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:
Updated blurb coming soon.
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 ‘London’s Burning!’
We will be exploring this topic in English through the texts the children read and write. The children will first be reading the traditional tale of The Gingerbread Man, writing a newspaper report and instructions on how to make gingerbread men. The children will write a non-chronological report about ‘Foxes’, using the internet to help them to do research. The children will then look at non-fiction texts about the Great Fire of London and use these to write a diary entry. This will then support them in writing a poem linked to the theme of fire, thinking about what they can see, smell, hear, smell and taste. Finally, the children will create posters informing others on how they can stay safe around fire.
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:
- Measuring - The children will develop their measuring skills and reading scales to the nearest unit. They will also look at choosing the correct apparatus to measure different units, and using this knowledge to answer measure-based problems.
- Statistics - The children will look at constructing simple pictograms, tables and tally charts. The children will then answer questions about the information they have collected.
Curriculum Newsletter: Coming soon
Summer 2018 Term Educational Visits:
Although we aren’t going on any school trips this half term, we are having a special visitor!
Samuel Peyps will be visiting our school to tell us all about the Great Fire of London. He lived in London during the fire and wrote all about what he saw in his diary, so it will help support the children’s understanding of their topic.
Our Science topic for this half term is ‘Changing States.’ Through this, the children will learn about the differences between solids, liquids and gases. They will further develop their understanding of this topic through experiments. The children will investigate what makes ice melt and what happens to chocolate when it is heated.
In History, the children will learn about the Great Fire of London, and use this to compare past and present London, sharing similarities and differences.
In Geography, the children will name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom.
In their art lessons, the children will create scenes of the Great Fire of London using silhouettes and colour wash backgrounds.
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 ‘London’s Burning!’, so completing these will assist your child with their learning in school.
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?