Welcome to Year 2!
The children in Ash Class are taught by -
Miss A Poynton Mrs K Roper Miss K Dakin
Class Teacher Learning Support Assistant 1 to 1 support
Autumn Term 1
This year all of our topics in Ash Class are based around film and theatre and this half term our topic is (drum roll please!)... Toy Story!
We are going to begin this exciting year by taking a trip down memory lane and discovering what toys were like in the past.
Our topic will of course begin by watching the fantastic film 'Toy Story' and discussing our favourite toys before moving on to look at toys which were popular when the children's parents and grandparents were young. Throughout the topic the class will develop a range of historical skills such as: asking and answering questions, identifying and interpreting different sources and recognising change and exploring how this influences them today. We will be inviting the class to bring in their own toys and looking at the similarities and differences and identifying changes in materials and technology.
We will also be learning how to paint colourful portraits of our favourite toys which will lead us on to studying pictures from the beautifully illustrated 'Winnie the Pooh' and 'The Tales of Peter Rabbit'.
Our English lessons will enable us to read more exciting and well-known books such as 'Dogger' by Shirley Hughes, 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears', and 'Where's my teddy?' by Jez Alborough.
From this truly exciting topic I am positive that we will all be encouraged and motivated to have a wonderful and exciting start to the year!
What have we been up to?
Topic - Toys
Harry's Dad came in to show and talk about his Lego from when he was a little boy. He also had some cool models that he makes now - check them out!
We have been exploring the illustrations in children's books and thinking about how they have changed in style and content over the last 50 years. We replicated the style of a current illustrator, Lauren Child, and have drawn some of our favourite characters. We created a collage using lots of different materials for the background and then drew the characters to stick on top. They are incredibly effective! See how Lauren Child creates her illustrations here.
PE kits and days
We will be having two hours of PE a week every Monday and Tuesday. It is very important that your child has a suitable indoor and outdoor PE kit with trainers. Please make sure that your child's PE kit is clearly named.
Homework is very important as it helps your child to revise what they have learnt in school. It also helps to keep you informed of their progress and the current topics in the classroom. In Year 2, homework is a little different:
Spellings are set weekly and children will be tested on Fridays.
Times table games are given out weekly and are due in on Fridays in preparation for our exciting 'Times Tables Challenge'.
Daily reading is also essential.
Things we need
- Please ensure that your child brings their book bag with reading book and diary into school every day.
- A water bottle and a healthy snack for break. In case you forget, there is always fruit in the classroom each day and also fresh water. You can also send in 30p for the daily tuck shop - just hand it in to Miss Poynton who will keep it safe.
- Please ensure that your all of your child’s clothing is clearly labelled with their name so that we can try our best to return any items if lost.
Ash is full of amazing children and we want to celebrate every success and achievement during this year both inside and outside of school. Mrs Harvey and myself would love to hear about all the amazing things your child does, so please do come in and tell us about them.
... and finally
We hope your child is as excited about the school year in Ash Class as we are.
As a team, we are always here for you. If you need to discuss anything, please do come in and have a chat. If however you would like a longer session to talk about your child's needs please make an appointment so we can discuss your child without feeling rushed. If you need any other information please do not hesitate to ask.
P.S Keep checking back for our latest newsletters, information about what we are getting up to in class or pictures of us having lots of fun!
Active Learn Primary
Bug Club (e-books) and exciting maths games. Please see me if you wish to use this at home and you need your child's username and password. A great resource!
Phonics is very important as this comes into every lesson and every subject. www.bbc.co.uk/schools/wordsandpictures/phonics/
I am Learning
Play fun games linked to all aspects of the curriculum. If you are not sure of your password, come and ask.