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
Booth Wood Hall of Fame!
Dear Children, Parents and Carers,
We hope you have had a great summer holiday and ready for some exciting learning. Mrs Cook and myself have an exciting curriculum for you this year. Our learning will continue to be cross-curricular linking all of our subjects whilst also bringing in skills for later life too.
Our first half term Topic will be ‘Hall of Fame’ where we will be understanding what is meant by ‘fame’ and also ‘achievement vs. celebrity culture’. Our first two weeks will look at Florence Nightingale to decide why she is famous and also why we still think of her today. The next two weeks will delve into the life and music of John Lennon and finally British designer Vivienne Westwood! Our learning will take us to living a Cat-Walk-Walk-of-Fame dream! We will be asking each child to bring in some old clothes or charity shop purchases to fit your child which they can then take to pieces and modify to create new exciting outfits for our fashion show in which you will all be invited to at the end of this topic! This unites our core curriculum of Numeracy, Literacy, DT and Science with skills for later life such as measuring, sewing, designing, creating, being critical of our learning all combining determination, not giving up and meeting deadlines. Our SMSC (Spiritual, Social, Moral and Cultural) will look at the ‘causes’ that our famous people believed/believe in and how they are used their ‘fame’ for the greater good.
Our literacy will be looking at Stories with a Familiar Setting where we shall be scrutinising texts, learning new grammar, vocabulary and then using all of these elements to write our own exciting story. Also, this year, we shall spend more time on our comprehension skills understanding the texts we are working on each week and that comprehension skills are an essential part of every lesson.
In numeracy we shall also be looking at the way our numbers work, understanding the vocabulary of ‘more’, ‘less’, which then links with our addition and subtraction. The children will also learn the skill of partitioning numbers (e.g. 24 = 2 tens and 4 units). It would be brilliant if you could practise correct number formation and the value of different coins with your children at home.
Our phonics will run daily, first thing after registration and again grouped specifically to your child’s needs. We will continue to use the Read Write Inc. Phonics which all children in Key Stage 1 have experienced last year and loved. This programme teaches reading for meaning, reading of ‘alien words’, ‘blending’ and also brings in their handwriting at the same time, embedding their learning on a daily basis. Their spellings each week will be reinforcing their learning. Due to the success of our phonics, there are some children who are already off this programme and they will continue to be challenged understanding suffixes, prefixes, root words and the manipulation of these root words for complex spelling patterns. These children’s spellings will be based around what they are doing in class, again bringing a context of their learning. Spellings will be given out on a Friday and then tested the following Friday. It will be great if you could help your child to learn these spellings so they can apply these in their writing on a daily basis. Phonics is fun and fast paced and if practiced daily at home as well as school, we shall see the children progress at an exciting pace.
As a team, we are always here for you. If you need to discuss anything, please come in or make an appoint and chat to us if you need more time.
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 Town Hall!
We are currently organising a trip to the Loughborough Town Hall for us to see all the many people who are involved in making a production. We shall go behind the scenes with Kevin to show us the lighting, staging, props, sound, taking us on the stage complete with set for curtain calls and much, much more. This is to help us understand that there is much more that goes on behind the scenes than the 'famous' person who is on the stage. Our incredible experience does not finish there as we shall be invited into the Mayor's Chamber to meet the Mayor and his wife. This will give us lots of time to ask questions and to see the Chain of Office closely. After this, we shall be taking a short walk to the Council Rooms to see where people can change the way Loughborough works through our politicians. We shall sit in their chairs and the Mayor will explain how local politics work! Wow! Letters will be coming out to you as soon as we have finalised the transportation. We believe wholeheartedly in learning for later-life at Booth Wood and this gives us a great insight into exciting jobs that we may not have known about before.
We are very excited about your child's learning during this year as I hope you will be too. We LOVE for parents and carers to come in and help the children and if you have any specific skills which you could share, please let us know and we shall organise times when it is convenient for you to come in too.
Thank you for all your continued support,
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