Belgium – Year 2

 

 

 

 

@BelgiumArdley

 

Mrs H Trevor – KS1 Leader & Class Teacher
Mrs C Head – Class Teacher
Mrs S Green – Teaching Assistant

 

Hello and welcome to Belgium Class!

Working with your children are Mrs Trevor, Mrs Head and Mrs Green. The children will also have P.E. with Mrs Sivewright. We will deliver a fun, creative and engaging curriculum. We know your children will learn so much so be prepared to accept you not so little children will dazzle you with new knowledge!

Please request to follow our Twitter Page @BelgiumArdley for photo updates and notices.

Should you wish to speak to any of us, drop us an email or ask to speak to us after school. htrevor@ardleyhill.org.uk chead@ardleyhill.org.uk

 

Class List

Anthony, Blake, Woody, James, Leo, Tristan, Esme, Harley, Rita, Scarlet, Theo, Kyron, William, Luca, Maria, Leo, Tate, Charlie, Lexi-May, Rocco, Maisie, Elise, Tayana, Bella, Sienna, Millie, Olivia, Maya, Zayda, Aniyah-Lei & Alesia.

Your teachers:

Mrs Trevor- Mon, Tues, Weds

Mrs Head- Thurs and Fri

Year 2 Teaching Assistant- Mrs Green

Information

P.E.:

Belgium have a P.E afternoon on Wednesdays. Mrs Sivewright leads the children in a range of P.E lessons including dance, basketball, tennis, hockey, football and gymnastics. On occasion we have visitors come in and teach the children. We have been fortunate enough to have Luton Town FC players come and coach the children. The children are currently being taught swimming on a Wednesday afternoon. Your child will need a swimming costume, a towel and a pair of flip-flops.

Snack:

Children can bring in 1 extra snack for break time. This is to be a healthy snack and grapes or olives must be cut in half. The children also receive a free piece of fruit  or vegetable at school in the afternoon. Please inform us of any allergies.

Homework:

Once a half term your child will get a new ‘Bingo Board’ stuck in their books. The children can choose what activities they would like to do and can repeat some of their favourite activities. We would like to see some evidence of what you have done where possible – photos, drawings, diary entries etc. We would also like to make sure children are still working on their key English and Mathematical skills too. Please continue reading with your children and accessing Education City as much as possible. The log in details are stuck on the inside of your child’s book. You will also find some key spellings and times tables. We hope these new activities will be more accessible for you at home and hope the children will be inspired to do more learning in their home environment.
Enjoy!

Belgium Learning:

Belgium Class pack a lot of learning into their year.

Autumn Term

In Maths we have been:

 

  • Working on place value and partitioning numbers into their tens and ones.
  • Practising adding and subtracting 10s, using a 100 square to ‘spider count’.
  • Recognising the value of British coins and working out change.
  • Adding and subtracting two-digit numbers.
  • Measuring in decimetres and centimetres.

 

In English we have been:

 

  • Creating our own fact files.
  • Writing a superhero story in the past tense, using adjectives and expanded noun phrases.
  • Looking at poetry about the 5 senses and writing our own poems.
  • Writing recounts of events.

 

In Topic we had a visit from Eliot the midnight superhero and have looked at:

 

  • Real life superheroes such as Florence Nightingale, William Wilberforce and Edward Jenner.
  • Comic books and comic strips.
  • Trees, plants and habitats.
  • The art of Picasso and Lichtenstein.

Spring Term

In Maths we have been:

 

  • Adding and subtracting two 2-digit numbers using 100 squares and number lines.
  • Measuring weight in kg/g and capacity in l/ml.
  • Working out fractions of shapes and numbers.
  • Telling time to quarter to/past.

 

In English we have been:

 

  • Writing instructions using imperative verbs.
  • Looking at stories by Dr Seuss.
  • Writing our own stories focusing on using expanded noun phrases, commas and good vocabulary.
  • Learning how to use an apostrophe for possession and contractions.

 

In Topic we had a visit from the Firebird and have looked at:

 

  • The Great Fire of London and fire safety.
  • The geography and culture of Russia.
  • The animals and people of the Arctic and Antarctic.

Summer Term

In Maths we have been:

 

  • Working out halves, quarters and thirds of numbers and shape.
  • Adding and subtracting two 2-digit numbers by partitioning.
  • Looking at money and making the same amount using different combinations of coins.

 

In English we have been:

 

  • Looking at poetry about families and birds and writing our own poems.
  • Writing our own fact files.

 

In Topic we had a visit from an orangutan, and we have looked at:

 

  • Deforestation and it’s impact on orangutans and the planet.
  • The story Where the Wild Things Are and we have created our own Wild character.

Year 2 Expectations

Reading

Children are highly congratulated and rewarded for their amount of reading at home and progress made in class.

We would like your children to access a range of literature and genres so please encourage your children to read other materials – not just their reading book. For example – magazines, road names, shopping lists, recipes, ingredients, posters and more. Record any reading they have done in their ‘go home’ reading records and we will jot down how many times your child has read.

Children who read 10 times get a prize and get a place on our reward chart.

Year 2 children follow the Accelerated Reader programme. Please see our English information page about this.

 

Below are the interim framework criteria for reading. Children who are to receive ‘expected’ are to show they can do all of the points below.

If the children are working at ‘greater depth’ they need to show they can do all of the points for ‘expected’ and ‘greater depth’.

Don’t panic! Your children are exposed to this criteria in fun and friendly ways. We only ask that you encourage your children to explore reading by reading, listening, looking, questioning and sharing as much as possible. Leave the rest to us!

 

Writing

Below are the requirements to achieve the expected standard and working at a greater depth. If your child would like to participate in any writing at home please encourage this- writing a shopping list, thank you cards, labelling items around the house with post- its, writing stories, invitations to a party, Christmas cards etc! We keep our writing sessions interactive, fun and motivating, often giving the children a purpose for writing.

 

Maths

We encourage a lot of practical maths in year 2. We have a huge amount of resources to help the children engage with and learn new maths skills.
By the end of year 2 children should be secure in their number bonds to 20, applying these to different maths skills. They should also know their 2, 3, 4, 5, 10 and 11 times tables. Year 2 children are also expected to understand other maths facts such as doubles and halves of numbers to 20 and odd and even numbers. Other skills we teach include telling time to 5 minutes, adding and subtracting money, identify and knowing the properties of 2d and 3d shapes and much more! Below is the assessment guidelines we currently use for children to achieve the expected standard in maths.
Please engage in some maths activities with your children to help build their confidence.

SATs (year 2 page only)

Year 2 children will sit Statuary Assessment Tests in May. This is used as an assessment tool for teachers to find out what children are secure with and what gaps they may have. The overall judgement for your child will be based on all of the work they have done, not just the SATs. We like to keep the pressure off the children and make SATs week a fun week with many treats.

SATs

Year 2 children will sit Statuary Assessment Tests in May. This is used as an assessment tool for teachers to find out what children are secure with and what gaps they may have. The overall judgement for your child will be based on all of the work they have done, not just the SATs. We like to keep the pressure off the children and make SATs week a fun week with many treats.

Topic:

Year 1 & 2 Whizz, Wham, Whoosh Topic – Autumn Term

Year 2 Relight my Fire Topic – Spring Term

Year 2 Take a walk on the wild side Topic – Summer Term