Class 2

Children in Years 1 and 2 are taught in Class 2 by Mrs Ashton and Mrs Todd alongside our Higher level teaching assistant Mrs Darke. 

Mr. Rose teaches the children P.E. on a Tuesday morning each week. 

There are 18 children in class 2. 

 

Class 2    Our budding Mathematicians!

We have been learning about place value and using part-whole models and bar modelling.

We know that a whole number can be split into two or more parts in many different ways. The parts might look different; each part will be smaller than the whole, and the parts can be combined to make the whole.

Our Teaching and Learning.

We follow the 2014 National Curriculum for the teaching of English, Mathematics, Science, Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music and Physical Education.

Where possible, a thematic approach to learning is used in order to maximise cross-curricular links between subjects. The topics that we teach are on a two-year cycle. 

 Depending on the length of our topic, a termly or half termly Planning overview and knowledge mat are sent out to parents with more details of the curriculum being covered in Class 2. 

 

English

 Reading

Reading books aloud with your children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them to develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. As a parent or carer you can play an important role in helping your child to enjoy reading. We encourage you to read as much as you can with your child. This will make a huge difference!

We have recently updated our reading scheme in school to offer a variety of reading books. Each child in school is given weekly reading books to enjoy at home. The coloured sticker on the spine of the book indicates the colour band of the reading book and within each colour band there are a range of books of different genres and degrees of challenge. In school we aim to listen to all children in class 2 read at least once a week. In addition to this whole class and group reading sessions are used to develop children's comprehension skills.

 

Phonics

In Key Stage 1 all children have a 15 minute phonics session four times per week to teach the skills needed in word reading. The phonics scheme used in school is Letters and Sounds. Phonics involves the relationship between sounds and their spellings. The goal of phonics instruction is for us to teach the children the most common sound-spelling relationships so that they can decode or sound out unfamiliar words. This decoding ability is a crucial element in reading success.

Our children will have regular phonics homework to reinforce learning that has taken place in these sessions.

 

Writing

Through their English lessons children will develop skills in transcription (spelling), composition (thinking of ideas and structuring them in writing) and in using grammar and Standard English. Short handwriting sessions are used to practise the correct formation of letters and to introduce joined handwriting. Children are taught to write a range of genres such as stories, recounts and information texts. Where possible a book linked to the terms topic is used in English lessons. This Spring 2 half term our English lesson will be based around two books,  'The moon' and 'The Pirate Cruncher. Both of these books link to our question 'Why were Neil Armstrong and Columbus brave?' 

 

Mathematics

At Bugthorpe we follow the White Rose Maths Medium term Planning.

There are many elements to the teaching and learning of Maths: it is not only the ability to calculate (being mathematically fluent) but also the ability to apply these skills to real life scenarios (solve problems and investigate) and also to talk knowledgeably about mathematical working and reasoning. 

Helping children on their journey towards mastery is exactly what White Rose Maths exists to do. We value the principles behind the Mastery approach to teaching Maths. We quickly identify children who need support to achieve their curriculum objectives and provide high quality support in personalised intervention sessions. In Class 2 we support different groups throughout a lesson where needed.

The depth of learning principles allow children to enjoy a range of investigations, activities and games. Some of the areas that Class 2 will be covering this Spring 2 half term are  Money and Multiplication and Division.

P.E.

The children have two P.E. lessons per week where they are taught basic skills such as throwing and catching and how to apply these to team games. The children are also taught dance and athletics. 

From time to time we also invite specialist coaches in to school to teach the children for either one off lessons or a series of lessons. 

During the summer term the children are given the opportunity to represent Bugthorpe School in team competitions such as three in a bucket. 

In class 2 our P.E. lessons are on a Tuesday morning with Mr Rose and a Friday afternoon with Mrs Todd.

Homework

Spelling homework in class 2 is sent home weekly on a Friday. We highlight the importance of parents and caregivers being involved in helping their children to learn their spellings. Confidence in spelling allows children to write more freely and imaginatively.

The spellings to learn are based on the Year 1 and 2 common exception words. 

We also expect Children to read regularly at home as part of our School's  homework policy.

 

Websites

 

www.phonicsplay.co.uk

 

BBC Bitesize

 

www.ictgames.com

 

www.purplemash.com

 

Times tables Rock Stars

 

www.teachyourmonstertoread.com