Year 2 - Elm
Welcome to Year 2 - Elm class
Class Teachers: Mrs Harris & Mrs MacNaughtan
Learning Support Assistant: Miss Kettle
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Elm class is made up of enthusiastic, creative and caring year 2 children. In class, we respect each other and are proud of everyone's achievements. We never give up and value a growth mindset (I don't know how to do this 'yet'!). We work together to create a warm and welcome atmosphere, where every class member feels valued, safe and listened to. The year 2 teaching team are passionate about reading and can't wait to share many wonderful stories and poems. We are very fun and creative and have lots of inspiring activities planned. This is going to be an exciting year!
Things to remember
|Daily||Reading record and reading books to be brought into school daily.|
|Daily||A school water bottle - filled with water only.|
|Monday/Tuesday||Always have your PE kit in school.|
What will we do in the Autumn Term?
History - Movers and Shakers
Science - Human survival and Habitats
ART - Mix it and Still Life
RE - Why is light an important symbol?
All children will read daily with either their phonics or quiz book. Guided reading also happens daily and children practise both fluency and comprehension skills. As part of our reading curriculum we follow 'Reading Vipers'. Each week we will have a viper focus which their reading tasks will be based on.
During our daily phonics sessions children revise and learn new sounds through the 'Song of Sounds' programme. They learn three engaging songs and have the chance to apply what they have learnt in other areas of the curriculum.
Weekly spellings are sent out on a Monday for children to practise at home. We follow the sequence using the 'Spelling Shed programme. The children can also access activities online too. Their spelling shed logins will be in their reading diaries.
Children will learn to write for a range of purposes including stories, poetry and real events. Grammar becomes even more important in Year 2. At Cherry Tree we follow the 'Talk for Writing' approach for teaching writing. This has three phases: imitation, innovation and invention. This term we will focus on a range of grammar and punctuation skills including full stops, capital letters, conjunctions and noun phrases. Our text will be 'The Day the Crayons Quit' and 'Paddington Bear'.
We will be teaching maths though White Rose. This is a research-based schemes of learning are designed to support a mastery approach to teaching and learning and are consistent with the aims and objectives of the National Curriculum. We are also following a national Mastery programme provided by NCETM where we have been consolidating our basic maths, In the summer term we will be learning time so please talk about this lots at home.
How can I help my child in year 2?
Talking, listening and reading:
Continue to hear them read daily, practise counting in different ways (2s, 5s and 10s), help them with homework, talk to them about their day and encourage them to read by visiting the local library, bookshops or using eBooks online.
As reading comprehension is so important, checking your child’s understanding of the book they are reading is an excellent way to support them. Asking questions such as: ‘What might happen next? Why do you think the character is behaving this way? What sort of atmosphere is being created?’ will help them to engage with their reading on a deeper level.
You can also do this when you are reading to them, which is still so important at this age. Children learn a lot from the way we read aloud and we can encourage them to see how the author’s use of punctuation changes the way we read their work. Think about pointing out statements, commands, questions or exclamations when reading with your child. You might want to use a range of voices to show how types of sentences and punctuation can be read in different ways.
The programme is designed to work out a reading level (or STAR reading level) for students at the start (by means of a STAR test, completed in English lessons). Students then read books within this level – all books in the library that are registered with AR have a coloured star label on the spine to help them recognise books within their ‘zone’. Students take a quiz on the website after reading each book to assess how well they understood it. Their STAR level is tested every term to see how they have progressed.
Any opportunity to use maths in a real-life context is really useful. For example, ask them to help you pay for goods or calculate change when shopping. This will help to develop their reasoning and problem solving skills. Learning to tell the time, using an analogue clock (not digital), to the nearest 15 minutes, is another great way to support your child’s learning at home; this also links neatly to their counting in 5s in the 5 times-table.
Times table rockstars:
It is really important for the children to know their times tables. Here at Cherry Tree Academy we have found a fun way to learn our times table. Times Table Rockstars! Children can have their own rockstar name, they can listen to rock music as they learn their tables, even play tournaments! All the children have been given usernames and passwords- if you are unsure please ask the class teacher. Click the link below to start rocking out!!
NumBots is an online game and playing little and often will significantly improve your child’s recall and understanding of number bonds and addition and subtraction facts. These are critical foundations in maths so we are excited by the impact NumBots will have.