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       Welcome to Class 2!

 

 

smiley Welcome back to the Summer Term! smiley

Our Topic for this term is 'Street Detectives'.

 

Empowering English

In English, we will be continuing to use the Write Stuff approach developed by Jane Considine to improve our writing. This term we will be focusing on fiction. Our first narrative unit is based upon the book 'The Building boy' by Ross Montgomery. This book is about a boy and his grandma, who was a famous architect. Her garden is still full of old building materials. When she dies, the boy builds a giant structure from the bricks and girders he finds.And then … Grandma comes to life! But where is she taking him? Once we have finished studying the book, we will create our own story, following the themes that we have explored.

 

We will also be focusing on reading comprehension, spelling, punctuation and grammar and using the joins that we have learnt in our independent writing.

 

Our English Targets for the term will be:

  • I can use a range of punctuation within my writing
  • I can use powerful adjectives within my writing
  • I can begin to use apostrophe's for omission and possession
  • I can use the joins I know in my independent writing

 

Marvellous Maths

In Maths, we will be continuing to focus on place value to 100 to help us to solve problems.  We will be thinking also be thinking about how we can use our knowledge of counting in 2s, 5 and 10 to help us to multiply and divide. We will also be thinking about how we can show our thinking and understanding using a range of written methods.

 

Our Maths Targets for the term will be:

  • I can multiply and divide using multiplication facts from the 2, 5 and 10 times table.
  • I know that multiplication is commutative and that division is not.
  • I can recognise and name 2D and 3D shapes.
  • I can identify edges, vertices and faces on 3D shapes.

 

 

Sensational Science 

In Science this term, we will be thinking about what plants need to grow healthily. We will also be working with work with Ross Community Gardens to help us to further explore our knowledge about plants.

 

Hair-Raising History

This term, we will be exploring the history of our local area.  As part of our history work, we will be researching how our local area is different to how it was a long time ago. We will also be investigating the life of John Kyrle and find out why he is famous in our local area.

 

Globe-Trotting Geography

In Geography, we will be study aerial images and photographs to investigate and compare Ross-on-Wye with a non-European country. We will be thinking about what makes our local area special and explore ways in which we can improve it.

 

Pacey PE

Year 2 will have P.E on Tuesday and we ask that children wear their P.E kit to school for the day (white P.E t-shirt, black or navy shorts / jogging bottoms, trainers and their school jumper).  PE will be outside where possible, so please wear warm clothes. 

 

Showbie

Showbie is a program which allows children to upload and share their work.  Everyone will be given a Showbie username and password and it is available on iPads, tablets and computers.  We will be using this regularly within lessons and for homework each week.

 

Showbie has proven to be a valuable communication tool during the enforced school closure in order for children, parents/carers and teachers to keep in touch.  The Showbie App includes a range of features which have been utilisied by all:

  • Messaging communication
  • Sharing / Uploading work
  • Instant feedback
  • Voice Notes
  • Video Uploads

 

I will continue to set and mark homework via the Showbie App on a weekly basis.  Extra (optional) learning activities will be provided where appropriate in order to consolidate learning in school.  Showbie will be used as the new home-school link for reading.  Every child will have a reading folder in their assignments where all reading and comments can be recorded on a nightly basis.

 

There will also be a general communication folder where any important messages can be shared with class teachers.  Class teachers will endeavour to respond to these messages as soon as possible.  It is important to remember that children will also be able to see this, so anything of a sensitive nature should be dealt with via telephone or email.

 

Showbie will be used for you to record any learning that you complete at home, including:

  • reading
  • spelling practise
  • Education City
  • Oxford Owl eBooks

I will check Showbie every day to see what you have been doing.  Our aim is to be paperless, therefore most written communication will be via Showbie or the school email system.  

 

Helpful Homework

Homework is set on a Thursday and should be submitted by Monday.  Homework will be linked to the work that we are covering in class.  Remember homework will be set and uploaded to Showbie.  Paper copies can also be provided if required.  

 

Showbie will be used for you to record any learning that you complete at home, including:

  • reading
  • spelling practise
  • Education City
  • Numbots

 

Talk Homework will help you to prepare for your Big Write each week.  This can be found on Showbie too.  Please spend 5-10 minutes chatting with a family member at home in order to feel more confident about your written task the following day.

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES

 

Tuesday, 20th April - Return to School for Summer Term

Wednesday, 28th April - Talking Trees Workshop at School

Monday 31st May - Friday, 4th June - Half Term

Tuesday, 20th July - End of Summer Term

 

For photographs of class and school activities, please see below or click on ‘CHILDREN’ and then ‘GALLERY’ or 'WALFORD TV'.  Also, remember to keep checking Twitter: @WalfordSchool for regular updates too.

 

All letters and class reminders will be sent via emails.  Please ensure that the school office have your preferred email address.  Let us know if you think you are not receiving any updates.

 

My door is always open and I am happy to chat with parents about our topics and any work that we are covering in class. Please don’t hesitate to come and find me if you wish to discuss anything!

 

Many thanks!

Miss Hale

Awesome Art - Monoprinting

Connected Computing - Identifying personal information and who we can trust online

Marvellous Mathematics - Counting in steps of 2, 3, 5 and 10

Pacey PE - Football Skills workshop with Jamie Knight

Awesome Art - Using charcoal to create patterns and shapes

Globe-Trotting Geography - Identifying countries and landmarks within Europe

Connected Computing - Exploring how information technology helps us in our everyday lives

Marvellous Mathematics - Partitioning tens and ones

Sensational Science - Identifying animals and their babies

Empowering English

Meet the Teacher Presentation

Year 2 Curriculum Map

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