This term our topic is
A Victorian Christmas
Thank you to everyone who helped us send Flat Stanley around the world. We have received nearly all the Flat Stanley envelopes back and have really been enjoying reading about the adventures that Flat Stanley has had. He has visited museums, parks, the zoo, shops, offices, schools and even the hospital. He has met aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and friends. He has travelled on aeroplanes, boats, trains, cars and bicycles and has helped bake cakes, build models, hoover the house, feed animals and help with homework.
Please come into school and take a look at our Flat Stanley display, which is in the corridor outside our classroom.
During our new topic we will be finding out about Queen Victoria and what life was like during her reign. We will discover where many of our Christmas traditions come from and making some of our own Christmas cards and decorations.
Rehearsals for our KS1 Nativity are now underway. It is lovely to hear so many of the class already delivering their lines of script by heart.
Everyone has now been given song words too so there is plenty to be practised at home and at school.
Information about costumes will be given in due course.
What we are doing in English:
We started the term by planning and then writing our own stories, based on the story about Flat Stanley. He is a boy who was made flat by accident and went on many adventures. In our stories we imagined that we were flat and then had to decide were we could go and what we could do.
We then looked at poems and songs that have repeating lines. Using London's Burning as our main song, we performed it in groups, with expression in our voices and using percussion instruments. We then had fun writing our own versions of a repeating line song. Finally, we used our best and neatest handwriting to display our songs.
Please come into the classroom and have a look at them.
Handwriting is always a big focus as it is very important that we are able to form all our letters correctly, the right way round and of the correct size. We do handwriting practise every week and are starting to learn how to join up our letters.
To help with handwriting it would be very useful if you could help your child practise writing the alphabet in both upper and lower case.
They could also practise putting a list of words into alphabetical order, including some that start with the same letter.
At all time please make sure your child is holding their pencil correctly, using the tripod hold - thumb and index finger holding the pencil and the other fingers supporting under the pencil.
What we are doing in Maths:
This term our maths is all about place value, addition and subtraction. We have been revising our knowledge of place value and the importance of the digit position within an number. We are now using this knowledge to add and subtract 1 and 2 digit numbers, using a variety of strategies.
This week and next week we will be concentrating on inverse relationships between addition and subtraction.
For example if 23 + 14 = 37 then we know 37 - 23 = 14.
We are happy to chat to you if you would like to know more about how to support your child in maths.
Every Monday we have a 1 minute tables test, currently based on the 2 x table. Our scores are definitely improving each week!
What we are doing in Spelling:
In Y2 we learn spelling rules that can be applied to writing. There are not weekly lists of individual words to learn. Every child has been given a copy of the High Frequency Words that do not follow a spelling rule and these will also need to be learnt.
Our first group of spelling rules are based around adding the suffix -ing, -ed, -er to a root word and how the root word might change.
So far we have learnt that some root words don't change when you add the suffix, if the root word has a short vowel sound plus one consonant, then you double the consonant before adding the suffix and if the root word ends in an -e, then you drop the -e before adding the suffix.
walk - walked, fly - flying, talk - talking
run - running, swim - swimming, hop - hopped, hum - hummed
take - taking, smile - smiled, make - making.
We have also found out that for some words we don't add -ed on the end. They completely change when you write them in the past tense.
For example: sat, swam, ran, made
We have also learnt that if a word ends in a -y, then we need to swop the -y for an -i before adding the suffix -ed.
For example study - studied, hurry - hurried
Long sleeved top or t-shirt.
Long sleeved jumper - no hoodies as these can catch on the tree branches.
Wellies or sturdy walking shoes. No trainers.
Forest School clothes should remain in school throughout the term, in a named bag that will hang on a peg.
No Forest School clothes = no Forest School!
It is very important that your child reads to someone at home every day. As well as being able to read words they need to understand what they have read, so please talk to them about their book to develop comprehension skills. This is very important if they are going to become an excellent reader.
If their book needs changing then please remind them to put change it when they come into school in the morning and then put it in the red box at the front of the class so we can make a note of what book they have chosen.
Don't forget that if there is anything that you need to know please come and ask us.
Mrs Treacher, Mrs Barnett and Mrs Gooding