Welcome to the class page of Year 2!
Mr Hammersley and Mrs Wilcox
Come and see our classroom! Everyday and every second of the day you will see us working hard and having so much fun! We are consistently busy in Year 2 as we have lots to learn and explore. We love learning about new things that help our brains to grow even bigger! We are fantastic at making sure we are confident in whatever we are doing to help us achieve our absolute best! Most importantly, we are resilient learners and whatever the task may be we continue to try our best!
In Year 2, we are beginning to see ourselves as role models for children who are younger than us, so always be on the look out for the most polite and responsible children in the entire school! We know that Year 2 is the end of Key Stage 1, so we are all preparing for life in Key Stage 2.
A big thank you to all parents and adults who support our children - we couldn't do it without you!
Happy new year to you all! I hope that you have all had a super Christmas break and managed to create lots of fantastic memories together – the children have already been telling us all about them in the first couple of days!
The aim of this letter is to explain some important things to help us all through the upcoming term. Please note that lots of the information will be available on our school website: https://www.st-giles.staffs.sch.uk/
This coming term our Curriculum Vehicle will be focusing on explorers and the impact that they have had on our world today!
Our Class Saint - Saint Bernadette
In RE we will dive in to the New Testament, starting with the importance of the Christmas story, specifically the Magi and the journey of Mary and Joseph. We will then look carefully at the different types of Parables and Miracles from the Bible, reflecting on the message that Jesus was trying to convey. Following this we will be looking at the Special Celebrations that are a key part in the Catholic life of the children, before starting Lent preparations towards the end of the term. We will also continue our learning around Buddhism, as the month of January is where Buddhist New Year is celebrated too!
In our English lessons this term we will be continuously recapping our basic skills, with a real push on our handwriting, pencil grip and presentation – which will not just be a focus in English lessons, but across all of our subjects. We will expand our descriptive language and move on to more interesting phrases and word classes, in order to make our sentence more exciting! The children will also be looking at new ways to extend sentences and will be introduced to different types of conjunctions. We will spend time looking at the writing process and how we can apply our skills into our writing. Our reading will still be led by Read, Write, Inc and children will continue to improve their fluency throughout the term. Please remember that it is policy for children to read each night – don’t forget to write in their diary so that we can see how they are getting on.
Whilst we will be moving away from Number, Place Value and Addition and Subtraction this term, we will still be recapping it each lesson, as well as through homework activities. Our new learning in Maths will be shape before then looking at money. The children may not have covered this much in Year 1, so we will explore it together using many different concrete materials to allow them to better understand it.
Our Science units this term are both looking at the wonders of different materials! The best part of these units is that we get to mess and play with things, as we find out how bendy, stretchy, squashy and twisty things are! We then will try to grasp and understanding of the suitability of different materials, considering why they have been chosen to complete a particular job.
Our History unit this term is all about exploring! We will learn about the significant impact of specific explorers from around the world, whilst also understanding why they explored where they did. Some of the explorers we will look at include Ibn Battuta and Christopher Columbus. Maybe one day the children will explore too?!
Geography will give a focus on our wonderful country of the United Kingdom. We will learn the individual countries within it, as well as their capital cities and famous landmarks. On top of this we will also discover the incredible mountain ranges that each country within the United Kingdom has to offer!
Through our Art lessons this term we will be looking closely at the work of David Hockney. The children will explore how he used different colours and textures, eventually they will be using their explorations to design and create their own version of Pop Art in order to show what they have learnt.
Our Design and Technology work this term will centre around free-standing structures! We will firstly look at different structures around the country, as well as our local area. Of course, we will also be MAKING structures – following our evaluative process along the way. This process is important, so that the children know that we cannot just make a structure and leave it at that.
A few more important things for this upcoming term:
- Please ensure that your child is reading as much as possible, as this is especially important at this stage in their learning. This should be written in the child’s diary each night as these are checked each day by myself and Mrs Wilcox.
- Please remember that, along with Class Dojo, diaries are a key form of communication between yourselves and us – if you wish to speak to me directly then please get in touch through the school office.
- Homework will be given out on a Wednesday and due in the following Monday. Homework will include a Maths and English question – most of which will involve discussion and an explanation, as well as some optional ideas to complete as a family! On top of this, I will set a large amount of activities on Education City or Purple Mash to complement the learning with the classroom – these can be completed at leisure. Children also have access to Times Tables Rock Stars and NumBots which will support their recall of times tables and number facts, which we will work on throughout the year.
As always, thank you all for your continued support with your children – we really could not do it without you!
Mr Hammersley and Mrs Wilcox