Ash - Year 2
Staff in our class
Welcome to Year 2, Ash Class!
Mrs Ball is our class teacher working alongside our amazing Mrs Cook.
Mrs Ball Mrs Cook
Dungeons and Dragons!
Dear Children, Parents and Carers,
This half term, we will continuing to develop a cross curricular mix of subject areas based on our exciting topic of Dungeons and Dragons! Through this topic we will develop skills in a range of areas including History, Design Technology & Art, ICT, PE, Literacy & Numeracy!! The following is an example of the types of activities we will be carrying out this term. As Historians, the children will be finding out about the way of life of people in the past. We will research castle life, looking at coats of arms, food and the designs of castles. We will also find out about entertainment such as jousting and court jesters. As Geographers we will be looking at castles all over the world and finding the ones nearest to us. As Designers we will be we will be exploring mechanisms. We will look at how drawbridges work and we will design and make our own. We will also design and make dragon catchers (just in case we see any in the school grounds!) As Artists we will be designing, and creating our own coats of arms, using the ideas from our research to help us. We will also be deigning a new Tower for Tamworth Castle using our Science knowledge, properties of materials. As Scientists we shall be looking at forces and movement and how essential this is when designing battle weapons. We shall also make a few of our own! As Creative Thinkers we shall be using the fantastic outdoors area. We will be thinking about creating dragon dens (in case any dragons come for a visit) and we will also be training to be a knight, ready for a Knight’s Challenge! If we have time, we are also going to hold a Banquet in the style of those held many years ago. As Members of a Community linking in with our SMSC we will explore the rules of castle life. We will find out who made the rules and what happened if they were broken. We will then explore how our community (school) makes rules and how rules and laws are made now. As Time Travelers we will be visiting Tamworth Castle to bring all of our learning to life and experience it first hand and a letter will be sent out with all the details in the next week or so.
Our literacy is based around a fantastic text ‘The Dragon Machine’ by Helen Ward which will start our creative thinking about dragons and writing Fantasy Stories. Then, we shall be looking at non-fiction texts where we shall research facts about castles and write our own information panels for our class museum. The children will be inviting you in at the end of this unit to share with you all of their amazing learning so keep an eye out for your invitation!
Our phonics groups run daily and your child is grouped specifically to his/her needs. The spellings each week reinforce their learning and will be given out on a Friday and then tested the following Friday.
PE. We shall continue to do PE on a Tuesday afternoon and a Friday morning. It is essential that we have a full PE kit which the children can use outside, so please, warm tracksuit bottoms and a blue jumper with proper trainers. Thank you.
My Way Homework is very important as it helps your child to go over and practice what they have learnt in school. This term, we shall be continuing to set longer time scale homework where the children can use their creative thinking skills to take their learning wherever they want regarding our topic and we shall be setting short term homework that is very specific to your child’s literacy and numeracy. Every child gets a gold card for their homework!
As a team, we are always here for you. If you need to discuss anything, please come in and chat to us or book an appointment so we can discuss your child without feeling rushed.
Thank you for your continued support,
Mrs Ball and Mrs Cook
My Way Homework
We shall be setting homework around our topic and this shall be stuck into our books for you and we shall keep you informed each week.
Trip to Loughborough Tamworth Castle!
We have organised a very exciting trip for Year Two to go to Tamworth Castle on Wednesday 4th February 2015. This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to see first-hand their learning regarding our exciting topic, Castles. Our topic is cross-curricular where we are researching Castles through History, Geography, Art, Science, Design Technology, Literacy, Numeracy and SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) and experiencing Tamworth Castle will bring our topic and learning to life.
During our time at Tamworth, the children will be having two exciting sessions. In session one, we will meet the Squire’s Wife who will explain who she is and her duties at the castle. She will talk about the armour a knight would wear and how the squire has to look after it and the group will help build the suit of armour onto the stand. She will then talk about other aspects of their training including learning to protect and defend. This session will finish with a short bill drill activity with marching!
In session two, we meet The Lady and the Servant. The servant will greet us and explain how to prepare the room for the Lord and Lady’s luncheon. The Lady then talks about her life and how different it is to her servant’s.
We shall then take a tour of the rest of Tamworth Castle where we shall become history detectives and find answers to many questions together. This is a wonderful opportunity for the children to bring their learning to life and we know they are going to have an excellent day. If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Mrs Ball and Mrs Cook
Phonics is very important as this comes into every lesson and every subject. Here is a great link for you to try at home: Sandcastle Quiz – build a sandcastle and get to know the common spelling patterns for the Year 2 vowel phonemes, Write a Postcard – help Salty Sam to write a postcard and get used to using words containing alternative spelling patterns for vowel phonemes in sentences, Magic Pencil – watch how magic pencil writes vowel phonemes then have a go yourself!, play some games then do your own worksheets.
I Am Learning
Don’t forget that you can also get onto ‘I am learning’ where you can play fun games which backs up the learning which we do in our classroom. If you are not sure of your password, come into school and we will tell you: https://www.iamlearning.co.uk/
Snakes and Ladders – Practise counting to 100 whilst having fun!: http://www.funzac.com/play/Snakes%2520And%2520Ladders.html