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Class 2

Mrs Christie Ley

Class Teacher

Mrs Lisa Howes

Class Teacher

Mrs Susan Hutchings

Teaching Assistant

WELCOME TO CLASS 2
 
Class 2 consists  of Year 1 and Year 2 children.
 
Our aim is to ensure that every child feels that they are part of a caring class. A class in which they feel confident enough to try new things without fear of failure. A class in which everybody has something to offer. Our aspiration is that the children in Class 2 will become self-motivated learners through a varied and exciting curriculum. Parental help is always welcome in Class 2, whether to discuss their child's progress or to help on educational visits.
 
We want Class 2 children to enjoy school and look forward to the opportunities each new day offers.
 
Key Timings:
PE - Tuesday afternoons.
Homework - Year 2 and Year 1 homework grids to be sent home at the start of each half term.
 
Spellings - Issued on Mondays and tested on Fridays. Please practice at home to help your child develop vocabulary and spelling. 
 
Your child will need to read to an adult at home every day and have their Reading Record signed daily. Any notes from staff will also go in the Reading Record so it is worth checking daily.
 
If you have any queries or questions, please come and ask a member of the class 2 team. We are more than happy to help. Alternatively we are happy to make appointments for the end of the school day if you'd like more time to discuss your child.

Our Topic – Spring Term First Half

Will you read me a story?

Was the Big Bad Wolf really so bad? How many bowls of porridge did Goldilocks eat? We will explore these questions and more in this magical project. Meet the three little pigs who need our help to build a strong fortress. Inside its strong walls we’ll be safe from the big, bad wolf! No huffing and puffing will blow our fortresses down!

 

This term, we will dress up as a character from our favourite book and hopefully visit a castle to explore the towers, battlements and maybe a secret tunnel or two! Climbing the battlements or tunnelling in the ground, there’s a whole world of adventure and fun to be found! We’ll learn all about the different parts of a castle and describe how they have changed over time. Maps and photographs will help us learn about the tallest buildings and the longest tunnels in the world. In Class 2 we will be using a wide range of materials, we’ll build models of castles and test the strength of our structures. We’ll read lots of stories and create story maps to retell familiar tales and contemporary versions of fairy tales will inspire us to write our own stories. After reading The Enormous Turnip, we’ll plant seeds and learn how to care for them. We’ll also test the right materials to make a bed for a princess, and houses for the Three Little Pigs. At the end of our project, we’ll have so much to share! We’ll display our amazing structures and look back at photographs of our incredible experiences.

 

ILP Focus Design and Technology
English     Recounts, reported speech, stories, letters, posters. We will follow the National Curriculum requirements for Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation (SPAG). 
D&T  Making models of towers, bridges and tunnels
Computing  Create castles using drawing software.To understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions.
Art & design  Sculptures using natural materials. Explore the work of a famous artist. 
History  Castles and castle life, significant individuals.
Geography Amazing structures around the world, towers and bridges in the local area  
Mathematics  Measures, Number, Addition, Subtraction and Division.  In Maths we will continue to follow the National Curriculum. 
PE  Defending games, balance and co-ordination 
PSHE  Dilemmas. Respect and consideration for others
Science  Living things and their habitats, use of everyday materials 

 

 

Help your child prepare for their project: 

Reading fairy tales can sweep us away into a fantastical world. Why not visit your local library together to read lots of different versions? You could also watch children’s films on this theme and discuss the different types of characters. Alternatively, you could use toys to retell favourite fairy tales.  Towers, tunnels and turrets are everywhere! Why not visit a skyscraper, big wheel or tower? Look at the materials the structure is made of to decide why the materials were chosen. You could also use blocks or stones to create tall towers. How high can you go? Alternatively, play Jenga together and see if you can work out how to make the tower stay strong, even when you have removed some of the blocks!

 

Class 2 Home School Link - Class toy
 
Our class toy is Marmaduke the very different dragon. At the end of each week he will pick a child to go home with who has worked hard on being a superstar, both with their work and general manners. We have already shared the story with your child; you might like to share it with them at home as well or your child might like to read it to you. It would be lovely if you or your child could write a little diary entry with a picture or drawing so we can share their experiences with the class.

PHONICS

In class 2 we will continue to follow the systematic approach to phonics called Read, Write Inc.
 
We will recap the learning from the Foundation Stage and Year 1 along with the special actions that we add with the sounds to make learning enjoyable. 
 
It is always helpful to practice what we are learning at school, but if you feel you are a little unsure on how to pronounce the sounds here is a clip from the RWInc site which will help you.

 
 

Below are the Year 1 and Year 2 spelling lists and an overview of the spelling rules/sounds to be taught for each wordlist. At Mawgan-in-Pydar, we follow the 'Shakespeare and More' spelling scheme. The spelling overview explains how this scheme works.

In line with the National Curriculum, these spellings will be taught through daily activities and investigations. There are lots of fun ways to practise these words, to help children remember the spelling sounds and rules. As an additional learning task, please practise these spellings at home. Please note, any additional learning you do at home will support your child’s learning at school.