Our Class Teacher for year 1 and year 2 is Mrs Sim and is supported by Mrs Featherstone
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. 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. Children will be given numeracy homework once a week to develop times tables skills.
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
Please note, following on from last year, we will not be changing books on a Friday. It is part of the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 that children do re-read their books, as it helps to build their fluency, so it is common practise for children to read a book (up to at least Stage 6) more than once.
Mrs Sim and Mrs Featherstone
It has come to our attention that some parents are concerned that after our weekly spelling tests, we encourage the children to mark each others spellings. This is a common practise exercise in most schools and is extremely beneficial in reinforcing spelling rules. Mrs Wellstood always marks the spellings after the children and ensures that they are given an accurate mark. Can I reassure you that all of our staff work incredibly hard both inside and a significant amount of their time outside of school to ensure that your children are receiving the best possible education. I am sure you can agree that this is evident in the amount of progress that your children are making. However, we are becoming increasingly demoralised because of the number of negative comments we are either over-hearing or receiving over minor issues and I am sure you can appreciate how difficult it can be to get everything right 100% of the time with a class full of children and sometimes with no support.
Please do be mindful that we always have your children’s best interests at heart.
Mrs Sim, Mrs Wellstood and Mrs Featherstone
Dear parents and carers,
Our trip to Beamish is rapidly approaching and we currently don’t have many donations. (Thanks to those who already have) This trip is already heavily subsidised by school (it should have cost £14 per child) and will be unable to go ahead without your support.
Many thanks in advance!
Mrs Sim and Mrs Featherstone
We have had lots of fun at spelling club this week! We built the words with Lego then did rainbow spellings for a multi-sensory approach!
It’s been SUPER-noisy in Class 2 today – we have been singing and exploring short and long sounds with instruments!!!
This week is assessment week in school. Year 2 children are completing Rising Star tests, which are set out like SATs papers. Year 1 children are completing focused assessments such as number recognition with Mrs Featherstone. The Year 2 tests are based on what is expected of children at the end of Year 2. They are used to give us an indication of what your child needs to work on, so please don’t be alarmed if your child comes home and said they have found them hard-that is too be expected and they won’t by the end of the year!
You might notice that your child or another child has been listening to your child read today. This week, we are starting to do paired reading to get in some extra reading practise. It went well when we trialled it this morning.
Many thanks for your support.
Mrs Sim and Mrs Featherstone
So we went hunting for their treasure and we found a box full of objects from schools from the past 100 years! For our new topic, we have decided to find out about school life in the past! We were so excited!
Wow! The summer has sped by. We hope you have all had a fabulous break and managed to enjoy some sunshine! Teachers are back in school today getting ready to welcome you all back tomorrow. We are so excited to see all of our lovely children again. Please, don’t forget to bring you child’s book bags and full P.E. kits. Also, please make sure uniform, P.E. kit, coats etc are all labelled!
This term, out topic is all about our school. We would love to interview past pupils, so if you do know anyone who used to come to our school and would be wil,ling to talk to our children please do get in touch!
Enjoy the last day and see you all bright and early tomorrow for the start of a fantastic year!
Mrs Sim and Mrs Featherstone.
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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