Welcome to our class page for the year :
2019 - 2020
Welcome to the Hedgehog Class page! Miss Smith is our Class Teacher and Mrs Palethorpe and Mrs Andrews are our Teaching Assistants. Mrs. Penny or Mrs B will be teaching us on a Monday afternoon.
This page will be updated regularly with news and information to inform you and your parents. We will also regularly upload photographs to show case all our learning.
Welcome to Year 2, Term 2!
This term our topic is: Let's Celebrate!
This term our topic is called 'Let's Celebrate.' We will thinking about all the different things that we celebrate in class and learning about the history behind some of these traditions. We will start the term thinking about a very famous celebration - Bonfire Night. We will learn about who King James I and Guy Fawkes were and what happened in the Gunpowder Plot. Together we will share our experiences of Bonfire Night and create some cross-curricular writing and art based on our new learning!
In Art we will be thinking all about colour and about how artists use colour in different ways. As a class we will study the famous art work by Kandinsky and look at how he uses colour to create abstract pictures. We will think about the different ways he uses shape and space and think about our own opinions of his work. Of course, as Christmas approaches, will be getting crafty and creating Christmas crafts to take home at the end of term!
In our Science lessons we will be learning all about the four seasons. Will will build on our learning last term and think about how humans and animals are affected by the seasons. As a class we will find out how the day length is affected by seasonal change. We will investigate weather in a whole class experiment using all our science skills such as observation and data handling.
This term, we are focusing on developing our coaching skills in our PE lessons and working closely with a partner or in a team. We will be thinking about what makes a good coach and working in teams to create our own simple ball games. Please make sure you have your PE kit with you every day of the week. It is so important that when we practise these skills we are wearing appropriate footwear and clothing to stay safe! When the weather is warmer, sometimes we may do extra PE outside in the afternoons so it is important to have your kit with you everyday.
In our RE lessons we will be exploring what different things we celebrate and sharing these in class. Together, we will be learning about the Nativity story and exploring the different ways and traditions that Christians celebrate Christmas. We will be thinking about how Christians around the world celebrate Christmas and discussing what people who do not celebrate Christmas do on Christmas Day. Of course, this will all tie in really nicely with our Nativity rehearsals which will start as soon as we get back to school. Please expect a letter home at some point this term with details of your part in our play and what you will need to wear.
This term, we will continue our 'whole school' approach to school life developing a 'Growth Mindset.' In particular, we will focus on how certain thoughts can change our behaviour and why. We will continue to think about red and green thoughts and how we can change negative thinking into positive thinking. As a class, we will discuss how our bodies and thoughts change when we experience a particular emotion. We will carry out different relaxation strategies and mindful meditation activities to help us focus on our thoughts, making it easier to turn red ones into green ones.
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We will also be developing our knowledge of British Values and how we can apply these to our behaviour and learning in school. Can you remember some of the values that you thought about last term in class and your assemblies with Mrs. Penny?
British Values Bear who will be helping us share our ideas and thoughts during class circle times!
The above is just a taster of what we will be getting up to. As always, we will be working hard to develop our Maths and English skills. Last term, we were all so impressed with how much progress Year 2 had made in their RWI lessons. Take a look at our 'WOW' gallery to see some of the amazing work.
Wow work gallery
The 'Wow' work gallery is a space to show off your incredible learning. Over each term, we will take pictures of very special work and upload it for every one to see. Below are some examples of work last year to show how your work will be displayed. It will also give you an idea of what exciting learning you might get up to in Year 2 :)
*** 2019 - 2020 WOW WORK GALLERY ***
ARCHIVES - ***2018- 2019 Gallery
Term 3- 2019 Primary Dance Festival!
Term 3 - Colour Creations!
Look at our wonderful art work - we were studying pictures by Kandinsky and using view finders to draw our favourite part. We then coloured using oil pastels and blended to get the correct colours.
Look at these amazing Brainbuilders - what a great start to the year!
TRIP TO 3 Mobile
We had a great opportunity to create our own animation films using lego and stop motion!
Term 1 and 2
Look at our amazing pieces of writing from the last two terms. We have focused on writing narratives through a 'positive' and 'negative' lens. We have also thought about non-fiction texts and how we should lay these out.
Term 4 (2017-2018)- The Great Fire of London
Have a look at our excellent newspaper reports inspired by our topic, The Great Fire of London. We made sure we included a headline, information, a picture and a captions.
We have also been working hard to improve our descriptive writing by using adjectives and adverbs.
We thought about primary and secondary colours in our art lesson. We then tried to make different shades of secondary colours. We will apply this learning in our 'Kandinsky' final pieces!
Term 2 - Let's Celebrate (2017-2018)
Look at Taya's incredible Christmas narrative about a snowman. She has use some fabulous vocabulary and sentence starters.
Term 1 - Famous Queens
***20th October 2017 - TRIP TO WINDSOR CASTLE
Today we went to Windsor Castle to end our exciting topic on Famous Queens. We were lucky enough to dress up and act out a coronation! Look at our fabulous photographs of our learning.
**6th October 2017
Look at our amazing Harvest Festival pictures. We thought about things were thankful for in our lives and drew them adding lots of detail. We coloured them by blending with oil pastels!
Look at Taya's fabulous topic writing. She was able to explain how life was different during the Tudor times. We really liked her different sentence starters and choice of vocabulary.
Younes worked so hard on this piece of writing. He had some excellent ideas and tried really hard to make his writing interest a reader. We all agreed we wanted to read more!
Look at our brilliant self portraits. We worked really hard to make sure that we included lots of detail. Look at how carefully we looked!
26.5.17- Over the term we investigated the life cycle of a frog and observed over time how tadpoles changed into froglets and then frogs. We set them free in our pond area on the last day of term and then investigated what else was in the pond. We then used our 'pond habitat checker' to classify what the wild life was that we found. Here are some pictures from our morning!
Literacy in Year 2
In our literacy lessons, we use 'Read Write Inc' - Let's Get Writing. We combine our Phonics, Guided Reading and Writing into one literacy lesson. This is an excellent way to show how reading skills link to good writing skills. Below, is the complex speed sound chart that we use to help us with our reading and writing.
We will be working especially hard this term on our writing targets. These will be attached to your writing books and sent home with your brain builder homework so that you can work on them at home (if you scroll to the bottom of the page, writing target cards are attached for you to look at). For more information about the Read Write Inc scheme used in school, see the following links - or come and speak to a member of staff in school, we will be more than happy to explain to you how it works.
KEY STAGE 1 SATS
The Key Stage 1 SAT tests will carried out this year during TERM 5 2020 .
This year, the government provided new unseen 2019 SAT tests, which the children sat. In 2020 the children will be sitting their SATS using unseen tests that indicate if your child is working at an 'age expected' level. The tests will be in maths, reading, spelling and grammar. The results of these tests will be communicated in the end of year report alongside the teacher assessment. You may have seen in the press lots of articles about how children find these tests stressful. The children are given lots of chances throughout the year in class to carry out past papers to get used to the format of the tests to ensure they are familiar with them. Last year, as with previous years, the children were very excited about sitting the 'fun quizzes' and really enjoyed SATS week. :-)
Please remember that the tests inform the overall teacher assessment at the end of the year. The overall assessment of each child is formed from teacher assessment, which comes from evidence that has been collected over the year. Please come and see me if you have any questions.
NB: Any children that did not pass the Phonics Screening test in Year 1 will also get a chance to re-sit these in June 2020.
Every 2 weeks we have a Brain Builder challenge in class. This is always an activity which you can carry out in a personalised way. There are also Year 2 Spellings attached to learn at home as well as Maths activities. We always dedicate time to show your homework in class and excellent homework is always shown in assembly too!
(NB: Just a reminder that in class, we present our homework in a show and tell session - where the children receive verbal feedback and praise.)
At the bottom of this page are some photographs of homework. I always like to take photographs of your work and put it up on the website for everyone to see! It is so important to keep on top of your homework as it helps to consolidate and deepen your learning in class. It is also a lovely way to get your parents involved with your school learning! The Brainbuilder sheet is always attached to our class page, so if your paper copy gets lost, you can always download it from here.
Remember that we show these in class so it is always important that you try your best and make sure that you hand it in on time. Mrs. Penny also gives out special awards for outstanding homework, so keep up all the good work!
We love reading!
We are a class that love reading. There is a special book corner in our classroom for you to curl up with a book in during Golden time. The more you read, the more ideas and better you get at writing! Every day we always finish the day with a story. I also love to hear about the different books you are reading at home. If you have one that you would like to share with the class, please feel free to bring it in and we will read this at the end of the day. It doesn't just have to be a fiction book, it can also be a non-fiction book too! Last year, we discovered lots of new books by sharing what we read at home with each other. For example, one suggestion was the book, 'The World's Worst Children' by David Walliams. This then became our class text and we ended up creating some incredible character profiles because we learnt so many new words and phrases.
We will working this term to work especially hard on our comprehension skills. Whilst it is really important to be able to sound out and read fluently, it is also very important that we understand what we have read. Make sure at home that someone helps you with your reading by asking you lots of questions about what you have read, so that you fully understand what you are reading.
NB: It is really important that you keep up your reading at home as well as in school. I cannot stress enough how much of an impact it has in the progress you make if you practise your reading at home.
Parents - please use the questions given out at the beginning of the year (there is a link to download this at the bottom of the page) to support reading with your child.
Remember, once you have finished your school book, it needs to go in the reading tray so your diary can be checked by Mrs. Palethorpe or Miss Smith. We always like you to choose your own reading books in Year 2 as that way you will be more interested in the book! It is also great practise for next year when you go into Key Stage 2! It is quite alright to spend more than one night on a book, especially if you are working hard to think about the story with an adult in more detail.
Star of the Day
Each day, Miss Smith and the other adults choose someone who has been a star that day. This could be for really trying hard in your learning, being a great role model or even just being really polite. If you are the star you will get a special certificate to take home. You will also get to use a special pencil the next day in your lessons!
We also give out 'dojo' points, which now link to house points. These are different points that are awarded for lots of different things that we value in school such as: being a good friend, exceptional manners, excellent effort and outstanding work. At the end of the week we have a class 'dojo' winner who receives a certificate. Each week our points are reset. If you want to find out more, please watch the video on the link attached. https://www.classdojo.com/en-GB/#LearnMore
* PUNCTUALITY- Please remember that the children need to be at school for 8.40 am. We have a big class and we have lots of lunches that we need to order first thing. Please be reminded that if your child is not in school before 8.50 am they will be registered with a late mark. In Year 2, we regularly stress how punctuality and organisation are very important life skills, so please help us enhance this learning by arriving in school on time every day. Thank you for your help with this:-)
* CLASS FUND - Each term we ask for a small voluntary contribution of £1. This goes towards extra resources, such as ingredients for cooking and arts and crafts. This contribution is so important at Christmas and Easter time when we want to make lots of arty things that can sometimes be very expensive.
*PE KITS - Everybody needs to have a full PE kit in school all week. Please could children have a pair of jogging bottoms and shorts in their bag. Some days when the weather is a little warmer we go outside. Our PE slots will be confirmed in the first week of term, however these do sometimes change, so please ensure that they are in school each day of the week.
*JUMPERS - Last year we did have a lot of children losing different parts of their School Uniform, in particular jumpers. In Year 2 we always remind the children to collect their jumpers from the different parts of the school, in particular off the school field after lunch. In class, we have a jumper tub which they put their jumpers into to avoid the risk of the jumpers getting lost. At the end of the day, the children are given a 15 minute slot to collect all their belongings and are reminded of what they need to take home. As we are getting ready for Key Stage 2, we really stress to the children the importance of taking responsibility for their own property. This helps them to become independent. If your child comes home without a jumper it may very well be in our jumper tub!
*SNACKS - Remember that you are allowed to bring in a healthy snack for break times. This could be a piece of fruit or vegetables. Please do not bring in nuts.
*WATER BOTTLES - Please make sure you each have a water bottle so that you can regularly top it up with fresh water. Learning is thirsty work, so we always recommend that you drink lots of water to help feed your brains! As it is a lot warmer, we are encouraging the children to take their water bottles outside with them at play times so that they always stay hydrated.
Please feel free at the beginning and end of each day to come and speak to any of the adults in class if you have any questions. We are always happy to try and answer any of your questions.
Alternatively, you can put a quick note in your child's diary for us to read and we can respond to it as soon as possible.
Thank you for visiting our page!
Miss Smith, Mrs. Palethorpe and Mrs. Andrews