Miss Ashton, Mrs Brentnall,
Mrs Olson & Mrs Wright
welcome you to
What Happened During
The Great Fire of London?
Welcome to the first term of year 2!
Our topic this term is Fire! Fire! We will be learning all about The Great Fire of London. We have been thinking about what we already know and what we would like to find out about throughout the term. We will be starting the topic off with some biscuit baking (watch out Paul Hollywood) and will be visiting the local Fire Station. To help us to complete our home learning display, we would love you to create a piece of homework on this topic. You can be as creative as you like for example, a leaflet, a letter or a model of pudding lane.
We look forward to seeing your creations!
Fire Safety Talk
As part of our topic we were visited by a member of our local Fire Service who carried out an assembly all about fire safety. We found out about the special protective clothing that the fire service wear as well as the important equipment that they use to help fight a fire or rescue people and animals. We talked about the dangers of fire and what we should do in an emergency. We spoke about using our emergency number 999 as well as using the ‘Stop, Drop and Roll’ method.
At Westmeads, we recognise the importance of promoting a love of reading, this is why we have opted for a no homework policy with a focus solely on reading everyday. We therefore will be checking reading records daily to see that children are reading at home and to check for comments. In Year 2, children are responsible for changing their reading books to help promote independence as well as support individual preferences. In Green Class we encourage children to do this first thing in the morning before putting their home reading book in the correct basket.
Over the first term we will be reminding ourselves of basic sentence structures as well as focusing on our handwriting and presentation of work. Based on our topic of the Great Fire of London we will be creating our own factfiles as well as writing diary entries from the viewpoint of Samuel Pepys.
When Samuel Pepys came to visit...
In maths this term we will be recapping what we learnt in Year 1 focusing on place value. We will be looking at tens and ones using a range of manipulatives including numicon, counters and dienes. The children will practise these skills whilst developing their reasoning and problem solving.
This term we will be continuing with our swimming lessons which will be on a Friday morning. We thank you for your support in walking to and from Whitstable swimming pool. Our other P.E topic this term is tag rugby where will be developing our catching, throwing and team work skills.
Visit from Roger Dengate
We were very lucky this term to have had a visit from Whitstable Rugby Club coach, Roger Dengate, who spent time coaching and teaching us the rules of Tag Rugbby. We learnt how to pass the ball, how to use the tag waist bands and a very vital rule...that the referee's word is final! We had great fun and many of the children were interested in attending the club.
Teacher of the Week
In year 2, each child has the opportunity to teach their classmates about something that interests them. They will be given a 10 minute slot to talk about a subject that interests them, this can be a hobby, a club they belong to, or a topic that interests them. Teacher of the week is a great opportunity for the teachers and children to get to know each other better as well as help to develop and promote speaking and listening skills. Teacher of the Week will commence soon and every child will have the chance to participate over the course of the year.