Welcome to Class 2 2023/2024
This page will give you an insight into what we will be learning in class 2.
Below you will find all of the exciting learning that will be happening in the autumn term.
If you have any questions, please contact the school office or catch me on the playground at the end of the school day.
Tuesday and Wednesday - PE
Reading Books will be changed once a week.
Please read with your child as much as possible, ideally every day just for 10 minutes. This will have a really positive impact on their reading levels.
8th September 2023
Class 2 Autumn Newsletter
Dear Parents / Carers
I would like to give a warm welcome to all in Class 2. I hope you have had a restful and fun summer holidays and you are ready for another year packed full of fun, engaging and active learning.
Below is an overview of what we will be covering in the autumn term.
Class 2 will have PE on a Tuesday and Wednesday each week so please could they come to school in their PE kits and bring a water bottle to school daily. Ear piercings will need to be taken out or covered with piercing tape.
Class 2 will change their reading books once a week. We will ensure each child has got a reading book by the end of next week as we are currently assessing their reading levels in school.
English – We will be focusing on creating quality writing and being able to retell stories through drama. We will be writing letters, diary entries, writing in the role of the character, writing setting and character descriptions and writing our own poetry.
The first book we will explore this term is ‘Beegu’ by Alexis Deacon. We will then move on to look at ‘The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog’ focusing on poetry structure. In Autumn 2 we will explore a ‘Winter Sleep’ and ‘The Jolly Postman’.
Phonics – Year 1 will continue to embark in the Little Wandle phonics program. In the autumn term we will revisit phase 3 sounds before moving on to new phase 4/5 diagraphs, trigraphs and alternative sounds. We will also be learning new tricky words each week and learning to read and write sentences with confidence and independence.
Spellings Year 2 – Some year 2’s will start the Little Wandle spellings program. In the first few weeks it revisits the Little Wandle phase 5 sounds before moving on to the to the spelling program which will support the children to become confident spellers up to the year 2 spelling requirements.
Maths – Our focuses in the autumn term will be place value, addition and subtraction, numbers within 20 and the year 2’s will start to look at multiplication and division. Throughout the year we will focus on telling the time, seasons, months of the year, days of the week. We will be counting in 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s.
Religious Studies - We will be learning about the story of Creation. We will be developing an appreciation of God's beautiful world and how we can help to look after it. During Advent we will learn about Mary, mother of God. Each week we will attend our gospel assembly and take part in a collective worship session with a focus question/topic.
Science – In Science we will be exploring the use of everyday materials, seasonal changes, animals including humans and plants. Throughout our science lessons we will be working scientifically by performing simple tests, identifying, classifying, observations of things over time and gathering and recording data to help answer questions.
History – In History we will be looking at digital revolution. Our big enquiry question is ‘Did people in the past have computers?’ We will be looking at what digital technology is, we will then identify different types of digital technology. We will be able to describe how computers have changed over time.
Art – Our focus in art is creating different lines. We will create a piece of art working using lines to the sound of music, experimenting with different media and finally to applying the skills we have learnt of drawing and mark making to draw from observation.
DT – In DT we will be making a moving story book. We will learn about sliders and movement before we design out own story book. We will then make it and finally we will test and evaluate it.
Computing – Our focus for computing will be working on computer systems and networks and improving our mouse skills. We will then move on to programming by looking at algorithms.
P.E – We have 2 PE lessons a week. This term we will be focusing our skills on sending and receiving and gymnastics.
Music – In music we will be looking at musical vocabulary such as pulse, tempo, dynamics, timbre, pitch, rhythm, texture, and structure.
Spanish – In Spanish we will be learning core vocabulary such as greetings, numbers, and colours.
Please read with your child as much as possible, ideally every day and record this in their reading records so we can monitor their progress and change books as required.
We have healthy snacks here at school daily.
Any medical/health concerns please let me know.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me through the office or via the classroom.
Phonics and Reading
We are using the Little Wandle Revised Letters and Sounds to teach phonics and reading. For more information about how we will do this and how to use 'pure sounds' when supporting your child at home, please follow the link below.
Your class teacher will give you more information about daily reading and how to fill in your child's Reading Log and maintain communication between school and home. We would recommend daily reading of 10 minutes, including incidental chatting about the book. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to speak to your class teacher as soon as possible.
If you would like one, please ask your child's classroom staff for a printed copy of this information.