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 Tuesday and Friday.
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.
Food, Glorious Food
This term we will be learning all about food. We will find out about traditional foods from the four countries of the United Kingdom; investigate where our food comes from; learn about the different food groups and how they contribute to a healthy lifestyle, as well as growing our own food and designing and making our own dishes.
English: The story of Jack and the Beanstalk will be the inspiration for our writing at the start of this term. We will be working on using lots of skills, like character descriptions, varied sentence starters and varied punctuation to create exciting stories.
Maths: Learning in Maths will firstly focus on calculating unit and non-unit fractions and counting in halves and quarters. We will move onto naming, recognising features of and sorting 2D and 3D shapes before learning to tell the time to 5 minute intervals.
Geography: We will learn about the 4 countries of the United Kingdom, identifying their key features and trying some traditional foods from each country.
Science: Our science learning will focus on plants and what they need to grow. We will investigate the life cycle of flowering plants, identify their features and observe their growth. We are hoping to grow something we will be able to eat! We will also find out about food chains and where animals get their energy from. We will use scientific vocabulary to label producers, consumers, prey and predators.
DT: The children will be designing, making and evaluating their own dishes. They will learn and practise a range of food handling skills, like following good food hygiene, grating, slicing, peeling and assembling foods.
PE: PE lessons will give children opportunities to get moving, practise basic skills and work as a team. We are excited to be working with sports coaches for some of our PE lessons.
Music: In music we will be learning to listen and appraise different songs, find the pulse, listen to rhythms and clap them back. We will be learning the song' I wanna play in a band' and play instruments along with it.
PSHE: Our PSHE learning will be all about how to manage risks and stay safe in a variety of everyday scenarios.
Computing: The children will be creating missing poster for Jack. They will learn how to create and change text, familiarise themselves with typing on a keyboard and begin using tools to change the look of their writing. Also they will consider the differences between using a computer and writing on paper to create text.
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.