Welcome to Kingfishers' Class!
Well in Term 1 we well and truly discovered that the children in Kingfishers class are Superheros! They are amazing in so many areas; their work, their behaviour, their attitude and their kindness.
So with that in mind we are ready to take on all of the challenges Term 2 has for us, and what a busy Term it is!
Let there be light!
Our topic incorporates so many things this term. Firstly we will start with "Remember, Remember, the 5th of November" finding out why we celebrate each year with fireworks and why Guy Fawkes and his friend did what they did. We will be creating some amazing poetry using our senses to stimulate descriptions of fireworks and bonfire night.
We will move on to learning about nocturnal animals, reading lots of stories and creating fact files about different animals. One text we will look at in detail is "The Owl who was afraid of the dark". Following lots of science work on light sources and electricity we will be making shadow puppets to tell various parts of the story about Plop, the little owl.
Keep this date free: Thursday 22nd November
Let there be Light Party! 5 - 6 pm
(Kestrels and Kingfishers)
Then we will take on the big challenge of using all of our scientific knowledge to design and make an object which produces light. It won't be easy but we will have DT partner and we will work together to develop our perseverance skills!
Before we know it, Christmas will be getting closer so we will move onto the Christmas story and other religious festivals which involve light. Rehearsals will begin for our Christmas Production "Children around the world" so listen out for our songs and words coming home to learn!
PE in Kingfishers
This Term Kingfishers' will have PE on Mondays 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 ).
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