The Busy Bees (Year 2) Miss Madge

Welcome to the Busy Bees!

 

We are really looking forward to getting to know your children and learning alongside them. We hope that they will settle quickly and cope with the challenges that Year 2 will bring. We have got an exciting year ahead of us, with many interesting and challenging topics, which we know the children will enjoy.

 

Topics – Term 1

What do I need to be me?

The children will be investigating what we need to grow and how we can be fit and healthy.  They will be designing and making their own smoothies and of course tasting them! With judges judging in a Strictly Come Dancing style! The discussion around fruit and vegetables will link into our art where they draw still life pictures. During this unit of work the children will also be learning about life cycles and animals.

 

Term 2

Through the keyhole!

In this topic the children begin sewing. They will learn how to create a running stitch and cross stitch to make a book mark. They will compare old and new toys, clothes and houses and investigate materials used to make them. The materials will be tested according to their properties to help the children understand why they have been chosen for a particular purpose. For example is a chocolate teapot really not useful?

 

Term 3

Travel and transport

Hop on board and prepare to blast off on an exciting adventure with this Travel and Transport topic we will explore journeys of all kinds, including how people get around now and how they travelled in the past, all through a selection of fun, engaging and informative lessons and activities. From a walk around the school to the first trip to the moon, there is something for everyone!

 

Term 4 and 5

Castle

We are introduced to the fascinating topic of castles in this castletastic topic. We hope this will ‘keep’ the children engaged as we learn about the history of medieval castles and the Normans, where castles are built, who lived in castles, the structure of castles, and so much more, all through a variety of fun and creative activities. We will be dressing up little lords, ladies and knights for our exciting castle day. We will also be visiting Dover castle to explore a real life castle.

It is in this term where we begin to learn about Hinduism. The children learn about the Hindu way of life through a multitude of experiences including art, craft and cooking.

 

Term 6

Superheroes

Are you ready for an adventure? 'Superheroes!' includes a whole range of different subjects and learning activities. These include drawing, painting and sculpting superheroes and making our own pop-up comic book. We will also think about staying safe online and using the beebot s to writing and testing algorithms. We will be learning about real-life superheroes and think about what we need to do in an emergency. Hold on to your capes as we explore the exciting world of superheroes.

 

Curriculum Days / Trips

Term 1 & 2

  • Visit to St Mary’s Church

Term 3 & 4

  • Trip to Dover Castle

Term 5 & 6

  • Castle day

 

P.E

Your children need to make sure they have their P.E kit in school everyday. Please could you make sure they have a suitable tracksuit and trainers for outdoor P.E and that EVERYTHING is named.

Busy Bees have PE on a Wednesday or Friday.

Earrings must not be worn for PE so please can your child take them out for PE days. Thank you.

 

Reading at home

There is a continued expectation in Year 2 that children read at least 5 times a week to an adult, regardless of their ability or stage. We ask that once you have heard your child read you sign their reading diary, noting the page read up to. We also encourage wider reading than just school books, please encourage them to read any text that interests them. Going to the library together is a fun way to share new books with your child.

 

Homework

In Year 2 we expect the children to read every night. They will also receive weekly Maths Challenges. After Christmas, weekly homework will be sent home. This will be either Maths or Reading Comprehension. It will be given on a Friday and needs to be handed in the following week before Friday. On occasions, there may be a small project based on a topic within school to broaden the children’s knowledge and understanding. They will also be given the list of High Frequency Words, for the children to learn to read and write. Additional spellings will come home as appropriate.

 

Adults

Mrs Rigden is the Busy Bees Teaching Assistant.

Mrs Fox also works in the class.

 

Reflection area

In our classroom we have a reflection area – this is an area where we can reflect upon the messages we hear from the Bible, explored within RE sessions and our daily acts of Worship.

 

Picking up your children at the end of the day

Busy Bees: On the small playground by the ramp.

 

I am available to speak to you at the end of the day if you have any questions or concerns.

Or alternatively you can arrange an appointment with the office.

 

Miss Madge

 

Updated April 2018