Well, here we are already at Term 4 and we've hit the ground running with a whole school science event on the first day back. The workshop for Year 2 was all about flight, so we have extended that learning with a full week of investigations and tests on paper planes and parachutes. Week 2 will focus on the history of flight, including significant famous aviators and design of planes.
Our main focus for the term, though, is our own healthy growth and we will be looking at different food groups as well as exercise. We are excited to try out yoga in our morning PE sessions - Week 1 was based on the story of The Hungry Caterpillar and proved a hit with everyone.
Again linking in with our topic, we will be designing a healthy snack AND it's packaging in Design and Technology, as well as practising persuasive writing by writing and filming an advert!
We have already learned and retold the story of the traditional tale The Enormous Turnip and have thought how each character would persuade the next to join in. Now we will be developing our persuasive writing skills to use them for other purposes - beware!
In maths, we are mainly going to be focusing on multiplication and division this term, with ongoing practice of number and place value and calculating addition and subtraction.
PLEASE continue your great work in reading with your children as often as possible - it makes a HUGE difference to their progress.
ALSO, ask your child whose phonics group they are in then look on their classroom window each Thursday for details of their phonics focus that week, and what Bug Club Online books you can use to practice.
**PE is still each Thursday morning this term and children need full PE kit each week.
This term we have Spanish on Thursday afternoons.
Finally - I'm looking forward to seeing what book characters the children come dressed as for World Book Day on Thursday 1st March. Please remember that they need to bring the book in as well - The theme for World Book Day this year is 'Sharing stories' and we will be sharing why we recommend the book we have brought.
Also on World Book Day, your child will be able to swap a good condition pre-loved book for a whole new adventure in print at our Book Swap stall. Children should bring their book(s), in the morning before school starts, to Mrs Kent under the canopy in the courtyard. She will hand over a token that can be used at the stall during the day.
Thank you again for all your support.
Mrs Jarman and Mrs Mahmoud
This term we are focusing on having high aspirations and opening our minds to opportunities by meeting people who do different jobs. The children are going to be reading The Great Explorer by Chris Judge and retelling this story as part of their Big Writes. We will then move onto using descriptive language in a story to catch and keep a reader's interest and paint a 'word picture' in their head. The children have great imaginations and show real enthusiasm for using their own and new vocabulary, so we are looking forward to the results.
In Maths we are continuing with Addition and Subtraction, learning new strategies to calculate and practising counting in 2s, 10s and 5s to make our counting more efficient. Then we will move on to Multiplication and Division. Through our topic work we are going to be measuring ourselves on a weekly basis to see if we have grown and try to predict when we will next grow! We will be testing some well-known theories such as whether the oldest person in a group will also be the tallest, and whether our foot is the same length as our forearm. This links closely with science and thinking about how we can grow healthily.
In art, we are going to investigate colour mixing and using primary colours to create an Andy Warhol style self-portrait. We hope, also, to do some more clay modelling.
Please ask if you would like to know more about the maths strategies we teach in Year 2 and also if you would like to get to grips with phonics to support your child's reading and writing.
Feel free, also, to help yourselves to any materials from the Parent's Board and remember to read the newsletter and door signs on a regular basis.
Welcome back to our second term. We hope you had a good break.
Key information this term:
Our topic: is 'Let's Celebrate' and we're going to be looking at the symbol of light in different celebrations around the world.
As well as some great art projects, we're going shadow hunting and investigating sources of light. In history we're finding out more about Guy Fawkes and electric lightbulbs (not at the same time!).
PE: is still on Thursdays. Please ensure full PE kit is in school every week.
Reading: All children will read to an adult in school at least once a week. They will also be doing phonics for decoding and Guided Reading activities to boost comprehension every day. However, nothing boosts a child's progress in reading more than reading to a grown up at home. As a working parent, I know it's not always easy, but even 10 minutes a few times a week and chatting about a story at bedtime will have a HUGE impact.
Bug Club: offers online books for your children to read (and listen to), whatever level they have reached (check your log-in works) and you can also try Oxford Owls for even more books.
Show and Tell: This ever-popular event is important to our class, but it can take up lots of time, so we now have a rota AND a rule that the show or tell must be something that links with our current topic.
However, if your child has achieved something outside of class/school, has a favourite book that they want to share, OR has written a story themselves, then they can bring it in on any day and I will do my best to make time for them to share it.
Term 2 Rota:
Group 1: Friday 3rd November: Max, Ollie, Molly, Thomas, Daniel and Elliot.
Group 2: Friday 10th November: Tilly, Samuel, Erin, Elijah, Isla and Willow.
Group 3: Friday 17 November: Tobi Shakira, Alfie, Darwin, Kieran and Devon.
Group 4: Friday 24 November: Summer, Georgia, Lilly, Olivia, Skye and Sophie.
Group 5: Friday 1 December: Jaxon, Artur, Mason, Noah, Logan and Florence.
Parent/Teacher meetings: Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th November.
Christmas performances: Tuesday 5th December - 9.30-10.30am
Wednesday 6th December - 1.45-2.45pm
Thursday 7th December - 4-5pm.
TV stardom!: Last month, six Year 2 children went along to the Sylva Foundation in Long Wittenham for a filming session with BBC One's Countryfile! Remember, remember the 5th of November if you want to watch us playing in the forest and chatting to presenter, Matt Baker.
Finally, thank you for your continuing support. And a specially big thank you to the volunteers who kindly come in to give extra 1:1 reading time to our children. We all really appreciate and benefit from the time you spend with us.
As always, let us know if you have any concerns or ideas. Have a good term
Sally Jarman and Debs Mahmoud.
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One thing you need to know about Owls is that we always try to be polite,
kind and respectful to each other
and try our best in everything we do.
You'll be pleased to know that Owls children this year
have made a good start with all of these things.