Welcome to Year 2 - Primrose Class!
Mrs Stevens Mrs Jefferies
(Class Teacher) (Teaching Assistant)
We are always happy to help, at the end of each day we are on the door and available for any questions or queries.
What methods are we currently using in Maths?
What have the highlights been this week?
The children really enjoyed their trip to the RAF Manston History Museum this week, with one pupil giving it a five star rating! All children agreed that they enjoyed it so much, they would like to go again! Lots was learnt about the artefacts on display and the children have written excellent recounts in English.
We also enjoyed our nature walk on Monday. We identified lots of signs of the season and began to learn about weather forecasts and symbols.
What are we going to be learning in Autumn term 2?
In term 2 our new topic will be 'Splendid Skies'. Please see the homework section below for the project ideas this term.
In History, we will be learning about the work of Irish-British hydrographer Sir Francis Beaufort. We will be be thinking about how his work has contributed to national and international achievements. We will also look at the invention of flight and how aircraft have changed over time. To enagage the children in this learning, we will be taking a trip to the RAF Manston History Museum to explore the aircraft.
In Geography, we will be using world maps and atlases to name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans. We will also be naming, locating and identifying the characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding areas. We will then explore and compare the climate of different countries around the world. What is the climate like? What would I need to pack to go on holiday there?
In art we will be comparing skies in art, by exploring the work of different artists. We will then create our own art using collage and painting techniques.
In Science, we will be going on a nature walk to explore signs of the current season then considering how we can keep a record of weather patterns for each season throughout the year. We will then move on to identifying the uses of a variety of everyday materials including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard. We will test materials to see if they are waterproof. We will also be finding out how the shapes of solid objects can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.
Below are the links to the PowerPoint at the meeting.
In Year Two we have selected six topics that we hope will captivate the children’s interests. Through cross-curricular teaching we will cover different areas of the curriculum in an exciting and engaging way. We begin a topic with something to hook the children in, this is called the “engage” stage. The children then “develop” their learning before presenting what they have been learning. This provides the children a context to share their work and we refer to this as the “express” stage. At the end of a topic we would like to invite you into school so that we can showcase the children’s learning. This will also be an opportunity for you to see the children’s classroom and books.
Here is an overview of all the topics we will be covering throughout the year:
Here is an outline of what a week looks like in Year 2. As the year and the children evolve, our weekly timetable will change accordingly. Please click for current timetable below.
We believe in positive praise and always seek opportunities to reward the children. We always try to follow the “5 B’s” which are:
Be kind and gentle
Be the best you can be
Our friendly classroom critters live in a bubble. They love to watch us learning and sometimes, if we are working very quietly, they like to sit on our desks!
On Tuesday 30th October, we will be visiting the RAF Manston History Museum to engage the children in our new topic 'Splendid Skies'. The children will have the opportunity to look around the museum, exploring a range of aircraft as well as getting a closer look at engines, ejector seats, helmets and munition. Please see the letter at the top of this page for more detailed information.
Please see the topic overview for further possible trips. We will notify parents as soon as trips are confirmed.
Each term the children will be given a topic based home learning project. Here is the home learning project ideas for Autumn term 1:
Maths challenges and activities will be set for the children to complete on My Maths. If you need a reminder about your child’s log in details please come and see us.
Please help your child to learn pairs of numbers that make 10 so that they can quickly be recalled. Then do the same for pairs of numbers to make 20. This work underpins much of our maths work in class. Consequently it is very important that this is constantly revisited and practised throughout the year.
Addition and subtraction of small numbers can be practised and reinforced by playing simple board games such as Snakes and Ladders using two or even three dice. Card games such as Pontoon or ‘Making 21’ also work well to support addition and counting on skills.
Also, please practise counting forward in jumps of 2, 5 and 10 to help learn the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Then try counting back in jumps of 2, 5 and 10. Then do the same for the 3 and 4 times tables.
In light of the new curriculum we have made changes to our reading system.
Please listen to your child read at home as much as possible and comment in their home reading records when you do so.
The children are trying hard to be our class Star Reader of the week. In order to be the Star Reader your child needs to have read more than anyone else in the class over the course of a week.
Please continue to read and enjoy lots of additional stories with your child. Reading and listening to stories are both so important not only to support your child’s reading development but also their writing development.
The spelling lists document (attached below) includes a list of words for each week. These are words that we will practise reading and spelling during the week at school. You may wish to help your children to practise spelling these words at home .These are words that the children need to be able to spell as part of the Year 2 spelling curriculum.