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Year 2

Welcome to the class page of Year 2!

Mr Hammersley and Mrs Philip

 

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!

Welcome back!

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Welcome back! I hope that you have all had a super summer 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 academic year. 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 ‘Starry Night’, where we will further explore the work of Vincent Gogh from our Art lessons to create cards that will be sold at the Christmas Fayre!

 

RE

Our Class Saint - Saint Bernadette

 

RE will be covering the Bible at first, looking into the Old and New Testament; delving deeper into parables and miracles, learning about the life of Jesus and Mary, before moving into Advent as we prepare for the birth of Jesus! Our Class Saint for this academic year is Saint Bernadette; we will look closely at her life and how she was canonised, whilst also understanding the impact of her on our lives today.

 

English

    

In our English lessons this term we will be focusing on the basic skills at first, making sure that we are secure with our simple sentence structure. Then we will start to add some description into our writing, along with using our conjunctions like 'because' to explain the reasoning for our answers and opinions. The text we will focus on is to start with is ‘Umbrella’, before moving on to some very exciting and descriptive poetry!

 Maths

 

Our Maths this term will be targeting the children's Place Value knowledge, looking at why a number has a particular value. We will then move on to methods of addition and subtraction, followed by multiplication and division!

 

Science

 

Our Science units this term are 'Animals Including Humans' and 'Living Things and Their Habitats'. Within both units we will focus on the lives and processes of all living things! We will look at how animals have adapted to survive in their habitats, whilst also linking this with food chains and the consumption of food by different species. We will then move on to looking at different materials and how important their properties are in the jobs that they are needed for.

History

 

Our History unit this term is all about the Great Fire of London! We will explore the facts around the famous event, looking at different sources and discussing which source gives us the best and most reliable information. Our key knowledge will be all about the reasons why the fire spread so quickly, considering how it could have been prevented or stopped even sooner.

 

Geography

 

Geography will be a revision of the areas of the United Kingdom, before looking further into the continents and oceans of the world! We will spend some time looking at each ocean individually and identifying the key features from each one!

 

Art

 

Through our Art lessons this term we will be looking closely at the work of Vincent Van Gogh. 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 his famous work, 'Starry Night'.

 

 

Design and Technology

 

Our Design and Technology work this term will centre around food! We will taste and explore different foods in order to give us ideas on how to create the best dips for food! We will use the design process in order to make sure our final creations are something to behold!

 

PE

 

PE will start by looking at basic skills, making sure the children have the confidence and ability needed to move on to more advanced skills and sports later on in the year. Please remember that PE kit should be in school every day – this will be left on the children’s pegs.

Computing

Our Computing lessons this term will be driven by Purple Mash, but we will also be using different software in order to broaden the horizons of the children. We will be honing our basic skills, along with our Online Safety work, before moving on to coding, which will make up the building blocks of everything we do in Computing going forwards.

 

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 Leese.
  • 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 to complement the learning with the classroom – these can be completed at leisure. Children also have access to Times Tables Rock Stars which will support their recall of times tables, 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!

 

Many thanks,

Mr Hammersley and Mrs Philip

Year 2

 

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