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2 OAK - Mrs Hill

Year 2- Mrs Hill (2 Oak)

Email - bchilds@st-peters.wakefield.sch.uk

 

Welcome back to school and to year 2, I am so excited to be working with you and your child for the following year. Every day, you will be greeted with a big smile from a caring team. Throughout the year, I want to communicate with parents the best I can, so I will update the website as often as possible to show you what exciting things we have been up to. If you have a message for us, then please have a brief chat on a morning, or you can write a note in the reading record, which will come home with your child every evening.

 

In year 2, we encourage the children to be organised and prepared for each school day. Year 2 is an important milestone because of how much your child will grow, mature and become more independent over the course of the year. We appreciate your continued support in every aspect of your child’s learning.

 

About our class

In 2 Oak, we are a team! We work together, with the support and guidance of the adults, to be the best we can be. We support and celebrate each other’s achievements and we are proud when we accomplish something new. We follow our St Peter’s SPIRIT in all we do and we will be recognised and celebrated when showing these school values.

 

Homework expectations

Reading daily for at least 10 minutes

Spellings - please complete the weekly look, write, cover, check sheet that will be sent home on a Friday. ED SHED up to 3 tasks will be set weekly (on a Friday) and need to be completed at home by the following Thursday.

Mathletics as often as possible at least 3 times a week

TT rockstars as often as possible

Reading eggs can also be done at home as often as possible

 

 

Maths

Mathletics is a fantastic online resource for children to develop their mathematical understanding in a fun and accessible way. All the activities are differentiated for your child’s needs- meaning they provide just the right level of challenge according to their level and depth of mathematical understanding. If that wasn’t exciting enough, using Mathletics frequently earns your child points, which go towards bronze, silver and gold certificates. The more children in our class who use Mathletics will hopefully earn us enough points to win the weekly Mathletics trophy in Friday’s celebration assembly! (Mrs Wilson’s competitive side comes out here!)

As a school we are taking part in the ‘Times Tables Rock!’ challenge. By the end of Year 4, all children should know up to 12x12; however, in Year 2, we focus on knowing the multiplication and division facts for the 2s, 5s, 10s and the 3’s and 4’s. We complete a time table challenge as part of our morning work- Mrs Wilson may send a sheet home if she thinks anyone needs a little more practice. Please support your child with this.

Every child also has a tt rockstars log in and can practice getting quicker on line, how cool is that!

 

Reading

Reading is extremely important to children of all ages, but during Year 2, you will notice significant changes in your child’s reading fluency and comprehension as they become more independent. There are numerous things we as a school do to support children’s reading and coupled with support from home, their progress accelerates momentously.

 

  • Reading raffle- 1 ticket for every 5 times read at home, having had their reading records signed by an adult.
  • I would love every child to read for at least 10 minutes every day- reading is so important
  • We have an amazing reading garden in our classroom where we can chose to read, we even read outside quite a lot.
  • Guided reading- all children participate in a mixture of guided or whole-class reading every day in Year 2. Children will also have the opportunity to read individually with an adult at school too.
  • Phonics- we will be consolidating phase 3 - 5 sounds in the autumn term, then begin to work on Phase 6 for the rest of the year. All children will sit a phonics check within autumn 2, to ensure all sounds are consolidated from year 1.

 

Physical Education

Our PE days are Monday and Friday. Both at the moment, will require an outdoor kit

Kit required for P.E:

Boys - White T-shirt and black shorts and trainers for outdoor games during summer and winter months. Warm navy/black tracksuit and trainers for outdoor games during the winter months.

Girls - White T-shirt, black shorts or cycling shorts (not nylon or lycra) and trainers for outdoor games during summer and winter months. Warm navy/black tracksuit and trainers for outdoor games during the winter months.

Please note earrings must be removed for PE or covered by tape provided by the parent.

 

Behaviour

We follow the ‘good to be green’ behaviour management system. Every child starts the day on the green lily pad; if they make bad choices (e.g. shouting out, not listening etc.) they will move down the chart onto the yellow warning fish or red consequence fish. However, they can rectify this with good choices and move back onto the green lily pad. Exceptional behaviour is rewarded by moving up to the rainbow.

If your child arrives home on Friday without their good to be green sticker, it means that at some point in the week they received a yellow warning or red consequence fish; it may be worth a gentle discussion with your child about how they need to make things better for the following week.

We love rewarding good choices and hard work; we offer certificates for Writer, Reader, Mathematician and Star of the week.  We are going to introduce a SPIRIT certificate to celebrate children showing our St Peter’s Spirit.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support and I look forward to a brilliant year,

Mrs Hill and Mrs Bird

Year 2 visited church, we had an amazing time doing different activities to teach us what Christians believe. 

  1. God created earth (we made our own things using play dough) 
  2. Jesus came to earth to get rid of the bad things we do (he knocked down the wall between us and god, we showed this using sugar cubes) 
  3. We Can talk to god through prayer (we played Chinese whispers to pass messages and also listen like we should listen to God.) 

 

Topic

We have really enjoyed delving in to our new topic ‘Amazing animals and Safari Adventures’ over the last two weeks. We’ve produced some fabulous artwork based around African animals. 

 

English

We have been working hard this week looking at different animal poems and gathering some lovely adjectives to describe an elephant and finding some suitable rhyming words ready to write our own shape poem based on an Elephant.

 

Christmas Spirit!

English

We have been doing some fabulous work on our story book this week. We have sequenced all the events that happen and been able to describe what happened at each stage of the story. We have done some fabulous recounts of the story this week as well!

 

Children in Need

We have really enjoyed coming in to school in our pyjamas today for Children in Need – don’t forget to watch the special TV show tonight!

 

Science - Everyday materials

In science this term we are looking at uses of everyday materials. So far we have been investigating different objects around the classroom and identifying what they are made from.

 

Toys from the past

Our new topic this term is Toys from the Past. So far we have enjoyed reading the book ‘Lost in the Toy Museum and we are looking forward to doing some super writing based around this book next week. We will be looking at how different toys move and eventually having a go at making our own!  If you have old toys at home that you wouldn’t mind us keeping for display purposes please remember to bring these in. We promise to look after them!

 

Money

This week we have started looking at money and counting coins. We have looked at greater than and less than and comparing the value of coins. We have also learnt how to combine notes and coins to make an amount. How about doing some fun money activities with your child at home like playing shops and recognising coins and note?

 

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

We were so excited to finally get to go on our first proper school trip! It was lovely to see the children so excited as they came in to school and I am so pleased that we are able to offer these fantastic experiences again! We had such a beautiful day in the sunshine, looking at local artist Barbara Hepworth and her amazing sculpture, family of man. We even got a chance to make our own sculpture using clay and some natural materials around us. We had the best day ever! You can view all our photos here.

National Poetry Day

To celebrate this we wrote thank you poems, there were so many things we were thankful for! We realise how lucky we are and are so grateful for this! We read out some of our poems to our friends- they were great to hear! 

Planting beanstalks

We were so excited to plant some beans in science, so we can grow our own beanstalks alongside our Jack and the Beanstalk work in English. Miss Childs has been trying to grow hers in the cupboard, but the children are growing theirs in the sunlight at the back of the classroom. So far the beanstalks are growing amazingly – the children love checking them every morning to see how much they have grown!

 

In RE we are thinking about special books. In one RE lesson we had a special gift wrapped up on our tables. When we opened them, we found many versions of the bible. We talked about why the bible was a special book to Christians (just like we shared our special books to the class). We have also been thinking about what Jesus taught us about being kind to everyone and making sure we treat everyone the same.

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