Welcome to Year 2 - Kingfishers' Class
Term 6 - Minibeast Madness!
We will be ending Year 2 as nature experts! Our learning will be mainly science based, where the children will be finding, naming and classifying minibeasts within the various habitats of the school grounds as well a creating a new habitat 'The Bug Hotel'. This topic will involve a range of computing as the children will be learning the skills of researching, gathering information using data bases and creating word processed fact files.They will be getting creative learning songs about our creepy crawly friends, composing music and creating dances to show off their amazing minibeast moves! In art and design they will be sketching and working as a class to create a minibeast wall hanging. The topic will end with 'The Minibeast Talent Contest' where the children will be designing and making a minibeast and practising a poem for them to perform. Of course after any performance there has to be an after show party so the children will look forward to an afternoon of fun with a minibeast theme!
Superstar Writers Award!
Handwriting is a key focus in Year 2 as it is essential that as children move through to Key Stage 2 they mastered the skills of handwriting so that they can focus more on the content of their writing. So......... we have a challenge in Kingfishers that everyone in the class is going to achieve the Superstar Writer Award by the end of the school year.
We are all doing really well and already we are seeing a huge improvement. To achieve the award you must:
1. Sit all letters neatly on the line.
2. Form all letters correctly, starting in the correct place.
3. Show accurate letter heights, with tall letters going up and letters with tails hanging below the line,
Joined handwriting is a bonus!
PE - This Term Kingfishers' will have PE on Wednesdays and Fridays, 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