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How can you support at home?
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 Mrs Kurek 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.
The Summer Term Ahead:
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.
Summer Term Events:
The countdown to our Summer Festival begins!
Our English focus this half term is to read the exciting story James and the Giant Peach. As a class we will read the blurb and the children will write a prediction. Over the weeks the children will write a character description for James and for his repulsive Aunts. Using laptops, iPads and non-fiction books, the children will research mini-beasts and create a leaflet on their chosen mini-beast. We will also watch the popular children’s film ‘Bugs Life’ and the children will describe the setting where this is based.
In Maths, the children will recap addition and subtraction by looking at the different methods we use to answer these problems. They will use partitioning, number lines and other visual methods.
We will also focus on answering multiplication and division problems by drawing arrays, splitting numbers into groups and mental methods. The children will then use these skills to answer two step word problems.
Curriculum Newsletter: Coming soon
Summer 2018 Term Educational Visits:
As part of our ‘Creepy Crawlies’ topic, all year two children will be going on a visit to Anglers Country Park.
The visit is planned for Tuesday 26th June.
Anglers Country Park is dominated by a lake, surrounded by grassland, woodland and a wetland. There is always something different to see as the wildlife changes with the seasons:
- Spring sees the arrival of the Swifts and the Swallows to the lake and the grassland.
- Summer brings damselflies and dragonflies to the water's edge.
- Autumn sees the arrival of waterfowl including Wigeon and Goldeneye.
Our science topic for this half term is plants and animals in the local environment. We will take advantage of the school quad and use this to identify plants and animals in their habitats. We will compare micro-habitats to large habitats and discuss why the animals are best suited to these places. As a class, we will decide on a mini-beast, research the habitat where this lives and design and make a bug hotel.
To support your child with our topics, please encourage them to use the internet as a research tool or look in books for prior knowledge.
This half term our class topic is ‘Creepy Crawlies’. In geography, we will be studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom and comparing this to a part of Australia. Eagerly, the children will use the laptops to research different mini-beasts in both of these countries.
Over this half term we are going to be covering lots of different types of Art work. We will be paying particular attention to the artist Henri Matisse. The children will use clay to make their own mini-beast, ensuring they include texture and pattern. Once dry, the children use paint to decorate these.
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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