Welcome to Year 2 - Kingfishers' Class
Term 2 in Kingfishers' Class is all about celebrating! Remember, Remember the 5th of November..... will be our starting point, the children will learning about the story behind Bonfire night and creating pieces of art and poetry inspired by the wonderful sights and sounds of fireworks.
We will be celebrating the season of Autumn and watching the changes as we move into winter. We will find out about what animals Hibernate and why and create some amazing leaf animals!
During the term we will be learning about several religious festivals and celebrations including Divali, Eid and Hanukkah. We will be taking a journey around the world to find out how different countries celebrate Christmas and of course we will have our own Christmas celebration with our exciting KS1 Christmas Production! Very soon your children will be coming home singing the songs and before you know it, you'll be singing along!
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.
PE - Kingfishers' will have PE on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 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)
We had a fantastic Pirate Day Trip. We started with our boat trip on The Kennet and Avon Canal in Newbury. We went under a bridge, through a lock and swing gate and shouted "Arghhhhhh!" at any passing enemies! We saw lots of other boats, swans and ducks and learned all about keeping safe on a boat.
After, we met the Kestrels for a picnic lunch near the bandstand in the park and then went for a walk along the canal looking and listening and of course we collected a few conkers!
Soon it was time for a bit of sketching so we could practice the sketching skills we have learned in class. Unfortunately all of the boats had gone! so we chose to sketch the bridge, swans, pond or trees.
We had a quick play on the equipment in the park before meeting the Kestrels again for some pirate games together and finished our fantastic day with a rocket ice-lolly or choc-ice. What a pirate packed day!!
You will notice a couple of our pirate class mates may not be in many of our photos. Unfortunately Lilly-May was ill so couldn't come and then we had 3 special pirates who became helpers and joined the Year 1 Kestrels for some of day. A very big thank you to Pirates Grace, Owen and Maisie, Miss Hazell said you were real stars! (I will get some photos of you and add them soon)