Welcome to Class 2!
Happy New Year! We hope you all had an enjoyable holiday. Here you will find information about staffing, routines and homework. You will find information about our new “Volcanoes and Earthquakes” topic on a separate page.
Staffing: Mr Pengelly teaches Class Two all day on Monday, all day on Wednesday and on Tuesday and Friday mornings. On Tuesday afternoons, Mrs Liddicott takes the class for PE and Art. Mrs Yates teaches the class on Friday afternoons and all day on Thursday. Mrs Eagles and Mrs Parker work in the class as teaching assistants.
PE lessons will be on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Children’s PE kit should be kept in school at all times if possible.
All of the children are doing very well with the new Accelerated reader system. They have become very good at taking the quizzes and making sure that they read books carefully so that they have full understanding of them. If your child reads other books at home, they are very welcome to do a quiz about them at school.
It is very important that your child continues to read regularly at home, either by themselves or to an adult. Reading is a key home learning activity that helps with: understanding the world around them, understanding vocabulary, spellings, ideas for their writing, punctuation and grammar. Ideally, we would like your child to read five times a week. Reading matter could include novels, comics, newspapers, annuals, recipes and non-fiction books. They do not need to read pages and pages if they don’t want to, but little and often would be great. The children need to record in their reading records if they have read at home, alone or with an adult. Adults should continue to listen to them read aloud often and can leave notes in their reading records too. Asking questions about the plot, characters, setting, vocabulary etc. would really help with their understanding of the text.
The government are planning to issue a statutory times table test for the next academic year. It is therefore the expectation that children will be able to recall all their times table and division facts by the end of Year 4. Knowing times tables helps considerably with the children’s understanding of calculation strategies and will enable them to make good progress in their maths as the move into Years 5 and 6. We will spend a lot of time learning and rehearsing these in school but any additional support you could provide at home would be appreciated.
As well as helping your child with their number facts, any ‘real life’ experience would really aid with understanding worded problems. Cooking and shopping are particularly valuable examples of real-life experiences
In order to support maths learning we are continuing our subscription to Times Tables Rock Stars which is an online platform to help children learn tables and number facts. Other web based games which are very helpful for maths learning are Hit the Button, Toy Shop Money Game and Stop the Clock.
You will find below the statutory spellings for your child’s year group (Year 3 spellings are combined with Year 4 in the National Curriculum). In addition to our weekly spelling focus, we will be practising these throughout the year in class. Again, any help that you can give your child in practising these will support their learning in class.
We want to encourage the children to enjoy learning and develop inquisitive minds. We would love to see any topic related projects that the children carry out at home. Here are some ideas they might like to explore:
- Find out about the work of volcanologists.
- Find out about some famous volcanoes.
- Create artwork based on volcanoes.
- Research the effects of earthquakes around the world.
If you have any questions, or would like to discuss anything with us. Please feel free to contact us.