Welcome to Maple Class! I am excited to be on this learning journey with you. Please find below some useful information to help you with your learning, and email me if you have any questions.
Autumn first half term 2021
|1 06.09.21||Who are our neighbours? Where do we live? Field work skills to map where we live. What are the physical features of where we live? (Geography focus)|
|2 13.09.21||How do we help our local neighbours? Discuss how we help those near to us. How do we look after their pets? What are the basic needs of pets? Identify some pet animal names in French (Science/MFL focus)|
|3 20.09.21||What is it like where we live? Sketch the landscape, physical geographical features. Link to Harvest, patterns in the field/crops (Art/Geography focus)|
|4 27.09.21||What would it be like to be a neighbour in Alaska? Where is Alaska? Identify on a map. Compare and contrast human and physical geographical features (Geography focus)|
|5 04.10.21||What music would our Alaskan neighbours enjoy? Listen to a range of live and recorded music from Alaska. What instruments are being played? (Music focus)|
|6 11.10.21||How can we support polar bears? WWF UK have a wide variety of resources for schools available on their website, such as this series of classroom resources about the Arctic, Antarctica and the impact of climate change: https://www.wwf.org.uk/get-involved/schools/resources/ends-of-theearth|
|7 18.10.21||RE day RSE day 1 Computing Round up research.|
In Maple Class we will be working very hard on our speaking, listening, reading and writing. The first book we will be using to help us is called “Leaf” by Sandra Dieckmann.
We will also be sharing some Roald Dahl texts as our class readers, so if you have any at home it would be good to dig them out and have a look through them. Maybe you could start to read and share some Roald Dahl stories together?
If your child enjoys playing with Lego, you could sign up for free to subscribe to the Lego magazine by visiting https://www.lego.com/en-gb/life/magazine This is a great way to encourage your child to read and is always fun for them to receive post through the letter box.
To support our spelling skills we will be using Spelling Shed and Ed Shed both in class and at home. Please let me know if you need your child’s log in details sent home.
There are also some fun spelling activities you can try at home, by visiting https://readingeggs.co.uk/articles/2020/01/31/spelling-games/
Recommended Readers for Year 2
We love to read in Maple Class, and I am looking forward to hearing about all the different stories, poems and information books you have been reading. If you need some inspiration for reading, check out this recommended readers list for Year 2 children. Let me know if you find one you really love, you could even fill out a book review about it.
To begin with in the Autumn Term we will be looking in detail at Number and Place Value. Please find below the knowledge organiser that might help you support your child at home and to show you how we will be learning all about these areas of Maths. Talking to your child about the key vocabulary listed on the knowledge organiser, and ensuring they know what all the words mean, will be incredibly beneficial to their mathematical journey.
If you visit the third space learning site https://thirdspacelearning.com/blog/maths-games-ks1/ you will find lots of fun and practical games you can play at home to suport all areas of your child’s maths learning. Let me know if you find a really exciting and fun game we could play in class.
Maple Class will have PE on Monday and Thursday afternoons, so please ensure they come to school dressed in their PE kit with their school jumper if it’s a bit chilly. Can earrings also be removed for these PE days too, thank you.
We have a number of online resources that you can use at home to help your children.
Bug Club Reading
Information regarding your child’s Bug Club login details can be found inside their yellow reading diaries. Please visit www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login
This site allows children to practise their handwriting and spelling.
Refer to emailed school newsletters for log in details.
We use Purple Mash for teaching computing, but is also contains games sections for practising English & Maths at home. All children have their own individual log-in, which is printed inside their yellow reading diary if they cannot remember it.
PIXL Times Table App:
All Year 2 pupils have an individual log-in for the times table app – please speak to class teachers if they cannot remember this.
Apple App Store: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/pixl-times-tables/id1300608796
Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.matthewwoodfine.timestables&hl=en_GB
This site has some good games and activities in the “Free phonics play” section to help your child practise phonics and tricky words we have been learning in class.