Welcome to 2B’s Class Page!
Class Teacher: Mrs Bones
Support Staff: Mrs Monk and Mrs Leslie
Note(s) for parents:
Thank you to those parents who are reading regularly with children to home. It has been a delight to see!
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.
Leon and the Place Between - text
In term 1, we shall be reading ‘Leon and the Place Between’ written by Angela Mcallister and illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith. Wanting to prove to his brothers and sister that magic really exists, Leon volunteers to be in Abdul Kazam's magic show and gets transported to a mysterious world. Filled with rabbits, doves, playing cards and magician's assistants - among other things - if a magician can make it disappear, it will end up in the Place Between!
The Lion King - film unit
In term 2, we shall continue with our African theme and study the Disney animated feature ‘The Lion King’. This film unit of work follows the adventures of the young lion Simba, the heir of his father, Mufasa. Simba's wicked uncle, Scar, plots to usurp Mufasa's throne by luring father and son into a stampede of wildebeests. But Simba escapes, and only Mufasa is killed. Simba returns as an adult to take back his homeland from Scar with the help of his friends Timon and Pumbaa.
Towards the end of term 2, we shall read ‘My Two Blankets’ (This was a new text last year-may need some tweaking) written by Irena Kobald. (Add book cover pic)
Cartwheel moves to a new country with her auntie, and everything is strange: the animals, the plants--even the wind. An old blanket gives Cartwheel comfort when she's sad--and a new blanket just might change her world.
This multicultural story of friendship is about leaving home, moving to a foreign and strange place, and finding a new friend. It's a story for all who have experienced change. Irena Kobald's poetic text, paired with Kate Greenaway medalist Freya Blackwood's powerful paintings, renders an emotional and heart-warming story about two children from diverse backgrounds coming together to become new friends.
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.
‘Living in the Wider World’
In spring 1, we shall study stereotypes, permission seeking, rationing time online, why we have age restrictions, online and face to face relationships, privacy - that it is not okay to keep secrets if it affects us being safe.
In spring 2, we shall study, people who behave differently online pretending to be who they are not, revise that our body belongs to us, how to approach adults we don’t know online, report feelings about feeling unsafe because of an adult, learn to ask for help and others and keep trying until we heard and finally learn where we can get advice (from family, school and the NSPCC).
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.
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. At the moment, reading records will remain in school and will not be sent home.
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 autumn term, we shall be having our PE lessons outside. The children can wear their summer PE uniform until after the October half term.
During this half of the autumn term, children can wear black trainers for school and 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 autumn term one is ‘We are Safe Researchers’.
In autumn term two, our topic is ‘We are Zoologists’.
SPRING 1 and 2
In science, we will be investigating ‘Habitats'. Please see the knowledge organiser at the bottom of this page for more information.
My World and Me (Continents and Oceans)
In Spring 1, we shall study the continents and oceans of our planet using mapping tools, digital mapping, atlases and globes. We shall continue to learn about human and physical features but this time in a little more depth when we study different continents.
Continuing with our African theme across our curriculum, we will participate in an in-depth study of a village found on the African continent. Mugurameno village can be located in Zambia. In this topic, we shall study how the villagers use the river. Research the food that is eaten and how it is prepared and compare this with what we eat. Find out about the materials used to build houses and compare these homes with our own. We shall compare the lives of children in the village with our own and study the difference in how we spend our free time. Finally, we shall research the school life, shopping and recycling habits in the village and compare this with where we live.
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