Welcome to our year 2 class page!
Bumblebee Class children are taught by
Mrs Cousins with Mrs Goodger and Miss Ruhomutally.
This page will become a vital 'pit stop' for you to visit and find out what your child is learning at school. You'll find lots of important information about your child's school experiences and photographs of our classroom learning.
Don't forget to check our Class Dojo page too.
We share lots of photographs and videos of our learning on Class Dojo, you will get notifications when your child is awarded Dojo points and you can find helpful links for homework, phonics practice and maths games! Class Dojo also has a handy messaging window where you can ask questions about your child's work and we can send reminders and helpful messages about what your child is doing in school.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Our school day begins at 8.45 and finishes at 3.30.
Bumblebee children will enter school via the far gate (just by our classroom) we will be waiting outside to greet the children and welcome them into class.
Bumblebee Class will have PE on Tuesday and Friday. Children should bring a named school PE kit in a PE bag and will be encouraged to change for PE independently. Please tie long hair up and remove any jewelry before attending school.
We will visit the school library every Friday. Children will be invited to change their books on a weekly basis.
How can I help my child in Year 2?
Help them understand what they read
Hear your child read often, daily if possible, but also remember it is just as important for your child for you to model reading to them. Children learn a lot from the way we read aloud and we can encourage them to see how the author's use of punctuation changes the way we read their work. Think about pointing out statements, commands, questions or exclamations when reading with your child. You might want to use a range of voices to show how types of sentences and punctuation can be read in different ways.As reading comprehension is so important this year, checking your child's understanding of the book they are reading is an excellent way to support them. Asking questions about the plot such as: 'What might happen next? Why do you think the boy is feeling sad? What sort of mood is being created?' will help them to engage with their reading on a deeper level.
Practise spellings with them
Your child will bring home a list of spellings on Monday that we are focussing on in class for that week, it would be useful to talk through the words with them, which sounds are in them? Do they know what they mean? Can they say they them in the context of a sentence? You could display them in a space where they will look at them everyday such as on a fridge or a bedroom wall.
Any opportunity to use maths in a real-life context is really useful. For example, ask them to help you pay for goods or calculate change when shopping. This will help to develop their reasoning and problem solving skills. Learning to tell the time, especially to five minutes, is another great way to support your child's learning at home; this also links neatly to their counting in 5s in the 5 times-table.
Perhaps most importantly for maths, you can help your child at home by practising their times tables (2,3,4 5 and 10) regularly. There are many different ways you can do this, but it is beneficial if your child can use and apply this knowledge — for example, not just knowing that 10 x 2 is 20, but also realising that 20 divided by 2 is 10. You could use journey time to school to give your child fun times table challenges. You can also make up word problems relating times-tables facts to real life
Finally, you can develop their independence at home by encouraging your child to get ready for school on their own, giving them some responsibilities such as feeding/taking care of pets, tidying up or organising their belongings more independently. This will help enormously as they move up through the school!
In Autumn 1 we learn about minibeasts through our topic called 'Who would live in a house like this?' Children investigate a range of minibeasts, we learn about habitats, food chains and camouflage in science. We go out on 'bug hunts' and notice the differences in the changing season. Perhaps you could look for insects in their microhabitats at home and in the garden!
Look out for lots of updates and photographs of our learning on our Class Dojo page!
During Autumn 2 the children will ask 'How do Great Yarmouth and Tanji in The Gambia compare?
Children will reflect on life in their home town and compare this with the experiences the people of Tanji have. We look at the geographical similarities and differences between the two locations and learn about foods, traditions and history.
The children will share lots of stories based on the countries in which the towns are found and will develop their story writing in literacy.
Children will also spend time focusing oh their phonics awareness in preparation for the Phonics Screening checks this half term.
We will also be practicing our Christmas singing!
Check our Class Dojo page for lots more information, updates and photographs!
Spring term 1
Who should be most famous?
In our spring term topic we will be learning about some significant people in history. We will compare these people and the reasons as to why they are famous with current famous people that the children will be very familiar with. Children will decide who should be the most famous and why!
Perhaps you could start researching some key historical figures?
Admiral Horatio Nelson
Perhaps you would like to find out more about other key figures in history! Share your ideas, facts and drawings with us in January!