Welcome to Year 2 - Kingfishers' Class
Term 4 - Katie in London!
This amazing book by James Mayhew takes us on a journey around the landmarks of London and forms the basis for our topic this term. While Katie and Jack's Grandma takes a nap on a bench in Trafalgar Square, Katie and Jack climb onto one of the stone Lion statues only for it to come alive! It then takes them to all of the wonderful sights of London and the children find out more about the capital city of England.
Through this topic we will be doing map work on the UK, compass points to move from one London landmark to another, creating London watercolours based on the work of great artists, finding out about the significant historic event - The Great Fire of London and preparing group presentations based on one of the famous London Landmarks. Our term will end with a tea party fit for the Queen!
Term 3 comes to an end.......
Well Term 3 was a short one but Kingfishers packed a lot in. The last few days of term saw us on our very own Polar expedition - and it really was bitter cold! We had to make our way through blizzards to base camp, from there we had 2 main challenges, to hunt for hidden polar animals and to complete in a team sledge race. After that we were exhausted and were very pleased to come in and warm up with a hot chocolate!
Here are just a few photos taken
(unfortunately all the adults were so busy that there wasn't much time for taking photos!)
We also had a very exciting Skype video call with Nathaniel and Miriam's Uncle Laurence who lives in Australia but is part of the Antarctic Research team. He told us all about what it is like in Antarctica, the animals he has seen and about the time that the boat he travelled and lived on was shipwrecked! Thank you so much Laurence, it really did finish our topic with a WOW moment!
PE - This Term Kingfishers' will have PE on Mondays and Wednesdays, however please have your PE Kit in school hung on your peg all week. You need: Black shorts, green t-shirt and trainers/plimsolls. (please can girls who wear tights also keep a pair of socks in their PE bag You need: black).
Children who wear earrings must take them out for PE, if they are unable to do this themselves please take them out at home on PE days (If they have just had them pierced you need to provided them with plasters or micropore tape for 6 weeks).
Homework and Reading in Kingfishers' Class
Homework is set weekly and has an English, maths or topic focus. We give homework out in their 'My work at home books' on Wednesdays and expect them to be brought back in on Monday mornings. This allows time for marking and new homework to be put in books.
Please do add any comments you feel would be useful to your child's homework, it is a good way of communicating how your child is getting on with their homework and what support they needed. Please also use this book to share any other work you do at home with your child eg a piece of writing, some extra maths or a piece of art; we love to see what other work the children are doing at home.
Please read with your child at least 4 times a week, regular reading really does make a difference. Year 2 is an important year for reading, they have learned many of the phonics needed and are now applying them and developing reading stamina and comprehension. At the end of this year they will be sitting a reading SATs paper which assesses their level of reading through their ability to answer written questions about what they have read.
We aim to change the children's reading books twice a week, usually on Mondays and Thursdays. If there is not evidence that they have read at home, we will not change their book until we have heard them read. Please remember that children benefit from reading a text more than once, it can really develop their confidence and allows opportunities for them increase their fluency. Please help your child to develop their comprehension skills by asking them questions about the characters and the story plot.
Maths - Active Learn
Remember if you want to practice the maths skills we are working on in class then log on to Active learn! Username: child's first name (no capitals) Password: kingfishers School code: ljsw