Welcome to Class 2M. Mrs Murray is our class teacher and Mrs Pownall and Miss Spencer are our support assistants. We work hard and have lots of fun in 2M.
Below you will find lots of information about our class. This will include information on the Year 2 curriculum, our school schemes, reading book days, PE days, homework menu and water bottles. We will update the website regularly and notify you of any important dates for your diary. If you are having to stay at home due to self-isolation, please contact the school office. Information about lessons and current work will be provided through Class Dojo.
Anything that you wish to share or talk about, please message us on Class Dojo. We endeavour to regularly check all messages and we will reply as soon as we can. We are here for your children, and we will always listen.
Phonics is taught daily in Year 2. Phonics is a method for teaching reading, where your child is taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sounds that they represent. Your child can then start to read words by blending the sounds together to make a word.
Our school follows the Read Write Inc (RWI) approach to teaching early reading and spelling. This is a structured and systematic approach, that is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers, and willing writers. It is vital that your child is encouraged to pronounce phonemes (sounds) correctly.
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Reading books will be changed regularly. Please send your child's book bag to school with them every day.
In support of our approach to teaching reading, your child will take home a Read, Write Inc phonics book. Your child will be reading the book during the RWI lessons, and we ask that you reinforce your child’s learning by revisiting the book.
Your child will also take home a book for you to read together for pleasure. We encourage that you ask your child questions about their book and that you encourage your child to ask their own questions. It is important to develop comprehension skills, as it supports your child with reading and writing. We encourage you to visit our amazing local library to expand your child’s knowledge and love of books.
EBooks will also be allocated regularly on Oxford Owl. Your child's log in details is the same as last year. If you are unsure about your child’s log in details, then could you please message us on Class Dojo.
The Spelling Shed and Maths Shed
Your child will be bringing home a password. This will enable them to log onto the spelling shed and maths shed. We will set a variety of fun activities on this site for you to share at home with your child.
Our PE day this year is Tuesday. Please ensure that your child comes to school in their PE kit on Tuesdays. They can wear black tracksuit bottoms or leggings on colder days. No PE kits are to be brought into school.
There are studies to say, that drinking water and being well hydrated, improves the mood, memory, and attention in children. We would ask that you send in a water bottle for your child each day. We request that your child brings in water only and not juice or fizzy drinks. The bottle needs to have your child’s name on. The children will have access to their water throughout the day.
Every half term, a homework menu will be given out with a selection of tasks to be completed, across all areas of the curriculum. It is your choice as to how many you complete; however, you must complete at least one piece and hand it in to school by the end of the half term. Your child’s completed work will be celebrated.
Upcoming dates this term:
Thursday 2nd September - Children return to school.
WC Monday 5th October: Dyslexia awareness week
Tuesday 5th October- Nature Friendly Schools
WC Monday 18th October: Harvest Focus
Friday 22nd October- Finish for half term
Monday 1st November: Inset Day
Tuesday 2nd November: Children return to school
WC Monday 29th November: Phonic Screening check
Wednesday 22nd December: Break up for Christmas
We are now in Advent. This is a special time where we are preparing for the celebration of Christmas Day: when God sent us His only Son, Jesus. We can celebrate the gift of Jesus. This is a time when we can really appreciate the love in our lives. We have talked about ways we can prepare for these celebrations. We are reading and learning about the stories from God's Story and can describe how Jesus' birth was so important to Christians all over the World. In this way, we can truly understand the meaning of Christmas.
R.E: Signs and Symbols
In 2M, we are learning about a sacrament called Baptism. We can talk about how a baby is welcomed into the Church Family. We can describe how the baby's parents chooses godparents to help the baby to be a friend of Jesus. We acted out a baptism today and used special signs and symbols: candle, white gown, sign of the cross, oil and the Holy Water.
RE- Rejoice- Beginnings
During our theme of Beginnings the children have talked about all the beginnings they have had. We described the many new beginnings we have had in our lives. Sometimes we have feelings at the start of a new beginning and can then feel different in the end, like Nemo. We ended our unit by remembering all that we have learnt. Together we sang the song 'He's got the whole wide world.' Our go forth was a chance for us all to make a positive choice and start each day the right way. We put these ideas on a post it note.
Maths Basic Skills
In Year 2, we also enjoy our Mastering Number sessions. In these sessions, we focus on developing our Number Sense. Here we will cover skills of subitising (knowing the amount without counting), cardinality, ordinality, counting, composition, comparison and number facts. In these sessions, we use a rekenrek to support our understanding of numbers and their relationships. In addition to this, we also work through Maths Flashback (White Rose) for our morning Maths work, which helps to recap on our previous learning.
Maths-Autumn 2-Addition and Subtraction
In Autumn 2, we have been looking at calculating using addition and subtraction. We have recapped on pairs to 10 and 20 and how we can use this understanding to find pairs to 100. We are looking at written methods of using a number line to calculate the answer. We have also looked at using our place value understanding to use column method to solve calculating 2 digit or 1 digit numbers.
Maths- Counting in 2's,5's and 10's.
Year 2 have been busy learning how to count in 2's,5's and 10's . We have been using a range of maths resources to support us and help us gain a deeper understanding.
Whole Class Read
As well as daily Read, Write, Inc. lessons, we enjoy daily Whole Class Read sessions. In these sessions, our teacher will read part of a selected text, the teacher then models a reading skill, which the children then practise and finally apply to complete the session. Each half-term, we have a selection of vehicle texts based on a theme.
Autumn 1- Seas and Rivers
Autumn 2-Fairy Stories
We have been looking at rural and urban areas. We have looked at the features of these places.
We also looked at a harbour and a seaside.
On a map we circled the towns that are near the coast.
Geography- Entry point
As part of our entry point to our new geography topic we have completed various activities.
The mix of activities have allowed us to share what we already know about the topic, think about what we want to find out in this topic and have even allowed us to use our creative skills.
History-People From the past-Kitty Wilkinson and Florence Nightingale
In our History lessons, we have been learning about significant people from the past and how they were able to make changes. To support our understanding, we have met 'Kitty' and 'Florence' where we listened to them describe their lives. Both were able to make positive changes to help the lives of others. Kitty helped to stop many people suffering from cholera by improving cleanliness in Liverpool and Florence helped to change hospitals. We have then been able to write letters, order events chronologically, label objects from the past and share our new learning in a variety of ways.
Art-Autumn 2-Georgia O'Keefe
In Autumn 2, we have been learning about another artist: Georgia O'Keefe. She was an American artist with a great love of painting natural objects, particularly flowers. We have explored her life and how she became an artist, we looked at colour mixing primary colours to create secondary colours and also at her style of looking really closely at flowers using vivid, bright colours. We painted our own flowers based on her style.
Art: Autumn 1-L.S Lowry
We have been looking at the work of L.S Lowry. We have found out some facts about him. We looked at how he used skylines and buildings to give a background to his work. We looked at our Liverpool Skyline and copied it. We sketched our work using pencils.