Inside The Big Top!
If you can dream it, you can do it!
Welcome to Year 2! Your class teacher this year is Miss Mitchell, along with our amazing class teaching assistant Mrs Johnson. Our class name for this school year is ‘Inside the big Top’. This story setting is inspired by the one of our year 2 recommended reads books called ‘Claude at the Circus’. Both Mrs Johnson and I believe that books are the key to unlocking our imaginations and therefore we will explore a wide range of books over the next school term. We will enjoy various texts to provide us with a purpose for writing in Literacy. This will include ‘Jim and the Beanstalk’, ‘Wolves’ and non-fiction information based on ‘The Gunpowder Plot’ which coincides perfectly with our history topic. Moving into Autumn 2 we will share the stories ‘The journey home’ and ‘We are water protectors’ before basing our writing on the Christian celebration which is Christmas. In maths we will be cover many chapters over the first term to include the place value of numbers to 100, addition and subtraction with these amounts and the multiplication and division of 2, 5 and 10. We will revisit our knowledge of number bonds to 10, to further explore number bonds to 20 as well as the skills and knowledge required in order to mentally recall all the multiplication and division facts for the 2 times tables. In guided reading lessons, we will be focussing on reading extracts and then retrieving information from what we have read. We will be using the skill of skimming and scanning to help us to do this as well as a continued focus on using our phonic knowledge to build upon our fluency skills. We will cover a wide range of topic areas in our wider curriculum learning including, Science, PSHE, DT, ICT, RE, Geography, History and Art. We will create our own animal habitats, portraits of Guy Fawkes as well as our own moving vehicles. We have a character curriculum day to look forward to where our learning will focus around the Christmas text of ‘The Polar Express’ and children will be invited to wear their PJs to school. Christmas rehearsal will be well on the way early December along with lots of other traditional JLO festivities!
Y2 Inside the Big Top! Information

We are fortunate enough to have Mr Sidebottom to teach our PE lessons which will now take place each Thursday and Mrs Scully will visit our class every other Monday to teach Art. Our library day is every Tuesday so please ensure you have your book in school each week. We are very passionate and enthusiastic about reading in year 2 so please remember to read as often as you can and bring your reading books back to school on a regular basis to be changed. Prizes are still up for grabs for children who are working their way through the reading miles as well as our in-class celebrations for readers who go above and beyond each week! Please remember to keep practising your spellings. Spelling tests will take place every Friday followed by a resit on the following Monday for children scoring 7 or less. This way our children have a second attempt to practise their spellings over the weekend to aim for a higher score. Our spellings each week will initially be based around the sounds we are covering in phonics that week. We are so enthusiastic for learning in class and we can’t wait to share all our amazing work with you. Let’s work together both at home and in school to ensure that we have an amazing and successful year!

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