Rockingham (Yr 2)
The wonderful cast of our Nativity, which we recorded in school and shared with parents.
A warm welcome to all children 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 back to Spring Term 3
I am delighted that our journey through Year 2 together has started so positively. It was wonderful to be able to welcome parents into Rockingham to see your child's classroom last term and to meet with you all for a parent consultation session. We are hoping to invite you in again this term to see the progress in their learning in your child's books. We were also delighted with the fabulous performance of our Nativity, and we hope that you enjoyed sharing it with your family over Christmas.
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 theme for the term, Toys Through Time, has a History focus and links with our Science learning about different materials. Children will be making their own puppet in DT using sewing as a new joining technique. In Maths, children will begin learning about Multiplication and Division so do please help your child to warm up by supporting them counting up and back in steps of 2, 5 and 10! In English, we are taking a closer look at spelling strategies and handwriting before starting our new book which will inspire our next writing journey. We will be learning about Coding in our Computing lessons which should be great fun. Finally, in RE we will be looking at Jesus' life and ministry and asking "What is the Good News that Jesus brings?". Please see below for the overview of this term for parents which details all areas of the curriculum.
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: The children are absolutely loving the addition of choosing a weekly book from our collection of 30 Recommended Reads for Year 2. It is really helping the children engage in book talk as they review and recommend to others each book they read. This enjoyment of reading 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 either using books from school, or choosing books online (Oxford Owl or Epic). Your child will definitely make 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! We have also introduced a raffle ticket award scheme. Each child who reads at least four times at home, will put their named raffle ticket in a class pot. At the end of each half-term, the raffle will be drawn and one lucky child will get a quality book prize to keep! The more tickets a child has in the pot, the greater the chance of winning, so please help your child to maximise the chances of winning by reading with them regularly.
Communicating with you: I will use Class Dojo to keep all parents up to date with our learning developments, to post photos of learning in action, as well as giving general messages and reminders. So do remember to turn on your notifications and check in frequently. If you have any concerns or problems at all, please get in touch by emailing me at this address: email@example.com. Thank you.
I look forward to continuing to get to know you this year as we work together in partnership to offer your child the very best we can.
Miss Caroline Watson