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 Autumn Term?
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.
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 one particular high quality text; A River by Marc Martin. We will provide wider writing opportunities in : Instructions, diaries, postcards, settings and poetry.
Reading books will be changed onTuesdays. 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. Your child will be provided with new Bug Club login details next week. If you have any problems logging in please let one of us know.
Geography and History
History will be our focus for the first half of the Autumn Term. Our focus of study will be War and Remembrance. We will find out about The First World War and Remembrance Day, trenches and the Home Front.
After the half term holiday we will be switching to our geography unit called ‘Let’s go to China’ 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.
We will be using the tablets for our Computer Art in the Autumn term and will find out how to use Doddle Buddy. On the laptops, we will have fun creating our designs using Paint and GIMP2.
Fabric Bunting.:We will create a purposeful string of bunting (number line) using a range of joining techniques.
Landscapes and Cityscapes. We will be painting and making mosaic collage in the style of Monet, Van Gogh and Metzinge.
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.
We will be looking at The Bible and other genres and asking; What is the most important teaching of Jesus? What is God like for Christians? (Father Son & Holy Spirit) What does the Bible say God is like? What do Christians believe God says about people?
The children will be practising rhythms and patterns in songs.
Indoor sessions on a Wednesday afternoon will be gymnastics and dance and will be delivered by Sports Coaching Group coaches. Outdoor sessions will be on a Friday afternoon and delivered by Mrs Buckley.
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. 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 Fridays.
Be Yourself – The children will be inspired by the idea that having confidence to ‘be yourself’ can have a positive impact on mental health and emotional wellbeing. The children will be encouraged to recognise their positive qualities and appreciate their individuality. We will explore feelings and emotions and the importance of sharing them.
One World – In this second unit, the children will be inspired by the idea that we can benefit from learning about people living in different places to us and their ways of life. It aims to enable the children to explore their own family life, home and school and compare these to children’s family life, homes, and school from around the world which are different from their own.
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 Literacy: 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 submitted on Class Dojo by 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 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.’
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