2021- 22 Class names are based on inspirational people (current or historical) who link to and are an inspiration to our school values.
Please click on the class names below to find out more about these inspirational individuals and to find out what’s been going on in the class groups.
Welcome to The Queen Class – Year 2.
Named after HM Elizabeth II, The Queen (and exploring the values of respect and tolerance) – The Commonwealth.
From Australia to Antigua, Canada to Cameroon, the Commonwealth is a remarkable international organisation, spanning every geographical region, religion and culture. It exists to foster international cooperation and trade links between people all over the world. After 70 years of its existence, the Commonwealth is a remarkable organisation which remains a major force for change in the world today. The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 independent countries, almost all of which were formerly under British rule.
The Commonwealth opposes “all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds’’.
Welcome to Year 2: The Queen Class
Autumn Term 2021
We hope you have had an enjoyable summer and that we will all have great fun together through our learning this academic year. We will all be working hard, catching up on what we have missed out on over the past couple of academic years.
We will, also, be encouraging the children to become increasingly independent in Year 2 but do, please, support them to bring in all that they need on the correct day, initially. Arrival time is from 8.40 am.
Please be aware that the children will be undertaking KS1 SATs in May, so we would ask you not to take any holidays during this month. As a school and staff, we do everything we can to keep the stress levels down and often the children will not know that they are taking part in this national requirement.
This first half term’s topic is about explorers especially Sir Ernest Shackleton and his exploration of Antarctica. I am hoping that we will be able to have a real –life Antarctic traveller in soon to talk to us about what it is like there.
The end of year expectations for reading are quite challenging in the areas of pace of reading, comprehension and quantity of text. Therefore, to support your child please make sure you hear her/him read at least 5 times a week.
We will be writing letters and postcards using the exciting book ‘Dear Teacher’ as our hook. This book is about a boy who does not want to return to school after the holidays and so he invents some strange excuses! We will also be looking at other texts that describe journeys.
For your attention: After half term, the children will be asked to take part in the Phonics Screening Assessment. We have already started revising the sounds needed and the children will be engaged in Phonics lessons and small group work between now and then.
The Maths curriculum will be divided into units of work that will cover place value, addition and subtraction strategies, shape and space and statistics. We plan to make this as practical and meaningful as possible to make the learning fun, recognising that there may be a need to cover some of the Year 1 curriculum to fill any gaps in learning due to the previous school closures. Children often find telling the time quite challenging and we have found it more effective to apply the ‘little and often’ approach to telling the time. Practising counting in 2, 3, 5 and 10s will also help your child learn their tables. TTRS site is a useful and fun way to practice these skills. They will also need to learn the inverse facts (i.e. division e.g. 10÷2 = 5)
This term’s topic is ‘Animals including humans’. We will be finding out about how animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults. We will also be finding out about and describing the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air) and their habitats. We will be thinking about the importance to humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene.
We will be using a range of materials to explore the work of artists who have created their own images of Antarctica. We will also focus on the use of paint, mixing colours and the use of shades and line widths.
Following the Hampshire curriculum, we will be looking at the concept of Family and Community, with specific reference to Sukkot.
Mr. Mulhern will be teaching Music to the children. These lessons will take place on Tuesday morning.
We will be having two sessions a week, one on Thursday and the other on Friday. Please make sure your child comes into school in their kit on those days.
Long hair must be tied back and earrings removed, alternatively please make sure that your child has a roll of micropore tape (cheaply available from the chemist) in school at all times, too.
Homework: Homework will consist of daily reading, spellings and a combination of times tables and a piece of work linked to their Maths, English or topic learning. The homework will be posted on Seesaw and sent home in a Homework book. Please make sure the week’s homework is completed by Thursday and returned to school on this day so that the work can be reviewed and the homework book can be sent home again on Friday with any new work in it. Spelling tests will take place on Fridays, with the spellings being written in the back of the book so you will be able to see the results.
If any of you have any ideas to support our learning, have any talents that could help us with our topic work or would like to hear readers, we are always very appreciative of this support. Please contact me through the office, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Providing quality resources for topic work can become expensive. Occasionally, we would like to be able to ask for a voluntary contribution towards topic resources. This will not always be monetary but perhaps the contribution of a bag of flour or sugar for cooking etc.
Please also be aware of the school Amazon wishlist, as we try to develop and update our class libraries. More information on this can be found on the school newsletter and the link can be found on our school Facebook page.
A final note to remind you that, as the children are beginning to move more freely around the school it is easy for them to misplace their belongings. Please ensure jumpers, water bottles etc. are clearly named or we cannot guarantee we will be able to relocate these for you.
We are always available if you wish to speak to any of us. You could catch me at the end of the day or as above, please contact the office by telephone or email so that we can arrange a time to talk to you.
Year 2 Team,
Annabelle Patching & Lynne Stotesbury, Debbie Bartholomew, Jo Wickens (Thurs) and Melanie James (Fri)
You can view and download your child’s weekly homework and tasks from below!