Our Class Teacher for year 1 and year 2 is Mrs Sim.
Class 2 Curriculum Overview
Years 1 and 2 are busy years for our children. Year 1 children complete National Phonics tests where they are assessed on their ability to read a range of real and nonsense words using their phonic knowledge. In Year 2 children complete the KS1 National Curriculum tests (SATs) in English and Maths, so we spend time throughout the year preparing the children for these tests as much as possible.
Our children work extremely hard, but we keep learning fun, so our children are usually very confident by the time they take their SATs in May and we are starting to see excellent progress in our results. However, whilst excellent progress in English and Maths is important, we also want to develop the whole child, so we strive to develop skills across the curriculum and promote emotional intelligence too.
Throughout your child’s time in Class 2, we will cover a range of text types/ genres of writing, including: stories, recounts, non-chronological reports and poems. We will also focus on developing your child’s understanding of English grammar, punctuation and spelling to support the children as they prepare for their Year 2 SATs. Our class will continue to have weekly spellings to practise at home, which will be tested on Fridays.
Each child will be given a reading book to read at home each night and then read to an adult in school. The children will also be able to take home a library book of their choice every Friday. In guided reading we will be concentrating on improving our understanding of a range of different genres, by reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts and answering questions on topics such as: the author’s use of language, text structure and authors’ viewpoints.
During Year 1 and 2 we spend a lot of time learning the basics. This includes mental recall of facts such as times tables and their corresponding division facts, doubles and halves and number bonds. In addition to this, we will also be covering topics such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, shape, position and measurement. Year 2 children have a weekly mental maths tests every Friday to develop our mental calculation and recall skills. Children will be given numeracy homework once a week to revise skills taught in school.
Our school year is divided into 3 terms. Each term we have a range of different topics to cover in the rest of the curriculum areas, and we will share these with you in the class newsletter which we circulate each term. We aim to develop inquisitive and independent learners, and encourage children to find things out for themselves. Our other curriculum subjects are: History, Geography, Design and Technology, Art, Computing, PSHCE, R.E, P.E, Music and Science.
For further information and more detailed medium term plans please contact the school.
Activities, Visits and Trips 2017
And….that is SATs OVER!! We are immensely proud of all of our Year 2 children. They have all worked their socks off and tried their best and that is just testament to their fabulous attitude to their work all year. We are celebrating this afternoon with a picnic on the field with Reception and Year 1, who also work so hard each and everyday.
Mrs Sim and Mrs Featherstone
Jim Lad the pirate has asked us to write information books about his sea creature pets. Today, we are looking for important information and highlighting key words. This is a tricky skill as we have to be very selective, but we are very good at it!
Today, we had a message from Jim Lad the Pirate! He needs someone to look after his pets when he goes on holiday, but he needs someone who knows all abut sea creatures! We told him we would like to help him out in some way, so he sent us a challenge. We had to use information books to find out if some of the sea creature he sent us were true or false.
Yesterday we added our own lines to a new verse for Little Boy Blue. Today we worked in groups to pick our favourite lines and create a group poem on Purple Mash.
Today was Maths Day. We had a visit from Professor Tagtivate and we played some really exciting and fun maths games!
Today, we planned a new adventure for the boy in the Oliver Jeffers stories. We had some exciting plots!
Today, we investigated a range of sources to find out about the race to space.
Today we have tried to learn our weekly spellings using a technique called ‘rainbow spellings’. You write a word in a pale colour then re-write over the top in different colours to practise it. Try it at home to practise this week’s spellings.
Yesterday, we had our Class reading event. Thank you to the mums and dads who came in to read with their children. It means so much to the children and it helps to reinforce the message that reading is so important! Remember, try to listen to your child read 3 times a week.
This morning, we started our new topic on shape. We had to hunt for 2D and 3D shapes on the yard-we were very excited!
On Friday, we went on a trip to the Baltic in Newcastle and we walked along the Quayside. We walked over the Millennium bridge and the swing bridge.
Today was World Book today. We all dressed up and headed down to the library, where we looked at the books and listened to some stories. Our children really enjoyed it and would love to go back with our parents!
16 February 2017. Yesterday Class 2 took part in Equality day! We read lots of stories about different types of families such as King and King, And Tango make three, Heather has two mummies and The family book. We learnt that not all families have a mum and dad. Then, we made rainbow flags and printed our hands in rainbow colours too.
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