Welcome to Year 2!
We have a superb team in Year 2. Mrs Kernan teaches 2K, Miss Potter teaches 2P and Miss Drew and Mrs Field teach 2DF. We are lucky to have Mrs Lock, Mrs Kempson and Mr Bond working with us in Year 2 this year. Our wonderful teaching assistants are: Miss Carr, Mrs White, Mrs Upstone and Miss Bensley. If you need to speak to us for a quick chat then please feel free to pop in at the start of the day. If you have a query requiring more than just a quick chat then please ask for an appointment with us and we will be happy to find a suitable day and time for you that does not clash with after school club and meetings.
Summer Term update
Our main topic over the summer term is animals. This will include looking at animal habitats in science and geography. The first half term will focus on African animals.
A trip to Marwell Zoo is quickly approaching and we are very excited about this! We hope it will be lots of fun and that it will also provide the children with inspiration to write some brilliant animal stories. The text we will be learning about in literacy is a wonderful book called Giraffes Can’t Dance featuring Gerald the Giraffe. A bit later on in the term, we will be writing non-chronological reports about fictional animals that the children have created, such as a tigeroo or zebraffe!
The second half term will focus on British wildlife and animals like hedgehogs and owls where our focus texts will be ‘The Hodgeheg’ and ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’.
The Summer term will see lots of fun activities including the creation of some funky animal patterns in art, giraffe portraits, painting colour wheels and making some animal puppets in DT or perhaps baking some hedgehog cakes! As well as this we will be having lots of fun in PE through rugby, basketball, tennis and athletics. We will also be studying music by Prokofiev called Peter and the Wolf. A busy but fun term ahead!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support at home with the Home Learning tasks and for reading with your child. Reading at home every day for 5-10 minutes makes such a difference. Remember that there is a video on the school website and our facebook page with top tips on different questions and conversations to have with your child about their reading. Keep working hard to earn your bronze, silver and gold badges!
PE kit: please check that your child has the correct PE kit in school. We have 30 of the same kits in each class so please, please, please make sure all uniform and PE kit is named! We have permanent markers you can borrow. Please also make sure that the PE kit fits, especially plimsoles and trainers. PE days are Mondays and Thursdays.
Spring Term update
We came into school one Monday morning in January to find the Year 2 classrooms had been ransacked and turned upside down! The classrooms were a mess and had been taped off by the police. See our pictures below! The police took some pieces of evidence, but asked us to carry on the investigation. We found that the bead strings had been stolen and discovered 5 teacher badges in the messy classrooms providing us with our 5 suspects- Mrs Burrows, Mr Oakford, Mrs Bennett, Mr Waddington and Mrs Lock. Therefore our focus for the first half of the Spring Term is ‘Whodunnit?’…
Over the term, we will be investigating the crime and eliminating suspects to find out who the culprit was. We will also be writing diaries based on our experiences. Our text for the term will be ‘The Diary of the Killer Cat’ who is also guilty of committing some crimes! We will be busy in other areas of the curriculum including art where we will be drawing silhouettes and sketching the killer cat, as well as science where we will be studying materials and their properties. We will be comparing materials to work out which is most suitable for a jumper for the Killer Cat! In PE we will be doing hockey, basketball and tag rugby which will be fun! Mrs Lock will be teaching gymnastics and dance too.
The second half of the Spring term will see a focus on a story called ‘Masha and the Firebird’. This book, written by Margaret Bateson-Hill, features traditional Russian fairy tale characters: a magical firebird who is the guardian of the eggs of the elements and a vicious witch called Baba Yaga. We will be lucky enough to have a visit from the author, Margaret, which we are looking forward to! During this second half of the Spring term, we will also be doing lots of art and DT inspired by Masha and the eggs as well as some fun music lessons.
Reading at home:
Thank you to the children and parents who are reading lots at home. We cannot stress just how important this is and the difference it makes to your child’s reading. Keep it up and don’t forget to sign your reading grids to get your bronze, silver and gold reading badges!
We also want to take this opportunity to thank you for your support at home with the Home Learning Tasks. The children really enjoy seeing some of these shared in our Home Learning Celebration Assemblies.
Autumn Term 2017
This term our topic is ‘A Healthy Lunch’. We will be reading lots of The Lighthouse Keeper stories about Mr Grinling and his wife, who has to make Mr Grinling’s lunch every day. The children will have the chance to come up with their own healthy lunch stories and instructions inspired by Mr Grinling. In science we will be learning about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and we will be thinking about how Mr Grinling can be the healthiest lighthouse keeper possible!
We will also be very busy in other areas of the curriculum, including some fun art days and studying plants in science. As well as this, we look forward to the things we have planned for Autumn Term 2 including our ‘Post Office and Letters’ topic and some fun Christmas festivities. Please see the Curriculum Overview link below for more details.
Please note that all 3 classes have PE on Mondays and Thursdays. Please make sure your child has the correct PE kit in school, including jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt/jumper/fleece. Also please ensure hair is tied up and earrings are removed or covered in tape. We have 30 of the same kits in each class so we would really appreciate it if all uniform and PE kit was named. We have permanent markers in school that you are welcome to borrow. Thank you in advance for your help with this.
Each child will have an individual reading book which they will read both at home and at school. In year 2, most of the teaching of reading occurs in lessons or in Guided Reading sessions. This is where the teacher sits with a group of 6 children and teaches strategies for reading and ensures understanding of the book through questioning and making predictions. Individual children are also listened to at this time. This is a very effective method of working but does mean that your child will not be heard read from their individual reading book every day. Classroom assistants and volunteers do hear children read regularly but the individual books will be most valuable if your child is heard to read at home for a few minutes each day and the book is discussed with them. You are invited to make comments about your child’s reading in the Reading Diary but please refrain from using green pen. When your child has finished their reading book, they can put it in the ‘Change Book Box’. This box will be out in the classrooms on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please remember that your child can also read any book or magazine from home, especially if they have finished their school book and are waiting for it to be changed.
Children are expected to practise weekly spellings at home as well as reading as often as possible. The children will have their spelling test every Friday. We will be introducing new Home Learning Books to set some exciting homework tasks. We look forward to seeing your creative Home Learning and will be able to share some of the books in our Home Learning Celebration assemblies.