Fantastic Foxes - Y2
Learn and Be Happy!
Class teacher - Mrs S Ahmed
Mrs Phipps and Ms Brown help us with our learning
Hello! My name is Mrs Ahmed your child’s teacher this year. I am looking forward to getting to know you and your child and I am confident that we will make a great start to the year.
PE lessons will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays. Your child should have their PE kit in school by now. It is essential that your child has the full PE kit on their peg everyday (in case there is a timetable change!) No earrings should be worn on these days.
It is important the children read at home every single day to help them with their fluency and understanding, even if it is for only five minutes. Can we also please ensure that the children bring their school bags into school every single day so we can listen to them read at every given opportunity.
Each half-term we are given homework that matches the learning we do in school for each topic.
Reading books will be changed when needed and after the children have quizzed their book. Please try to read with your child every day.
Autumn Term 1 2017
Fantastic Foxes have had a super start to the term!
In our Geography work, we have been looking at our local area. We have been on a local area, made a map of our route and thought about some of the changes we would like to make.
During this term, we have had an exciting visit from the firefighters. They talked to us about fire safety, smoke alarms and fire plans. We were very lucky, as we had an opportunity to dress up as firefighters and go inside a real fire engine.
In Maths, we have been using lots of concrete and pictorial methods to help us manipulate numbers and look at different number facts.
In English, we have looked at the book ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ and wrote our own version of the story. To help us remember the story, we used story maps and role play. We even made jam sandwiches for the tiger!
Autumn Term 2 2017
Fantastic Foxes have had a busy term settling into the routine of year 2!
We have added some special features to our classroom:
Worry Wall: This is where we go if we are worried or anxious about anything. It could be any type of worry: school worry, friend worry, home worry! We write our worry in the worry box and see the worry disappear!
Challenge Area: In Fantastic Foxes, we always like to challenge ourselves so we have a special challenge area. When we have finished our work, we choose a challenge that will further develop our learning and understanding.
Quiet Critters: Fantastic Foxes have been very excited to have these special critters join our classroom! Quiet Critters sit on our special shelf and if they spot anyone working quietly, they come out and sit with them. We enjoy showing the Quiet Critters our work and they enjoy coming out and watching us.
We do have to be careful, as they do get scared of noise and as soon as we get too noisy, they go back to the safety of their home!
In our English work, we have been learning about the story behind ‘Bonfire Night’. We have written firework poems and learnt about ‘The Gunpowder Plot’. To help us to know and understand the story we have used drama, story maps and mind maps.
This term, we have been building up our knowledge of place value and applying it in addition and subtraction number sentences. We are beginning to develop our explanation and reasoning skills to solve word problems.
Linked to our English work we have been finding out about Guy Fawkes and why he is a significant person in our history. We have drawn portraits of Guy Fawkes, looked at different instruments that make noises like fireworks. We have also tried to recreate some firework images using black cardboard and chalk. They were so good we used them for our display
In our Science, we have continued with our Materials topic. We have looked at the famous scientist ‘John McAdam’. We were especially interested in learning about how his work in the past is still influencing our present and future!
Spring term 1 2018
This half term has flown by! We have been busy working hard in all areas of our learning.
In English, we have been learning about information texts. We have been looking at a variety of different books and highlighting all of the different features.
At the end of the unit, we wrote some fantastic information texts about our favourite dinosaurs.
This half term, we have also been focussing on our grammar and spellings. We are trying our best to apply what we are learning in our phonic work into our writing.
Our novel this half term was: The Dinosaur’s Diary by Julia Donaldson. We have really enjoyed reading about Hypsilophodon and her adventures
In Maths, we have been learning about money! We have looked at making different amounts, adding amounts together and even finding change from a given total. We have also been learning strategies to solve multiplication number sentences and word problems.
Our exciting topic this half term was ‘Dinosaurs’! We were all excited to learn some amazing facts about dinosaurs and their existence.
We looked at Mary Anning, the famous palaeontologist. We found out about her work and her lifestyle. Did you know Mary did not go to school because her family could not afford it? However, this did not stop her, she learnt to read and write all by herself!
During our Geography lessons, we looked at all the different places fossils had been found and how at the beginning people thought they were bones of a giant.
In Science, we have been learning about what keeps us healthy. We have been looking at the different food types and why it is important to have a balanced diet. We have thought about how we can make small changes in our diet to make us healthy eaters.