Dart (Year 2)

Welcome to Dart – Year 2. On this page you find regular updates which could include PE sports events, photos of activities carried out at school, trips, class news and other school events such as our KS1 Nativity, PTFA fundraisers and important dates to note. Year 2 is always a busy but exciting year and I am looking forward to supporting each child in my class achieve to their full potential.

A brief overview of the Autumn Term 1 is as follows:

Maths – Place Value, Addition and Subtraction

Talk for Writing – The Papaya that spoke (story writing)

Science – Everyday Materials and their Uses

RE – Christianity

PE – Real PE (sports skills) and gymnastics

Read Write Inc and Literacy

PHSE – friendships

Topic/Cross curricular – Medieval Madness (history/art/D&T)

REAL PE

Lesson 1 – learning how to weave in and out of others – safely, confidently and with increased skill and speed. These essential skills will support children to play competently in team sports such as football, rugby and hockey.

REAL PE Dart Class

Science this half term focused on everyday materials and their uses. The children had lots of fun learning about different types of materials and what they could be used for. The area the children really enjoyed and engaged in was the effects of plastic on our environment. They designed their own posters, aiming to persuade everyone at school to recycle or reduce the plastic they consumed.

Posters!

It’s the Spring Term already! We have lots of exciting things happening this term. We will be hosting an end of topic celebration event, where all our parents are invited into school to see the wonderful history topics each class has covered. The KS1 children have immensely enjoyed learning all about the early medieval times. They are looking forward to sharing what they have learnt with their parents on Wednesday 13th February 2019. There is also the Valentine’s disco on Thursday 14th February, all the details can be found in the newsletters.

After the half term break we will commence our new topic – more details to follow…but I can reveal we will be following in the steps of some amazing explorers. Science, PHSE and RE will be incorporated into our topic lessons which will help the children make those essential cross curricular links. We will continue to follow the REAL PE programme. Maths and English lessons will also be taught separately and as stand alone core subjects.

Useful educational websites 

The children have been using the following online educational games and I thought it would be nice to share these with you as they really enjoy using them (and they are educational!)

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/spookySpellings/index.html

You will need to upload flash player to access these but both can be used on a tablet. Spooky spellings – click on the book marked year 2, and then choose from a selection of year 2 common exception words (words that cannot be phonetically decoded). Hit the button is brilliant for quick fire times table practice, in year 2 children need to know their 2, 5 and 10 times tables.

I hope you find these useful.

Topic open afternoon

It was lovely to see parents at our topic open afternoon. I really enjoyed sharing the children’s learning and looking at the work from our other classes. The children really engaged with ‘Medieval Madness’ and learnt lots about key historical events and people including The Battle of Hastings, William the Conqueror and The Doomsday Book.

If you were not able to attend this event please ask to have a look at your child’s topic book.

Permaculture and Play afternoon

Mrs Quick very kindly organised a special treat for our KS1 children to end our Spring Term. Our Year 2 children had the choice of five different activities. They had to vote for their favourite. They voted for an afternoon in our environment area. They had the opportunity to play, explore and have an Easter egg hunt.

Easter Egg Hunt

Welcome back! It’s the summer term already. This half term is very short but very busy. Your children will be sitting their SATs this half term. They will sit two reading papers, two maths papers, a spelling paper and a punctuation and grammar paper. Your children have worked very hard and I have no doubt will do their very best in each paper.

Summer half term 2 and the last part of year 2. Where has the time gone? I am pleased to report that our SATs went well this year. I am immensely proud of every child, they were all very calm during the process and gave each paper their best effort.

We will continue with out Wicked, Wild West topic, finding out more about Lewis and Clark. We will focus on the culture of the Native Americans, finding out about their beliefs and way of life. We have already found out why they made and wore headdresses and have began to make our own. Our text for Talk for Writing is based on a traditional Native American story and the children will have the opportunity to weave in what they have learnt in topic.

The summer term will have some exciting events including Sports Day – booked for Thursday 20th June in the afternoon and the leaver’s disco kindly organised by the PTFA booked for Thursday 18th July.

We made dreamcatchers as part of our creative learning in topic. The children really took their time to create beautiful dreamcatchers.