Year 2 St Bernadette Class Page
Welcome to St Bernadette’s Class Page. Mrs Churchill is the Class Teacher and Mrs Nurse is the Teaching Assistant.
Our curriculum information for this half-term is:
PE is on a Monday and children require full PE kit (t-shirt, shorts and pumps/trainers). Children are not permitted to wear school uniform or school shoes for PE. Earrings must be removed or covered before coming to school.
Spelling tests will take place on a Thursday and will be done within the children’s phonics groups. Please ensure spelling books are in school on a Thursday. Spelling books with new spellings will be sent home on a Friday.
Children will be reading in a guided reading group once a week with the class teacher. The day of the reading group may vary due to teaching capacity so children’s books will not be changed on a set day, although it will be weekly. Therefore it is important that their book bag, book and home reading record are bought into school every day.
The children have all settled in really well to Year 2 and are producing some fantastic work. We have been very busy in English learning the story of The Three Little Pigs. The children have written a retell of their story and as they know it so well they have also been able to innovate (change) their story and invent (create) a new story of their own. In maths we have focused on the crucial topic of place value and developing the children’s understanding of the value of tens and ones in a number. Some of the children have even moved on to hundreds and thousands! We have also been practising counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. Please continue to practise this skill at home with your child.
In History we have been learning about the important historical event of the Great Fire of London. We also created our own Great Fire of London pictures in art. Ask your child to tell you all about it.
Our RE lessons have focused on the stories of Noah’s Ark, Abraham and Isaac and Jonah and the Whale. I have seen some fantastic role play and read some very reflective pieces of writing.
What a busy week it has been! I am very proud of how hard the children are working and they are very proud of their achievements too. A big thank you to parents/carers for ensuring book bags have been in school every day, it is essential when doing guided reading as we can then review the book that the children took home and issue a new book. Books have also been allocated to every child on bug club and password reminder letters were given out last week. Please come and see me if you still need your child’s bug club log in.
During our English lessons this week, we have been learning a new story called The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. We have spent this week learning the story using a story map; complete with actions, and the children have written a retell of the story. I have uploaded a copy of the story map so please ask your child to read it to you like they do at school, I know you will enjoy it. Next week we will be innovating the story. Our Maths lessons have required the children to complete activities that involve counting forwards and backwards in 10’s and 3’s. The children have completed missing number sequences and solved problems using their knowledge. They have also begun completing mental maths tests 3 times a week and they are really enjoying the challenge. I have been really impressed with how quick they have become at answering the questions in the space of one week.
We carried out an experiment in science whereby the children had to test a range of materials to see which would be the most suitable to use to make a roof for a house for The Three Little Pigs. The experiment provoked lots of discussion among the children using scientific vocabulary.
The children have heard the story of David and Goliath in RE. They thought about the talents and qualities that David had and reflected upon what talents and qualities they have and what makes them special.
In Computing the children have been doing some coding and in History they have continued to learn about the Great Fire of London, this time focusing on the importance of Samuel Pepys and his diary.
This week the children have written their new innovated story in English. They are becoming much more confident at using adjectives, temporal connectives and conjunctions in their writing and they can explain what all of these terms mean. During our Maths lessons we have explored the relationship between numbers in a fact family and practised adding and subtracting numbers within 20.
We continued our work in RE on the bible story David and Goliath. The children have role played the story and written letters, as David, to a friend explaining how he defeated the giant.
We had fun in Science testing different materials to see which could be bent, stretched, twisted and squashed.
The children had a very exciting History lesson on Friday when they got to write on paper from Samuel Pepys diary! The excitement of the paper led to some wonderful diary entries, written from the perspective of Samuel Pepys, and all of the children wrote in their best handwriting.
We ended our week with a visit to the CAFOD fair and the children had fun playing games in the hall.