Welcome back Class 2!
I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful summer holiday. We have an exciting Autumn term of learning ahead of us and Miss Farrow and I are looking forward to working with you all and supporting you to “Aim High” with your learning.
In all that we do, we aim to build Relationships, be Respectful, be Resilient, be Resourceful and be Reflective; these values are also reflected in our class agreement which we wrote together at the beginning of term.
We carefully plan the curriculum to suit the learning needs of all our pupils and make them excited to learn. Where possible, the curriculum areas are linked to provide context to their learning and allow them to delve deeper into the topic.
Throughout the term, in Maths, we will look at place value, the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), geometry and money. There will be some variation in coverage for each year group. Please support your children by regularly practising their number bonds to 10 for year 1s, and for year 2s, practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.
Reading and phonics are essential building blocks in the children’s learning. The pupils will have daily opportunities to read through Read Write Inc and have access to our ‘reading garden’ where the children can explore a wide variety of genres. For children who are no longer on the Read Write Inc programme, the children will have access to Reading Buddies, to support their independent reading and comprehension skills (Login details will be stuck in their reading records). Please support your children’s learning by regularly engaging with stories and books at home; this can be listening to them read, reading to them or discussing what they have read.
In English, we will begin by looking at the traditional tale ‘The Three Little Pigs’, followed by ‘Our Tower’ where various writing outcomes will be generated such as story writing, character descriptions and setting descriptions. Throughout the term, we will explore other texts to develop our writing skills and encourage pupils to apply the various grammar, punctuation, spelling and handwriting content taught.
‘Everyday materials and their properties’ and ’Seasonal Changes’, make up our topics in Science this term. Pupils will start by exploring different materials and their properties, thinking about which materials are best suited for different purposes. In the second half term the pupils will be observing and describing the weather and thinking about how the length of days can change through the seasons.
In DT, we will be learning about structures and applying our new knowledge from science to design, build and evaluate their houses for the three little pigs. Will they be strong enough to keep out the big bad wolf?
In Geography, we will be exploring the human and physical features of our local area, including beaches, railway line, moorlands, village etc. This will be linked to our book in English ‘Our Tower’.
Our Art work will focus on secondary colours; linked to one of our books in English ‘Our tower’, the children will use their colour mixing knowledge and observational skills to paint the view from the classroom window looking over the moorlands.
For computing, the children will be learning all about technology, including how to use a computer responsibly. We will also be creating our own digital paintings using a range of creative tools.
The Great Fire of London will be our history topic this term. We will be exploring why The Great of London is significant, why the fire lasted as long as it did, and what impact it had on the people who lost their homes.
In Music, each unit adapts an integrated approach where games, elements of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc.), singing and playing instruments are all linked.
In our Religion World Views, we continue to follow units within the Devon Agreed Syllabus. The units: What does it mean to belong to a faith community? And ‘Why does Christmas matter to Christians? Will be taught.
Within RSE (relationships and sex education) we will be exploring living in the wider world considering how to take care of something and why we have classroom rules. Following this we will explore the different parts of the body, thinking about what my body can do and what it needs to stay healthy. These topics will be taught through the Coram Life Education SCARF resources, who have a useful family page on their website if you would like to know more.
Madam Clark will teach the children French on a Thursday afternoon where links are made to class topics and texts as well as basic French words and phrases.
PE is planned for a Tuesday afternoons. However, it is always useful if the children have their PE Kit in school for the whole week. Class 2 do not have Wild Tribe this term.
Homework will be posted on Class Dojo on Tuesdays. This will include:
Children receive ‘John Fire superstars’ as our rewards points. Rewards may link to our Carey Qualities, it may be for fantastic work, or using super language. There are endless possibilities.
Fraser Bear is ready for another year of exciting adventures with you all. Show and Tell bags and Fraser will go home on Fridays and adventures and items will be shared the following Friday.
The children’s well-being is of paramount important to us and as a school we aim to create a happy, healthy environment for all. If you have any worries or questions, please do not hesitate in coming to see me. Please email the school office if you have any urgent concerns to ensure we receive it straight away.
Miss R Preece (Class Teacher) and Miss T Farrow (Teaching Assistant).