Welcome to Class Two
Welcome back everyone! We hope you had a great Easter holiday! We are looking forward to the warmer brighter weather and lots of new topics to delve into during the summer term ahead.
The Class Two Team
Your team this term is :
Class Teacher Mrs Fearon
Teaching Assistant Mrs Green
Spring Term Learning
As many of you will be aware after our conversations at Parents Afternoon, May is the month in which the Year 2 SATs will be taking place. The tests will be done with Mrs Fearon and Mrs Green in small groups. The children usually enjoy their 'Special Agent Tasks' and receive stickers and rewards for trying their best. Please do your best to ensure that your children's attendance is 100% during May and that they get plenty of sleep so they are at their best!
In English we will be will be reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts to help us find out about Neil Armstrong . We will be using a variety of information books to help us learn about space. We will be reading and writing space adventure stories as well as continuing to develop our spelling, grammar and punctuation skills throughout the term.
In Mathematics we will continue to develop our calculation skills. We will learn facts related to the 2, 5, 10 and 3 times tables and use our knowledge of the four numerical operations to help us solve word problems. We will be learning to measure height and length using metres, cm and mm. We will also measure mass in Kg and g, capacity in litres and millilitres and look at a thermometer to measure and record temperature. We will work towards learning to tell the time to 5 minutes and begin to understand facts about the calendar. We will use lots of these skills to solve everyday 2 step problems.
In History lessons we will be learning about Neil Armstrong who was the first man on the moon. We will look at his timeline and consider the importance of space exploration. We will look at what space travel was like in history. In Geography lessons we will be learning what the planets in our solar system are called and we will consider the effects of humans on the planet. In Art we will be creating a painting of an alien as inspired by the work of Danny Flynn.
In Science we will be learning about plants . We will learn about the different parts of a plant and we will investigate what seeds need to enable them to grow into plants as well as seed dispersal and plant reproduction. We will be completing investigations and recording our findings in a variety of ways including graphs, tables and charts.
This term we will be developing our Gymnastics through the Beth Tweddle programme. Our PE lessons will be every Thursday and/or Friday and it is vital the children have the correct PE kit in school for these lessons. A reminder that the PE kit is black shorts, a red school T-shirt and black pumps. Thank you!
We will be using the computers to make music. We will explore rhythms and melodies before creating a musical composition. We will use 2Explore and 2Beat.
Our learning in RE this term will focus on Judaism and the Jews special relationship with God. We will learn about the different ways in which Jewish people show their commitment to God. We will also learn to understand why Muslims visit the mosque and the special journey they make when completing Hajj.
Our topics this term are 'Coping With Change' and 'Families and Committed Relationships'. The children will be thinking about how they change as they grow and considering their future selves. They will then learn about the diversity of families and think about what makes a happy family.
In music our topics will be Zootime, where the children will learn a Reggae song and we will then move on to Friendship Song which is a song about being friends with someone.
Spelling - New weekly spellings are given out every Friday. The children can use the Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check method to practise spelling the words and should be encouraged to write two sentences containing these spellings in their yellow homework books. 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.
SATs Practise - We will also continue to provide extra reading and maths SATs style questions. These will be given out each Friday along with the spellings and new reading books.
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.