Welcome to Year 2!
The children in Ash Class are taught by -
Miss A Poynton - Class Teacher Mrs K Roper - Learning Support Assistant
Mrs N Beaverstock - 1 to 1 support
Spring Term 1
The Great Fire of London
This term we are going to be learning about The Great Fire of London!
We will begin our topic by becoming historians and listening to a true story from Thomas Farriner's bakery and think about the sights, smells, sights, feelings - from the dry, windy weather; the creaking of the draughty wooden building as the ovens cool; the little spark in the embers to the smells of smoke and flames creeping up the stairs to the bedrooms and the decision to be made on the rooftop. We will be thinking about what WE would do in that situation - would we go downstairs to a door, stay in the bedroom or something else? Would we get dressed, stay in our night clothes? Grab all of our special things? We will then continue to the end of Thomas's story and find out exactly what he did.
We will be learning about what happened after the fire, if anyone was to blame and what we can learn from the fire. After this, we will think about whether there could be a Great Fire in Loughborough! We will then become geographers and carry out a study on our local area and think about what makes us proud of the place that we live. We will study maps, buildings, landmarks, street names, pictures and monuments. We will make a class timeline and find out if there are any famous people that come from Loughborough.
As designers we will think about how to reconstruct London after the fire in 1666 - what materials should we use? How shall we plan the streets? We will then design and build models of apparatus for a playground. As artists we will create line drawings of buildings in our area and create our own images of The Great Fire of London. As musicians we will be learning 'London's Burning' and sing the song as a round, adding instruments and improvisations as we go along. As writers we will be writing diaries and stories and designing a photographic trail around the locality with signs and labels.
It's going to be a jam packed term and we all look forward to every moment!
If you have any items or books that may be useful for our topic or any other area of school life then please bring them in.
What have we been up to?
Display day and trip to Conkers
Year 2 trip to Conkers (125 images)
We had lots of festive fun on our trip to Conkers!
Created: 16 Dec 15 10:17 | Last modified: 17 Dec 15 15:18
Display Day- The Lion King! (23 images)
Our display theme was The Lion King. We spent lots of time making some wonderful lions!
Created: 27 Nov 15 11:33 | Last modified: 1 Dec 15 20:30
PE kits and days
We will be continuing with two hours of PE a week, every Wednesday and Thursday. It is very important that your child have a suitable indoor and outdoor PE kit with trainers. PE kit shoud be a white t-shirt and dark shorts with a jumper or hoody to keep warm. Please make sure that your child's PE kit is clearly named. It is probably best to leave it in school throughout the week and take it home at weekends to be washed.
Homework is very important as it helps your child to go over and practice what they have learnt in school. It also helps to keep you informed of their progress and the current topics in the classroom.
We are now setting homework differently in Year 2. My Way Homework will now be set once a term, and will prepare your child for their next topic. Spellings will be set weekly and children will be tested on Fridays. Daily reading is also essential. We also have some brand new Number Work books if your child would like to complete any activities in there too. If you have any questions about homework, please always ask.
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 snack for break. Incase you forget, there is always fruit in the classroom each day and also fresh water. You can also send in some tuck money- 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 items of clothing can always be given back.
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 Autumn Term 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.
Here's to a fantastic year ahead!
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!
Letters and My Way homework
Active Learn Primary
Bug Club (e-books) and Active Learn Maths games. We have just had brand new usernames and passwords for this website. Letters have been sent out with your child detailing this information. If you cannot access your account please see Miss Poynton and she will endeavour to sort it out for you.
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:
Snakes and Ladders – Practise counting to 100 whilst having fun!: http://www.funzac.com/play/Snakes%2520And%2520Ladders.html