Welcome to Year 2
Class Teacher – Mrs S Price
Class Teaching Assistant – Mrs I Kacirova
Class Governor – Mr Nicholas Hebson
Welcome carers, governors and children to the Beech Class page!
In Year 2 we hope to spark the children’s natural curiosity and encourage them to take part in discussions and ask lots of questions. We do lots of hands-on learning and love to include lots of drama and music in our lessons. The children in Year 2 will have many opportunities to become brilliant problem solvers and really get stuck in to some interesting challenges.
We will learn about some exciting topics this year starting with ‘One World’ in the autumn term. This will include discovering the effect we are having on our planet and what work has gone into the conservation of animals habitats. We will find out about significant people such as Jane Goodall and we will look at all of the conservation work she has been involved with. In Autumn Two, we will be looking at answering ‘Why were Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake brave people?’ this will link to famous accomplishments and how they have made history.
In maths we will continue to extend the children’s knowledge of number and place value. We want to increase the fluency with which they recall addition and subtraction facts and then apply this knowledge across a range of contexts. We will also be working on the children’s ability to solve problems and their mathematical reasoning. We will be using the CPA approach – Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract. In order to deepen mathematical understanding. This helps children to ‘master’ the concepts.
During the start of the term we will be focusing on ‘The Night Gardener’ by the fan brothers. We will be using this text to work on our setting descriptions and we will be writing diaries. This will link in with our ‘One World’ Topic. Towards the end of the term we will use ‘Man on the Moon’ by Simon Bartrum and we will be writing letters. This term, we will be teaching the children to master the following skills: plan or say out loud what is going to be written about, use punctuation correctly – full stops, capital letters and write expanded noun phrases to describe settings and characters.
The best way to help your child succeed and achieve their potential is by reading with them as often as possible, sharing stories and discussing books.
PE will be taught by Premier Sports on Monday afternoon but extra opportunities often arise so please make sure your child has their PE kit in school.
In Science this term we are looking at the properties of materials and experimenting to see how and if we can change materials in any way. As scientists we need to devise our own questions and think of ways we could find out the answers. So if you get lots of questions at home, encourage your child to think how they might discover some answers.
We will work with Mrs Tudor on Friday every week for drama that relates to our English and topic work. Her work is wonderful in promoting deeper thinking about our learning and building confidence.
Homework & Reading
Homework consists of reading & number facts learning. Homework is given once a week but online maths and spellings can and should be done more often if you have access. Mrs Price will give out any login details needed during the Meet the Teacher information evening.
Please read with your child as much as possible. Reading books will be changed in school on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Children should have their reading book and reading record with them every day for 1:1 reading with a member of staff.
Thank you for visiting our class page and please do not hesitate to come in and arrange a meeting if you have any questions.
Mrs S Price
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Useful websites to practise spellings: