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Church Of England School

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Year 2

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 for the second half of Spring Term.

 

We will be exploring deep forests and bustling medieval cities as we step into the world of traditional tales in English this term. The children will be creating their own versions of some classic stories and thinking about the role of kindness in their stories as we debate: “Is it better to give or receive?”

 

We will also be thinking about how this question applies to the history of our local area as we learn about Chequers and some of the country’s Prime Ministers.

 

In RE we will think about how Jesus sacrificed his life for us as we ask “Is Easter Important for the Church?” We will also be holding our annual Easter Service at St Nicholas’ Church on Wednesday 3rd April at 9am.

 

In Maths, we will be calculating fractions of amounts and shapes, adding and subtracting, reading measures and solving word problems relating to time and money. The children will also be honing their reasoning skills and we will be doing lots of times tables challenges. Please practise these at home with your child, in and out of sequence!

 

In Science, we will be trying to encourage more wildlife to Smokey Row by planning, designing and making bird feeders out of a range of materials during British Science Week (8-17th March). The children will decide where to position their feeders after filling them with different types of food, and then observe and record the visitors attracted to their creations.  They will make posters to describe the steps involved in a bid to win the Big Science Event organised by Science Oxford.

 

A full breakdown of this term’s topic web can be found below.

 

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.

 

General Information:

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.

 

Kindest Regards,

Mrs Roberts, Mrs Holman, Mrs Jeffries and Mrs Dolan

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