Welcome to our class page. We hope that you will find the information here useful and will check back regularly for updates and news.
Willow class will start the day at 8:40 and finish the day at 3:10. You will come into school and leave school using the Year 2 cloakroom door. You will need to come into school using Gate A or C. You will need to exit the school using Gate B or E.
Your child will bring home a new reading book on Mondays and Thursdays. Please read with them as often as you can, every day would be brilliant!
Our regular PE lessons are on Monday and Thursday.
We will do PE outside whenever it is possible. Please make sure your child has suitable outdoor PE kit, including outdoor shoes, in school at all times. PE kits will go home on Fridays to be washed. Children will not be able to borrow spare PE kit.
Now You See Me, Now You Don't:
This term we will be learning all about endangered species from two contrasting locations. We will explore why they are endangered and how we can help.
English: We will be getting creative and writing some setting descriptions of different habitats. We will also become 'animal experts' and write some non-chronological reports about real and fictional endangered species.
Maths: Calculation will be the focus in maths this half term. Children will explore different methods of adding and subtracting to solve problems. They will begin to think about which method is the most efficient one for solving specific problems as well as developing their verbal reasoning skills.
Geography: We will find out about the habitat of the Scottish Golden Eagle and of the African Elephant. We will locate them using maps, globes and atlases before thinking in more depth about their geographical features. We will explore the impact that humans have had on these habitats and compare and contrast the capital cities of Scotland and Kenya.
Science: As we learn about some animals which are endangered, we will consider their life cycles, their basic needs and how these change from baby to adult. We will also try to classify these animals using different labels, for example herbivore, carnivore or omnivore.
Art: The work of Andy Warhol will be our focus in art. We will look at his endangered species exhibition, learn about the screen printing process and have a go at creating our own block prints of endangered species.
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.
Our expectations for homework are as follows:
Reading: Reading aloud with an adult progressing to more independent reading as often as possible.
Spellings: Children should be able to spell all words on the Statutory Word Lists for year 1/2. They will work through these by practising the spellings on their spelling bookmark. Just in case the bookmarks go missing, these words will also be written in your child's reading record.
Times Tables: Children should be able to count in 2s, 5s, 10s, 3s. they will begin to learn 2, 5, 10x tables by heart.
Project: Each half term, children are expected to complete a project that is linked to their current topic.