Year 2 Message from Mrs Dring
Wrens Christmas Sing Along - Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
We are a mixed class of 30 Year 1 and Year 2 children. Our class teacher is Miss O'Hara and we are supported by Mrs Patel.
Our PE days are Wednesday and Friday. Can we please make sure children have a full PE kit in school which is named. If your child wears earrings, can you make sure these are taken out on this day.
Homework will be given out every Friday and will include activities linked to previous and current learning. This will be available on Seesaw and the children have received a homework book for writing activities.
Spellings will also be sent home each Friday for the children to learn and they will be tested the following Wednesday. Please help your child learn them so we can get them all right.
Reading books will be sent out each Monday. They should be returned on Thursday. We like to read in Wrens and ask that our grown-ups to listen to us read at home and comment in our diaries so we can get our book changed.
We have a special reading scheme to encourage reading and we receive prizes for reading certain numbers of books. We really enjoy this! If you have any concerns please call in to see our teachers.
Phonics is very important as it supports your child with their reading and writing. Each day the children will have a phonics lesson where the children will learn to use segmenting and blending skills to read and write words.
In June, every child in Year 1 will sit the 'Year 1 Phonics Screening'. This will test your child's ability to use their phonics to read real and nonsense words.
Please try and support your child at home with their phonics. Below you will find a link to free games the children can play to help them with their phonics.
Please ensure that you listen to your child read, daily if possible, to help them to progress. We will change your child's book on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. If we feel your child is ready, we will move them on to a more difficult level. It is very important that you also do other activities with their reading book, for example:
* Ask questions about the pictures
* Talk about what has happened
* Discuss the character names and how they felt
* Predict what will happen next or how the story might end
* Find your favourite part of the story
* Retell the story with or without the pictures
Remember to write in your child's reading diary so that we know about all the hard work that is going on at home!
This is what we do in school and it would be brilliant if this could be continued at home!
Dates for your diary
Monday 12th April - School to reopen
Monday 3rd May - Bank Holiday
Friday 28th May - Finish School
What have the Wrens been up to?
Photos will be added throughout the year so please keep checking!
This half term we are learning about Oliver Jeffers as a significant author. We will listen to a range of the author's books, making comparisons and developing our vocabulary and sentence writing. We will also create some leaflets on looking after the Earth after reading 'Here We Come' by Oliver Jeffers. To finish the half term we will be focusing on non chronological reports, exploring their features and creating some of our own linked to out theme learning on 'The Rainforest'. As well as the units above we will have a focus on sentence structure, punctuation, vocabulary and conjunctions to extend writing.
In Maths, we will continue with place value, partitioning numbers to 100 and finding 10 more and 10 less. We will use our knowledge and apply this with addition and subtraction work. We will then move onto solving missing number problems, using inverse to help find the answers. We will also build on our learning of measure, money and telling the time to the quarter hour. We may even try and tell the time to 5 minutes! Throughout our learning we will continue to work on our written and mental methods of calculation whilst solving problems.
In PE, we are focusing on kicking a ball and applying skills to play games. We will also be with coach this half term learning a dance routine.
This half term we are learning about animals and their habitats. We will consider what an animal needs from its habitat to survive and build on our scientific enquiry skills when sorting and classifying. We will also be developing our scientific vocabulary when learning about what animals eat and create our own food chains. Our science work will also link to out theme learning on 'The Rainforest'.
Our theme is 'The Rainforest' and this half term our classroom will be transformed into a rainforest! We will use our geography skills to read maps, globes and atlases to locate the Amazon rainforest and the continents and oceans. We will also learn more about the equator and weather patterns. We will then create our own human and physical features using clay and paint these to show some geographical features. We will learn more about deforestation and how we can help to look after Earth. finally we will be using our voices and instruments to create some rainforest sounds and music.
We are learning about Christianity in RE. We will be learning more about Christian beliefs and values and what unites the Christian community. We will explore some Christian symbols, learning about their meanings and then start to learn about churches and their features, even making some of our own!
In Computing, we will be using technology to build on our understanding of algorithms. We will work through challenges to debug problems and use a range of apps to support our learning. We will also use the beebots to create and follow instructions in partners. We will then continue our learning on online safety.