Extraordinary Elephants (Year 2)

Welcome to Extraordinary Elephants!

Who’s Who?

Class teacher: Mrs Harley

Student teacher: Miss Bi

Teaching Assistant: Miss Bi (AM); Mrs Bibi (PM)

Below you will find an overview of the exciting learning that will be taking place this academic year in our class.

 

Autumn 1

During this half-term, our theme is Dinosaur Planet!

We will be learning about dinosaurs! The children will be encouraged to become palaeontologists and dig deep to discover dazzling dinosaur facts.

In English, our quality text is: Am I Yours? by Alex Latimer. We will be using this book to help us write a dazzling description of our very own dinosaur.

In Maths, we will be exploring number and place value.

In Science, we will be learning about our favourite dinosaurs and their habitats. Our big question is, Whose poo?

In Collective Worship, we will be exploring the value ‘generosity’.

In RE, our big question is: Who made the world? We will be exploring ‘creation’.

 

Autumn 2

During this half-term, our theme is Enchanted Woodland.

We will be exploring the woods and learning about the creatures which live in a woodland habitat.

In English, our quality text is the traditional story, Little Red Riding Hood. We will be using this book to help us retell the story and innovate with a new character or a different ending.

In Maths, we will be solving problems with addition and subtraction.

In Science, we will be learning about a woodland habitat and, the creatures who dwell there. Our big questions are: Are all leaves the same?

In Collective Worship, we will be exploring the value ‘compassion’.

In RE, our big question is: Why does Christmas matter to Christians? We will be exploring ‘incarnation’.

Our Parent Workshop will focus on reading for pleasure with our children.

Spring 1

During this half-term, our theme is Muck, Mess and Mixtures.

In Science, our big question will be, Which stuff is stickier?

In Collective Worship, we will be exploring the value ‘courage’.

In RE, our big question is: What is the good news that Jesus brings? We will be exploring ‘gospel’.

Throughout school, we will also be taking part in e-Safety Week and we will be learning about Women Who Changed the World!

Spring 2

During this half-term, our theme is Paws, Claws and Whiskers.

In Science, our big question will be, What is camouflage for?

In Collective Worship, we will be exploring the value ‘friendship’.

In RE, our big question is: Why does Easter matter to Christians? We will be exploring ‘salvation’. 

Summer 1

During this half-term, our theme is Land Ahoy!

In Science, our big question will be, Will it degrade?

In Collective Worship, we will be exploring the value ‘forgiveness’.

In RE, our big question is: What do Christians believe that God is like? We will be exploring ‘God’.

During this half-term, our children will also be completing their statutory SATs. Dates can be found on our school calendar.

Summer 2

During this half-term, we will be taking part in Health and Fitness Fortnight and we will be celebrating Science Week. There will be a number of whole school events including our annual Sports Day and Summer Fair. Children will also take part in Transition Week. This will be an opportunity for them to meet their new class setting and make lots of new school friends.

In Collective Worship, we will be exploring the value ‘respect’.

In RE, we will be visiting places of worship from a range of different faiths and religions.

 

Home Learning

We value strong home-school partnerships and encourage all children to complete half-termly Home Learning tasks. These are set at the beginning of a new half-term and children can choose which order to complete. We encourage a ‘little and often’ approach so it is advisable that your chid completes one home learning task every week. We plan activities that cover all areas of the curriculum. Home Learning tasks place a strong emphasis on 'talk' and each week children are assigned a new word to 'use and practise' at home. By the end of the half-term, all home learning tasks should be completed. Home Learning books are monitored and marked weekly. Children are rewarded with Class Dojos. Home Learning books are checked every Wednesday. In addition to the Home Learning tasks, children should also be practising their weekly Maths KIRFs and Home Reading.

 

Home Reading

All children must have a St Chad’s Book Bag in school every day. Book bags can be purchased form the school office for £3.50. We expect children to read at least three times a week at home alongside an adult. Please ensure that your child’s Reading Records is signed at least three times a week. Reading Records are monitored daily. Reading Records are checked every Friday. Further information on Home Reading can be found within the Home Reading section on this website (parents/carers tab).

PE

Our PE lessons are on a Monday and Tuesday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has the correct PE kit in school every day. All items must be labelled with your child’s name and stored in a suitable drawstring bag. St Chad’s PE bags can be purchased from the school office for £3.50. We do not have storage facilities for rucksacks. During the colder months, we advise that your child has a pair of black jogging bottoms or leggings. Staff members are not allowed to remover earrings. We therefore advise that your child does not wear any earrings on PE days. If wish for your child to wear jewellery, they must be able to remove their own earrings. We cannot be acceptable for the loss of any jewellery items on PE days.

During the week, all children take part in a Daily Mile and ‘Go Noodle’. We are committed to ensuring that our children are active, fit and healthy. ‘Go Noodle’ videos can be accessed from home, please follow the link below.

 Our LOVEly Classroom!

Please click below to see some photographs of our LOVEly Classroom and wonderful learning.