Welcome to our Primrose Class web page

 

  

Staff in Primrose Class:                         

                                                   

   Miss Lane          Mrs Jefferies           

(Class Teacher)   (Teaching Assistant)  

We are always happy to help, at the end of each day we are on the door and available for any questions or queries.

What are we learning in Term 2?

See the castle ahead? Get ready to invade its mighty walls! 

This term we will be exploring the many features of castles through a variety of subjects. In Design Technology we will be designing and creating our very own castles using recycled materials. What’s that sound? I hear little hooves going trip, trap, trip, trap over the rickety bridge. Watch out for the angry troll underneath…he likes to gobble up little girls and boys! Lets make sure we can build a bridge sturdy enough to take the weight and get us safely to the other side. In Science we will be comparing materials and conducting simple investigations to test which material helps create the strongest bridge. In History we will be exploring and comparing different castles, looking carefully at their features and the materials used to make them.  And finally…we will meet three little pigs who need help to build a strong fortress. Inside its strong walls they’ll be safe from the big, bad wolf!

No huffing and puffing will blow our fortress down!

What we learnt in Term 1    

Stomp, crash, RRRAGH! Watch out everyone – the dinosaurs are on the prowl!

They’re rampaging across the dusty earth, swishing their enormous tails and baring their fearsome teeth…Let’s explore the Dinosaur Planet! This term we imagined that we we’re palaeontologists and transformed our classroom into our own dinosaur museum with awesome dinosaur artefacts. We researched about famous fossil finders including Mary Anning and enjoyed learning a dinosaur dance to show to our parents. In English we wrote a character description, retold a story as well as writing fact files about different dinosaurs. In Maths we covered place value, addition and subtraction. In Art we created dinosaur eggs using a wide range of materials.

For more detailed information of how the curriculum has been distributed across the terms please refer to the ‘Yearly Overview’ further down the page.

        

What was shared at the “Meet the teacher” meeting?

Below are the links to the PowerPoint at the meeting.

Year-2-Parents-Meeting.pptx (27 downloads)

 

What does our curriculum look like?

In Year Two we have selected six topics that we hope will captivate the children’s interests. Through cross-curricular teaching we will cover different areas of the curriculum in an exciting and engaging way. We begin a topic with something to hook the children in, this is called the “engage” stage. The children then “develop” their learning before presenting what they have been learning. This provides the children a context to share their work and we refer to this as the “express” stage. At the end of a topic we would like to invite you into school so that we can showcase the children’s learning. This will also be an opportunity for you to see the children’s classroom and books.

Here is an overview of all the topics we will be covering throughout the year:

Over view will be made available shortly.

What does our day look like?

Here is an outline of how our day will look in Term 1. As the year and the children evolve, our weekly timetable will change accordingly.

Class Timetable - Year 2 (25 downloads)

 

What does our classroom look like?

Term 1 – Dinosaurs

 

How do we reward children in Primrose Class?

We believe in positive praise and always seek opportunities to reward the children.  We always try to follow the “5 B’s” which are:

Image result for cartoon bee Be Respectful

Image result for cartoon bee Be kind and gentle

Image result for cartoon bee Be Careful

Image result for cartoon bee Be responsible

Image result for cartoon bee Be the best you can be

 

blue            yellow-circle        green         orange            red

   Blue circle                         Yellow circle                     Green circle                     Orange circle                       Red circle  

(Mrs Kemp reward)                (Busy bee)                      (Good to go)                     (Stop and think)                 (Consequence)

Each week a child will be chosen to take our lovely class bear home for the weekend as well as a diary where they can record what they got up to.

Are there any trips planned?

During Term 1 we had some exciting visitors come into our class and some of them had four legs and some of them had none! We were really lucky to be able to see and touch some interesting creatures that looked similar to the dinosaurs. Sadly we couldn’t get any dinosaurs to visit our class but we enjoyed looking at the animals that may have been around at the time of dinosaurs. Have a look below to see what we got up to!

What homework is given in Primrose Class?

Each term the children will be given a topic based home learning project.  Additional and on going home learning includes:

Maths

Maths challenges and activities will be set for the children to complete on My Maths. If you need a reminder about your child’s log in details please come and see us.

Please help your child to learn pairs of numbers that make 10 so that they can quickly be recalled. Then do the same for pairs of numbers to make 20. This work underpins much of our maths work in class. Consequently it is very important that this is constantly revisited and practised throughout the year.

Addition and subtraction of small numbers can be practised and reinforced by playing simple board games such as Snakes and Ladders using two or even three dice. Card games such as Pontoon or ‘Making 21’ also work well to support addition and counting on skills.

Also, please practise counting forward in jumps of 2, 5 and 10 to help learn the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Then try counting back in jumps of 2, 5 and 10. Then do the same for the 3 and 4 times tables.

Reading

In light of the new curriculum we have made changes to our reading system.

Please listen to your child read at home as much as possible and comment in their home reading records when you do so.

The children are trying hard to be our class Star Reader of the week. in order to be the Star Reader your child needs to have read more than anyone else in the class over the course of a week 

Please continue to read and enjoy lots of additional stories with your child. Reading and listening to stories are both so important for literacy development and support not only your child’s reading development but also their writing development.

Spelling

Please practise reading and spelling the high frequency words.

Click here to view a list of the first 100 high frequency words

Click here to view a list of the next 200 high frquency words

 

Useful websites/Apps or resources?

Here are some useful websites:

www.ictgames.com

www.letters-and-sounds.com

www.mymaths.co.uk

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/phonics-screening-check-sample-materials-and-training-video

http://www.teachhandwriting.co.uk/index.html

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/439520/Sample_ks1_mathematics_paper1_arithmetic.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/439522/Sample_ks1_mathematics_paper2_reasoning.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/439482/Sample_ks1_Englishreading_paper1_promptanswerbooket.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/439489/Sample_ks1_Englishreading_paper2_readingbooklet.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/439485/Sample_ks1_Englishreading_paper2_answerbooklet.pdf

Here are some useful resources: