Miss Csiba and Ms Springer
Hello there and a very warm welcome to our class page! We have had a super start to the new academic year and we are ready for the exciting learning journey ahead of us!
Miss Csiba and Ms Springer teach us during the week. Mrs Duke works with us every day and enjoys challenging us, particularly in Mathematics!
Reading in Year 2
We have a special book bag and a brand new reading record that we must ensure we have with us every day. We are able to change our school reading books as soon as we have finished them and there is a parent's signature in our reading record. As our reading progresses, the length of our books tend to grow and changing regularly isn't always possible. It is important, however, that we read as much as possible and as Year 2 children, the minimum our teachers would like us to spend time reading at home is three times a week.
Woodhall Spa Library
Every term, we have the opportunity to visit our local library. We invite parents and family members to come with us, not only to help deliver us safely, but also to spend time with us discussing our favourite types of books and exploring different genres.
It is important that we have our named PE kit, hanging on our pegs, at the beginning of every week.
We are encouraged to bring our named water bottles, washed and refilled, every day...a water bottle is never far away from Miss Csiba - as well as many other benefits from drinking fresh water, she knows that staying alert and keeping her brain fuelled is essential for learning.
We all have many special things - thoughts, memories and things that have been given to us or we have bought ourselves that we would like to share with one another. Giving time to really listen to each other is something that is important to our confidence and our sense of belonging. Each week, one of us is chosen to take home 'The Special Box'. We can choose up to five things to share with the rest of the class - this is a lovely activity and we look forward to learning so much more this year.
Term 6 - Colours of the World
Well...we are into our final term as Year 2s. We are so proud of our children - they worked incredibly hard last term and their achievements were fantastic. Thank you to you for your support with our castle project - the children's designs were fantastic and it was lovely to hear the enthusiastic and positive comments from the other children in the school when we showcased them.
There is so much to fit in this term...but I think the children are ready for it! We really can't wait to meet Tommy the tortoise; hopefully he feels the same way! Tommy is going to help us with our information writing in English and also with some of our knowledge based learning in science.
The Isle of Mull has a special place in Mrs Major's heart and she would like to share her love of the island with us to support our learning in geography. Art will focus on printing and we are looking forward to creating some colourful designs.
Term 5 - Once Upon A....
What is that terrible smell?... Oh no! Not Sir Charlie Stinky Socks again! I wonder what great adventure he will share with us this time...
The children, Ms Springer and I would like to welcome Miss Hornsey to our classroom. She will be working with us every morning, and then with groups of children in the afternoon.
This is an exciting term for Year 2 children - as well as preparing for our SATs, we are focusing much of our work around castles and dragons. We are hoping to plant some bean seeds and will observe the effects of water, temperature and light on their growth. We will also use these and a variety of other plants for observational drawings in art.
Term 4 - Healthy Me
Do you know what your basic needs are? Why is exercise important? How many food groups are there? What does the word 'hygiene' mean to you? These are just some of the questions that we are going to be discussing and researching this term, primarily in science. Designing and creating a delicious fruit salad will be our focus in D&T, and this will link very nicely to our instruction writing in English. In geography, we will be learning about the origin of the fruits we have chosen to use and the climate in which they are able to grow.
Term 3 - To Infinity and Beyond!
5...4...3...2...1...and we are away!
This is the term many of the children have been waiting for - space is a brilliant theme to delve into, and therefore we are all really looking forward to our exploration! We will discuss space travel, past and present, and will learn about key events and inspiring people. Writing is an important focus this term and we are going to draft and edit pieces created together and individually across the curriculum. We are very proud of the effort we are making with our joined handwriting - to enhance this further, our D&T will support our fine motor skills as we work intricately with paper.
Term 2 - Pole to Pole
We were pre-warned that there would be a drop in temperature in our classroom after lunch and so before entering cautiously, we wrapped ourselves up tightly and put on our woolly hats, gloves and scarves. Icicles had formed everywhere and we were really excited to discover the frozen items that had been left behind by a great explorer - Ms Springer told us that we would be finding more out about him in our following history sessions. We asked lots of questions! A furry, sleek white polar bear sat on an iceburg observing us carefully. We think it might have been Kunikdjuaq from The Polar Bear Son which we have been reading.
Term 1 - Great Fire of London
We are really looking forward to learning about the Great Fire of London this term. This theme will knit together most of our curriculum areas and even though we have only been back less than a week, our spoken language, writing and art have already been wonderfully inspired. Spanish will continue to be taught by Mrs Lauder who has planned some exciting sessions and Mr Wilkinson, with his fantastic knowledge and skills, will be delivering computing.