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 a Wonderful World
- Why is the Earth a special planet?
- How is it different from other planets in our solar system?
- What is the ‘water cycle’ and how does it work?
- What and where is the world’s highest mountain, longest river, deepest ocean and biggest waterfall?
- Are plants and trees important? Why?
- What do plants need to grow well?
- Can you name the parts of a plant and explain what job they do?
- How many plants and trees can you name in your local environment?
- What are minibeasts? Are they important? Why?
- What is a habitat? What habitats are there around school and in our local environment?
- Life-cycles: how do living things grow and change?
- What are ‘food chains’ and why are they important?
- Do we need to look after the Earth? Why? What can we do?
- We will make 3D minibeasts
- We will create paintings in the style of Monet.
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!