Purple 2019 - 2020
Welcome to Purple Class 2019-2020
We are a Year 2 class taught by Mrs Hornby, Mrs Buckley and Mrs Lister and supported by Mrs Mitchell.
We always strive to "Be the best we can be" whilst having fun.
What are we learning this term?
Maths: As mathematicians we will: count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals; count in multiples of twos, fives and tens; count in steps of 2, 3, and 5 from 0, and in tens from any number, forward and backward; recognise the place value of each digit in a two-digit number (tens, ones); identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations, including the number line; compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100; use <, > and = signs; we will solve problems; recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently; derive and use related facts up to 100; show that addition of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and subtraction of one number from another cannot; recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and missing number problems. We will use concrete objects and pictorial representations, including those involving numbers, quantities and measures and the children will be applying their increasing knowledge of mental and written methods. In multiplication and division, we will solve problems using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods, and multiplication and division facts, including problems; in context, recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables, including recognising odd and even numbers and to finish the term, we will solve simple problems in a practical context involving addition and subtraction of money of the same unit, including giving change.
English: We will develop our English skills across a range of genres and text types. This term, our learning will centre around a range of high quality texts:The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr, Aesop’s Fables: The Hare and the Tortoise and The Fox and the Stork, The Rabbit Who Stole Fire, Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas, The Jolly Postman by Alan Ahlberg. Our focus will be on narrative and we will incorporate some work on information texts along the way.
Reading books will be changed on Wednesdays. Please send your child in with their books each day as they could be heard reading any day of the week.
Please continue to support the use of ‘Bug Club’ at home. This is a valuable resource in helping develop your child's reading and comprehension skills. We have found that children who regularly access ‘Bug Club’ books at home progress more quickly than those who don’t. We will also be using these books during guided reading. If you have any problems logging on please let one of us know. Please click on the link to take you to the Bug Club website and read the Bug Club letter at the bottom of this page for information regarding logging on.
Geography and History
‘Let’s go to China’ will be our focus for the first half of the Autumn Term. We will learn about the geography of China through focusing on the main human and physical features of the country, extending our knowledge of the world. Children will learn about the geographical similarities and differences between China and the United Kingdom. We will continue to build on our map skills using atlases, world maps and globes more widely, along with using webcams, online mapping programmes and interpreting a range of information. The Great Fire of London will be our focus for the second half of the Autumn term. As historians, we will compare this event to the Great Fire of Nantwich.
DT: We will be designing and making our own bunting to display in Purple Class.
Art: We will be creating cityscapes and landscapes
Science: Our science unit will involve us studying the uses of everyday materials including wood, plastic, metal, glass, brick, paper and cardboard. Children will then go on to compare the suitability of different everyday materials for different purposes. They will explore how objects made of some everyday materials can change shape and how the recycling process is able to reuse some everyday materials numerous times. We will finish with children learning about new discoveries which have been made over time with a specific focus on John McAdam. A range of learning activities are used in this unit including discussions, debates, sequencing and a local walk where children will work scientifically to identify the uses of everyday materials in the local area.
Music: The children will be practising rhythms and patterns in songs.
PE: Indoor sessions on a Thursday afternoon will be gymnastics and dance. Outdoor sessions will be on Tuesday afternoons and will be delivered by Mrs Lister and Sportscape coaches. Please ensure that children have adequate, named kit in school at all times. PE kit: navy shorts and light blue t-shirts. It is important that in addition to school PE kit, the children have pumps or trainers and a track suit in school AT ALL TIMES so that they are prepared for an outdoor lesson. Outdoor sessions will take place in all but severe weather conditions.
For both lessons it is essential that children with pierced ears have either plasters to cover their earrings or earrings be taken out.
Homework Maths: Mini Maths work will be given to your child in school time. If we feel they need to consolidate or finish their work, we will send a copy for you to complete with your child at home. In addition to any homework given, children can access maths games to hep improve mathematical fluency and to engage and improve times table knowledge. MyMaths homework will also be given to the children to complete. Please click on the link to access the website.
Homework English: We expect the children to read 5 times a week. We will also focus on the children learning the common exception words for Y1 and 2 to begin with in the Autumn Term. As such, any initial English homework will follow on from our work with these spellings. Homework is normally set on a Friday to be handed in the following Thursday.
Children are expected to complete their homework using the same standard of presentation as would be expected in class.
Please see the Parent Information Leaflet for up to date information about Purple Class.
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