Penguin Class – Year 2
Welcome to Penguin Class!
Class Teacher: Miss Sarah Moll
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Emma Sayer and Mrs Gina Day
What are we up to?
In Penguin Class we are working with the children to strengthen their maths and literacy skills to complete the strong foundation which enables children to build on and engage with learning across the curriculum.
We want the children to enjoy learning and see it as a process which involves investigation, fun, effort, discussion, mistakes and more; a process that will continue throughout their education and life.
This year we will explore a range of learning topics including the geography of coastal areas, finding out a little about the life of a child in World War II, the history of flight and rain forest environments. We teach English through talk 4 write and will continue to encourage children to learn, retell and draw stories to build a firm understanding of the patterns and vocabulary to support writing.
We ask the children to get their reading books and records out each day and change their books independently, using the books bands they are in. Please support your child to read at home each day, as well as taking time to enjoy reading a range of books for pleasure. A love of sharing books and stories will encourage children to develop their own skills and sharing a range of texts exposes them to interesting and exciting plots and language that they might struggle to read independently.
Across the year we hope to offer the children some interesting enrichment opportunities during school hours.
Spring 2 Learning Focus
This term is STEM week, so we will take lots of opportunities to explore science and begin to develop skills such as observation and prediction. Our science links closely to our PSHE, learning about making healthy choices. This includes all kids of healthy choices from understanding that our bodies need rest, balanced diets and exercise to thinking about making healthy choices in our friendships and building our self-esteem. We hope to promote an understanding that well being is something we can choose to improve. We have been learning songs to hare with the Sapientia Education Trust choir, and will explore shade in art. Our story genre is ‘Wishing’, with the model text being a version of the fable, ‘How the Tortoise got his Shell’. We are building on our previous learning about the history of flight to learn about flight into space, while in georaphy we will start to understand what rain forests are. In maths, we will learn about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes, identifying fractions, and pattern creating and predicting. We will continue to give the children opportunities to consolidate their 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables.
If you would like to know a little more about the work we will be covering, these links may help:
I have a question…
If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s learning that you would like to discuss with me, please aim to come and speak to me at the end of the school day. Between 8.30 and 8.45 every morning, all teaching staff at Old Buckenham have a meeting with their teaching assistants, which is a crucial opportunity to discuss learning for the day and to decide on strategies to support specific children.
Thank you for all your support with the children’s learning, both at home and at school.
- Spelling tests are on Friday, so children must have their spelling books in school on that day.
- PE is usually on Thursday. Please note that a PE kit must include trainers.
- Penguin Class will have Forest School inspired learning on alternate half terms, so will need to have their Forest School clothing then (half terms 2, 4 and 6 commencing 28th October, 24th February, 1st June).