Our Numbots Workshop
We had a fantastic morning playing on Numbots with our families and allowing them to see our mathematical successes at school! Thank you for joining us. It was such a lovely, calm morning. 😊
Fire Service Visit
Year 2 staff arranged for the Hampshire Fire Service to come in to explore how we can stay safe in the home around fire safety. We learnt a Makaton rhyme about safety around matches and played quizzes. Some of us had the opportunity to dress up in firefighter uniforms. It was very exciting!
Welcome back to school. We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and new year with your family and friends. We are looking forward to all of the exciting things taking place in the Spring term. As we begin 2024, we wanted to update you with some key information.
We ask that you ensure:
- All clothing is named before your child comes to school
- If your child wears laced shoes, that they practise tying laces at home so that they are able to do this independently at school. If not, we’d recommend your child wears Velcro shoes to encourage independence
- A named plastic water bottle is brought in daily
- Reading records are brought into school daily
We would also ask for children not to bring in back packs as we have no room on pegs and have limited space. The pegs we have are only big enough to hold your child’s coats and it becomes a health & safety risk.
Our P.E. days are every Monday and Friday so please make sure that your child is sent into school wearing their PE kit. On P.E. days, we kindly ask that you ensure that your child wear their normal Warren Park polo shirt and jumper or cardigan with either shorts or tracksuit bottoms (blue, grey or black preferred if possible). We would ask that children do not wear football kits. P.E. lessons will be held outside wherever possible so your child should wear suitable footwear like trainers rather than school shoes.
We would like to thank you for your support with reading so far this year! Reading in Year 2 is an absolute priority for us; it’s the key that opens the doorway to the whole curriculum. We kindly ask for your continuous effort over the rest of the year and listen to your child read at home a minimum of 3 times a week. Your child does not have to read the entire book and they can read a mixture of school and home books. Focus on a few pages and talk about the characters and plot. You might want to take it in turns to read so your child can hear how you read too! This will enable them to develop their fluency. We ask that your child brings their reading record into school daily.
Your child will come home with weekly spellings to practise at home. There are lots of fun ways to practise spellings which mirror what we do in class and these are:
- Rainbow writing – Pyramids
- Bubble writing SPELLING
- Write in a sentence I’m amazing at practising my spellings.
We have introduced Numbots to the children which they have really enjoyed at school and at home! We are excited to give out certificates to children to celebrate their successes in assembly!
Individual logins and passwords were handed out in October. Please let a member of the team know if you need the login details again.
Little reminder: Please don’t allow siblings, friends or family to answer for your child, as the programme progresses at the pace of each child and we use it to support their mathematical learning needs at school. Do feel free to support your child if they’re stuck and give them encouragement to keep trying even if it takes a number of times to complete a level.
Little and often
In order to get the best out of NumBots, we recommend that children play regularly for short bursts at a time as frequently as possible.
- Story Mode – the emphasis is on learning the ideas and concepts behind addition and subtraction so it features more diagrams, representations and question styles.
- Challenge Mode – the emphasis is more on speed of recall of key facts, like number bonds to 10, doubling small numbers or adding & taking away in your head.
During the Spring term we have lots of fantastic learning to look forward to.
We will be starting the term exploring the book, The Storm Whale where we will be working towards writing our own sequel story.
We will be starting off the term with addition and subtraction where we will be developing our fluency, reasoning and problem solving in this area. If you’d like to get started, your child can login into Numbots which will hugely support their number knowledge.
Our science learning will focus on Living Things and their Habitats, where the children will explore the concept of a habitat. They will investigate the habitats surrounding our school, including those around the Boulter Building. They will build on their understanding that all animals are dependent on their habitats for survival.
Our new History learning journey is The Titanic. Your child will be exploring different sources and develop their historical knowledge to explore whether they believe it was a triumph or a tragedy.
In our Geography learning, we are comparing our local area to Sydney in Australia. We will be exploring weather patterns and developing our knowledge of Human and Physical features.
Our R.E. concept next term is ‘Remembering’ where the children will explore what remembering means to them and then what remembering means to some Hindus during the festival of Holi.
In computing, we will be programming using the tool Scratch to write algorithms to create shapes.
We are focusing on creating patterns and composing our own melodies.
Our key skill next half term is sculpture where we will be creating a beach collage using natural materials. Alongside this, we will be studying our key artist Sharon Nolan.
Please go onto our Year 2 page on the website where there will be further information.
As always, we are always here to help! 😊
If you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to come and see us and we will be more than happy to help with any questions or concerns.
Thank you for your continued support.
Year 2 Team