Silver Birch Class - Year 2
Welcome to Class Silver Birch!
Welcome to Year 2 and Silver Birch and Magnolia Classes. We have lots of great things to learn this year and are excited to welcome you back to school.
Please make sure your child has the following things in school:
- an A4 plastic wallet for reading books/reading record
- a bookbag (please no rucksacks as our cloakrooms are small)
- a PE bag with black pumps inside (this will stay at school)
- a water bottle
- a fruit snack
Please can children come into school in their PE kits on Monday and Wednesday each week. They will need a red PE top, blue tracksuit bottoms (not leggings) and trainers.
Just like in Year 1, our Year 2 classes work with all staff members and move to different rooms to make sure that the learning supports your child in the best way possible.
Our Year 2 staff are:
Mrs Eastham (Silver Birch Class teacher)
Mrs Bowman (Silver Birch Class Teacher)
Mrs Salkeld (Magnolia Class teacher)
Mrs Clarke (Silver Birch Teaching Assistant)
Mrs McLoughlin (Magnolia AM Teaching Assistant)
Mr Buxton (Magnolia PM Teaching Assistant)
Miss Fazal (Silver Birch AM Teaching Assistant)
Mrs Bolland (Magnolia AM Teaching Assistant)
You might also have the following teachers to support your learning during planning times:
Mrs Dykes (Magnolia Class Teacher)
Mrs Houghton (Silver Birch Class Teacher)
Things to do with your child
Due to covid we are still working hard to ensure your child has a full understanding of key skills. You can help us by doing the following every week:
- reading at least 10 minutes, 5 times a week (this can be school reading books, online books on BugClub or books at home, please log this in school reading record so your child can earn prizes and feel encouraged by the work they’re doing)
- practise and learn spellings
- complete and return homework tasks
We will update this list throughout the year as more appropriate tasks become relevant.
Year 2 Meet The Teacher
Our Autumn Curriculum
We have lots of rewards available for children to earn for behaviour and effort as well as brilliant work!
English - Our first topic will be reading the story The Way Home for Wolf and recapping various writing skills based upon the story. We will then look at letter writing through The Jolly Postman book and end the half term reading and writing poetry based on fireworks. After half term, we will read traditional tales with a twist including The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! and many others. We will end the term by learning how to read and write instructions and creating our own finger puppets based on twisted traditional tales.
Maths – During our first term we will be focussing on key skills to ensure a good understanding of maths vocabulary and methods. We will start with place value and simple addition and subtraction before moving onto understanding shape, multiplication and fractions. We will use different contexts to support your child’s learning including measurement (length, weight, capacity), money, time and statistics.
Science – In the first half term, we will be looking at the human life cycle and how we grow. After half term, we will learn how we keep ourselves fit and healthy to support our bodies.
Topic – We start the year by studying Geography and learn about our school. We will use maps to support our understanding of the buildings and grounds and learn how to read and make them.
After half term, we will change to a History unit and learn about the importance of Florence Nightingale and the changes she made to nursing. We will take this up to present day and look at the NHS now and how important it is to us, especially over the last few years.
Art – We will learn about how important line, paint and texture is when making artwork. To show this we will sue the artist Chaissac as inspiration for our own art. After half term, we will learn different methods of simple printing and how we can use printing to add texture.
Design and Technology – Towards the end of the term we will look at how to design and build a moving vehicle. We will take inspiration from the season and creative a festive treat.
Music – To the start the term off, we will learn how to use our ears to listen carefully using natural sounds and important vocabulary to describe what we can hear. Then we will practise our singing and learn a variety of songs that hopefully we will be able to perform for you.
PSHE – As it is the start of a new year we will begin with the SEAL topic New Beginnings. In this we will think about how it feels to start a new school year and what we want to achieve during it. After the half term, we then look at Living in the Wider World and how we can be active in the world for the better.
RE – We are learning all about the Christian faith this term and asking the focus question- Does how we treat the world matter? We will look at things we can do to make our world a better place and how Christian beliefs line up with this. We will then look at the Christmas story and why Christians celebrate this important time of the year.
Computing – We will be going to the computer suite once a week and learning key skills to use the computers easily. We then will learn about email and how to safely contact others using the internet. Each half term we will have a week outside of the computer suite to learn about e-safety and how to be safe and look after each other while using the internet.