Year 2- Miss Margereson and Mrs Stephenson
A warm welcome to Year 2
My name is Miss Margereson. I am the Year 2 class teacher and also Head of School at Shafton Primary. Our teaching assistant this year is Mrs Richardson. Mrs Stephenson will also be teaching in Year 2 this year.
Year 2 is an exciting and challenging year. As the oldest children in Key Stage One, Year 2 act as role models for the younger children and set good examples in both work, play and behaviour.
The children are given greater responsibility and more independence during class activities.
In Year 2 we have PE twice a week; please can you ensure that your child has both indoor and outdoor kit which is clearly labelled. Your child should bring this into school on a Monday morning, leaving it in school all week and taking it home on a Friday.
Book bags also need to be brought into school every day. Your child will be provided with a reading record book which we ask you to fill in every time you read with your child. Should we need to make a comment about your child’s reading we will do so in this book. Reading books will be changed on a weekly basis.
The expectation has grown in year two and we want the children to become more independent. This means remembering all the things they need for the school day, practicing their spellings and reading at home.
Each term the children will be taught an exciting range of topics. Please see below for the recent topics being taught. This will be changed each term.
Our Year 2 Flamenco Dancers on Spanish Day!
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Resilient Reader is a super hero character which has been designed to help children with their comprehension skills during lessons. As you can see he uses his hands to help children pick out the important information in a text.
Literacy and Reading
In Literacy the children will focus on developing their independent story writing. We will look at more complex sentence structures and developing our use of punctuation. We will also improve our spelling skills and ensure we are applying the spellings which we know.
In reading we will continue to read a range of genres. We will focus on reading fluently, using expression and ensuring children have a range of strategies to decode any unknown words. We will also be developing comprehension skills through weekly comprehension tasks.
Wherever possible, we aim to link reading and writing opportunities to our topic work.
Your child will read each week during a guided reading session with an adult. They will also have lots of opportunities for independent reading in class. The reading diaries are for you to write a comment in about how your child has read at home. If we need to wrote a comment or communicate with you regarding your child's reading we will do so in the reading diary.
Some children will have reading for pleasure books - this is to encourage children to enjoy reading more and to choose books which challenge them. The children will be able to read these books around the different reading areas in school. For example in the library, taking the reading dolly for a walk, in the story telling areas sitting on the bean bags and in the classroom reading area.
Please see below some of the exciting topics that we will cover in year 2 during our autumn term:
- Literacy: Traditional Tales, reading comprehension, basic grammar lessons
- Maths: Investigating number systems, calculation problems, pattern sniffing and exploring shape
- Science: Animals including humans, use of everyday materials,
- History: The Great Fire of London, The Great Plague, Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot
- Geography: World oceans and continents, villages, towns and cities.
Autumn Term reading corner
Our reading corner this autumn will be linked to Dinosaurs. The children have access to a variety of books in the reading corner. These range from fiction, non-fiction and poetry. There are also props, dressing up costumes, masks and dinosaur figures for the children to use when they are reading.
Here are our finished pieces of art work about The Great Fire Of London. The children used water colour and card with our specialist art teacher in school. I think you will agree they look great.
Autumn Term pictures - History Great Fire of London
The children in Year 2 have thoroughly enjoyed learning about The Great Fire of London. Our next History topic will be the Plague.
Here are the children acting out some scenes from the Great Fire of London with buckets of water. Hallie is dressed up as a Plague Doctor.
Spanish Food tasting on Spanish Day
During the spring term we have lots of exciting things happening. We are having a big push on encouraging children to read and use their reading for pleasure books to challenge themselves on a daily basis.
Our reading areas for this half term are based around Florence Nightingale and a Kenyan Village. Please see the pictures below.
Spring term topics
Literacy - reading comprehension skills, Lila and the secret of rain, kenya, Owl Babies, noctutnal animals, elephants
History - Florence Nightingale, Grace Darling
Geography - Kenya and Africa
RE - Easter story, Hinduism
Art - daffodils, ink work, clay
Chinese New Year
The whole school enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year. We had a wonderful Chinese meal and each class celebrated in their own way. He tried some prawn crackers and different Chinese sauces and make Chinese dragons.
The children in Year 2 also practiced writing in Chinese and also learnt about the story of the Zodiac.
World Book Day 2019
We had a great time on World Book Day, dressing up as our favourite book character. We also shared our favourite books with each other.