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…… Castles, Knights, Princesses and Dragons
In our history lessons we will be asking some key question:
George and the dragon – Who was Saint George? What has he got to do with our School’s name?
King Arthur – Fact or fiction?
Castles – What are castles? Why were they built on hills? What features do they have?
Guy Fawkes – Who is he? Why is he remembered?
Dinosaurs – When were they alive? What happened to them?
During our English lessons we will be reading these core texts:
Poetry: Tell Me a Dragon (Jackie Morris)
Fiction: George & the Dragon (Chris Wormell)
Non Fiction: Penguins (Emily Bone)
We will be thinking about these key ideas
What makes a good story? What types of story do you like best? Why?
What do ‘characters, setting and plot’ mean?
What is an author? Do you have a favourite author?
Do you have a favourite book? What makes a good book review?
What is rhyming?
How can I present information on a fact sheet?
Our Science lessons will have an Animal Focus and we will be answering some of these key ideas:
Plants: what is a plant? / naming parts of a plant / link Autumn, plants, seeds & harvest
-seasons: why do trees lose their leaves?
Animals: Why are senses important? What are our senses? Name sense body parts.
-did dinosaurs have similar senses?
-simple food chains
Materials: in context of castles
-what materials were castles made from? Why?
-what materials are homes today made from
Our DT lessons will involve lots of skills:
Mechanisms: Wind up castle draw bridge
Moving dragon puppet
Structures: Castle building / Coffee Afternoon games
Throughout the term we will have lots of Art opportunities
Drawing & Painting: Fruit using chalk pastels / self-portraits using watercolors / dinosaur or dragon paintings. Consider colour, line, shape & space
Sculpture: castle building / junk modelling
Artist: Paul Cezanne, Christmas card
Our ICT sessions will cover the following topics:
Programming, multi-media, Data handling , Technology in our lives, E-safety
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’. 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 prizes!