Welcome to Year 2!
We trust everyone had a fabulous half term despite restrictions and hope that everybody has managed to get back into routine this week with home-schooling. We have been overwhelmed by the quality of work we have received over the past term. In particular we have had some amazing Chinese Lapbooks and dragon artwork, not to mention the spectacular Superhero Stories pupils have written so imaginatively. I think we have many budding journalists in Year 2 judging by the quality of some of the newspaper reports children have written and lots of you looked so funny pretending to be news reporters! In order to ensure achievements are celebrated, we shall be uploading work to the webpage over the next few days.
Have a look at some of the fabulous work you have all completed over the past few weeks!
Week Commencing 1st March 2021
This weeks sees the start of our new topic entitled Fire! Fire! We shall be learning about the history of The Great Fire Of London - we might even have a visit from Samuel Pepys himself to explain to us what life was like in 18th Century London. We shall be writing our own diary entries and writing stories from the viewpoint of a London rat! Knowing how dangerous fire can be, we shall also be learning about fire safety and the role of the fire service. Lots to look forward to this half term!
World Book Day
This Thursday is World Book Day and in celebration we are inviting the children to dress up! This only need be a costume you already have at home- perhaps a mask, hat even a homemade mask will be fine. Please do not buy anything new. If it is not too much trouble, children could change their names on entry into Zoom that day to that of the character they are dressed as and bring along the book within which they appear. This way we can try and guess who our mystery guests are! If children do not wish to dress up, they can just bring along their favourite book. Our English activities on Thursday will follow a World Book Day theme and children may pick and choose the activities they would prefer to do. Please follow the link below if you would like to take part in the event at home as a family.
The White Rose maths sheets will be uploaded on the school website alongside the answers for each worksheet. We would usually aim to mark children’s maths work during the lesson or immediately after to ensure that the children receive prompt feedback while the lesson is fresh in their minds. Please use the answer sheets to mark your child’s work and give them an opportunity to address any errors they may have made to help them get the most out of the learning.
Please note that for activity lessons there is no worksheet, the activity will be explained to the children on the video.
We will be allocating 2 books per week for the children on Rapid Reader, this is in line with the number of books they would usually receive if they were in school. If your child has read all of the books they have been allocated, they can access books they have read previously in the ‘my library’ section on Rapid Reader. Alternatively, please feel free to supplement reading with books you have at home, or by using Oxford Owl which have a wide range of free reading materials for you to access.
It is very important that the children complete all activities on each page (click on the icons) as otherwise the computer does not register the book has been finished.
Remember all reading counts so recipes, gaming manuals, comics, stories, poems all count as great reading resources. As a rule of thumb, if your child has to pause to decode 5 words per page the book is suitably challenging, any more than this, then the book may be too difficult and therefore require more adult support.
We have had a few enquiries about handwriting and so we have provided handwriting paper and a common exception word handwriting booklet in the document section at the bottom of the year 2 page. Please feel free to download and use these if you feel that your child would benefit from some handwriting practise. This activity would also be a valuable spelling opportunity as some of the activities involve writing high frequency words. Handwriting practice is often a fantastic stress buster and an activity in which you can leave the children to work independently (relaxing music in the background makes all the difference!)
We will be holding a zoom meeting each morning at 9.30 am to touch base with the children. Each day we will be discussing anything that might prove a barrier in the days tasks. There is no obligation to attend every meeting and since all materials are available here on the website, you can pick up anything missed. We aim to do a short burst of teaching online each day which links with work set and it can be beneficial for children to see their friends and teachers in these meetings. Again please don't let children sharing their work on Zoom phase you or your child! All children are at different points in their learning and achievements, big or small, are all worth a mention and will be celebrated.
Our 2020-2021 team:
Mrs Glover (2G) - Mrs Stokes (am/pm)
Miss. Harvey (2H) - Mrs Newman (am/pm)
2H - Mrs Warrilow
2G - Mrs Bonehill
Timestables practise via TT Rockstars: https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student/23115
MyMaths activities & games via: https://login.mymaths.co.uk/
Rapid Reading: www.activelearnprimary.co.uk
Feel free to create your own login at www.oxfordowl.co.uk Here the children will find familiar Oxford Reading Tree resources and lots more.
Some useful documents: