Welcome to our year 2 webpage – we love to share our learning!
There are 30 pupils in our year 2 class and our teacher is called Miss Appleby. We also get to work with Mrs Ford, Mrs Bainbridge and Miss Lockett during the week, which makes us feel very lucky! We have a great learning environment with lots of classroom displays that help us to share our brilliant work and support our learning. We especially like our housepoints and star of the day walls; we feel fantastic when we are chosen as the star pupil!
A day in year 2…
Each day we begin our morning with our Read, Write Inc. phonics session which helps us with our reading and our spelling as we learn lots of new sounds and how to use them. Next we do our English lesson where our learning is often linked to a key text or to special events that are happening in our world. We are working really hard to improve our writing, grammar and presentation! Most of all, we love reading in school and at home; our progress this term is speedy and lots of us have moved up a reading level or two already! We use Oxford Reading Buddy and Oxford Owl Read, Write Inc. resources to help rehearse our reading at home; there’s quick links for these sites at the bottom of the page. Officially, our reading books are changed and our reading records are checked every Monday, but our teachers try to keep checking and changing them through the week too as we love books so much!
Here are some of the books we have read and enjoyed so far this year:
After playtime we do our mathematics work; our school uses the White Rose Maths programme of study and we have been working practically, mentally and in our books to show our skills. We are experts in place value and at the moment our class maths target is to ‘Prove it!’ – where we explain how to solve a maths problem not just show that we know the answer. We have a lovely maths wall in our classroom that helps us and also has some daily challenges on that we can do.
In the afternoons lots of our subject learning is linked to themes or topics, which helps us to gather more information and makes our learning really exciting. We love working in different environments so our lessons include lots of outdoor learning; we have even been on a history hunt around Witton Gilbert, looking for the oldest buildings. Also, when we were reading The Secret Sky Garden we created a class allotment bed in our school grounds; we have already planted bulb lasagne pots, peas, garlic, onions, carrots and radishes, as well as growing some herbs. We have collected lots of seeds ready to grow throughout the year and we are looking forward to eating our crops and seeing the beautiful flowers grow!
Our Friday PSHE lessons are a highlight of our week; we use the Jigsaw programme to help us learn and Jigsaw Jerrie cat helps us to ‘Stop and Pause’ so we understand our feelings and emotions in lots of situations. We have been learning about how to stay calm (using the ‘calm-me chime’) and look after our mental health as well as our physical health – why not try asking us to show you our bear breaths, whale breaths or snake breaths? Throughout the week we use ‘Go Noodle’ to give us brain breaks and to keep us healthy, especially if it’s a wet playtime!
We do PE twice a week on a Wednesday and Friday; learning about the importance of warming-up and cooling down in sports lessons while developing lots of skills for different games and sports. We have already learned to take our pulses and see the signs of our bodies working hard.; in year 2 we really enjoy being active! We bring in our PE kit at the start every half-term and keep it in school until the next school holiday, unless it gets dirty in between and we need to take it home to wash!
We also love our RE lessons (this half term we have been learning about Baptism) and Charanga music lessons with Mrs Bainbridge, and being very creative in art and DT lessons. Lots of our RE and creative arts work in Autumn term 2 will link to the Nativity; we’re very excited to be sharing our class play with our parents for the first time in December!
Things we will be learning this year:
During the year there will be many opportunities to celebrate our learning and we would love it if you would like to visit our website and Class Dojo pages to find out more about our learning. Have a look at the website calendar or read the the school newsletters to check the dates for all of the exciting things we will be doing. We’re looking forward to sharing more about our fabulous school!
How you can help us with our learning at home:
This term we have been challenged to improve our presentation and we’re about to start to do joined up writing, so if we had pencils and paper to practise with at home, that would be brilliant. Once we have learned the letters in school, we’ll bring them home so you can see how smart our recording looks.
We’re also working with numbers to 100 and we love playing maths games online to practise our skills.
Autumn Covid 19 update:
In the event of remote-learning for an individual child, we will share learning and resources through Class Dojo and a paper work pack that can be collected from school (or delivered home, if isolating). Throughout the school year staff, parents and children are able to post messages, photos and videos and parents can see work and send staff messages too. This is a really strong way of keeping our learning up to date and staying connected with our class. If you have any difficulties accessing Classdojo, please contact the school office for further support.