Welcome back to the Autumn Term in Bee 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 Thursday and Mrs Marriage will be teaching the children on Fridays. Mrs Fisher will be supporting us in class every morning and Mrs Walker will also be helping in class a couple of afternoons a week.
Our overall topic for this term is called ‘Journeys’. 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 the first moon landing and finding out about space travel. We will also be looking at air and land journeys too which will lead us into learning about ‘The Railway Children’ in advance of our whole school trip later this half term.
We have a ‘Work to Bee Proud of’ board in class 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 useful 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 Monday 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 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.
Susan Harley and Isabel Marriage
We will aim to update our class page regularly with pictures of our work or activities so do keep a look out on our webpage.