Welcome to Year 2
Hello to all the grown-ups and children of Seahorse & Stingray class
Seahorse Class - Miss Sarah McClintock - supported by Miss Abi Knowles and Mrs Lucy Higgs (Mrs Higgs is new to our team this year. She came for a visit on 'Moving-Up Day' and had a lovely morning meeting the children).
Stingrays Class - Mrs Davies-Muir - supported by Mrs Gemma Muldoon and Mrs Sarah Hustwitt.
Coming into class and leaving at the end of the day
Stingray Class and Seahorse Class
The classroom doors are open at 8.45 and a member of staff from the class will be there to take any messages you have. The children will exit from the same door at the end of the day. If you would like to have a longer chat with the class teacher, please let the member of staff on duty know and the teacher will call or email to arrange a time to talk.
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 their 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. We also use online texts from 'Epic Reading' that the children thoroughly enjoy. You can access 'Epic Reading' at home. As part of English curriculum, we share a range of lovely books linked to our topic. The work we complete on the texts will develop the children's ability to read for meaning. The reading books your child takes home are linked to Monster Phonics. The children are familiar with the Monster Phonics characters. These characters are colour-coded and so are words in the reading books. You can also access Monster Phonics online too.
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 for writing. We will teach the children to make simple additions to their own writing by supporting them to proof-read their work to check for errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation. 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. 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. We have lots of ways of helping the children understand new concepts in maths. It is important to provide the children with different models of the same concept. It is also important for the children to handle maths equipment so that they can find answers to questions. We play lots of maths games.
The Great Fire of London
This is a great topic to start the year. We asked the children what they knew already and were nicely surprised by what they could tell us! Now we know what they know, it has been important to get the children to tell us what they would like to find out through the course of the topic. Here are some of the questions they would like an answer to. Perhaps you may be able to help your child with some summer holiday topic research!
1. Where, exactly, did the fire start?
2. Why did it start in a bakery?
3. Why weren't there any fire engines or fire extinguishers?
4. Were all the houses made of wood and why?
5. How did they put the fire out?
6. Who helped?
7. How long did it last?
P.E. is twice a week, on a Tuesday (indoor) and a 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.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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