Belgium – Year 2

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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.

 

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

Homework:

We have recently changed Ardley Hill Academy’s homework policy. 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!

Reading:

Belgium Class are highly congratulated and rewarded for their amount of reading at home and progress made in class. All children are encouraged to read every day at home and bring their reading book in regularly for it to be changed.

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 Mrs Green 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.

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!

Maths:

We encourage a lot of practical maths in Belgium class. 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 2,5 and 10 times tables at random. 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.

Expected standard

Expected standard2

Writing:

Children in Belgium class will receive 2 skills lessons and one extended writing lesson a week. In the extended writing lesson the children are encouraged to apply what they have learnt in the skills lessons earlier in the week. This is a popular lesson for the children. We play soft music, turn the lights down, work quietly and have atmospheric lighting. The children are well celebrated every lesson with dojos, house points, secret certificate and the ultimate treat… a scented sticker! Your child may have brought home a note saying how well they have done. We encourage the children to try and ‘beat’ their last piece of work.

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!

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

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. Recently we have been fortunate enough to have Luton Town FC players come and coach the children.

Swimming:

Belgium Class will have swimming on Wednesdays in the afternoon. They are to come in P.E kits but bring a swimming bag with the following kit- swimming costume (no bikinis), goggles optional swimming hat optional, hair band for long hair and towel.

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.

Belgium Learning:

Belgium Class pack a lot of learning into their year.

Autumn Term

When we first arrived we explored Belgium. We learned about the geography, culture and tasted some food! We also answer the register in French now.

We visited our class tree- can you guess what it is?

We explored superheroes, real and fictional. We learned about Florence Nightingale and William Wilberforce who amazed us with their super human power. We made lanterns just like Florence used. We made our own superhero based to play in.

We had a visit from Captain Fantastic-a real life superhero! Belgium Class could not ignore the beautiful nature around them and often brought in collections of nature from outside. We decided to make a nature table and make a giant autumnal tree.

Belgium Class like to help the teachers with big projects. We all worked together to make the backdrop for our Christmas Play The Grinch!

Spring Term

We started our spring term with a discovery of a nest in our classroom. We found a letter from a firebird who needed our help. We went on an adventure looking for clues of the firebird. We found nests, feathers, a giant egg and seeds. We wrote letters to the firebird.

We then had a tray of clues and tried to figure out which major historical event was missing on a timeline. Using the sources we figured out there was a huge fire in London. Some of us did more research at home and found out it was called the Great Fire of London. We decided to make our roleplay area into a fire station and explore fire as our topic.

We decided to make our own Stuart houses and create our own fire! It was very exciting!

When we returned from half term our role play had turned into a winter wonderland! The firebird travelled to Russia and wanted us to explore the arctic regions. We have learned about how animals adapt to their environments. We were lucky enough to go to a snow centre and try ringo riding! We painted out own elements eggs and learned about mixing colours.

We celebrated our fantastic finish with craft, biscuit decorating, watching Ice Age and having snowball fights in a giant snow globe!