Welcome to Year 2!
Hello to all the grown-ups and children of Seahorse & Stingrays class
Seahorse Class - Miss Sarah McClintock - supported by Miss Mandy Jeffcoate and Mrs Linda Reeves
Stingrays Class - Mrs Emma Theobold - supported by Miss Jessica Tompkins and Ms Emma Rapp
Returning to school after the Christmas break
We will ensure that the children's learning environment remains stimulating but calm and that the children feel they have adults that they can share their thoughts and feelings with. The children will be reminded of the routines to help keep them safe. These routines involve getting children to wash their hands in the outdoor sinks prior to coming into the classroom and then washing their hands at regular intervals during the day. If the children are sharing table top equipment (coloured pencils, rulers, rubbers etc) the equipment will be disinfected at the end of each day and the children will then wash their hands before leaving. All these routines will still be supported by the adults. Any work that is sent home will be left for 72 hours before it leaves the classroom.
Coming into class and leaving at the end of the day
Stingray Class and Seahorse Class
The routines we used in the Autumn Term will be in place for this Spring Term as these were working well. To keep you all safe, we will encourage parents and children to move away from outside both classrooms as quickly as possible and so will only deliver very short messages to you if required. If we need to talk to you or you need to talk to use about matters that will require a longer conversation, we can contact you by telephone. An adult will be on the door at the beginning of the day so you will still be able to let us know if there are any changes to who will be picking your child up.
Reading with your child as frequently as possible is a great idea. Try and complete your child's bookmark to record your reading sessions so we can celebrate your child's achievements in a year group assembly where reading certificates will be handed out. In class, the children will have plenty of opportunities to read books picked from their class collections. The library books are not being accessed at the moment but we are now using online texts from 'Epic Reading' that the children are enjoying. As part of English curriculum we share a range of lovely books linked to our topic. These texts will develop the children's ability to read for meaning and understanding. This will equip the children with the ability to read, independently, any book in any subject in the future.
We will continue to plan the English in very much the same way as it has been done in Year 1. We will take good quality texts, full of rich language and work on these for two or three weeks. The children will have the opportunity to employ all that they have learnt in a longer writing session over the course of the two to three weeks. We are keen to build on the developments made in Year 1 in terms of supporting the children in being independent learners. The skills they learn as writers will be transferred to other subjects. For example, the children may write about their thoughts and feelings in RE or record their observations of science investigations. We will develop the children’s positive attitudes and stamina to writing. We will teach the children to make simple additions to their own writing by evaluating it with a teacher and other peers, to re-read their writing to check it makes sense and to proof-read their writing to check for errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation. We will encourage the children to articulate and justify answers and opinions. We will help the children to use their spoken language to speak audibly, fluently and to help them express their ideas effectively.
As with the English, we will continue to have daily whole-class teaching sessions. The children will also be taught in a small group once a week. We can track their progress very effectively and provide them with differentiated work that meets their needs. There will be an independent maths task in each lesson and the children will be invited to complete this so they can demonstrate how they have used and applied what they have learnt. We will have ‘learning review’ sessions periodically so that the children can share their ideas with their peers.
The Carnival Of The Animals
The topic this half term is 'The Carnival Of The Animals'. Using the beautiful music of Camille Saint-Saen, ‘The Carnival of the Animals’, as the backdrop to our topic we will explore how animals and humans are connected and explore their similarities and differences. We will look at how animals adapt themselves to manage their habitats and why some habitats are dying out. The topic is closely linked to our science work we will cover about animals and humans-'Living things and their Environments’. We will look at animals habitats and how animals can be classified by sorting then into groups,
P.E. - twice a week, on a Tuesday(indoor) and Friday (outdoor). Please leave your child’s kit in school until half term. We will set up a system for the children to bring P.E. kit to you that no longer fits them. If your child has long-hair please make sure it is tied back. If your child has pierced ears, please ensure that the earrings are removed or there is tape available so your child can cover them.
We will continue to send home a homework sheet with two "must do" tasks and a selection of other tasks that you may like to try with your child. The homework will last for two or three weeks. The children can return their homework books to school to share what they have done with the class.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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