Rockingham (Yr 2)
Summer Term 6 - June 2023
Welcome back to all children in Rockingham Class and their families.
We hope you enjoyed the Half Term break!
Rockingham Class is taught by me, Miss Watson and Mrs Want one of our HLTAs. As a Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Mrs Want teaches the children PSHE once a week and supports me with teaching and learning throughout the week. I hope that over the year, Mrs Want and I will be able to work in partnership with you, for the benefit of your child.
As we near the end of our journey through Year 2, we will continue to grow together as we learn about ourselves, each other and the world around us. My aim remains that your child will love coming to school every day because they find learning irresistible! I will do my utmost to make each day engaging and enjoyable for every child so that they can make great strides in their learning over the year. We will praise them for their efforts as well as their achievements and find a range of ways to celebrate all they are learning and becoming.
Our topic theme for the coming term, Intrepid Explorers, with a focus on History. We will compare Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong and notice the similarities and differenced in their experiences. In Science, we turn our focus once more to Living Things as we take a look at the world of animals. We will focus primarily on how animals including humans grow and change, and what they need to survive and live healthy lives. We will develop a range of scientific skills while we explore the animal kingdom. We will also have a first-hand experience of some animals on our trip to Hamerton Zoo. In our English lessons, we will continue reading and sharing beautiful and brilliant books, poems and traditional tales. We will continue to learn to write in different genres, adapting our writing for different purposes and audiences. Our learning in Maths now moves to learning about position and direction using knowledge of fractions, shape and time to make quarter and half turns. Finally, we will be preparing for our Sports day and a Multi skills festival. Further details of all subjects can be found in the Summer Term 6 Overview below. Please do take a look at all the exciting learning in store for your child.
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 Geography, Science and Maths.
Reading: There are a range of ways in which we encourage reading in year 2. The children will have a chance to choose a weekly book from our collection of 30 Recommended Reads for Year 2. The collection helps the children enjoy sharing with you, a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry books suitable for their age and interests.They will be encouraged to 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 record 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 encourage your child to read regularly, to maximise the chances of winning.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Miss Caroline Watson