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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 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.
The Summer Term Ahead:
Excitedly, I am looking forward to teaching the children about The Great Fire of London. The children find it interesting comparing London now to what it was like many years ago. This is a topic that leaves the children asking questions as they want to know more.
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!
After the holidays our English focus will be retelling the popular children’s story The Gingerbread Man. The children will write a newspaper report and write a set of instructions for how to make gingerbread men. We will then move onto writing a diary entry from the time of The Great Fire of London. The children will put themselves in Samuel Pepys shoes and write in first person; explaining what they could see and how they felt. The children will then create their own story about a fire. It will be up to the children where the fire happens and who will be the hero! We will then move onto poetry about fire. The children will be encouraged to use their five senses to describe what they can see, smell, hear, feel and touch.
In Maths we have a weekly arithmetic lesson; where the children practise their addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills, as well as finding fractions of amounts. The children will develop their measuring skills by completing a carousel of activities helping them to read scales to the nearest unit. The children will participate first hand in using rulers, meter sticks, measuring with jugs, weighing scales and thermometers.
We will also look at constructing simple pictograms, tally charts and tables. The children will answer questions based on these and think of their own questions to ask.
Curriculum Newsletter: Coming soon
Summer 2018 Term Educational Visits:
Our science topic for this half term is changing states. We will learn the difference between solids, liquids and gases. The children will be able to identify different materials and then sort these according to whether they are a solid, liquid or gas. To further the children’s understanding of this topic, we will also complete several investigations. They will investigate what makes ice melt and what happens to chocolate when it is heated.
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 ‘The Great Fire of London’. In history, we will be identifying this event which is significant nationally. The children will learn how the fire started, where and why it was such a terrible disaster. In geography, we will name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas.
Over this half term we are going to be covering lots of different types of Art work. We will be paying particular attention to London landmarks and the children will have a go at drawing these. We will also use a colour wash background and make scenes from The Great Fire of London.
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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