I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and welcome you and your child to Class Two. It promises to be a wonderful year and I am really excited about the topics we are going to be studying and the learning journey that your children and I are going to share together. As a teacher, I believe my role is to encourage children to see learning as fun, to see it as something they own, something that they are free to explore and enjoy, without fear of making mistakes. Good learning enables them to develop their independence and social skills and sets them up for their future lives – Mr Hookes.
This term, we will be thinking about the theme of conflict and harmony. Here is a flavour of what’s in store:
In literacy, we will look at various story books where this theme is central to the storyline, focusing particularly on how we should consider other peoples’ feelings and resolve conflicts peacefully. I have selected four key texts for this purpose – Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper, Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch, Desmond and the Very Mean word by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Abrams and Peace Week in Mrs Fox’s Class by Eileen Spinelli and Anne Kennedy.
In maths, we will have two units to focus on in this term, namely Place Value and Addition and Subtraction. The children must be able to count up to at least a hundred in support of this and they should be able to skip count in twos and fives already. We will extend this to threes as well during this unit. They do need to be able to do this from any number, so home time practise at the dinner table or just before bed will bolster this learning. In Year 2, we begin to add three single digit numbers and two 2-digit numbers and to understand the relationship between subtraction and addition.
In geography, we will look at the union of countries that make up our fabulous Kingdom. Children will learn about the capital cities of each country and their positions on the map. They will also develop their use of compass directions throughout this unit.
In science, we will be looking at animals, identifying that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describing how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other. We will also look at how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food. Our class reader, The Hodgeheg by Dick King-Smith will be read in conjunction with this unit.
In art, design and technology, we will look be creating some Mondrian style art and looking at other artists whose work is mainly pattern based.
In PE we will be developing our hand-eye co-ordination and evasion skills through tag rugby. Our slot for this is Tuesday Morning first thing. The children will also be swimming every Thursay, so please make sure they have their kit in school for both activities.
In RE we will explore some of the stories and symbols associated with Christianity and Judaism and how being part of a faith gives people a sense of peace and belonging and how tolerance of all religions and faiths allows us to live in a harmonious society.
We aim to hear your children read as often as possible. As you can appreciate, your children are at an important stage of their reading development and there is no such thing as too often. Reading with your children at home is essential, but any in-school support that can be offered would be gratefully received (you must be CRB approved). Please come and see me if you can offer your services.
I look forward to getting to know you and your child over the coming year and if you ever need to speak with me, my door is always open.