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Mawgan-in-Pydar Primary School

Class 2

Mrs Christie Ley

Class Teacher

Mrs Lisa Howes

Class Teacher

Mrs Susan Hutchings

Teaching Assistant

WELCOME TO CLASS 2
 
Class 2 consists  of Year 1 and Year 2 children.
 
Our aim is to ensure that every child feels that they are part of a caring class. A class in which they feel confident enough to try new things without fear of failure. A class in which everybody has something to offer. Our aspiration is that the children in Class 2 will become self-motivated learners through a varied and exciting curriculum. Parental help is always welcome in Class 2, whether to discuss their child's progress or to help on educational visits.
 
We want Class 2 children to enjoy school and to look forward to the opportunities each new day offers.
 
Key Timings:
PE - Wednesday afternoons.
Homework - Year 2 and Year 1 homework grid to be sent home at the start of the term.
Club 99 - Every Wednesday
Spellings - Issued on Mondays and tested on Fridays. Please practise at home to help your child develop vocabulary and spelling. 
 
Your child will need to read to an adult at home and have their Reading Record signed daily. Any notes from staff will also go in the Reading Record so it is worth checking daily.
 
If you have any queries or questions, please come and ask a member of the class 2 team. We are more than happy to help. Alternatively we are happy to make appointments for the end of the school day if you'd like more time to discuss your child.
Our Topic - Autumn Term First Half
 
Big cats, small rats, tiny fleas and buzzing bees!
 
This half term, we’re going to discover that animals come in all shapes and sizes! Meeting an animal expert will allow us to ask and answer questions, share information about the pets we have at home and write animal information booklets. We’ll study animal artwork, draw detailed animal pictures to capture their special features and make collages, sculptures and prints. Famous animal fables will make us laugh, and we will have fun reading them aloud. We’ll spot similarities and differences between animals, look at different habitats around the world and investigate camouflage. Designing a zoo is even on the agenda! At the end of our project, we’ll share our work with you! An exhibition of our amazing artwork and performances of animal songs, with musical accompaniment, will allow you to take a walk on the wild side with us. We will also share our knowledge of animals and recite amusing rhymes that may include an animal noise or two!
 
 
ILP focus Art & design      
English Recounts, fables, booklets, lists, instructions, nursery rhymes and poems
Art & design Art appreciation, drawing, collage, model making, painting, sculpture, animal masks
Computing  Retrieving images, photography, using presentation software
D&T  Designing labels, designing and making animal enclosures 
Geography  Using and making maps, describing physical features 
Music  Animal songs 
PE  Animal movement and dance  
PSHE  Caring for animals
Science Animals including humans
 
 
Help your child prepare for their project Animals are amazing! Why not take photos of a favourite pet together and describe their habits, likes and dislikes? You could also put bird food in the garden and visit a local park or nature reserve for a spot of bird watching. Make a note of their markings and features then use a simple spotting book or app to identify different species. Alternatively, visiting the local pet shop or petting zoo would allow you to observe a wide range of different animals.
 
Class 2 Home School Link - Class toy
 
Our class toy is Marmaduke the very different dragon. At the end of each week he will pick a child to go home with who has worked hard on being a superstar, both with their work and general manners. We have already shared the story with your child; you might like to share it with them at home as well or your child might like to read it to you. It would be lovely if you or your child could write a little diary entry with a picture or drawing so we can share their experiences with the class.

PHONICS

In class 2 we will continue to follow the systematic approach to phonics called Read, Write Inc.
 
We will recap the learning from the Foundation Stage and Year 1 along with the special actions that we add with the sounds to make learning enjoyable. 
 
It is always helpful to practice what we are learning at school, but if you feel you are a little unsure on how to pronounce the sounds here is a clip from the RWInc site which will help you.

 
 

Below are the Year 1 and Year 2 spelling lists and an overview of the spelling rules/sounds to be taught for each wordlist. At Mawgan-in-Pydar, we follow the 'Shakespeare and More' spelling scheme. The spelling overview explains how this scheme works.

In line with the National Curriculum, these spellings will be taught through daily activities and investigations. There are lots of fun ways to practise these words, to help children remember the spelling sounds and rules. As an additional learning task, please practise these spellings at home. Please note, any additional learning you do at home will support your child’s learning at school.