tales. We will be investigating the suitability of everyday materials for different tasks. We will use our science lessons as a focus for writing alongside retelling and re-imagining some of our favourite traditional tales. Towards the end of the term, the children will get the chance to design and create their own houses.
Next half term, our topic is entitled ‘Florence and Mary’. This is a history based topic about the lives of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole and their work during the Crimean War.
The children have settled brilliantly into their new class and have enjoyed working together on setting our class rules. Here are a few photographs from our first week:
Role play acting out possible playtime scenarios
We discussed and agreed upon a set of class rules which will all follow.
STEM investigation into building a house for the Three Little Pigs using only cocktail sticks and midget gems!
The children will receive new homework every Friday and this needs to be handed in the following Thursday. All homework is based on what the children have learnt in class that week or research for a forthcoming lesson. Children should be able to attempt homework independently, but may need some adult support to help them keep on task and to answer any questions if they get stuck. Homework tasks are normally English or maths based, but can take the form of topic or research based activities. As part of their homework, children will be sent new Action Words to practise at home every week over the first term.
The children will receive new spellings every Friday and will be tested on the words the following Thursday. The spellings children are given link to the spelling pattern we have been learning in class that week. Please use the ‘look, cover, write, check’ method in their yellow spelling books to help the children learn their spellings. I will note any mistakes in your child’s book for further revision at home.
Please encourage your child to read their reading book as often as possible at home. It is beneficial for your child to read daily. They don’t have to complete a book each night, but a couple of pages every day is extremely valuable to making good progress in reading. Once you have marked in their reading record that the book has been completed, we will change it at school. We run a reward scheme in class to encourage regular reading at home and your child will receive a tick on the chart for every time they read at home, even if this is not the whole book. There are stickers and small prizes at different milestones on the chart.
Our PE sessions in Year 2 are on Mondays and Thursdays this half term. Mr Sheahan will be teaching PE on a Thursday, but this may change after half term. Any changes will be detailed in the next topic letter. Please make sure that all earrings are removed on PE days.