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Being able to read and write has a huge impact on a child’s life. Phonics play allows children to practise their phonic skills in a child-friendly manner. The children can use their phonic knowledge to support them with reading and writing.
Cool maths games
This website allows children to practise skills they have been taught in class in a game situation.
See information about our homework section for details.
Giraffes Class Page
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.
In our first week in Giraffe class, the children used the laptops to research giraffe facts.
Did you know that giraffes sleep for less than two hours a day?
We also found out that a giraffe’s feet are the same size as a dinner plate (twelve inches across).
Do you know anymore facts about giraffes? Maybe you could write them down and give them to your class teacher?
All About Me:
Welcome to Giraffe class. My name is Miss Walsh and I have been teaching in year 2 at Smawthorne Henry Moore for the last four years. I am also key stage one leader and leader of English across school.
When I have a spare moment I enjoy shopping, reading books and going swimming. (This doesn't happen very often!)
I always knew from a young age that I wanted to be a teacher. My mum has always worked with children and I loved going to work with her when I had INSET days at school. I worked hard through school; completed my GCSEs and A-Levels and went to Sheffield Hallam University to study English and Education Studies. I have also got a Masters degree in Education.
Excitedly, I am looking forward to teaching the children about mini-beasts and comparing the mini-beasts we have in the United Kingdom to ones in a warmer country.
Information About Our Homework:
Homework is set on a weekly basis.
The homework the children will receive is:
- Handwriting (practising the cursive formation). This will be given to children on Friday and to be handed in by the following Wednesday.
-Spellings (the children will be given their spellings on a Monday and tested the following Monday. These are stuck in the children’s planner and accessible on the school website).
-Times tables (these take place every Friday. The National Curriculum states that by the end of year two the children should know their 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables).
- Reading book (daily).
- Creative homework project (this is linked to our class topic and set on a Friday, to be handed in a week on Wednesday. Some of the activities require adult support).
Some examples of activities the children can choose from:
- make a 3d model of a ship using junk materials;
- draw a picture of a dustbin lorry using different 2d shapes.
Autumn Term Events:
The first week of the Autumn term is Film week.
This half term we will begin by writing ‘Bonfire Night’ poetry. The children will use their senses to describe what they can see, hear, smell, taste and feel.
We will then move onto the popular children’s story Cinderella. The children will write letters accepting their invitation to the ball. We will also create a Wanted poster. During assessment week, the children will write an alternative ending; including different skills they have been taught this year so far. We will also write a letter to Mrs Dixon explaining why recycling is important. In the run up to Christmas, as a class we will read the Christmas story. The children will retell this in their own words.
In maths we will begin by looking at multiplication and division. The children will recall facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables, including recognising odd and even numbers. The children will also solve problems for multiplication and division; using materials, arrays, repeated addition and mental methods. We will then move onto recognising, finding, naming and writing the fractions ½, ¼, ¾, and 1/3. The children will find fractions of lengths, shapes, set of objects or quantities. The children will also learn how 2/4 and ½ are equal. Once a week, the children will take part in an arithmetic lesson which encourages them to use mental methods to solve number sentences.
Curriculum Newsletter: Coming soon
Autumn Term Educational Visits:
This section will be updated once educational visits have been planned, approved and finalised.
Our science topic for this half term is ‘Materials’. In this topic we will identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials; including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses. The children will also find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.
This half term our class topic is ‘Who’s the Litterbug?’. In geography, we will be looking at using simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of school and its grounds, and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.
The children will develop their art skills by looking at the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers; describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
Using the letters below, what words can you make? Remember you can only use a letter once.
A, R, S, T, U, P, M, I, O, E, H, G, F, B, L, E
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:
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