Mr Wraight and Mrs McGrath
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! and we are asking the question 'What happened during the Great Fire of London. We have been thinking about what we already know and what we want to find out throughout the term. We will be starting the topic off with some biscuit baking (watch out Paul Hollywood!) and we hope to visit 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!
A visit from Samuel Pepys.....24.9.18
This week in English we are writing diary entries in the role of Samuel Pepys. To inspire us, we had a visit today from the man himself (or was it? - he looks a lot like someone else we know!! )
He told us all about what it was like to be around during the Great Fire and read some of his diary to us. We asked him questions about the houses that were damaged and we also wanted to find out if he really did bury his cheese to stop it from burning in the fire...well apparently he actually did do this!
We cannot wait to write our diary entries later this week and are looking forward to writing them on old parchment (well actually it is just tea stained paper - which we had great fun making this afternoon!)
Take a look at what we have been doing today...
Tag Rugby with Roger Dengate - 20.9.18
Today, we had a visit from Whitstable Rugby Club coach Roger Dengate who spent time with us coaching us and teaching us the rules of Tag Rugby. We learned how to pass the ball, the referee's word is final and how to use the tags. It was great fun and we cannot wait to practise our new found skills in future PE lessons.
Take a look at us in action below...
Fire Safety Talk - 18.09.18
As part of our Fire! Fire! topic, we were visited today by a member of the 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 should the unlikely event of catching on fire occur. Max was also luck enough to get to dress up as a firefighter - check it out in the pictures below...
This term we are familiarising ourselves with the tablets and beginning to learn how to code to create games and how to 'debug' code. We have enjoyed reminding ourselves how to log in and shut down the tablets correctly and cannot wait to learn more about how to code to create our very own game. Take a look at us working together to try and work out the code required for the 'angry birds' game.
Teacher of the Week
In year 2, each child has the opportunity to be the 'teacher'. This activity provides each child with the opportunity to teach their classmates about something that interests them. They will be allowed to talk to their classmates, during a 10 minute slot, on a subject of their choice – a hobby, e.g. gardening; a particular interest, e.g. space, dinosaurs, birds; a club they belong to, e.g. Rainbows/Beavers; or a sport – and their classmates will have the chance to ask them questions at the end of their session. This is intended to be a fun, independent activity which will develop the children’s speaking and listening skills as well as their confidence. It is also a lovely opportunity for the teachers and children to get to know each other better. Teacher of the Week will commence soon and every child will have the chance to participate over the course of the year.
In Year 2 we ask the children to select their reading book and independently write the title into their Reading Record; the children have made a great effort so far and we will continue to support them in their choice and ensure that their reading skills continue to develop as the year progresses. Within each band there is a range and variety of text types to encourage children to make choices according to their own preferences in reading. To support them in this, we will be reading with the children both independently and in group guided reading sessions. Guided reading is a relaxed and enjoyable time providing an opportunity to develop particular reading skills and allows the children to discuss what they have read and share their ideas and opinions with an adult and with their peers.
Please sign the Reading Record if you have read with your child indicating where they got to and whether the book has been finished. Feel free to add any comments about your child’s reading you feel appropriate, as these are always helpful. If your child is not enjoying their reading book, do not feel they have to finish it! As well as developing confident readers, we want to promote a love of reading so we are happy for the children to choose a different book if they want to.
As well as having a reading scheme book the children will also bring home a library book once a week. We will let you know our library days as soon as they have been decided.
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 (resources) including Numicon, counters and dienes. The children will practise these skills whilst developing their reasoning and problem solving.
Over the first term we will be reminding ourselves of basic sentence structures as well as focusing on our handwriting and presentation of work. So far all the children can remember that a sentence must start with a capital letter and end with a full stop. They are also using adjectives to add description to their writing.
Based on our topic of the Great Fire of London we will be creating our own fact files as well as writing diary entries from the viewpoint of Samuel Pepys.
We have recapped all of the spelling rules we learned in Year 1 and are looking forward to becoming spelling detectives again as we find out some more! We will also be launching our new weekly spelling challenge (Big Spell Beat the Bell)…so watch this space!
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. We are also being supported by Mr Dickinson our sports apprentice in our PE lessons this year - we cannot wait to learn some new skills from him as well as Mr Wraight
We are extremely lucky to continue to have specialists to work with the children in more creative ways: this term, Mrs Brentnall is teaching art to Red Class. The children will benefit from this expertise on Friday afternoons when they will be actively engaged in these innovative lessons based on colour mixing warm and cold colours.
We will have recorder lessons with Mrs Diamond on Tuesdays during terms 1, 2, 3 and 4.