Our Sports Afternoon will be every Tuesday. The children will need to have a pair of trainers in school on that day.
Children need to have a thin waterproof coat in school and school tracksuit bottoms for wet and cold days.
Please remember to record all the lovely reading that you are doing at home in your child’s reading diary. There is an expectation that children will read five times a week, at home.
We have now started our new learning focus, ‘Master Makers’. We will be going on a sculpture walk and using what we see to help us understand what sculptures are and how they are made. We will be investigating different materials in Science and learning about their properties, similarities and differences. We will then be zooming in on the work of paper artists including Caitlin Jones, Marit Roland and Shawn Bitters and learning how to quill, fold, layer, pinch, cut and connect paper before designing our own Tin Forest Totem sculptures.
The text linked to our ‘Master Makers’ learning is The Tin Forest. The children will continue to work on using a range of adjectives to add description to their writing. We will then be learning about all different types of sentences including statements and questions and exploring how we can improve sentences through the use of conjunctions including and, but, or, yet so. We will also be learning how to use commas in lists and capital letters for proper nouns.
Our phonic and spelling focus will be:
Week four and five – Phase 5a – a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e, u-e, some, come, were, there
Week six to eight – phase 5a revision plus HF – the that not look put and with then don’t could
CEW – door floor poor because find kind mind behind
We will be embedding our knowledge of odd and even numbers and bonds to 10 and 20 and beginning to count in 3’s. We will also be comparing and ordering numbers 0-100 using less than and greater than signs, adding and subtracting, learning about the inverse and measuring using standard and non-standard measure.
Things to do at home
Read at least five times a week and record this in your Reading Diary.
The children all have Purple Mash logins so please log on and have a go at the activities.
Have a look for sculptures in the local environment. What are they made of?
Play counting on, addition and subtraction games.
Practise writing numbers correctly.
Practise mental recall of number bonds to 10 and 20.
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.