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.
Kings and Queens
This term we will be learning about significant kings and queens who have lived at Windsor castle. They will learn how people lived in a castle in the medieval era and how castles were defended.
English: We will be writing a story based on George and the Dragon. We will also be writing a non- chronological report about dragons and write a recount as a servant who lived in a castle.
Maths: The first topic this term is money. Children will be learning to recognise and count coins and notes. They will learn to make the same amounts, find totals and give change. The next topic will be Multiplication and Division where children will make and add equal groups, learn the 2, 5 and 10 x tables and use arrays. Also they will learn to divide by 2's, 5's and 10's.
Geography: The children will use aerial photographs, maps and plans to understand the changing geographical features of Windsor castle as well as creating their own aerial plans of motte and bailey castles.
History: There will be a particular focus on the medieval era and children will have opportunities to explore, food, clothes and leisure activities of monarchs from that time in history. They will learn that castles changed over time and they will look specifically at the earliest version of Windsor through to the present-day Windsor Castle. They will learn about the different ways medieval castles were built to withstand attacks.
Science: We will look at images of Windsor castle in the different seasons and use this as inspiration for learning about seasonal changes.
DT: The children will be designing, making and evaluating a dragon using levers and linkages.
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.