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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 everyone. Here we are in the final half term of this academic year; it’s going to be great fun.

 

This half term, we will be asking the children “What does the future hold?” This question will feed into the topics the children learn about over the coming weeks.

 

In English, the story of Little Red Riding Hood will lead our learning. The children will be writing play scripts, character descriptions and their own versions of this traditional tale. The children will also be acting out scenes from the story and honing their drama skills.

 

In Science, we will be spending lots of time outside, investigating the flora and fauna around the school as well as learning about animal habitats around the world. We will be discussing with the children how human actions affect the world’s climate and how this impacts on the creatures and plants that live on the land and in the oceans.

 

In Maths this term we will be refining the children’s reasoning skills and getting them to prove or disprove statements by testing them with examples of their own, before explaining their answers using their mathematical knowledge. Why don’t you try asking your child questions at home to help? For example: “How do you know without calculating that the answer to 67 x 2 must be 134 instead of 135?” (because a multiple of two will never have an odd number of ones). We will also be measuring length, mass and capacity, calculating fractions and using the four main operations to solve word problems. We will finish the term by revisiting time.

 

In RE we will be asking: “What do you like to do at the weekend?” This question will hopefully provoke the children to think about how different faiths spend Saturday and Sunday and to compare their leisure time to that of other people.

 

A full breakdown of this term’s topics can be found below on the attached topic web link.

 

At Great Kimble School, we are always looking for ways to improve our teaching and learning.  As a staff team, we are focussing 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 8.45 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. 

Reading: Please try to hear your child ready 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.

Spellings: 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: eg, 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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