Welcome to 2B’s Class Page!
Class Teacher: Mrs Bones
Support Staff: Mrs Monk and Mrs Leslie
Note(s) for parents:
Reading books and reading records should now come into school EVERY day. Children are allowed to carry them in a book bag. The children will be expected to change their reading books independently each morning if they have been read at home and a responsible adult has written in their reading record. We ask that you read with your child at home, asking appropriate questions, at least 4/5 times a week.
Below on our class page, you will find a curriculum newsletter and the knowledge organisers for the summer term.
The homework will continue to be uploaded to Google Drive in the homework folder.
Please pay the funds for our trip to Mountfitchet Castle (see Parentmail) as soon as possible so that we can confirm our trip!
With much thanks,
Letters and Sounds have a YouTube channel offering phonics videos for use at home or in school which you may find useful.
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.
In spring 1, we shall study the qualities of a good friend, what makes a good friend, how we can be a good friend to others, how important friendships are in making us feel happy and secure, and how people choose and make friends, the characteristics of friendships, including mutual respect, truthfulness, trustworthiness, loyalty, kindness, generosity, trust, sharing interests and experiences and support with problems and difficulties, that healthy friendships are positive and welcoming towards others, and do not make others feel lonely or excluded, that most friendships have ups and downs, and that these can often be worked through so that the friendship is repaired or even strengthened, and that resorting to violence is never right.
In spring 2, we shall study, the characteristics of healthy family life, commitment to each other, including in times of difficulty, protection and care for children and other family members, the importance of spending time together and sharing each other’s lives, that marriage represents a formal and legally recognised commitment of two people to each other which is intended to be lifelong, how to recognise if family relationships are making them feel unhappy or unsafe, and how to seek help or advice from others if needed, how to keep ourselves safe Link to PANTS rules, that we have the right to say “no” to unwanted touch, what pride is and identify what makes us proud, why it is important to feel proud and what makes us proud of other people.
We will set maths homework on Mathletics and may send home some additional work if we feel that it is required.
When counting or practising times tables with your children at home, please remember to count forwards AND backwards. This is vital to their knowledge and understanding of number patterns.
Below are maths mats that show some of the objectives your child will be learning in school. You might find them useful when working with your child at home.
In summer 1 and 2 we shall study Islam - their places of worship and beliefs and find the differences and similarities between Islam and Christianity
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.
Our PE day is Wednesday and during the summer term, we shall be having our PE lessons outside. The children can wear their summer PE uniform until after the October half term. Please remember to REMOVE earrings on PE day.
During this half of the autumn term, children can wear their summer uniform. 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.
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 have shared the acceptable use policy with the children in September. Below is a copy for you to view.
Our topic in summer one is ‘We Are Animators’.
In summer two, our topic is ‘We Are Photographers’.
In science, we will be investigating ‘Plants'.
In science, we will be investigating 'Animals Including Humans'
Please see the knowledge organisers at the bottom of this page for more information.
Florence Nightingale & Mary Seacole
In Spring 1, we shall investigate the lives and careers of both nurses and make comparisons.
The Great Fire of London
In summer 2, we shall investigate why the great fire of London started.
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.
There are many amazing websites that children can use to continue their learning at home about the topics that we study. Lots of museums around the world have uploaded amazing pages that engage and excite children to learn. We are very lucky to live so near to a big city such as London so you might wish to visit our museums to support your child's learning. Here are some useful links:
Parent Curriculum Newsletter
Our children in year 2 have been creating some fantastic drawings and paintings in the style of Henri Rousseau's
(Tiger in a Tropical storm) Surprised! 1891
In science, we are studying habitats. Here are some BEAUTIFUL habitat boxes
that our children have made.
Recently, we have created repeated pattern designs in the style of the artist Andy Warhol who was part of the Pop Art movement.
We have also used paint, different brushes and strokes and printing techniques to create Savanah silhouettes. We painted the tree freehand.