Silver Birch Class - Year 2
Welcome to Class Silver Birch!
Welcome to Year 2 and Silver Birch and Magnolia Classes. We hope you have had a lovely Christmas 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
During our Spring term we will be learning how to play the recorder. Below is some helpful information to support your child practising at home. This includes the notes we have learnt in class and how to play the notes on the recorder. We will also put 1 piece of sheet music on per week for the children to practise at home. Feel free to send us videos of your child practising at home on ClassDojo.
Homework - Mini-beast project
Our Spring 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 a variety of Jonny Duddle stories and write our own pirate stories. We will then use our knowledge about pirates to write a non-chronological report about them. After the half term break we will look at persuasive writing and create a poster to encourage people to join our own pirate crew. We will move onto writing instructions and look at how to make a bottle rocket. Finally, we will end the term reading poetry and creating our own explorers poem about the wild.
Maths – This term we will be revisiting many key skills including place value, addition and subtraction. We will also be developing new skills about fractions, money, time, position and shape.
Science – In the first half term, we will be looking at materials and testing the best materials to use in different situations. After the half term break we will study plants and how they grow.
Topic – We start the year by studying Geography and learn about an area in Asia. We have created a link last term with a school in India and we will explore the area that school is in. We will then compare that area to what we learnt about our local area last term.
After half term, we will change to a History unit and learn about the history of schools. We will explore key points in education and how they have changed to make school the way it is today. We will learn what school was like for children in different eras and see if the children would like to be in school then or now.
Art – We will learn about how to create art on textiles and design our own pirate flag. We will use a variety of natural materials to dye and see what colours we can make. Next half term we will look at watercolour painting and use Van Gogh as inspiration to create to flower artwork.
Design and Technology – Towards the end of the term we will look at fresh food and how to safely prepare vegetables. The children will try a variety of salad items and then choose their favourite to make their own salad.
Music – To the start the term off, we will be using the terminology we have learnt to explore a variety of different types of music. We will explore how to compose our own music pieces using both tuned and untuned percussion instruments. After half term we will start to learn how to play the recorder as a class.
PSHE – This half term we will complete work from the SEAL topic Getting On and Falling Out where we will learn how to be good friends and how to cope with times when we don’t get on with people. After the half term, we then look at our relationships with people and how we fit together as a family and in society.
RE – We are learning about the Islamic faith this half term and asking the focus question- Why do Muslims believe it is important to obey God? We will then look at the Christian faith and discuss what unites the Christian community.
Computing – We will be going to the computer suite once a week and learning key skills to use the computers easily. We will start by learning some basic programming on the scratch software. After half term we will learn how to take digital photographs and edit them.
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.
PE – In outdoor PE we will be learning how to play team games focussing on rounders. During indoor PE we will be developing our dance skills and learning a pirate dance.