Children in Years 1 and 2 are taught in Class 2 by Mrs Ashton alongside our Higher level teaching assistant Mrs Darke.
Mr. Rose teaches the children P.E. on a Tuesday morning each week.
Here is Class 2 celebrating Harvest in support of Water Aid. We hope you enjoy our water poem!
Today we enjoyed measuring objects around the classroom. We used a ruler as well as other objects such as counters, cubes, paper clips and dominoes. We had to estimate a number first before we measured! We were excited when we estimated correctly!
Class 2 We are having fun at school learning lots of new skills!
PSHE - This Spring half term 2 and using our friend 'Jack Jigsaw' we are thinking about our Dreams and Goals in life. Today we looked at and discussed 'success pictures'. What is success and how do we achieve it? The children were encouraged to share their successes in a small group. We had time to reflect on our sense of pride and discussed ways in which we could celebrate this around our classroom.
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.
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.
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.
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 practice 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 lessons will be based around two books, 'Lila and the secret of rain' and 'Bringing the rain to Kapita Plain'. Both of these books link to our question 'Where would you rather live? The UK or Kenya in Africa?'
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 Length and measurement.
Year 1 will then focus on learning the names of 2D Shapes
Year 2 will focus on the properties of 3D Shapes with consolidation.
Our classroom has a 'Maths Challenge table', these challenges are purposely set as an extension to what they have already been taught in a lesson, children are encouraged to use these activities to scaffold their learning.
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 Ashton.
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.