Staff in Our Class:
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How can you support at home?
The following websites will help support your child in English and Maths using fun activities and games.
We are proud of the way children learn to read and write at Smawthorne Henry Moore. To support this, we send home ten spellings every week for the children to learn. The spellings we give the children are taken from the National Curriculum, and are a big focus in school. The children are tested every Monday morning, with an adult reading out a spelling for them to write.
By the end of Year 2, it is expected that the children will know their 2, 5 and 10 times tables. The children are tested on these every Friday, with an adult reading out a multiplication number sentence for the children to write in their book and then answer.
Monday and Wednesday
Our Class Animal:
Each class, has been given a different animal (from a dragonfly all the way to a panther) to represent their class. You're probably wondering why? As a school, we wanted to be able to identify each class by a different animal, increasing in size through the different year groups.
Did you know?
During our first week we did lots of learning about Chimpanzees! One interesting fact we learnt was that Chimpanzees are very similar to humans. They use their voices to communicate with each other, shout when they are angry and even laugh when being tickled!
We also learnt that chimpanzees are very clever and make their own tools. They use rocks as hammers, leaves as napkins and sticks to get honey out of bee hives!
We really enjoyed learning about chimpanzees and getting to know our class animal.
Do you know any facts about chimpanzees? Maybe you could write them down and give them to your class teacher?
All About Me:
Welcome to Chimpanzee class’ blurb!
My name is Miss Buckley and I am the class teacher. This is my third year working at Smawthorne Henry Moore, and my first full year working in Year 2 after beginning my teaching career in Year 1. I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge of a new year group. I first got into teaching because I felt there was no job more rewarding than helping children get the best start to their education, and four years later I still feel the same!
Seeing the children learn and progress through the year is incredibly fulfilling. As well as teaching in Year 2, I also lead Phonics through school. This means I keep track of the progress all the children are making in their Phonics and early reading, and put strategies in place to help them progress further.
The Summer Term Ahead:
I am incredibly excited about this half term, particularly going on our school trip to Anglers Country Park! The children will have a wonderful time searching for mini-beasts.
I am also looking forward to enjoying my last half term with our class. It’s always lovely to see them enjoy our fantastic Summer events, such as our CASPA performance, Sports Day, our Summer festival.
Although it’s sad that they are starting to get ready for their next year group, I am immensely proud to see how far they have all come.
Information About Our Homework:
- Your child will be sent home with their reading book every night for you to read with them.
- The children have weekly spellings which get sent out on a Monday to be tested the following Friday. These can also be found on our website.
- Handwriting homework is sent home on a Friday in handwriting books, and should be brought back into school the following Wednesday.
- The children are tested on their times tables every Friday. The children are expected to know their 2s, 5s, and 10 times tables.
- We also have a creative homework project that is sent home every two weeks. It is sent out on a Friday and should be brought back a week on Wednesday. Your child can work with you to choose from a selection of projects related to our topic covering different areas of the curriculum. They can choose the project they complete based on their interests. Feel free to get creative with it!
Summer Term Events:
The countdown to our Summer Festival begins!
- This half term our topic is ‘Creepy Crawlies’
- We will be exploring this topic in English through the texts the children read and write.
- We will begin by sharing the well-known children’s story ‘James and the Giant Peach’. The children will then write a character description of James and his aunts, thinking carefully about their use of ambitious adjectives.
- We will then research mini-beasts using laptops, iPads and non-fiction books and create a leaflet about a chosen mini-beast, focussing on the features of report writing such as headings, sub-titles and facts.
- The children will also watch the children’s film ‘Bug’s Life’ and describe the setting where the story is based.
- We will be continuing to develop the children’s arithmetic skills. This will support the children in answering addition, subtraction, division and multiplication skills. Examples of these methods are available to see on the Maths area of our Curriculum pages. We will also be looking at:
- The children will continue to be tested weekly on the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. When the children are confident with these we will move onto 3 and 4 times tables.
- They will also further develop their understanding of place value and the number system. We will look at writing numbers as words, estimating numbers on a number line and answer problems using the hundreds, tens and units of a number.
- We also will further develop our understanding time and money. We will use the knowledge we have on these topics to answer problems and develop our reasoning skills.
Curriculum Newsletter: Coming soon
Summer 2018 Term Educational Visits:
This half term we are visiting Anglers Country Park to support the children’s learning in our Creepy Crawlies topic.
The children will hunt for mini-beasts using special equipment, and then have the opportunity to examine what they have caught in bug magnifiers.
They will also create different artwork inspired by mini-beasts in a workshop. They will make journey sticks, tree rubbings, and more.
Our Science topic for this half term is ‘Plants and animals’. The children will identify and name a variety of local plants and animals in their habitats. They will also look at animals in large habitats all over the world. The children will discuss why the animal is suited to its environment. Finally, using laptops and non-fiction books, the children will research bugs habitats. The children will use this information to design a bug hotel and gather the materials to make this.
In Geography, the children will compare the mini-beasts we could find in a local area to another in a different part of the world, such as Australia. They will compare appearances, habitats, diets and life spans.
In our Art lessons, the children will be using drawing and painting skills to draw still-life images of insects, and then create a collage in the style of Matisse’s ‘Snail’.
Any additional research you can do with your child based around our topic will support their learning this half term. Our creative project homework projects are also linked to ‘Creepy Crawlies!’, so completing these will assist your child with their learning in school.
To support our ‘Creepy Crawlies’ topic, why don’t you design your own minibeast?
How many eyes will it have? Can it fly? Perhaps your minibeast has some interesting skills, such as the ability to camouflage or a fascinating hunting technique.
Make your minibeast as interesting as possible!
How is Progress Measured in Year Two?
Across school we use a consistent approach to assessment, using a range of methods. During lessons, teachers will use AFL (Assessment for learning) strategies to assess the children's knowledge and understanding. This will then allow the teacher to judge where the class and each child's next step will be. Throughout the school year, we carry out assessment weeks where children complete a Maths, Science and SPaG assessment, followed by a piece of assessed writing. The teacher will then assess the children taking into account the assessment papers and what the child is like in class. During Year 2, the children sit the statutory assessment, these being the SATs exams.
National Curriculum Objectives:
What do the children in our class have to say?