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Class 2

Mrs Ley

Class Teacher

Mrs Howes

Class Teacher

Mrs 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 - please can we request that PE kits are left in school to allow for flexibility. If they get dirty we will send them home.
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. This helps us to know if they need a their books changing. All the children will read daily with their teaching staff during their phonics session. 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

Moon Zoom!

CRASH! What’s that in the playground? Let’s go outside and take a look. Stand back everyone – it looks like a UFO has crash landed. Find out who might have landed by exploring the craft and investigating scattered scientific specimens. Create a ‘Welcome to Earth’ box for an alien explorer. What can you put in it to help explain what life is like on our planet? Would you like to be an astronaut? You’ll need a pretty sturdy spacecraft if you do. Start off small by making an air-propelled rocket. How far can you make it travel? Find out the names of the planets. There’s Mercury, Neptune, Mars and – do you know any others? I’ve forgotten the rest. Then, an alien is found. Can you help get him home? It’s got the experts in a right kerfuffle. Professor Pong doesn’t know what to do. Are you ready for take-off Class 2? Hold tight. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… LIFT OFF!

 

This half term, we’ll learn all about space. We will look at the different planets in our solar system and how Earth is important. Can you tell us why the moon is so important to Earth? We will look at famous people in space travel, how they managed to make it into space. We will focus on fun facts like did you know astronauts have to wear a seat belt when going to the toilet? Let’s find out more! We are hoping to kick start our project by becoming real astronauts; with a visit to outer space, to see the stars and learn some interesting facts.

 

Help your child prepare for their project

Space is amazing! Why not take a look at BBC Bitesize – ‘Earth and Space’ or ‘The Moon’. Kiddle – Astronaut facts for kids is another great website to start your research ready to bring some great facts into school to share. Please write these fabulous facts down on some paper and decorate it with a space theme so that we can display them on our topic wall. Alternatively you can look at books to blast off with learning facts, like Space (First Fabulous Facts) by Ladybird or Look Inside: Space by Rob Lloyd Jones.

 

Please go to google classroom for weekly spellings, homework and weekly learning including ideas for phonics lessons! 

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.
 
To ensure we keeping safe we will be sending home a plastic toy that can be easily cleaned. The book, bag and toy will need to be returned on Monday so that it can be cleaned and quarantined for the appropriate time before being sent home again on Friday. Thank you for your support and cooperation.  

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, enhancing upon your child's knowledge to make them fluent and able readers.
 
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.