Welcome to Class 2
Welcome to our class! In Class 2 we teach children in Years 1 and Years 2 and follow what is known as Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum. We continue to build on the phonics learned in Class 1. We also use many different reading schemes to develop our reading skills – focusing on comprehension and understanding of our books, whilst continuing to develop fluency and expression. You can learn more about the Key Stage 1 national curriculum on our National Curriculum page.
On this page you will find useful information about your time in Class 2 including our Topic of the Term, information about home learning and links to our Key Instant Recall Facts. If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs Turner, the Class 2 teacher.
Topic of the Term
This term our topic is ‘Near and Far’ and our learning will be based around the following key questions:
- Where are we in the world? What continent do we live in?
- What country do we live in? What part of our country do we live in?
- Can you name some famous British landmarks; some typically British plants and animals and a typical British meal?
- Where in the world is Australia? What continent is it in?
- How does Australia compare and contrast with the UK?
- Can you name some famous Australian landmarks; some typically Australian plants and animals and a typical Australian meal?
- What historical connections do we have with Australia?
- Why is the Union Jack part of the Australian flag?
- Who are the Aborigines and why are they important?
- What is distinctive about their art and music?
- Who is Amy Johnson and why is she remembered?
This term our ‘Spotlight’ will be to find and share some simple facts about something Australian, such as an animal, a plant, a place or a person.
Home learning in Class 2
Reading. Children in Class 2 are encouraged to select books independently to bring home and read with you. Please hear them read as often as you can! Ask them lots of questions about what they are reading, check their understanding and help them think about what they are reading in different ways. See if they can summarise the book or think about what they like and don’t like about the story. Lots of questioning about their reading is vital for the development of good comprehension skills.
Spelling. Children will bring weekly spellings home to learn on a Thursday, to be tested the following Thursday. In Class 2 we work through Phases 2 – 5 of Letters and Sounds, then move on to the ‘Next 200’ word list. These ‘Phases’ contain a mixture of decodable and tricky words. They are the most frequently used 100 words and need to be learnt as soon as possible! There is also a Year 1 ‘Common Exception Word’ list, and a Year 2 ‘Common Exception Word’ list. These are words that occur frequently, but whose grapheme-phoneme correspondences have not yet been taught. Again, these need to be learnt as quickly as possible, so children can confidently use them in their writing. We then move on to more formal spelling strategies, aiming to teach children the knowledge they need to accurately add prefixes and suffixes to a wide range of words. Accurate use of spellings and sensible spelling choices for unknown words are the ultimate goal of all the children’s work on their spellings.
Key Instant Recall Facts(KIRFs)
Each half term we will send home a sheet of Key Instant Recall Facts which we would like you to practice. The objective is for children to know and be able to recall, instantly, the numeracy facts on the sheet. The facts can be practised in many ways – the key to success is practising a little and often – walking to school, in a car journey, over dinner time? Have a look at our suggestions for fun games to help you practice and learn the facts.
Click here to download the Year 1 Autumn 1 Key Instant Recall Fact Sheet
Click here to download the Year 1 Spring 1 Key Instant Recall Fact Sheet
Click here to download the Year 2Autumn 1 Key Instant Recall Fact Sheet
Click here to download the Year 2 Spring 1 Key Instant Recall Fact Sheet
During your child’s time in Class 2 they will have the opportunity to do a class ‘Spotlight’, usually related in some way to our topic. It encourages the children to do some independent home learning and gives them the chance to talk in front of an audience. It is a speaking and listening session for the whole class, giving the speaker time to share what they have found out and the listeners the chance to ask relevant questions. It is usually a favourite activity, which progresses though each class and culminates in a Year 6 ‘Spotlight’, presented to the whole school……by this time it has usually become a very impressive and interactive presentation, including the use of technology, competition and sweets!
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