Welcome to our Year 2 class page.
We can’t wait to get started and hope that you are as eager as us!
We have a lot to tell you about the on-going adventures throughout our year so this is the place to keep updated.
Here are a few things to know as we start our year together.
Important things to remember:
Home/school diaries: every day- these are important for us as a link to home. Pop us a note should you need to.
Reading books: every day.
Swimming: Friday afternoon- SUMMER TERM ONLY.
P.E: Tuesday afternoon and one other afternoon.
Please can you ensure that your child’s full P.E kit is in school, present and correct, each day. We are often fortunate enough to have extra P.E sessions which may be unannounced therefore is imperative that kits are present and correct.
Water bottles: every day
Things to do at home:
Reading is so very important to your child’s cognitive development and especially important to us here in Year 2 as we embark on the final stage of Key Stage 1. Here at Forsbrook, the expectation is that children should read with an adult at least four times per week. We cannot express how important reading to an adult is and how discussion about the story and the vocabulary used within the story can positively impact upon learning. It really is the key to accessing learning and therefore ask that you read frequently with your child.
In our home/school diaries, there are spelling lists of High Frequency Words and Common Exception Words that the children will be reading and spelling throughout their time in our class. Therefore, it would be particularly helpful if you would practise reading and spelling these with your child.
In our new term we will kick things off as superheroes by looking at heroes and heroines of our time and times gone by. The wealth of historical genius throughout the world will be explored as we find out what makes a hero or heroine. Our English lessons will focus on books which link to our theme and our topic lessons will complement the national curriculum by skilfully creating engaging lessons which make learning fun.
Our class page will gain more information as the year goes on so please don’t forget to visit us.
Year 2 have had a busy term in Autumn 1. We have delved into the lives and times of some local, national and international heroes and heroines in our topic. Learning about Florence Nightingale supported our learning in history as we discovered what changes this significant individual made to healthcare as we know it as we looked at similarities and differences of hospitals then and now. We learnt about Mother Teresa and the efforts she made on an international scale and thought about our own relationship with God and the positive changes we can make. Through Clarice Cliff and Josiah Wedgwood we learnt about our own locality and the effects these people had on the place within which we live and how their life work impacted on us as a locality. Through Charles Darwin we touched on evolution (only briefly) and learnt about how animals adapt to survive in their habitat. To know more, we explored our Eco garden and looked for microhabitats and linked these to the needs for survival. This helped us to understand the ecosystems around us a little better and supported our understanding of sustainability. We even managed to squeeze our trip to Standon Bowers in this term as we learnt how to be our own heroes and heroines when we need to be.
In English we have been on a vast journey by delving into two texts and one short film which were all linked to being a hero in some way. Supertato taught us how to use commas in a list, how to retell a story using time conjunctions and linked with PSHE when hot-seating to find out why Evil Pea was so evil? A great question was ‘what happened to you to become so evil?’ Great questioning Year 2! Using a film called ‘The Present’, we looked at our core value of positivity and how to use expanded noun phrases to describe the story in greater detail. We then uncovered the unlikely heroine that is Little Red in ‘The Last Wolf’ by Mini Grey. This fascinating text not only helped us to use adjectives and adverbs to add greater detail when creating our own ‘twisted’ fairy tale but supported us in understanding the actions that humans can have on an eco-system and the things we can do to offer greater support to our environment. The power of books are immeasurable!
Throughout our maths we have been discovering the importance of place value and how this links to addition and subtraction. We have been partitioning numbers into tens and ones, using part, part whole models to support us in adding a 1 digit number to a 2 digit number, we have added and subtracted using the column method and explored the nature of adding and subtracting tens by linking to our understanding of place value.
What a term! Here’s to Autumn part 2!