Welcome to our class page. We hope you will find it useful and it will let you know what we are currently learning about in school.
I am now going into my third year of teaching and am very excited for the year ahead! As many of the children will already know, I enjoy a range of sports including walking, netball and football. Being outdoors in my free time is really important to me and I enjoy trips to the coast.
The Great Fire of London!
Last half term Year 2 had a brilliant time learning all about The Great Fire of London in 1666. Part of our learning involved researching, designing and building their own Tudor houses!
After all that hard work, what could we do but burn them to have our own 'Great Fire of The Pines.' We talked about how even though it was exciting, we were actually all quite sad to see our hard work burn to ashes and tried to think about how the people who experienced that with their real houses would have felt.
Here are all our pictures of our fabulous Tudor houses and what happened this morning during the burning!
School gates open at 8:40 and the day finishes at 3:10. Our main classroom door for the start and end of the school day is Oak Class, located on the KS1 playground.
Our regular PE lessons are as follows:
Indoor PE - Thursday
Outdoor PE - Wednesday
On these days, children should come to school wearing their PE kit.
We will change reading books on a Tuesday and Friday. However, please bring your child's reading book and diary in every day, as we will hear them read throughout the week.
Meet the Teacher Presentation
English: In English, inspired by our learning of The Great Fire of London, children will write a diary entry as a witness to the fire. We will delve deeper into describing our senses to build a picture of the event for the reader.
Maths: We will begin the half term finishing addition and subtraction, using knowledge of exchanging to solve trickier 2-digit calculations. Our learning will then move on money where children will build on initial knowledge taught in year 1. Thereafter, we will begin a unit of multiplication and division.
Science: Our science learning will primarily focus on materials, linking to thinking about the types that are used to build Tudor Houses. We will be exploring that the shape of solid materials can be changed by things like twisting and bending, along with investigating the suitability of different types of material for different purposes.
Geography: In our Enquiry Area children will continue to explore a range of different maps, both local and global. We will encourage children to discuss destinations either they or family members have visited so that we can plot these on our class map. We will discuss the continent the country is located, climate, flags and what it is like to live there.
History: Linking to our big question 'can disaster lead to success?', we will explore the events of The Great Fire of London. We will discuss and understand further about the importance of historical sources and what changes happened as a result of the fire. In Spring 2 our focus will switch to the life and work of Florence Nightingale. We will focus on her role within the Crimean War and the changes to nursing that can still be seen today.
DT: During this half term we will research, plan, make and evaluate our very own 17th Century Tudor houses. Children will use measuring and cutting techniques to make their structures symmetrical with a surprise twist at the end of the project!
PE: In our PE lessons with Mr O'Keefe we will be focusing on ball skills using our feet. We will practice close control and accuracy to progress into team games and activities. During our PE lesson with Mrs Stevens, we will become explorers who face a disaster, building a motif to portray this.
PSHE: During the Spring term our PSHE will focus on living in the wider world. Children will further understand belonging in a group, roles and responsibilities within a community and respecting & celebrating similarities and differences among us. Then linking with our money work in maths, we will build further on what money is, needs vs wants and how to look after money.
Heroic Humans Unit Overview
This week our star of the week is Stanley!
Stanley worked really hard this week when adding equal groups, pushed himself to write the multiplication number sentence and show his working out when answer the challenge question.
Great work Stan!
Year 1 and 2 Common Exceptions Words
Our expectations for homework are as follows:
Reading: Reading aloud with an adult progressing to more independent reading as often as possible.
Home Learning Activity: Complete the weekly Maths, Spelling and Reading activity. This will be handed out on a Friday and will be due the next Thursday.
The following link has videos which will help you to support your child with the maths tasks: https://whiteroseeducation.com/parent-pupil-resources/maths/home-learning?year=year-2-new
Project: Each half term, children are expected to complete a project that is linked to their current topic.
Spellings: Children should be able to spell all words on the Statutory Word Lists for year 1/2.
Times Tables: Children should be able to count in 2s, 5s, 10s, 3s. they will begin to learn 2, 5, 10x tables by heart.
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button - quickfire number games to help children learn basic number facts
http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/ - Number games to reinforce the concept of place value
https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks1-collection/zbr4scw - Fun songs with actions to teach many learning concepts in English, Maths and other subjects. This is my new favourite resource!
https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/ks1-english/z67ncqt - Loads of story telling, poetry and punctuation short films to watch.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/ks1-maths/zhng7nb - Useful Maths short films to watch. Fractions and telling the time would be particularly good ones to try.
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/addition-and-subtraction - Games from any of the Maths categories will really help your child practise skills they have learnt at school.
http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/spookySpellings/index.html - great game for learning common exception words.