Penguin Class – Year 2
Welcome to Penguin Class!
Class Teacher: Miss Sarah Moll Teaching Assistant: Mrs Emma Sayer
A big thank you to all our families who helped make remote learning possible, well done everyone. Special Mention to our families!
Special Events / Dates
- PE is now on Thursday afternoons
- Home Learning due in 21st April
- Class Photo Day 23rd April
- Class Assembly (virtual) 21st May
Last half term the children planned and wrote wonderful ‘Pandemic Hero’ letters, I was so proud of the ideas and empathy they showed and I’m certain that any recipients of those letters were thrilled. The children chose to send letters to shop workers, parents, the NHS, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Care workers, and even Her Majesty the Queen!
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. We are changing and adapting some of our routines and methods to try and continue best supporting children (and you) in their learning.
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.
Summer 1 Learning Focus
In Maths, we are initially revisiting some key concepts for number place value and fluency which are essential in underpinning maths throughout school. We will also be working on calculating skills using all four operations, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division before moving onto exploring fractions. Science is all about plants, which seems perfect for spring! In geography we are comparing the area in which we live with another village in Brunei, developing our skills as geographers and drawing out similarities and differences in locations and lifestyles. We have a fiction focus in English, starting with the problem resolution story The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch and then the fable How the Tortoise got his Shell as a wishing story. We are currently reading and enjoying Amelia Fang and the Bookworm Gang, a story which has had us all chuckling!
Thank you for all your support with the children’s learning, both at home and at school. I hope this will help:
- Spelling checks are on Friday. If your child is struggling, initially focus on five words to help them become confident with the pattern.
- Week 1 Spellings: 2B 6 Handwriting
- Week 2 Spellings 3A 1: Spellings Summer 1.1 handwriting
- Week 3 Spellings 3A 2: Spellings Summer 1.2 handwriting
- Week 4 Spellings 3A 3:Spellings Summer 1.3 handwriting
- Week 5 Spellings 3A 4: Spellings Summer 1.4 handwriting
- Week 6 Spellings 3A5: Spellings Summer 1.5 handwriting
- Week 7 Spellings 3A 6: Spellings Summer 1.6 handwriting
- Across the year we will be working to reliably use and spell the Key Stage 1 common exception words – these are words which are exceptions to spelling pattern or phonics rules that may come up in our writing. If your child is not yet confident with the year one list please give those words some extra time and attention. KS1 word list and phonemes
- Reading records are collected in and checked on Thursday, and will be returned on Monday. Returned reading books are quarantined before going back into our class library. We will try to ensure children have additional books as hey will be changed less frequently – please feel free to read other books to supplement this.
- Spelling Shed, Bug Club and Times Table Rock Stars Log in details are in your child’s reading record.
- The Key Instant Recall Facts for this term are here – helping your child to internalise and learn these really supports their grasp and pace in all maths work:
- The times tables we focus on are the 2, 10, 5 and 3 times tables.
- PE is on Thursday, children should come ready for PE, with a school jumper/cardigan.
- Penguin Class will have Forest School inspired learning on alternate half terms (half terms 2, 4 and 6 commencing 2nd November, 22nd February, 7th June).
If you have any questions about the teaching of phonics in school, and what screening involves I hope these resources are helpful: