Purple 2020 - 2021
Welcome to Purple Class 2020-2021
We are a Year 2 class taught by Mrs Hornby, Mrs Buckley and Mrs Lister.
We always strive to "Be the best we can be" whilst having fun.
What Are We Learning This Term?
Maths: As mathematicians we will; count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals; count in multiples of twos, fives and tens,count in steps of 2, 3, and 5 from 0, and in tens from any number, forward and backward, recognise the place value of each digit in a two-digit number (tens, ones)
Identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations, including the number line, compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100; use <, > and = signs In addition and subtraction, we will solve problems, recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently, and derive and use related facts up to 100, show that addition of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and subtraction of one number from another cannot, recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and missing number problems. We will be using concrete objects and pictorial representations, including those involving numbers, quantities and measures and the children will be applying their increasing knowledge of mental and written methods. In multiplication and division, we will solve problems using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods, and multiplication and division facts, including problems, in contexts recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables, including recognising odd and even numbers and to finish the term, we will solve simple problems in a practical context involving addition and subtraction of money of the same unit, including giving change.
English: We will develop our English skills across a range of genres and text types. This term, our learning will centre around a range of high quality texts; The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr, Aesop’s Fables: The Hare and the Tortoise and The Fox and the Stork, The Rabbit Who Stole Fire, Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas, The Jolly Postman by Alan Ahlberg. Our focus will be on the ‘narrative and we will incorporate some work on information texts along the way.
Reading books will be changed on Wednesdays. Please send your child in with their books each day as they could be heard reading any day of the week.
Please continue to support the use the ‘Bug Club’ at home. This is a valuable resource in helping develop your child's reading and comprehension skills. We have found that children who regularly access ‘Bug Club’ books at home progress more quickly than those who don’t. Reading is fundamental to the wider academic and personal development of children and the need for children to read widely from a broad and challenging range of texts is even more crucial this term, due to the protracted absence from school. We will also be using these books during guided reading. Your child will be provided with new Bug Club login details for this year. If you have any problems logging in please let one of us know.
Geography and History
In the first half of the autumn term , we will learn all about Ancient Egypt; where Egypt is, how people lived and we will look at the life and death of Tutankhamun as a focus of our study.
‘Let’s go to China’ will be our focus for the second half of the Autumn Term. We will learn about the geography of China through focusing on the main human and physical features of the country, extending our knowledge of the world. Children will learn about the geographical similarities and differences between China and the United Kingdom. We will continue to build on our map skills using atlases, world maps and globes more widely, along with using webcams, online mapping programmes and interpreting a range of information.
DT: We will be designing and making our own bunting to display in Purple Class.
Art: We will be creating Egyptian landscapes using watercolours.
Science: This science unit will involve us studying the uses of everyday materials including wood, plastic, metal, glass, brick, paper and cardboard. Children then go on to compare the suitability of different everyday materials for different purposes. They explore how objects made of some everyday materials can change shape and how the recycling process is able to reuse some everyday materials numerous times. It finishes with children learning about new discoveries which have made over time with a specific focus on John McAdam. A range of learning activities are used in this unit including, discussions, debates, sequencing and a local walk where children work scientifically to identify the uses of everyday materials in the local area.
Music: The children will be practising rhythms and patterns in songs.
PE: Indoor sessions on a Thursday afternoon will be gymnastics and dance. Outdoor sessions will be on Tuesday afternoons and will be delivered by Mrs Lister and Sportscape coaches.
On these days, please send your child to school in their full PE kit. Please ensure children have adequate PE kit: navy shorts and light blue t-shirt. It is important, that in addition to their school PE kit, children wear a suitable tracksuit when the weather is not so good. Children must wear a PE kit in accordance with our uniform policy which can be found in the home school diaries. Football sessions will take place outdoors in all but severe weather conditions.
For both lessons it is essential that children with pierced ears have either plasters to cover their earrings or earrings be taken out.
PE kits to be worn to come to school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Homework Maths: If we feel your child needs to consolidate or finish their work, we will send a copy for you to complete with your child at home. In addition to any homework given, children can access maths games to hep improve mathematical fluency and to engage and improve times table knowledge.
Homework English: We would like to focus on the children knowing the common exception words for Y1 and 2 to begin with in the Autumn Term. As such, any initial English homework will follow on from our work with these spellings. Homework is normally set on a Friday to be handed in the following Thursday.
Children are expected to complete their homework using the same standard of presentation as would be expected in class.
We will continue to use Dojo for homework and remote learning, when/if necessary. Children will be given details for how to access Dojo via the home school diaries. Information about homework will follow in due course.
Spelling Shed logins will also be placed in the diaries. The expectation will be that you child works on a weekly spelling list of 10 spellings. There are activities and games on the website to support the learning of these spellings. The spelling list will be placed in their home school diary at the end of each week. The list will also be available to view each week on this page.
Secrets of Success
In Purple Class we work hard to achieve the Secrets of Success. Throughout this year, we will be looking for ways to encourage the children to achieve success.
Try new things - If you never try, you’ll never know.
Work hard – Its not luck or looks that make you successful, its all about the effort.
Concentrate – Learn to focus, tune out distractions and be mindful.
Push yourself – Fight your fears and learn to push past doubts.
Imagine – Have ideas and don’t be scared of being wrong.
Improve – Keep advancing, bit by bit. Success never comes in one giant step.
Understand others – Learn to listen, listen to learn about others.
Don’t give up – Sir Winston Churchill said ‘Success isn’t final, failure isn’t fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.’
Please see the Parent Information Leaflet for up to date information about Purple Class.
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