Ash - Year 2
Staff in our class
Welcome to Year 2, Ash Class!
Mrs Ball is our class teacher working alongside Mrs Cook, Miss Briers and Miss Robinson.
Mrs Ball Mrs Cook Miss Robinson Miss Briers
Hall of Fame!
We hope you have had a great summer holiday and ready for some exciting learning. The Year 2 Team have got together and created a brand new 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 delving 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.
Phonics and Spellings!
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 and these will be taken from their Ruth Miskin reading books. Due to the success of our phonics, there are some children who are already off this programme and they will continue to work with Miss Poynton understanding suffixes, prefixes, root words and the manipulation of these root words for complex spelling patterns. These children’s spellings will based around what they are doing in class, again bringing a context of their learning. Spellings will be given out at the beginning of the week with their new books and then tested on Fridays. 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.
My Way Homework
Hall of Fame Fashion Show!
As mentioned, we shall be looking at British Designer Vivienne Westwood. We would like each child to bring into school TWO outfits in which we can cut up and create one complete new design which the children will strut their stuff in at the end of this topic in our very own Cat-Walk-Walk-Of-Fame! We DO NOT want you to go out and buy new clothes! We would like clothes that will fit them in six weeks time which you do not mind them cutting up and re-designing. You could have clothes that the children are not keen on in their wardrobe already or you might find some cheap items in our fantastic local charity shops. Vivienne Westwood also believes in conservation so using what we already have would be brilliant! If you need any further clarification, please do not hesitate to come in and talk to one of the Year 2 Team. We would like these clothes ASAP so when we transform our classroom into our fashion studio, all the children will be ready to go!
Hall of Fame Trip
We are currently organising a local trip which I think the children will find exciting. The aim of the trips this year to is try and keep costs down as much as possible for the first two terms as we are planning a fantastic trip at the end of the year which will cost a little bit more than usual school trips. We shall let you know more about this exciting day trip when we have finalised our initial planning.
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,
Then Year 2 Team.
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