Rockingham (Yr 2)
The wonderful cast of our Nativity, which we recorded in school and shared with parents.
A warm welcome to all children in Rockingham Class and to their families.
Rockingham Class is taught by Miss Watson. We are also really lucky to have Mrs Want (HLTA) with us for most of the week, she also teaches us Art or DT once a week.
I am delighted that our journey through Year 2 together continues so positively, growing together as we learn about ourselves, each other and the world around us. My aim is that your child will love coming to school every day because they find learning irresistible! I will do my utmost to make the day engaging and enjoyable for every child so that they can make great strides in their learning over the year. I will praise them for their efforts as well as achievements and find a range of ways to celebrate all they are learning and becoming.
Showing support for Ukraine on our Blue and Yellow day in the Spring term.
We were then delighted to welcome a Ukrainian refugee who joined our class after Easter.
Welcome back to Summer Term 6 - Our final term in Year 2!
Last term we had an incredibly busy time showing just what we had learned over the year so far. Alongside this were some exciting opportunities to take on fresh challenges such as Skip 2Be Fit, and learn new skills when we became chefs for the morning, making a healthy and delicious Jambalaya with Darren from Roots to Food. Of course, we also made time to find out all about our marvellous monarch, Queen Elizabeth ll, as she celebrates her Platinum Jubilee. We had great fun making crowns which we then had tp try hard to keep on our heads for our special (and very windy!) whole school Jubilee picnic on the field. Our main highlight however was the May Dance when we entertained everyone with our take on the Macarena from the 1992-2002 decade of the Queen's reign.
Can you see our timeline of the Queen's life in the background? We learned so much about her over the week and enjoyed making our won souvenir booklets like Miss Watson had done for the Silver Jubilee in 1977!
Now let's look at what we have in store this term....
There is a nautical theme for this term. Intrepid Explorers which has History as its main focus. We will be comparing the lives, achievements and challenges faced by three different explorers - Christopher Columbus, Captain Cook and Erika Bergman - all of whom have some connection with sea voyages. The theme continues in Science, How Animals, including humans, grow and change, when we head to Hunstanton to visit the Sea Life Centre. We will be learning about animal life cycles, growth and change. We will also be learning about human development including learning names for our body parts and how our bodies grow and change over time. In Art children will be drawing wooden boats using refined pencil skills and using slight changes in colour using tints and shades to create a huge sail for our classroom. We will also make a moving sculpture on a sea theme. Our Maths learning will be all about measuring height and length as well as reading scales for mass, capacity and temperature. We have some great texts for inspiring our writing journey and developing our skills as writers in English including looking at some pirate stories and poems. We will continue to investigate a range of spelling strategies and improve our joined handwriting. We will get creative in Computing as we make music, create pictures and present ideas. Our Music learning will focus on the voice and listening to a range of song styles on the theme of friendship. In RE, we will be learning about places that are special to us and how and why many believers from different faiths go to sacred or holy places. Finally, in PE, we will be preparing for Sports Day when we hope to welcome parents back, as well as a Multi Skills Festival with other schools.
Please see below for the overview of this term for parents which details all areas of the curriculum.
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 our theme plus Science and Maths.
Reading: The children are absolutely loving the addition of choosing a weekly book from our collection of 30 Recommended Reads for Year 2. It is really helping the children 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 books 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 help your child to maximise the chances of winning by reading with them regularly.
Communicating with you: I really value working in partnership with you. I will continue to 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: email@example.com. Thank you.
I look forward to continuing to get to know you this year as we work together in partnership to offer your child the very best we can.
Miss Caroline Watson