Welcome to Year 2
In year 2, we are always busy bees and we love to learn new things and build on the skills and talents God has given us.
Our class page is a way of showing you what we have been learning in our lessons whilst also informing you about important things that might be coming up during the week. Please visit our class page regularly to see who our star of the week is, what we'll be learning about in English and Maths along with all of the other wonderful things that we do in Year 2!
Miss Neville & Mrs Finnegan
What are we doing next week?
Week commencing: 16th September 2019
In English, we will begin retelling the story of 'The Deep Dark Wood' by planning, drafting, editing and producing a final masterpiece. We will also use our VIPER skills to help us show our understanding of an unseen text.
In Maths, we finish our unit on number and will begin our addition unit by looking at simple adding.
||Writing: Planning a story
||Writing: Drafting a story
||Writing: Editing a story
||Reading: Unseen Text
||Writing: Masterpiece writing
||Numbers to 100: Number patterns
||Addition: Simple Adding
||Addition: Simple Adding
||Addition: Simple Adding
||Addition: Simple Adding
Word of the Day
God wants us to be able to choose our words wisely and think about how we speak to others.
We can only do this if we have a wide range of vocabulary to choose from and this year, we are focusing on extending our children's vocabulary through all of their lessons. In addition to this, we will be learning a new word every day. Have a chat with your child about today's word and see if they can remember what it means!
Autumn Term Homework
Our homework takes a new format this year as it links in with our knowledge based curriculum. Instead of giving out weekly homework sheets, one sheet is given out for the whole term. The homework challenge sheet will be included in the knowledge organiser and your child's homework book. Included in this are:
- Daily tasks that need to be completed that should be done each day. This includes reading, practising spellings, completing a daily maths challenge to remember some of the maths fact fluency addition facts (at the beginning of their homework book) or practising their times tables.
- Super tasks which provide an opportunity for enrichment at home.
- Home Learning Tasks which relate to the different subjects we study in our lessons.
- Extension tasks for those children who want to challenge themselves further.
The homework book is for the children to complete their work in and, once they have completed one of the home learning or extension tasks, they should bring it in to us so we can stamp it to show they have done it.
I will also be giving out handwriting as additional homework and this will come home weekly for them to practise their cursive letters which is a requirement for the end of KS1.
Wonder and awe in God's Creation
God saw all that he had made and it was very good. Genesis 1:31
We began our first Science topic this week and were able to go outside and enjoy observing the plants and trees that God has created for us. The children wowed me with their knowledge of the different parts of the plants and trees and were very curious about the different plants and trees we have around our school environment. They took great care to draw and label their findings and then produced some really detailed writing back in the classroom.
Learning about colours in Art
God has given us many talents and we should use these to paint the world a better place.
Our first Art lesson looked at primary and secondary colours, something we had touched on in our MMADDD sessions last year. The children were excellent at remembering the ways in which we make secondary colours and were inspired by the work of Kandinksy when they made their cool or warm circle paintings.
Our class wish
God wants us to think about how we treat others and follow in his footsteps by making the right choices and spreading love in all that we do.
Today, we talked about what our class wish for this year should be. We always try to think about how a wish could make our time in school even better and the children were really insightful with their responses. They wanted to make sure we always showed love and kindness to each other, never hurt or said or kind things and did things that would help other people. The photographs are their way of showing how they will fulfill this wish.
I'm sure you'll agree, the class wish they created is a really lovely one and i'm sure it will be really hard to pick just one child each half term who has fulfilled this.
Attendance and Punctuality
Each day really does matter in Year 2. We have a lot to learn before we take our SATs in May so it is important your child is in school and ready to learn at 8.45am.
I've attached copies of our timetable below so you can understand how precious every moment really is.
Timetable A is for the odd weeks in the term (1, 3, 5, 7) where we have a reflection on the Monday.
Timetable B is for the even weeks in the term (2, 4, 6, 8) where we have mass on a Wednesday.
In order for your child to be able to fully access the curriculum and to enable us to read with them, please could you ensure your child has the following with them each day:
- Book bag
- Reading book and diary
- Pencil case with essential items
- Knowledge Organiser Folder
Please be reminded that a £5 deposit is required for the pencil case and Knowledge Organiser folder and this should be paid into the office. Thank you.
Striving to be the best that we can be!
God wants us to be the best person that we can possibly be and this comes from trying our hardest in everything we do.
Year 2 is a busy year and there is no escaping that we have to work hard to be ready for our SATs in May but I like to create an environment where children are excited and enthusiastic about their learning. We have lots of reward systems in place to help this and this has always created a real buzz around the classroom.
- House Reading Book Challenge
Daily reading is essential for your child to be fluent with their reading and we need to see this recorded in their reading diaries every night. We also need to have their reading books and diaries in every day so the house reading book challenge is designed to help with this.
Each morning, the children self register when they have brought in their reading book and diary and placed it in the box. If the whole house team brings in their reading books and diaries, each child receives 5 housepoints - a great way to earn lots of housepoints each week!
- The BIG 10 club
Each week, the children will be tested on their 10 spellings and 10 questions in their Big Maths CLIC test. If they get 10 out of 10 in each of these tests, they will become part of the BIG 10 club. It is their job to stay in the club until the end of the half term to receive their BIG 10 certificate and reward.
Make sure you're practising those spellings at home and going onto Big Maths to help you with your CLIC.
- Octopus 8 Club
By the end of Year 2, all children need to be writing using the cursive style with some children joining these letters. Handwriting is therefore a crucial part of their curriculum and will help them as they move through the school. The Octopus 8 club looks for 8 children who are trying really hard with the presentation of their work in all of the lessons. Each week, we look for 8 new members who will wear their Octopus 8 badge with pride. The top 3 children at the end of the half term will receive some special golden time!
Please note: online logins will be given out in their reading diaries next week!
Spellings for Autumn Term 1
You will receive a copy of the spelling list in your knowledge organiser folder but, to clarify, our spellings for this half term are:
Star of the Week
'God wants to fill you with his grace and courage so that you can go out into the world and let your light shine!'
Each week, myself and Mrs Finnegan will choose a member of the class who has shone the brightest to be our 'Star of the Week'. Please come back each Friday to see who our new star is!