Class 2 2018 - 2019
Class 2 Teacher
Class 2 Teaching Assistant
Welcome to Class Two
Years 1, 2 & 3
Our topic for the first half term is ‘Rock and Roll’ which will be the theme for the children’s learning in science, history, geography, art and design, music and computing. The science element will focus on investigating rocks and soil, looking at famous rock formations, finding out about the Earth’s layers and looking at fossils. In history, we will be learning about life in Britain after the dinosaurs became extinct, leading to the Stone Age and Stonehenge. The geography element will focus on volcanoes and earthquakes. In music, the children will learn about the rock and roll era whilst in art, we will be examining fossils leading to ‘biro’ drawings and printing activities. Finally, in computing we will be learning how to present ideas effectively using various programs and using Purple Mash 2DIY, to collect and sort information to do with different types of rocks.
The topic for the second half term is “The Farm Shop” and will be the theme for the children’s learning in science, design and technology, art and design, computing and music. The science element will focus on lots of investigative work into all aspects of plant growth and will hopefully culminate in a mini Farm Shop. We will be also looking at local food produce with a possible visit to a local farm. (Design technology will link into the Farm Shop science topic) The learning in the art and design theme also links closely to science learning opportunities around a range of fruit and vegetables. Extensive drawing and painting will help children develop and improve their observational skills, with opportunities for drawing, painting and printing. In music the children will improve aural skills as well as singing abilities as they investigate traditional songs, musical elements and experiment with composing their own songs and lyrics – all centered around the farm theme. Finally, computing will be more discrete, concentrating on the subject of emails and email safety.
RE this term focuses on Jesus and finding out we know about him and his teachings.
PE takes place on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. Tuesday afternoons will be swimming for the first half term followed by activities to develop throwing and catching skills within a game whilst Friday’s session is Dance (which will be delivered by a sports coach from the West Lancs School Sports Partnership).
Throughout the spring term the main focus in maths will be number, with a continued emphasis on place value, addition and subtraction. Y2 and Y3 will also continue to develop their knowledge of multiplication and division along with fractions and statistics. Year 1 will be introduced to measurement focusing on length, weight and volume. All year groups will be working hard to consolidate and extend their understanding through guided sessions, group work and independent learning. All mathematical concepts will be taught with the use of concrete resources and pictorial methods to help deepen their understanding. Children will continue to have on going ‘problem solving’ activities embedded into their lessons, where they are encouraged to work together using the skills they have acquired to tackle problems and challenges. Times tables are of vital importance in all aspects of maths work in school. Please encourage your child to access games on the Times Tables Rockstars website to help their rapid recall of multiplication and division facts related to times tables.
In English, the children will be developing their writing through a range of genres which include: stories and poetry on a theme, stories with familiar themes, persuasive writing and ‘Riddles’. The children will be able to enjoy a wide range of high quality texts and, over a period of two to three weeks, the children will have a number of guided sessions to teach them writing skills relevant to their age group. They will then be able to practise and ultimately use their newly acquired skills in their final piece of work, which is usually written over a number of days following shared writing sessions.
Phonics is taught on a daily basis with the children grouped accordingly. Spelling will be taught throughout these sessions. However, there will also be a discrete session held on a weekly basis which will be linked to their spelling homework.
Guided reading sessions will take place on a Monday afternoon when children will read and study high quality texts, show their comprehension skills through discussion and be given the opportunity to enjoy their own independent reading.
Reading: Our aim is to develop a love of reading for all our children. In order to support this we encourage you to read with your child regularly, both through the books they bring home from school and through regular bedtime stories. Reading should be a fun and enjoyable process for both you and your child to develop together.
Times Table Rockstars: In order to develop the rapid recall of multiplication and division facts realting to times tables, children from Years 2 & 3 are encouraged to access the games which have been set on their TTrockstars account. All children have their own personal login and individually set times tables to work on. Battles between the class groups are set weekly with rewards for the winners and top scorers.
Homework: Maths and spelling activities are set weekly. Homework books go out every Monday to be returned to school completed by the following Monday. Spelling tests take place every Monday.