Spring Term – Castles, Beasts and Creatures
This term the children will be crossing lines between reality and fantasy when they go back in time to discover the Middle Ages. They will be learning about the Battle of Hastings and the purpose and development of castles. They will look at castles geographically and a trip to Warwick castle will enlighten them about the monarchy, social class and what life was like living in a castle. Children will compare modern day living to life in the Middle Ages and identify the role of the monarchy and how that has changed through time. We will also get creative when making Knights of The Round Table helmets. Classification of animals will bring us to investigate mythical creatures, with dragons being our focus. Children will find themselves presented with ‘real’ dragon eggs and they will create their own creatures, which will be used as stimulus for writing, alongside our key texts.
Year 2 concludes the children’s Key Stage 1 education and is taught by Miss Holdford and is supported by Miss Davis and Mr Messenger. We have paired classes in Key Stage 1, where Year 2 and Year 1 will have the opportunity to learn together. This gives Year 2 the chance to reinforce their understanding by supporting and guiding the Year 1 children. We enjoy shared history, art and design technology and English lessons, amongst others.
In Year 2 the children will be increasing their independence and they will take a more active role within the Infant site. They help with snack time, water bottles, playground equipment and many more jobs. These jobs are changed weekly so that everyone can have a chance.
Key class routines
Your child’s spelling folder is given to them on a Monday and they need to bring it back into school on Friday of the same week, for our spelling test.
Reading is a very important part of our learning and underpins everything that we do. It is therefore important that the children read at home as much as possible. Not only is it good for them to read independently but reading with an adult improves their fluency and understanding. Please write into the children’s reading diary when you have listened to them.
At the beginning of the year, I sent home a list of questions which you can use whilst reading with your child. These questions are examples of those used in guided reading and will challenge your child’s understanding; helping them to develop the skills needed to make connections and understand the texts at a deeper level.
Please contact me if you require new copies of these questions or if you would like more advice on supporting your child’s reading at home.
The days allocated for changing our reading books are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. However, your child can change a book early if they have finished it.
Learning Logs and MyMaths
Learning logs will be sent home every other week for your child to complete a task linked to the topic they have been given. In the week which your child does not bring their learning log home, they will have MyMaths homework.
All homework is given out on a Thursday and expected to be completed by the following Wednesday.
In the spring term, the children will visit the library on a Thursday. The children will change their book every other week, giving them two weeks to enjoy what they have chosen.
Our PE days are Monday and Tuesday.
The PE session on a Tuesday will be swimming until Easter.
The children will need to bring their swimming kit every Tuesday. They must have a swimming hat, appropriate swimwear, a towel and a pair of goggles (if a permission has been consented on School Gateway).
Long hair needs to be tied up. (Plaited is ideal as this makes it easier to put the swimming hats on).
Assessment in Year 2
At the end of Key Stage 1 the children will be sitting their SATs to benchmark where they are, ready for entering the Key Stage 2 phase of their education. The final judgement of where your child is at the end of Key Stage 1 does not rely solely on their SAT results, but on the teacher’s judgement of your child as a whole, including the learning they have seen throughout the year within the classroom.
Please contact me if you have any questions.