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Welcome to France Class!

We are Year 2 children and our class teacher is called Mrs Snowden.  Our lovely teaching assistant is called Mrs Barnard. We all work hard and try our best.  We follow the school Golden Rules and make sure that we are kind to everyone.

 

We do PE on Mondays and Fridays but it is best if PE kits are kept in school for the whole term. That way we are able to do extra PE easily if we want to. Kits can then be taken home for a wash at half term.

Remember, school PE kit is:

  • plain white T-shirt
  • plain black shorts
  • daps or trainers
  • plain black joggers for outdoor PE in the colder weather
  • no earrings (please remove studs or provide tape to cover)

 

Please bring your reading book and record book into school every day and take it home again each evening. Part of the ongoing home learning is to read daily. It is really important for parents / carers / older siblings to hear children read as often as possible and talk about the book - this is still important even if the child is a fantastic fluent reader! Don't forget to keep track of your home reading in the book provided, as this will earn you your stickers on the chart and Golden Book entries! If you read 5 times at home during a week, you will receive a special prize from Mrs Snowden.  Start now!

 

Keep an eye on our page for updates and information about our class.

 

Term 1

This term our theme is 'Amazing Me!' We will be learning about our body and how to keep it healthy. We will be swimming on Monday mornings this term - what a brilliant way to keep fit!  On Friday we will have football skills with Mr Kingwell (our sports coach). This term we will continue our work on developing collaboration and perseverance learning skills.  In addition, we will begin to develop good questioning skills which will support our learning. We begin our new PSHE scheme (Personal, Social, Health Education) - called SCARF (Safety - Caring - Achievement - Resilience - Friendship).  This term, we focus on friendship. This new scheme covers all areas of personal and social education as well as developing British values.

 

Miss Reed, a student teacher,  will join us for part of Term 1 and 2.  We are very lucky to have an extra teacher in our class.

Term 2

This term our theme is 'I love stories!' We will be reading lots of traditional stories and learning the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We will describe our favourite characters and use amazing adjectives to describe the setting.  When learning the story of the Three Little Pigs, we will explore materials and test suitability for our own house designs.  We look forward to our bedtime stories day and going to the theatre to see the pantomime. What an amazing time we will have! We will write our own innovated stories and make shoebox theatres to perform them to our friends. This term our SCARF theme is Healthy Relationships alongside work in the Life Van and anti-bullying week. We will continue to develop our learning skills of perseverance, collaboration  and questioning.

 

Term 3

This term we are 'Off to Africa'.  We will be learning some African folk tales and finding out about this amazing continent.  In geography, we will name all the continents and oceans of our world.  We will also create some great African art inspired by the work of many African artists and illustrations. In Literacy we will write some African folk tales and poetry inspired by Africa.  Please refer to our curriculum map Term 3.

Term 4

This term we will be learning about Brilliant Brunel. We will have a visit from Mr Skelton from Chippenham Museum who knows a lot about this important engineer from the past. We will also be visiting the SS Great Britain in Bristol (a steamship designed by Mr Brunel).  In literacy we will write a chronological report about Mr Brunel and also write a recount of our trip. In maths, we will link 2d and 3d shape work with our Brilliant Brunel topic. We are very lucky to have cricket coaching and football training this term from specialist coaches. What another busy term!

Term 5

This term our theme is 'Why are there castles?' We will learn about parts of a castle and what they were for. We will think about why they were built. Our writing will focus on story writing set in the magical world of knights, dragons and princesses. We will enjoy making our own cannon or catapult models with moving wheels.  Also we will paint landscapes with castles.  France Class will launch the new theme with a dressing up day - come to school dressed up as a knight, lord, princess or maid. Towards the end of the theme we will enjoy our own banquet with food, music and entertainment. Children will work in teams to create gymnastic routines to share. In our SCARF learning, we will learn about the wider world and how to use / save money.  Please refer to our curriculum overview.

 

We end our term with an exciting theme week - more details to follow.

 

Term 6

This term our theme is 'Why do we need plants?' We will be learning how to grow and care for plants, identifying what plants need to live. We will explore our local area naming trees and flowers. This theme will include a visit to John Coles Park.  In literacy we will write instructions 'How to Plant a Flower'. We will also write a chronological report ' The Life Cycle of a Sunflower'.  In maths we will learn to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes and also measure weight (in g and kg) and capacity (ml and l). The highlight of our learning will be our trip to Braeside.  We will explore a pond habitat and also enjoy exploring the beautiful grounds at Braeside.  We will visit a farm to find out how they grow and harvest their crops. In SCARF learning we will think about how to care for our bodies and our minds to keep ourselves healthy.

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