Welcome to the Bees Class!
We have had a busy start to the term and the children have been settling in to life in Year 2 and helping to decide our class ‘ethos’. They have all been very helpful and hard working so far. We are looking forward to having a happy and productive year!
Mrs Harley will be teaching your children all day on Monday to Wednesday and Mrs Fouche will be teaching the children on Thursdays and Fridays. Mrs Fisher will be supporting us in class every morning and Mrs Walker and Miss Arbon will also be helping in class a couple of afternoons a week.
Our overall topic for this term is called ‘Heroes and Heroines’. We will be using this to learn about real life events, people and inventions which have impacted on the lives we live today. We shall begin the term looking at Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole and finding out about Nursing in Victorian times. We will also be learning about Harvest time and Remembrance prior to preparing for our Nativity in the build up to Christmas.
We have a ‘Work to Bee Proud of’ board and we will encourage the children to share and display work and achievements they are proud of. This could be work done at school or at home so please let us know if there is anything we can celebrate.
You may have heard from your child about ‘Bobby’ and ‘Beatrice’ who are very friendly Bees. Bobby and Beatrice choose two children to take them home each weekend. The children chosen have shown that they have worked well towards our class targets. The children can just enjoy having a little friend home for the weekend, but often they enjoy writing stories, taking photographs and making booklets – so no pressure!
The most important form of homework this term will be daily reading at home. You will already be familiar with how the reading scheme works. We would also like you to take the time to look at spelling patterns in books, the use of punctuation and grammar and how that could help your child as a reader and writer. It is very important to discuss the books the children are reading so that they can develop their comprehension skills and start to notice the differences between fiction and non-fiction books. We would also like to encourage the children to write book reviews about books they have enjoyed – or even ones they haven’t enjoyed. Lots of practice on Mathletics is really useful too!
In the spring term we will give the children English and Maths tasks to complete each week. The children usually really enjoy doing these activities and they support the work we are doing in class. We will give you more information about this after Christmas.
PE kits can be left in school. The children will have an extended session of PE on a Wednesday afternoon. They will also have regular ‘Wake and Shake’ activities each day to keep them active.
As part of our computing curriculum, we teach the children the basics of e-safety. In Year Two the children will be thinking about how to stay safe online. If you would like any further advice about any aspects of e-safety there is a recommended website which has age related advice.
We have allocated the children an opportunity to share something of interest every other week. This ensures that every child will have a regular opportunity to ‘show and tell’. If possible encourage your child to choose something related to our termly topic to bring in to share.
We are all looking forward to an exciting term and we hope your child will be happy too. If you ever have a concern, worry or question then please do not hesitate to contact us via the office or catch us in the playground after school.
Thank you for your continuing support.
Mrs Harley, Mrs Fouche and Mrs Fisher