A warm welcome from our Year 2 team, Miss Broughton, Miss Tembey, Miss Turner, Miss Gilberthorpe and Mr Collinson. Miss Broughton teaches in the classroom at the front of the school whereas Miss Tembey is in the classroom at the back of school. Separating our classes, we have a spacious shared area where Miss Gilberthorpe and Miss Turner work supporting with phonics, maths and reading interventions, using their love of art, the children will be encouraged to use their imagination in a creative way. We also have a quiet area where children can receive more focused learning and allowing children to develop their knowledge and understanding. Each classroom has a quiet area where they can enjoy books, and share them with other children in the class and space for a quiet time and reflection.
Miss Tembey - I have been teaching at Travis for almost 2 years, firstly in Year 3 and last year in Year 2 and I have loved every minute of it. I am looking forward to what this accademic year will bring! Outside of school I love spending time with my two children, exploring new places, reading and supporting my football team - Carlisle United!
Miss Broughton - I have been working at Travis since Easter as a supply teacher and have been teaching 6 years altogether. Outside of school, I enjoy shopping and going on holiday.
For the start of this term, the children will become geographers, locating England, India and other key places such as continents and oceans of the world. They will explore the culture, language, stories and living in India by handling artefacts; watching clips and sharing information found by looking at books and researching on the internet. The children will be exploring habitats in Science and are already looking forward to the trip to Tropical World in Leeds where we will be going on a bug hunt and experiencing different habitats from around the world. We will be looking at The Enormous Crocodile in our English lessons linking to character and setting descriptions and finding out what the naughty croc will get up to!
In the second half term we will be exploring toys throughout the years, looking and comparing toys that we play with compared with the toys our parents and grandparents played with. This will be linked nicely in the run up to Christmas which is always a very exciting time in Year 2! Our second book this half term will be Traction Man. We can’t wait to find out what adventures he and the other toys will go on.
Our core stories will be Charlotte’s Web and The Christmasaurus.
What toys do you remember playing with and which were your favourites?
Both Topics this half term will be related to texts as mentioned above. However, we also link our work with more geographical and historical themes. The children will learn what will make a suitable habitat to live in and what we need to survive in that habitat. They will apply this to their learning and create their own habitat.
Other examples of writing will be:
- Fictional stories.
- Character and setting descriptions.
- Recount from the visit.
- Factual writing.
All children will work hard this term to become confident with addition and subtraction methods. As a school we continue to use the ABACUS scheme and the children clamber to move onto the Think questions. We will also be supplementing these with examples and challenges from the White Rose Hub.
Some areas we will be covering will be:
- Applying methods to subtraction and addition
- Developing mathematical vocabulary and using this confidently
- Place value
- Data collection
- Multiplication facts of 2, 5 and 10
The children will be working hard to speedily recall their 2, 5, and 10 times tables and begin to learn to tell the time.
Our first RE topic is looking at the story of the Creation, and what we are thankful for. We also link this to our Harvest Festival which we are all looking forward to celebrating with you. The children will begin to develop a deeper understanding of creation, thankfulness and an understanding of how our world was created. Our second topic will be looking at the Christmas Story in more detail and understanding the key characters and events in more detail.
Homework will be sent out every Monday and will be returned the following Monday. The children will be expected to complete either maths or English homework on a rotational basis. Maths homework will be sent in support of the maths lessons and cover the previous weeks learning. English homework will take a more creative approach and allow the children more freedom to explore lots of different areas of our topics we are learning.
Home reading is a priority in Year 2. Children will be expected to read at least 3 times a week to an adult, and recording it in their reading records. This will be checked weekly. We encourage the children to read a variety of books to ensure they keep that love for reading. We hope you will support in this. The children will be encouraged to change their own reading books and we encourage you to help support their independence in this.
PE days are Tuesday and Friday, but we ask that the children bring their PE kits in on Monday and take them home on Friday.
India information: https://www.theschoolrun.com/homework-help/india