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 Rinvolucri, the Class 2 teacher.
Topic of the Term…..
What does it mean to be an explorer? Why are explorers remembered? Do you have to be famous to be an explorer? Can you name any famous explorers? What sorts of things do people like to explore? Are some things more important than others to explore? Why? Can you name the continents and oceans of the world? Why would polar exploration be difficult? Can you find some information about Robert Scott, Neil Armstrong, Tim Peake
- What ‘things’ do people like to explore?
- Why are Robert Scott & Neil Armstrong remembered?
- Have there been recent discoveries in these areas?
- Who is Tim Peake and why is he famous?
Polar exploration – how did the climate & weather make Scott’s journey dangerous? Do polar areas have the same seasons as the UK?
Poetry: We will be creating our own poems based around two different poems about journeys called The Train Ride by June Crebbin and On The Road by Susan Steggall-Length.
Fiction: We will use ‘Fatou Fetch the Water’ to inspire our own journey story.
Non Fiction: ‘How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth’ as a model text to create our own instructions.
SCIENCE: Materials Focus
Materials: distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made / Identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock / describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials.
- Does ice melt at different speeds in different places?
- Which material will keep Izzy Ice-cube frozen the longest?
ART – Drawing & Painting:
Easter card / Mother’s Day card. Explore colours – Kandinsky
DT – Cooking:
Chocolate cornflake cakes (materials) linking in to our science reversible materials.
We will explore ‘Timbre and Dynamics’.
PSHE –SEAL: Going For Goals and Good To Be Me
R.E. Year 1 – Celebrations across religions including Christianity.
Year 2 –Leaders and teachers in different religions including Christianity.
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!