Rockingham (Yr 2)
A warm welcome to all children starting in Rockingham Class and to their families.
Rockingham Class is taught by Miss Watson. We are also really lucky to have Mrs Want (HLTA) with us for most of the week, she also teaches us Art or DT once a week.
Welcome to the start of Year 2 and the Autumn term!
I am very excited about starting our journey through Year 2 together. We are hopeful that this year there will be far more opportunities for you to come in to see your child's classroom and share in their learning. During the transition days at the end of the summer term, the children found out all about why our class name is Rockingham. We have a display in our classroom of what they found out, so please do ask your child about this when you come to visit us in the first few weeks of term.
My aim is that your child will love coming to school every day because they find learning irresistible! I will do my utmost to make the day engaging and enjoyable for every child so that they can make great strides in their learning over the year. I will praise them for their efforts as well as achievements and find a range of ways to celebrate all they are learning and becoming.
Our new theme for this first term is Our Wonderful World which includes learning in Science, Geography and English. We will be finding out about the Oceans and Continents that make up our world and beginning to learn some of their features. We will also find out about countries near the Equator and the North and South Poles. In Science, will learn the difference between living and non-living things and the shared characteristics of all living things. In our English lessons, we will read and share many beautiful and brilliant books focusing on the wonders of our amazing, precious planet and how we can take care of it. We will learn to write letters for different purposes linked to this focus. Finally, this term we are lucky to have some additional curriculum enrichment in a weekly Performing Arts session linked to our theme and led by a specialist teacher. Please see our theme web attached below to find out about all the other exciting areas of learning.
Knowledge Organisers: These overviews of essential knowledge will help you to support your child's learning for specific subjects. We will of course, be teaching the content in school, but your child's learning will be boosted if you share the information with your child, as repeated exposure and discussion will help transfer the knowledge into their long term memory. The Knowledge Organisers can be used to create quizzes and play games with your child to embed their knowledge and check their understanding. I will send them out via Class Dojo for our theme plus Science and Maths.
Reading: This is vital life skill. The more progress your child can make this year, the better equipped they will be for the future. So please keep up daily reading with your child using books from school, Oxford Owl or Epic! Your child will definitely take more progress if they read regularly with you (at least four times a week), so please find a time that works within your daily routines. Please continue to record their reading in their reading books so that we can reward them for their reading efforts with Class Dojo points, Ryhall Reader certificates and even a Silver or Gold Award!
Communicating with you: I will be keeping parents up to date with our learning developments, including photos of learning in action, as well as giving general messages and reminders out on Class Dojo, so do remember to turn on your notifications and check in frequently. If you have any problems at all, please get in touch by emailing me at this address: email@example.com
I look forward to getting to know you this year as we work together in partnership to offer your child the very best we can.
Miss Caroline Watson