What beautiful weather we have had over half term. We hope the children enjoyed a very well-earned rest after all their hard work in April and May. We can’t believe that we are now starting Summer Term 2! This is a jam-packed term at Kimble and this year it seems even more so for our Year Two children.
We start back with our trip on the first day of term to kick off our Science topic ‘Living Things and Habitats’ with a real ‘Wow!’ day out, searching for mini-beasts in the beautiful natural environment of College Lake. Our literacy will initially be based on this trip, writing recounts and letters, before we begin storytelling ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and writing playscripts and stories. Maths will focus on honing our mental-maths fluency and revisiting the four main operations, 3d shapes, measurement and problem solving. In RE, we will discuss “What do you like to do at the weekend?’.
A full breakdown of this term’s learning can be found below on the attached topic web.
Our class teachers are Mrs Holman and Mrs Roberts. Mrs Roberts will be teaching Monday to Wednesday and Mrs Holman from Wednesday to Friday. Mrs Jeffries, the Year 2 teaching assistant, is in school Monday to Friday.
At Great Kimble School, we are always looking for ways to improve our teaching and learning. As a staff team, we are focusing on asking more open-ended questions that don’t ‘lead’ the children or always elicit a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response. We would love you to try and support your child at home in this too! Below are some questions that could help:
‘How did you get to that answer?’
‘Can you give me an example?’
‘Can you explain that to me?’
‘Can you draw it/write it for me?’
‘Is there another way you could do that?’
‘What have you found out?’
‘Can you tell me two things that you know already about….?’
‘What else would you like to know about…?’
In addition to Phase 5 and 6 Phonics, children in Year 2 have a list of common exception words that they are required to know how to read and spell by the end of the academic year.Please try to support your child at home with learning these. Thank you.
The common exception words are:
after, again, any, bath, beautiful, because, behind, both, break, busy, child, children, Christmas, class, climb, clothes, cold, could, door, even, every, everybody, fast, father, find, floor, grass, great, gold, half, hold, hour, improve, kind, last, many, mind, money, Mr, Mrs, most, move, old, only, parents, pass, past, path, people, plant, poor, pretty, prove, should, steak, sugar, sure, told, water, who, whole, would, wild.
Our school day starts at 8.50 am. Please ensure that your child is in the classroom by this time for registration. Children arriving after this time will be marked in the register as late.
Please try to hear your child read every day. In addition to ensuring they are reading the words correctly, you will help your child enormously if you can ask them questions about the meaning of what they have just read, to check their understanding of particular words or phrases.
Spellings: your child will have a spelling test every Friday: please help your child to learn their spellings over the course of the week and if possible, use the spelling words in context: eg, if they have to learn ‘cloudy’, ask them to write a sentence such as ‘The sky was very cloudy yesterday’. It will help them to use words in the correct context, particularly homophones such as ‘there’/’their’ and ‘here’/ ‘hear’ and ‘pair’/ ‘pear’, etc.
We will be going to Smokey Row on Mondays. Please ensure your child has NAMED wellingtons in school on this day and a suitable coat: we will be going even in inclement weather!
Homework is set every Friday and is due in the following Thursday. Please check your child’s book bag for their homework slips and try to remind your child to put their homework in the tray once they have completed it. Thank you.
Our PE days are Tuesday and Friday this term, please make sure your child has a NAMED PE kit in school on those days.
Mrs Roberts, Mrs Holman and Mrs Jeffries.