Welcome to Year 2 - Primrose Class!
Mrs Adams Mrs Jeffries
(Class Teacher) (Teaching Assistant)
Dancing feet, step to the samba beat. Shake it, shimmy, hands in the air, wave your flags in the cool night air.
Come join the party down in Rio, keeping the rhythm with your party shaker. Bright colours, patterns and feathers. Can you make a headdress or party mask? Meet magical creatures from Brazil’s myths and legends and create your own too. Be as fancy as you like. Let’s get down to Rio where football is king, and practise our skills on golden beaches. Now we need to plan a celebration with fabulous music and song.
Bem-vindo ao Brasil os meus amigos.
Wow, what a busy term!
We have been on a mini beast hunt, learned about food chains and the life cycles of different insects. We know about the different ways in which an insect can protect itself - camouflage, mimicry or playing dead and we have found out why bees make honey and that bees are important for our own survival. In class, we have watched caterpillars become butterflies and tadpoles grow into froglets. We may our very own ant army and even made our own animations to show the different life cycles.
We started the term with an alien ship crash landing on the school field, thank goodness there wasn't any major damage and the field had recovered in time for you all to return to school!
We learnt about the solar system and used the internet to research each of the planets. We looked at different materials and their properties and created a simple circuit with a light bulb to send messages to space. We found out about famous astronauts who have travelled in space and looked at the physical geographical features that can be seen from the International Space Station and satellites that orbit Earth.
You have done an amazing job of keeping up with all of your learning this term, despite the difficult circumstances.
In addition to all of your super work in maths and English, you have learned about animal groups and how to classify animals in science, about the prehistoric world in history and about the continents and oceans in geography. Dinosaur Planet really is a busy topic!
We have been busy learning about the seasons, their weather the different things we need to wear in each season. We have looked at the globe and atlases and have found the equator. We know that the countries on the equator are the hottest because they are closest to the sun.
We used a thermometer to measure the temperature and we made paper helicopters to investigate the wind.
We wrote an information texts about Wondrous Winters and Splendid Summers.
We have been busy finding out about how things have changed over time, transport, toys and household objects. We have looked carefully at items and placed them on a timeline. We also thought about how we have changed as we have got older, noticing the things we can do now that we couldn't do as babies.
We learnt about our senses and went on a senses walk around the school to see what we could hear, smell, feel, see and taste.
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:
Rio de Vida
Wriggle and Crawl
In addition to the home learning activities above, I have added links for White Rose Maths and Twinkl who are providing some free home learning activities.
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