Penguin Class (Year 2)

Penguin Class – Year 2
Welcome to Penguin Class!

Class Teacher: Miss Sarah Moll
Teaching Assistants: Miss Pippa Hardiment and Mrs Gina Day

newsletter 2019-20 October

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 rainforest 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 the 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 or 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.

Year 2 Enrichment 2019

Y2 Curriculum Planner

Autumn 2 Learning Focus

This term we are learning a little bit about what it was like for a child growing up in England during WW2, thinking mostly about rationing and evacuation.  In science we are learning about the properties of a range of every day materials. We are listening to a range of musical styles, from Frank Sinatra to the Jackson 5! Our story genre is ‘Journey’, with the model text being a version of Oliver Jeffers picture book, ‘Lost and Found’, while in art we will explore colour through the work of Wassily Kandinsky.

In maths, we are  using column methods to explore addition and subtraction, and learning about exchanging tens and will also be looking at money and the value of different coins and notes. As ever, we will work to build fluency with key concepts, including number bonds to 10 and 100 and counting in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s forwards and backwards and from different numbers.

the school is taking part in MathsWeek and we have been challenged to up our game on Times Table Rockstars…

If you would like to know a little more about the work we will be covering, these links may help:

Autumn 2 2019-20 Medium Term Map Y2

2019-20 Autumn 2 weekly plan (blocking)

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.


Dates to Note:

  • reading cafe 3rd December.
  • You Are Invited: 12th and 13th December: Nativity!
  • 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).