Welcome to Class 2JR –
Miss Roach’s Class
Autumn term 2017
Hello and welcome back to school, I hope you have had a lovely summer and you are ready for our first term in year 2.
This term we will be launching our exciting new theme ‘Toys’. Once our theme has been launched, we will be focusing on History and learning about toys from the past, the history of the teddy bear and comparing two famous artists from the past. This will take us nicely into our Art unit, where we study the work of LS Lowry and Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Their famous paintings ‘The Playground’ (LS Lowry) and ‘Children’s Games’ (Pieter Brugel the Elder) will be used as inspiration for us to create our own drawings and art work.
In our second half term, we will be continuing with our ‘Toys’ topic. We will be exploring the properties of different materials in Science. In this unit we will investigate different toys and name, identify and hunt for everyday materials including wood, metal, plastic, glass, rubber, brick, rock, paper, fabric and card. We will list properties of different materials such as hardness, strength, flexibility and shininess. We will also learn that the properties of materials are important to the object they are made from, applying this knowledge to our theme ‘Toys’.
The lead up to Christmas is an exciting time. Our focus will be Design Technology where the children will have to opportunity to design and make a vehicle for Traction Man and his faithful friend Scrubbing brush. We also have an exciting Lego workshop planned.
During the term we will be focussing our English lessons around two key texts.
The Velveteen Rabbit
He didn’t mind how he looked to other people, because the nursery magic had made him Real, and when you are Real shabbiness doesn’t matter.
In the nursery, only the toys that are old and wise truly understand what it means to be Real. The Velveteen Rabbit, a newcomer to the nursery, asks one of the most knowledgeable toys, the Skin Horse, what being Real means. And so begins the Velveteen Rabbit’s journey towards becoming real – through the love of a child . . .
With an action outfit for every occasion, Traction Man patrols the house. Whether he is saving toys (in latex space suit and Perspex helmet, teamed with Rocket Boots); searching the sink for the lost wreck of the sieve (in sub-aqua suit, fluorescent flippers and infra-red mask) or rescuing damsels in distress (in jungle pants, camouflage vest and a bandanna), Traction Man is never less than stylishly turned out and expertly accessorised. He is the last word in heroic fashion flair – until, that is, the day that he is presented with an all-in-one knitted green romper suit and matching bonnet by his owner’s granny. Can Traction Man overcome the humiliation of his desperately dowdy new look and rediscover the action hero within or will the burden of the knitted green monstrosity be too great?
During the first term we will be focusing on securing place value (Tens and Ones) and the four main operations (+ – x and ÷).
Our three main units that span the term are:
- Place value
- Addition and Subtraction
- Multiplication and Division
The children will be expected to apply, reason and problem solve within these units of work.
If you would like further information about the expectations and objectives taught in year 2, please do not hesitate to ask. You will also find a lot of useful information at the back of your child’s planner.
Within this term, there will be a parents meeting where you will have the opportunity to discuss how your child has settled into the year, we have an exciting trip to ‘The Lowry’ planned and of course, one of the highlights of our year, ‘Parr Hall’. All dates for these key events will follow.
The following websites have fun, interactive games for the children the play while they’re learning:
Please ensure your child brings a water bottle into school. They are available for the children to access throughout the day. Please note we only encourage water and not juice.
Homework will continue to go home on a Wednesday and should be returned by the following Monday. It will be alternated between Maths and Literacy. Spellings will be sent home on a Monday to be tested on a Friday.
Children will be encouraged to change their own reading book when they have confidently finished it. Your child is required to read from the school reading scheme regularly and are encouraged to read as much as possible as this is vital in improving both their reading and writing skills. Please make sure you record when your child has read in your child’s planner. These records can also include any other books your child is reading at home (both fiction and non-fiction), as this allows me to keep track of how much and what they are reading. Each week the children will also have the opportunity to take home a book from our school library. You will also find a lot of useful information at the back of your child’s planner.
P.E takes place twice a week and will be taken by a specialist P.E teacher and myself. However, there may be other opportunities for P.E throughout the week. Therefore, it is important that children have their kit with them each day. They will be sent home half termly or if they get particularly muddy!
This year, our class have a big responsibility in looking after our class teddy, each night a child will be selected to take them home and complete a short diary to tell the class what they has got up to. You may wish to help your child write this diary and include any pictures or drawings to show what they have done whilst with your child.
We are always on the lookout for parent helpers so if you would like to get involved please contact a member of staff. Any help big or small is greatly appreciated.
Finally, I hope you find this information useful, but if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Many thanks for your continued support.