Welcome to 2B’s Class Page!

Class Teacher: Mrs Bones

Support Staff: Mrs Monk

Note(s) for parents:

Dear Parents,

Welcome to 2B’s class page. We hope that you have had a great summer and enjoyed some of the sunshine that we were fortunate to have and were able to catch up with friends and family that you may not have seen for a long time!

We are very excited to welcome you back to school and can’t wait to begin our ‘Up, Up and Away’ themed unit of work in autumn term one and our ‘island’ theme in autumn term two. These themes are used across the curriculum to support learning in other areas such as science, history, geography, art, music, PE, and DT. Having this cross-curricular theme running through the teaching and learning is something that the children have expressed enjoyment for and we believe it gives the children a deeper level of knowledge and understanding.

Our PE day is Monday (indoor) and Wednesday (outdoor) during the autumn term.  The children can wear their summer PE uniform until the October half term.  Please remember to REMOVE earrings on PE day.

During this half of the autumn term, children can wear their summer uniforms.  However, we do get unexpected cold days so please ensure your child comes to school with a jumper or cardigan and a coat for drizzly days.  If your child wears shoes that have laces, they must be able to lace them themselves.  Otherwise, we ask that you buy velcro shoes.

May I just say a huge thank you to all of our lovely parents for supplying your child with an apron for our art lessons!

With kind regards,
Mrs Bones and Mrs Monk.

English

In English, we choose specific themed texts to read with the children to support them to develop their skills when writing short stories, recounts, letters, instructions, and much more.

AUTUMN 1

My Mum and Dad Make Me Laugh

This term begins with a transition unit using a book called ‘My Mum and Dad Make me Laugh’ written by Nick Sharratt. After this, we will be reading the book ‘The Secret Sky Garden’ written by Linda Sara and Fiona Lumbers and 'Up With Birds!' written by John Yeomen and Quentin Blake. This book has been chosen to go with our flight-themed unit of work for autumn term one.

AUTUMN 2

The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch

Our cross-curricular theme for this term is ‘An Island Home’. We shall be using the text ‘The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch’ written by Ronda and David Armitage to support writing.

Phonics

Letters and Sounds have a YouTube channel offering phonics videos for use at home or in school which you may find useful.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP_FbjYUP_UtldV2K_-niWw/featured

Spellings

You will be set a weekly spelling test that you will need to practice for at home. The test will be on Friday. To make this more engaging you may wish to use the look, cover, say, write, check method, create your own word searches or make up your own humorous or memorable mnemonics (eg. because – big elephants can’t always use small exits) to help you remember those more challenging spellings.

PSHE

‘Health and Wellbeing’

AUTUMN 1

We shall learn how to set short-term and long-term goals and learn what voting is and why it is important.  We will then focus on healthy and unhealthy foods, dental care, the importance of quality sleep, and personal hygiene.

AUTUMN 2

We shall learn how to use medicines safely, discuss emotions, and our mental wellbeing in everyday life. We will investigate different types of bullying and how bullying can have a negative and long-lasting impact on our mental health.

Maths

We will set maths homework on Mathletics and may send home some additional work if we feel that it is required. 

When counting or practicing times tables with your children at home, please remember to count forwards AND backward. This is vital to their knowledge and understanding of number patterns.

Below is a document of helpful hints to support your child with maths at home and some maths mats that show some of the objectives your child will be learning in school.  

R.E.

AUTUMN 1

We shall investigate 'Who Inspires Us?'

AUTUMN 2

We shall study different 'Festivals'.

Reading

To begin the new term, we shall be listening to your child read regularly using stage books. In guided reading, we shall use a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts to support your child’s reading comprehension skills. Some of the skills that we shall be focusing on are:

  • Using their ‘fastest finger’ to locate words and information within the text.
  • Using titles, subheadings, pictures and paragraphs to make predictions.
  • Explaining characters thoughts, feelings and actions using evidence found in the text.
  • Discussing the sequence of events that occur in a story.
  • Encouraging the reading of a variety of genres to engage and excite your children to read as well as to expose them to a diversity of stimulating and new vocabulary.

Please read with your child for five to ten minutes, fives times a week. Use the reading VIPERS below to support questioning. Questioning when reading with your child is fundamental at this stage in their reading development to help your child develop their comprehension skills as they become more able to read fluently.  

My Classroom Ethos

I am a huge fan of the psychologist Carol Dweck. In my classroom, I promote a positive learning environment using ‘Growth Mindset’ techniques. Below is a poster for parents of growth mindset ideas that you might wish to use at home. I particularly love ‘The Power of Not Yet!’  If you have any worries or concerns about your child, I will be happy to meet with you.  Please make an appointment with the school office (01708 457019).  Please be aware that COVID health and safety restrictions may apply when visiting our school.

Computing 

Online safety is very important to us at Scotts and we will be teaching online safety throughout the school year and at some points explicitly in our lessons. We will share the acceptable use policy with the children in September.  Below is a copy for you to view.

AUTUMN 1

Our topic in autumn term one is ‘We are Astronauts’.  We will be programming on-screen using ScratchJr.  The children will learn to:

  • Plan a sequence of instructions to move sprites in ScratchJr
  • Create, test and debug programs for sprites in ScratchJr
  • Work with input and output in ScratchJr
  • Use repetition in their programs
  • Design costumes for Sprites

AUTUMN 2

In autumn term two, our topic is ‘We are Game Testers’.  The children will learn to:

  • Understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute them by following precise and unambiguous instructions.
  • Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs.
  • Recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.
  • Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private. 

Science

AUTUMN 1

In science, we will be investigating ‘Everday Materials' and will be answering the question 'Which material would be best to use to build a space buggy?'.

AUTUMN 2

In science, we will be investigating 'Everyday Materials' and will be answering the question 'Which materials would be best to use to build a boat with?'.

Please see the knowledge organisers at the bottom of this page for more information.

Topic

AUTUMN 1 & 2 - Up Up and Away

The Wright Brothers and Amy Johnson

Our first topic in the new term is our history topic ‘Flight’. We shall research and investigate the historically significant  Wright Brothers and Amy Johnson - flight aviators.  We shall use our six-step enquiry approach using chronology, historical enquiry, historical significance, and characteristic features to answer the question ‘Who was most significant to flight aviation?’

We have created some fabulous knowledge organisers (see the bottom of our page) that relate to the topics that your child will be studying. Some children have said that they find learning in the topic subjects particularly challenging because of new vocabulary. We would love it if when at home, you would use the knowledge organisers to support your children’s learning.  

PE Kit

Our PE day is Monday (indoor) and Wednesday (outdoor) during the autumn term.  The children can wear their summer PE uniform until the October half term.  Please remember to REMOVE earrings on PE day.

Uniform

During this half of the autumn term, children can wear their summer uniforms.  However, we do get unexpected cold days so please ensure your child comes to school with a jumper or cardigan and a coat for drizzly days.  If your child wears shoes that have laces, they must be able to lace them themselves.  Otherwise, we ask that you buy velcro shoes.

Art Apron

Please provide your child with an art apron or an oversized tee shirt to protect their school uniform.

Parent Curriculum Newsletter

Knowledge Organisers

Parent Information