Welcome to Year 2 GIRAFFES 2017/18
Class Teachers: Mrs A Summerscales
Classroom Support: Mrs Walker and Mrs Owens
PPA CoverTeacher - Mrs Barmforth
Happy new year and welcome back to another exciting term in year 2 Our theme for this term is
'The Stories People Tell'. During the first part of the Spring term we will be taking a trip around the world to find out the history of storytelling in different countries and cultures. We will be exploring the different ways stories are told through drama, dance and music and inventing and telling our own stories in different ways.
Readers we will be reading:
- The Wizard of Oz –Frank L Baum
- At the end of the Rainbow – Pie Corbett
- 'Peter and the Wolf' – by Sergei Prokofiev
As writers we will;
Use imaginative description in our writing, organise our writing into paragraphs, write stories that mimic the style of significant authors and write stories with imaginary settings.
As Mathematicians we will be:
Using place value and number facts to solve problems, developing mental strategies for basic calculations, learning formal methods of recording calculation including columnar addition, learning to recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and solve missing number problems, using multiplication and division to solve problems in different contexts, recognising, finding, naming and writing fractions of quantities, learning key time facts and solving problems related to the passing of time.
As Historians we will be:
Learning about the life of William Shakespeare the greatest British story teller and plotting this on a timeline, reading some of his stories as a class asking different questions and discussing how we still know and read them today, learning about Tudor life and comparing it to aspects of todays’ life especially looking at the similarities and differences in the way we tell stories.
As Geographers we will be:
We will be reading stories from different cultures and learning about the locality of where the stories have come from, comparing other localities with where we live and identifying similarities and differences, looking at journey stories and planning our own journey using directional language and creating our own maps of a story setting.
As artists we will be:
Looking at different ways that people tell stories through art, looking at paintings and portraits that tell a story about a character, learning about how people in the past told stories through hieroglyphics and making our own.
P.E. - Elephants have Outdoor PE on Monday and Indoor PE on Wednesday Giraffes have Outdoor PE on Monday and Indoor PE on Wednesday.
In RE In Key Stage One our focus religions are Christianity, Sikhism and Islam. In RE, we will be learning about the different creation stories from the focus religions. We will also be learning about the special journeys that some religious people make.
Children will continue to bring spellings home. They will be given their new spellings every Friday and will be tested the following Friday. In addition to this we will also be sending home multiplication tables for children to learn at home which we will also test on a Friday. Please support your child by helping them to practise at home as instant recall of multiplication facts is key to problem solving and calculation.
*Please check our Class page on the school web site for further updates and details about Bug Club log ins.
Thank you for your continued support. If you have any concerns please arrange to see us for non-urgent matters after school at the end of the day.
Mrs A Summerscales – Giraffes’ Class Teacher and Key Stage Leader
Miss Amy English – Elephants’ Class Teacher
This term we are learning all about celebrations. We will be linking our topic into all areas of our learning with each week having a different celebration focus, with the last two weeks being all about Christmas. Fearnville has a school community of cultural and religious diversity that we feel should be celebrated and cherished as it is what makes our school unique and special.
Some questions to think about are:
- What do you celebrate?
- How do you celebrate?
- When do you celebrate?
In Key Stage One our focus religions are Christianity and Sikhism and Islam. In RE we will be; learning about special times in our focus religions and what and how children at Fearnville like to celebrate special times in their families and communities. As part of out learning we are hoping to arrange some visits to different religious buildings and learning about how and what they celebrate.
In English we are listening and reading a range of text's including:
- The Scarecrows’ Wedding by Julia Donaldson
- The Elves and the Shoemaker
- The Jolly Christmas Postman
We will be using these stories to support our writing where we will be writing imaginative descriptions, organising out writing into paragraphs, writing formal and informal letters and making inferences on the basis of what is being said and done.
As Mathematicians we will be:
- Comparing and ordering numbers from 0 up to 100; using <, > and = signs.
- Using place value and number facts to solve problems.
- Learning to recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and solve missing number problems.
- Calculating mathematical statements for multiplication and division within the multiplication tables and writing them using the multiplication (x), division (÷) and equals (=) signs
- Recognising, finding, naming and writing fractions 1/2, 1/4, 2/4 and 3/4 of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity.
- Investigating units of measure, including; length, mass and time
As Scientists we will be learning all about materials:
- Investigating materials and their properties,
- Comparing and grouping together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their physical properties
- Experimenting with materials and substances to find out which properties make materials suitable for particular purposes.
- Conducting experiments to find out what effects, heat, water and pressure have on different materials.
As Historians we will be:
- Using artefacts, stories and pictures to find out about the Great Fire of London
- Sequencing the events chronologically
- Looking at Samuel Pepys diary entry and recording the events of the Great Fire.
- Researching the history of the Christmas tree
- Recording the history of the Christmas tree on a timeline.
As Designers we will be:
- Using ingredients to make 3 different foods for three of the different celebrations that we will be learning about.
- Designing and making the packaging for these items thinking about their purpose and evaluating and improving our designs.
As computing experts we will be:
- Using computers to make a digital creation each week for a different celebration. We will be importing images and inserting text to make posters, cards and invitations.
As Gymnasts we will be:
- Learning the 7 key body shapes.
- Imitating, innovating and creating, individual and paired sequences.
Homework will continue to be spellings that are given out every Friday. We have been encouraging children to bring these back by rewarding them with two team points. Check your child is completing this properly and support them in doing so by testing them on the spellings.
In addition to this we are starting 'Book Talk' grids. Children are expected to complete one of these a week. We have already done some practising in school but more information to follow at parents' evening!
Keep accessing Bug Club at home with your children!
This term our theme is 'Into the Woods'. We will be linking out theme into all areas of our learning. We are thinking about temperate 'fairy tale' woods in our English lessons and exploring tropical jungles in our Art lessons and researching about different animals that live in the two contrasting habitats.
Some questions we are thinking about in school are:
- What do we know about woods?
- Who and what lives in the woods?
- Where are woods in our local area?
- What do woods look like in different countries?
We are going to visit a local woodland habitat for our first school trip. However, you could support your child's learning at home by visiting a wood too!
In English we will be reading and listening to a range of texts including:
- Little Red Riding Hood
- The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
- Leaf Man by Lois Ehlbert
To support our learning we will be discussing the stories, answering questions, using drama and performance to help us understand characters and investigating the different characters, settings and events. We will also be learning and practising Little Red Riding Hood as an oral story and learning oral and written instructions.
As writers we will be retelling the story of Little Red Riding Hood and writing instructions independently.
As Mathematicians We Will Be:
- Ordering and comparing numbers.
- Investigating place value.
- Practising addition and subtraction calculations using practical resources and moving on to more formal recording.
- Applying strategies and skills to solve problems.
- Investigating multiplication and division as grouping.
- Solving problems involving all four number operations
As Scientists we will be:
- Considering the differences between things that are living, dead and have never lived.
- Categorising animals into groups
- Identifying and naming a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including micro-habitats
- Identifying and describing how different habitats provide for the varying needs of animals.
As Geographers we will be:
- Investigating the character of my own area.
- Describing features in the environment using geographical vocabulary.
- Using positional and directional language including North, South, East, West
- Creating maps using areal views and designing a key.
- Presenting information and debating opposing views
As designers we will be:
- Describing, discussing and analysing designers work.
- Working on a collaborative piece using practised skills
For our final project we will be designing and making a habitat for a woodland animal.
In Key Stage One our focus religions are Islam, Christianity and Sikhism. Our learning focus is based around a question each half term. This terms is:
Can you tell what someone believes by what they look like?
Your child will be bringing home a 'Look, say, cover, write and check spelling sheet. There are five columns in which they can write their words which can be done over the course of the week. There is also a space to write the words into a sentence which really helps children to understand how and when to use the words correctly. Please support your child in practicing their spellings and if you have any questions don't hesitate to come and ask any of the key stage 1 team.
In addition to this year two children will also be learning their 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables as this is an essential skill which enables children to calculate and problem solve effectively.
They will bring the times table they are focusing on home every Friday. Practicing writing down, reciting orally and quick fire quiz questions really help children to learn with instant recall so please support your child with this as much as you can.
A good website to increase speed once they have begun to learn them is Top Marks Hit the Button. On this site children can practice many of the instant recall maths facts they need to learn to help them with problem solving and calculation.
Follow the web link below to have a look.
Reading - On line Books
Just a reminder about Active learn books on line. In addition to school reading books all children at Fearnville now have online access to Active learn on line reading resources.
Go to www.activelearnprimary.co.uk and log in.
Your child's user name will be their first name with a capital letter and then their password is their class with a capital.
eg. User name - John
Password - Giraffes
School code - fepr
If you are having any difficulty logging on at home please do let us know so we can resolve any issues quickly.
Other educational websites to use:
As a school we subscribe to educationcity.com , purplemash.com and mathletics.com
All log ins have been stuck in your child's reading journal on the first page.