Class Elm

Welcome to Elm – Autumn 2018

I am so excited to welcome everyone into Elm Class and begin our Year 2 journey together.

Our topic focus for the first half term is called ‘Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s…!’ We will be learning about animal habitats, life cycles, food chains and a wide range of animals. Below is an overview of the key learning intentions for each area of the curriculum for this term.

English –      Non-chronological report about Crazy Creatures

–      Letter writing

–      No nonsense Spellings  – Homophones; polysyllabic words; common exception words

Maths –      Number: Place Value

–      Counting objects to 100 and reading and writing numbers in numerals and words

–      Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s

–      Counting in 3s

Science –      Living things and their habitats including life cycles
RE –      The Bible: Why is it such a special book? Do people of other faiths have holy books?
Geography –      Map and globe skills
History –      Whole School WW1 topic
Art –       Painting – study of Henri Rousseau
Computing and online safety –      Programming
PE –      Dance specialist teacher

–      Games

PSHE –      Rules

–      How choices can have a positive effect on the wider environment (Deforestation, habitat impact)

Book bags and Home Reading books 

Please ensure book bags are brought into school every day. Books will be changed on a Tuesday and Friday morning when comments have been written in the home-school diary. To make the children more responsible for their own learning we are asking the children to put their reading book and diary into the ‘changing box’. As the length and complexity of books increases, it may be that your child takes longer than a week to complete the book. It is still essential that, as your child’s fluency and stamina increase, you continue to discuss with your child what is happening in the story, predict what will happen next, check understanding of new vocabulary and ask questions about the text.

Common exception words; times tables and Homework

We will send home a copy of the Year 1 and Year 2 common exception words. The children need to be able to write the Year 1 words independently and over this year we will learn the Year 2 words. Once the words have been taught, the children will be expected to spell these words correctly in their writing. It is a great idea to put the words somewhere prominent in the house so you can keep testing your child on these words.

Times tables – we will move onto learning our 2, 5, 10 and 3 times tables. Please support your child by continuing to practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.

Homework – Homework suggestion sheets and homework books will be sent home to give you ideas of how you can extend your child’s learning at home.

Our class novel

As I am certain you all know; I love books! Each term we have a number of books which we will continue to read. We will also have a class novel which we will listen to whenever we get the chance. This helps the children to hear how stories should be read and broadens the range of books they are exposed to with more challenging vocabulary. We are currently reading Claude in the Country by Alex T. Smith.

PE Kits

PE Kits are to be kept in school on your child’s peg. Our PE sessions are on a Monday and Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure earrings are removed ready for our PE sessions and all long hair is tied back. Initially we have a specialist dance teacher teaching our Wednesday PE sessions.

Forest schools and outdoor learning

In Elm Class we hope to spend a lot of time outside! Our focus on animal habitats means that we will be able to get outside and explore habitats and micro-habitats in our outdoor area. We also have a class trip to Heysham Nature Reserve planned for Wednesday 19th September – a separate letter will be sent out about this.

Our Forest School sessions will be on a Monday. For Forest Schools session your child will need wellies, waterproof trousers and a waterproof jacket. Unfortunately, due to limited space in the cloakroom, Forest School kit can’t be stored at school and needs to be brought in each week.

Water bottles

Please remember to provide your child with a named water bottle. This can be left in school and we will refill it with fresh water.

Thank you for your continued support – By working together we can ensure the best outcomes for your child.


Mrs Ingham and Mrs Coultas