Welcome to Year 2 - Primrose Class!
Mrs Adams Mrs Jeffries
(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.
In Year Two we have selected five 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.
These are the topics we will be covering this year:
Bright Lights, Big City
Towers, Tunnels and Turrets
The Scented Garden
The Scented Garden
Tiptoe through the tulips as your senses discover the blooming foliage and enchanting fragrances of flowers and herbs. Round and round the mulberry bush we go, planing bulbs and seeds, and then watch them grow beneath the sunshine and showers.
Explore the astounding world of the scented garden, but be careful, there are some wild and dangerous plants out there that do astonishing things - just don't touch!
Use the marvellous properties of plants, flowers and herbs to make an exceptional gift for somebody special.
Everything is coming up roses! Why not grown your own?
Bright Lights, Big City
We really enjoyed this topic.
We had an excellent morning in our Great Fire of London workshop and learned a lot about the great fire and what London was like in 1666. We used our learning to make moving pictures of Tudor house on fire. We really enjoyed having you join us at our work celebration, we hope you enjoyed our song.
We used atlases to locate the countries of the United Kingdom and locate each country's capital city. We looked at London and its famous landmarks, comparing aerial photographs to maps of London to help us locate the landmarks.
What did we learn in term 2?
We found out all about castles, why they were built and how they evolved. We investigated which materials would make the best projectile to destroy a castle wall and built our own castles.
We shared a different Rapunzel story, one where the witch met her match!
We learned about towers and tunnels from around the world and designed and built a bridge from marshmallow and spaghetti.
What did we learn in term 1?
We explored the Dinosaur Planet! We Imagined we were palaeontologists (that's a scientist who studies bones and fossils) and dug deep and discover dazzling facts about dinosaurs and other animals. We learnt about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and began to use atlases to locate the continents and oceans of the world and some of the animals that live there.
We had a great day at Wingham Wildlife Park finding out about the animals and dinosaurs and we really hope you enjoyed visiting our very own dinosaur museum and seeing our learning.
Maths challenges and activities will be set for the children to complete on My Maths later in the academic year. 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.
Please listen to your child read at home as much as possible and comment in their home reading records when you do so.
Please continue to read and enjoy lots of additional texts with your child. Reading and listening to a variety of different text types are so important not only to support your child’s reading development but also their writing development.
Please see additional information regarding supporting your child with their reading skills, particulalry comprehension, in the section further down the page.
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.
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