Welcome back, we hope you have had a lovely half term.
Our class teachers are Mrs Teresa Roberts and Mrs Helen Holman. Mrs Roberts teaches all day Monday, Tuesday and on a 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 most afternoons. We also have Mrs Dolan working with the class on Tuesday afternoon.
In English this half term we will be writing poems in readiness for Remembrance Sunday, thinking about those who have sacrificed their lives for others. We will also be writing non-chronological reports about fantasy animals and writing our own stories based on “The Snake and the Frog” from our storytelling book.
In Maths we will focus on 2d and 3d shapes and their properties, measurement and fractions. The children will be challenged to problem solve and reason about their work, explain their calculations and test conjectures with examples.
Our Science topic will look at animals including humans and in RE we will be asking if stories can change people, recognising and discussing our own responses to change.
A full breakdown of this term’s topics 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.
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.
Spellings: your child will have a spelling test every Friday. Please help them 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, here/hear and pair/pear, etc.
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, to check their understanding of particular words or phrases.
Our school day starts at 8.45 a.m. 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.
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 class tray once they have completed it. Thank you.
Our P.E. days are Tuesday and Friday this term. Please make sure your child has a NAMED P.E. kit in school on those days.
Mrs Roberts, Mrs Holman, Mrs Jeffries and Mrs Dolan