Welcome to Class Two!
Welcome back everyone! We hope you had a fabulous summer holiday and are rested and ready for the Autumn Term in Year 2. We have lots of new things to learn so we hope you are looking forward to our exciting term ahead.
The Class Two Team
Your team this term is
Class Teacher Mrs Fearon
Teaching Assistant Mrs Green
Autumn Term Learning
This term we will be continuing to develop our reading, writing and spelling skills through our phonics scheme. We will also read and study 'Alan's Big Scary Teeth' by Jarvis and 'Lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers.
Through these stories we will learn about nouns, verbs and adjectives and we will practise writing reports, stories and character descriptions.
In maths we will practise counting, reading and writing numbers up to 100 and we will learn about how those numbers are made from tens and ones. We will begin to add and subtract larger numbers and understand how to multiply and divide. When we learn about money, we will learn to recognise our coins and notes and practise finding totals and calculating change.
Our topic this term is 'Where In The World Are We?' After looking at the local area around our school, we will embark on our exciting trip to Liverpool! We will spend the day at the Museum of Liverpool and jump on board the ferry to take a trip down The River Mersey.
We will then compare our home city of Liverpool to Australia and Antarctica.
Our art and DT work is completed during this topic. We will draw the buildings on the Liverpool waterfront and create some Aboriginal and winter themed artwork. Our DT project is making winter vegetable soup.
We are learning all about humans this term. We will look at the human life cycle and then we will be finding out about how we grow and change. Our investigation will focus on the importance of exercise and we will discover what humans need to survive.
This term we will be working on our fitness levels and developing basic ball skills. We will finish the term with dance.
In computing this term the children will develop their understanding of what information technology (IT) is and they will begin to identify examples. They will discuss where they have seen IT in school and beyond, in settings such as shops, hospitals, and libraries. The children will then investigate how IT improves our world, and they will learn about the importance of using IT responsibly.
Throughout each unit the children will also be discussing how to use IT without it having a negative impact on our health and wellbeing, as well as online safety.
Our key question for this term is ‘Who is Jewish and what do they believe?
The children will think about what might be found in a Jewish home and how these objects link to the Jewish way of life. There is a focus on the mezuzah, the belief in one God, Shabbat and Chanukah. During this unit the children will also learn about the Torah, Synagogue and Pesach. In Autumn 2, we will focus on Christmas and the Nativity and spend time preparing for our KS1 Christmas performance.
Our autumn topics are 'Friendships' and ‘Similarities and Differences. We will think about happy, healthy friendships and look at how we are the same and different to our friends.
Our topic is 'Hands, Feet and Heart'. We will perform rhymes, raps and songs.
Spelling - New weekly spellings are given out every Monday. The children can use the Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check method to practise spelling the words. The children will have a weekly spelling test on a Friday.
Reading - Reading must be completed each night and we ask that parents fill in pages read etc in the Reading Record Books so staff can see that children have read at home and if they are ready to have their books changed.
At the Grange we believe that it is crucial to work in partnership with parents and carers. There is an expectation that you will support us by ensuring that your child completes the tasks that we set as homework.
Obviously the level of your engagement will depend on your child's age but we expect you take an active part in all aspects of homework and, where necessary, indicate that you have monitored the completion of it ( e.g. by signing the Home/School Reading Record Book)
The routines of reading every day, learning spellings and multiplication tables etc. can be great fun and very rewarding for all concerned. Best results are achieved when homework is not done at the last minute but has a fixed time in a child's established home routine. Short, sharp periods of activity are preferable to prolonged periods of study where concentration can be lost.
Effective learning and consolidation of learning cannot happen in an environment with lots of distractions (e.g. television etc.) Please give some thought to where your child works at home.
Online Reading Opportunities
Some Useful Links
Please see below the extensive list of websites that your child can visit to consolidate and extend his/her learning.