Welcome to Year 2!
Welcome to the Year 2 class page. Our class teachers are Mrs Teresa Roberts and Mrs Helen Holman. Mrs Roberts teaches all day Monday and Tuesday and on Wednesday morning and Mrs Holman teaches Wednesday afternoon and all day Thursday and Friday. Mrs Jeffries, the Year 2 LSA, will be with the class every morning and afternoon, except Thursday pm. We also have Mrs Dolan working with the class on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
Welcome back to school! We hope you have had a lovely Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you all.
This half term, we will be asking the children “How do people’s actions affect the lives of others?” This question will feed into the topics the children learn about over the coming weeks.
In English and History, we will be learning about the Great Fire of London through story-telling, reports, diary extracts, letters and ICT. The children will learn to research what happened in the Great Fire through reading first-hand accounts, newspaper reports, books and the Museum of London’s ICT toolkit.
In Geography, we will be discovering the island of Madagascar and learning about its climate, topography, population, flora and fauna.
We will be kicking off our Maths this term with a whole school maths investigation morning, and then afterwards we will focus on fractions, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division. We will continue to challenge the children to problem solve and reason about their work, explain their calculations, test conjectures with examples and work systematically.
In R.E we will be asking: ‘Is It Important to celebrate the New Year?’ The children will be finding out about New Year’s resolutions and various secular traditions and they’ll explore how different people and different faiths celebrate New Year. We will also be asking ‘Can Stories Change People?’ The children will retell religious stories and discuss the morals behind them.
A full breakdown of this term’s topic web can be found below on the attached topic web.
At Great Kimble School, we are always looking for ways to improve our teaching and learning. As a staff team, we are focusing on asking more open-ended questions that don’t ‘lead’ the children or always elicit a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response. We would love you to try and support your child at home in this too! Below are some questions that could help:
‘How did you get to that answer?’
‘Can you give me an example?’
‘Can you explain that to me?’
‘Is there another way you could do that?’
‘What have you found out?’
‘Can you tell me two things that you know already about ….?’
‘What else would you like to know about ….?’
Children in Year 2 have a list of common exception words that they are required to know how to read and spell by the end of the academic year. Please try to support your child at home with learning these. Thank you,
The common exception words are:
after, again, any, bath, beautiful, because, behind, both, break, busy, child, children,
Christmas, class, climb, clothes, cold, could, door, even, every, everybody, fast, father,
find, floor, grass, great, gold, half, hold, hour, improve, kind, last, many, mind, money,
Mr, Mrs, most, move, old, only parents, pass, past, path, people, plant, poor, pretty,
prove, should, steak, sugar, sure, told, water, who, whole, would, wild.
Our school day starts at 8.50 am. Please ensure that your child is on the playground by this time, ready to line up with their class and walk in with their class teacher. Please try to hear your child read every day. In addition to ensuring they are reading the words correctly, you will help your child enormously if you can ask them questions about the meaning of what they have just read; this will check their understanding of particular words or phrases.
Your child will have a spelling test every Friday. Please help your child to learn their spellings over the course of the week and if possible, use the spelling words in context: e.g., if they have to learn ’cloudy’, ask them to write a sentence such as ‘The sky was very cloudy yesterday’. It will help them to use words in the correct context, particularly homophones such as ‘there’/’their’ and ‘here’/’hear’ and ‘pair’/’pear’, etc.
We will be going to Smokey Row on Monday afternoons. Please ensure your child has NAMED wellingtons in school on this day and a suitable coat; we will be going even in inclement weather!
Homework is set every Friday and is due in the following Thursday. Please check your child’s book bag for their homework slips and try to remind your child to put their homework in the tray once they have completed it. Thank you.
Our PE days are Tuesday and Friday this term; please make sure your child has a NAMED PE kit in school on those days.
Mrs Roberts, Mrs Holman, Mrs Jeffries and Mrs Dolan