Hello, and welcome to class 2B. When you enter our classroom, you will be greeted with 32 smiles from children who are eager to learn and are striving to achieve the best they can every day to reach their dreams. We look forward to the year ahead and the challenges and fun that the year will bring us, all of which we will approach together as a team. We are ready to complete our final year in Key Stage One, showing what super role models we can be for the children in Year One.
Each topic begins with an exciting topic launch day, designed to immerse the children into their topic and get them excited for their learning journey ahead.
Land Ahoy: This topic enables the children to use their map skills by locating our continents, oceans and countries of the United Kingdom. The children will learn all about the explorer Captain Cook, discovering knowledge about his voyages across the sea as a Sea Captain. The children will also learn about how to stay safe, looking at how services have evolved to help people who may be in danger, and we will look at the historical figure, Grace Darling.
Magnificent Monarchs: During this topic, we will be going back in time to learn about some of our famous British monarchs. The children will then begin to use a timeline to place the monarchs on to understand their place in history.
Movers and Shakers: The children will take a step back in time again when we learn about some important people from the past who have made a significant impact upon the world today. These will include Neil Armstrong, Martin Luther King and Emma Bridgewater.
Street Detectives: Grab your clipboard, camera and map as we explore our local area. We will be looking at our local community, focusing on how it has changed over time and thinking about what we could do to improve the area in which we live in. The children will use maps to plan routes as well as learning their addresses to locate where they live. There will also be a focus on natural and manmade objects within the area, thinking about their purpose and why they are used.
To start the year, the children will learn about ‘The Bear and the Piano’- a story of a bear who finds an unusual object within the forest where he lives, before soon realising it is a piano on which he can play beautiful melodies. Before long, the bear’s talents are spotted and he is taken off to the city to perform at Broadway. However, will the bear be able to stay away from his family for so long? The children will be using their reading skills to check their understanding of the text as well as orally rehearsing the story and creating their own talk for write map to help to retell part of the story.
Next, the children will delve into the mystical world of dragons when reading ‘Tell me a Dragon’. This picture book has the most beautiful illustrations and the children will be able to create a bank of fantastic vocabulary which they will then use when exploring expanded noun phrases to create a description of the dragon.
Our Year Two children are great fans of Roald Dahl, so we hope that they will enjoy being part of Fantastic Mr Fox’s family as they do their best to escape the farmers. The children will have the chance to become one of the characters themselves as they retell part of the story from their perspective.
The children will have plenty of other opportunities to delve into a range of other texts throughout the year during our DEAR time, reading buddy time and even during their playtimes if they so wish.
What are we looking forward to this year in Year Two?
Ronnie: In Year Two, I am looking forward to my Maths lessons and being able to learn even more skills using my numbers.
Lennon: I am looking forward to my Science lessons and learning more about the world around us.
Jay: I want to work hard in Year Two to be able to earn dojos and prizes from our Dojo shop.
During our democracy week, we had the chance to vote for our classmates who wanted to take on a school leadership role. These were the lucky children who were elected during our voting process on Democracy Week:
Playground Warrior: Jay & Violet
School Council Representative: Blake
Class Ambassador: Brooklyn
Well-Being Warrior – Preston
Class Librarian – Jenny
Science Ambassador – Harry
Digital Literacy Lead – Ronnie
Maths Champion – Esrom
Eco Warrior – Lottie
Important information about life in Year Two:
This year will be an exciting year for the children, but it will also involve lots of resilience, hard work, determination and a positive attitude to their learning both in school and at home. During Autumn Two, the children will carry out the phonics screening which they missed at the end of Year One. The children are recapping their phonics sounds daily to ensure they remain secure with the previously taught sounds. It is crucial that the children complete their weekly homework, focusing on their spellings each week, which will be a revision of the sounds/rules the children have been taught that week, during their lessons. Maths homework will also include tasks that consolidate skills taught during their maths lessons, within school, that week. In May, the children will then sit the statutory SATs and so reading with your child at least three times a week and accessing Bug Club regularly will be crucial in building the essential reading skills that your child needs to become a confident and fluent reader.
Please be sure to ask us about our learning, in 2B we love having mini quizzes, playing the head ups game and sharing questions on Class Dojo so that we can show off what we know from our learning in school each day.
Our aim is to know more and remember more, and with your support from home it will be easier to achieve this target.