Our topic – Master makers – Bikes and Buses!
Please remember our PE day is on Tuesday and that children will come to school in their PE kit on this day.
Reading will be your child’s expected homework every night. Please sign and date the diary each day, an additional comment is helpful if you have time. Please also make sure that your child’s record is in school every day.
Children need to have a warm, waterproof coat in school and hats, scarves and gloves as the weather gets colder. Please make sure that all items are clearly labelled.
We are now moving on to our new topic which is Master Makers – Bikes and Buses. We will be looking at famous inventors, writers and artists including Ada Lovelace, Kirkpatrick Macmillan, H.G Wells and Quentin Blake. We will be learning how bikes and buses have changed over time and also learning about how cities have changed because of pedal power – including Amsterdam. We will be designing an eye-catching bike for Mrs Armitage from the story, ‘Mrs Armitage on Wheels’ so that she can quickly identify her bike on the rack at the station when she comes back from work and creating our own portraits based on the illustrations of Quentin Blake.
We will begin November with our focus on the sculptures in Woking and will be describing the artworks using adjectives and boastful, persuasive language. We will then be moving on to the texts, Pedal Power and Mrs Armitage on Wheels to help us to write and create posters and poems.
Our phonic and spelling focus will be:
Weeks One – Four – ay,ou,ie,ea, oy,ir,ue,aw, wh,ph,ew,oe,au,ey, a-e e-e i-e o-e u-e
HFW –a all were come house
CEW – child children wild climb
HFW to we go will old
CEW Most only both
HFW Said can little into too
CEW Old cold gold hold told
HFW In are as back by
CEW Every everybody even
We will be learning about addition and subtraction and how it can help us to find totals when we buy objects as well as help us to find change. We will be learning how the inverse helps us to double check our answers and learning about ordinal numbers.
llS Ideas For Home
Practise writing your numbers.
Practise mental recall of number bonds to 10, 20 and100.
Practise your counting skills in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.
Share a story. Tak about the setting – does it stay the same or change? How does it change. How would you describe it. Use adjectives to describe a setting.
Word hunt – hunt for our key words in your books at home.
Use a safe search engine to find out about bikes in the past – remember you must have an adult present to help you!
Talk about how we can keep healthy through our food and exercise.
A typical day in Year 2
Start of the day
At 8.45am we arrive at school, find our name card or peg in. Hang up our book bags and have the chance to go to the book corner and change our reading book. We find the table where our group are working, sit down and quietly begin our task.
An important part of our learning takes place outside and all children have the opportunity to work in the outside classroom during the morning session.
We all spend some time learning together on the carpet.
Reading & Handwriting
We love to read and we practise our handwriting every day. We are also are thinking hard about leaving finger spaces between words and about capital letters and full stops.
After lunch we return to the classroom and sit quietly on the carpet ready for the afternoon. We begin the afternoon with guided reading, handwriting and phonics. We follow this by the final session of the day which may consist of Art, History, Science or PE.
Ready steady go time
At 9.15am we tidy away our morning activity and go to the carpet area to reflect on the previous day, share news and think about the day ahead.
We begin our first session, which will usually be English or Maths. We begin our lesson with a whole class session on the carpet area, then work in small groups or independently.
Half way through the morning session, we meet together on the carpet for milk and fruit. During milk and fruit we share our learning, then listen to a story or play a game.
We stop for lunch at 12 noon. We either have packed lunches or hot school dinners.
At around 2.40pm we tidy away and gather together on the carpet for a story and celebrate our stars of the day. At 3pm we gather up our jumpers, cardigans, our coats, book bags and any letters, then we line up to go home.