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 ‘Fighting Fit’ which will be the theme for the children’s learning in science, art and design, music and English. The science element will focus on the importance of exercise, hygiene and eating the right amounts of different types of food. We will also be looking at how medicines can be useful when we are ill but harmful if not used properly. Finally, we will learn about the basic needs of humans for survival and how babies grow and develop into adults. In music, the children will learn about the components of Latin music; they will use a variety of percussion instruments and create their own music to play along to a Salsa inspired piece. In art & design the children will experiment with malleable materials to create a clay figure using air-dry clay.
After half term, our topic will change to ‘What the Romans did for us’, which will form the basis for our learning in geography, history and art and design. The children will study key aspects of human and physical geography in the Lake District. They will consider geographical similarities and differences between the Lake District and other regions of the world. They will also learn about life in Britain before the Romans invaded, what the main Roman settlements were and how they lived and settled here. They will carry out a study of Boudicca and what she did before examining how Romans changed life in Britain. In art, the children will be studying mosaic designs and Roman frescoes.
RE this term focuses on Christianinty, which will lead onto the Nativity story and advent. Our work in computing will focus on basic skills in ICT and how to use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content. The children will continue to develop their keyboard and mouse skills using the creative educational website, Purple Mash. Your child can access Purple Mash from home on a laptop, desktop or tablet.
Throughout the autumn term the main focus in maths will be number, with particular emphasis on place value, addition and subtraction. Y2 and Y3 will also continue to develop their knowledge of multiplication and division. 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: traditional tales, instructions, playscripts and non-chronological reports. 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 Friday. Spelling tests take place every Monday.
In Class Two, the children go swimming every Tuesday to Nye Bevan Swimming baths in Skelmersdale. The children require a swimming hat and goggles may also be used.
On Friday afternoons, the West Lancashire School Sports Partnership provide high quality specialised PE lessons covering all areas of the curriculum throughout the year. This half term the focus will be Striking and Fielding. It is essential that all children have the school PE kit available for this session.