Purple 2021 - 2022
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We are a year 2 class taught by Mrs Hornby (Monday,Tuesday) and Mrs Buckley (Wednesday-Friday)
We strive to 'Be the Best we can be" whilst having fun
What are we learning in the SummerTerm?
Over the summer term, the children will learn:
- to tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past and to the hour.
- to practise all four operations through efficient problem solving methods.
- to justify their choice of methods, rather than simply using the column method for all questions.
- to accurately measure mass, volume, capacity and temperature.
- to make chains of linked reasoning about measures
- to apply ordering, comparing and estimating skills to a different area of maths.
- use of different scales (such as scales that increase in 2s, 5s and 10s) and how to work out the value of each increment on the scale.
NumBotsis a self-paced educational platform combined with an interactive, robot-immersed game. The aim of NumBots is to ensure children develop a core understanding of maths from an early age, establishing a strong mathematical foundation which they can build upon as they progress through their education. Numbots will form part of the children’s maths homework, but it is intended that the children access the platform a little but often.
We will develop our English skills across a range of genres and text types. This term, our learning will centre around two particular high quality texts; The King who Banned the Dark by Emily Howarth—Booth (letters and narrative) and Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty (Invention narrative and explanation).
Geography and History:
Children will learn how ancient Egyptians lived, their daily lives and who Tutankhamun was.
We will explore the key geographical features of Kenya, wildlife, landscapes and its culture.
We will be learning how to present information using various applications. Powerpoint will be our first point of call, where the children will learn how to insert images, change font size and colour and choose the backgrounds for their slides.
We will be using wheels, axels and chassis to make a moving vehicle.
The children will get to learn about the famous designers; Stella McCartney, Matthew Williamson and Laura Ashley and will get to experiment with different textiles.
Animals including Humans
The children will begin by looking at animal young and comparing them to their adults. They will look at how animals change as they grow up and be introduced to the life cycles of several varied common animals, including humans. They look in detail at how humans change as they grow older, drawing on their own observations. Children are introduced to the three basic needs of animals for survival (water, food and air).
In this unit , the children have the opportunity to closely study plants and trees in the natural environment, taking measurements and making observational drawings. They will plant a seed and a bulb and compare them as they grow. They record changes in their plants in words and pictures, take measurements throughout the unit and finally draw bar charts to show the growth of the two plants.
Judaism We will be learning how to read the Torah, learn about beliefs in stories (e.g. Joseph, Moses), the laws and rules of Judaism and of course the 10 commandments.
We will explore sound, pitch and beat in a variety of pieces of music this term.
Indoor sessions on a Wednesday afternoon will Athletic skills and will be delivered by Sports Coaching Group coaches. Outdoor sessions will be on a Thursday afternoon and will be delivered by Mrs Buckley. These sessions will centre around our preparations for Sports Day.
On these days, please send your child to school in their full PE uniform. 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 or on our school website. Outdoor 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 Wednesdays 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 (NumBots, TTRockstars) to help improve mathematical fluency and to engage and improve times table knowledge. We will post Talk Maths homework activities on Class Dojo. This is a great way for your child to share the skills and strategies they are using in school. We would also encourage you to practise the 2,5 and 10 X tables at home with your child. 5 minutes at breakfast or in the car is a great way to add it in to your day without it becoming too onerous. If they become confident with these, try the 3,4 X tables too (Including related division facts). In addition, in the lead up to the SATs, we will be sending home some homework which will be a recap on the skills and strategies learnt throughout the year so far.
Homework Literacy: Homework will focus on reading and comprehension this term. We will post a short text with questions to accompany the text each week. The 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. Spelling Shed logins are in the reading diaries .The expectation will be that your 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. Spelling related activities will take place in school throughout the week following a focussed spelling lesson each Monday.
Year 2 SATs
These assessments will take place wc 16th May. The children are used to regular half termly assessments and we will treat the SATs no differently. The emphasis is on the tests being for the benefit of teaching and what we will need to work on for the rest of the year. The children are familiar with this message. We will not be ‘practising’ for these tests, but will recap on the strategies learnt throughout the year via short homework tasks and activities in school in the lead up to the assessments. If you have any questions, please ask.
Reading: Reading books will be changed on Tuesdays. 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 during the past year. We will also be using these books during guided reading.
Spelling Shed logins will be in the diaries. The expectation will be that your 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. A spelling test will take place each Friday morning. There are activities and games on the website to support the learning of these spellings. The spelling lists for Autumn will be sent to you via Class Dojo. The lists will also be available to view on this class 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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