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 2
A warm welcome back to the second half of the autumn term here in Ash Class. I cannot believe that Christmas is just around the corner!
As mentioned in the previous term, this year all of our topics in Ash Class are based around film and theatre and this half term our topic is 'The Polar Express'!
'One Christmas Eve many years ago, a boy lies in bed, listening hard for the bells of Santa's sleigh, which he had been told by a friend do not exist. Later that night he hears not bells but a very different sound. He looks out of his window and is astounded to see a steam engine parked in front of his house! The conductor invites him to board the Polar Express, a train filled with children on their way to the North Pole...'
We are going to be entering a magical world full of all things Christmas. Of course our topic will begin by watching 'The Polar Express' in our pyjamas and slippers with some delicious hot chocolate and cookies. We will then be handed our golden tickets to 'board the train' on our journey of learning. We will be exploring books all about the Arctic and Antarctic and learning traditional Christmas poems such as 'Twas the night before Christmas'.
Meanwhile in history we will be exploring the works of George Stevenson and the amazing input he had when it came to trains. In science we will be learning all about the environment where the class will be introduced to climate change and the melting of the polar ice caps and what we can do to help the earth.
We also have a very exciting Christmas trip planned so keep your eyes peeled for the letter that will be sent out very soon...
All in all, a very exciting topic that everyone is looking forward to getting stuck into during the festive season!
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. Click here to read about our school's reading scheme.
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.
- Show and tell takes places every Friday. As it is so popular, just 3 children are chosen from a list to do this each week. Your child will be asked whether they would like to do it or not the previous week. We do encourage children to bring in something that they have won or been awarded, something linked to our topic, something linked to a big event like the birth of a baby or something they have made.
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.