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Miss Uddin, Mrs Hayward and Miss Pilkington.

We wish you a very warm welcome back to Year 2.

Harris Burdick

To start the year off the whole school have looked at The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. The Mysteries of Harris Burdick is a 1984 picture book by the American author, Chris Van Allsburg. The book consists of a series of images which were from Harris Burdick, a man who mysteriously disappeared... Year two have analysed the picture 'Mr Linden's Library' which was followed by the quote 'He had warned her about the book. Now it was too late'. Look out for our fantastic class story and amazing artwork, which will be displayed in the cloakroom very soon!

 

 

Phonics

We start every morning with a phonics session where we will continue to learn new sounds.  Stuart, our class minion helps us to learn and remember new sounds. This helps us to learn to read words as we are able to blend phonemes together for reading and to segment them for spelling. When we learn a new sound we think of our own words with the new sound, for example 'oa' and 'boat' or 'coat'. Then we practise putting the word into a sentence. In phonics it is important that we practise all the grammar skills that we have been taught in English. We always make sure that we use capital letters, finger spaces, appropriate punctuation and adjectives. We are learning to use cursive handwriting! 

 

 

English 

In English we have been exploring The Adventures of Paddington Bear to help us with writing instructions. As Paddington's favourite food is marmalade we wrote a set of instructions on how to make a marmalade sandwich. We made our own marmalade sandwiches during golden time. A lot of us hadn't tried marmalade sandwiches before but they were... delicious!

Following this, Paddington helped us with learning how to use the tube and travel underground. We used role-play to act like we were using the tube.  Mrs Stewart popped in to see our fantastic acting skills and I must say she was very impressed! She was impressed when we told her that we were using imperative verbs to show that we were being bossy!


Maths

Continuing from Year One we will be using the 'Convince Me Maths' model to learn maths. Convince Me Maths is designed to improve progress through using a CPA (Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract) approach. The model encourages a deeper level of thinking and broadens children's understanding through higher level questioning. Additionally 'Big Maths' will be used every Friday to allow children to increase their mental fluency in addition and subtraction. In Year Two we need to know our 2, 3, 5 and 10 times table, these are practised on a daily basis.

 

 

For your information:

 

Homework:

Homework will be sent out on a Wednesday to be returned the following Monday.

Reading Packets

Reading packets must be brought to school every day. Books will be changed when appropriate.

PE:

Please note that PE has been changed from Tuesday and Wednesday to Tuesday and Thursday.

Please provide your child with a named PE kit and name all your child's school clothing. PE kit should be brought into school every Monday and left at school until Friday, so it is available as needed.

 

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