It is going to be an intense, full on year, with as things currently stand, the children taking their SATS in May, unless the government change their mind of course! There will more information to follow on the SATS as we progress throughout the year, do not worry about them, I will ensure that the children don’t.
This year I am lucky enough to have Miss Barker with me in class all day, every day. Mrs Jackson will be joining us in the mornings also. As many of you know I have other roles in school that take me away from the classroom from time to time, rest assured when I am not in class your children are left in capable hands, learning the things that I have planned and prepared for them.
Reading in Year 2...
My passion is reading, reading opens a wealth of imagination and ideas for writing. If there is one thing you can do for your child its read with them, to them, let them see you reading, read labels in the supermarket, give them a shopping a list and ask them to find the products. Read newspapers, magazines, books, things on the internet, anything, just read. I will send home a reading challenge every half term.
As part of our behaviour practices in class this year, I am introducing the marble challenge. The ladder on the wall will remain, but an amount of marbles will be associated with each level. The class have been split into 5 teams. Here is how it works:
Ready to learn – 1 marble
Marvellous – 2 marbles
Extraordinary – 3 marbles
Out of the World – 4 marbles
At the end of each day the children will put the corresponding amount of marbles in their group jar. The group with the most amount of marbles at the end of each week will win a reward, they will decide on at the beginning of the week.
This is also a strategy you could implement at home, if you so wished.
Last year in trialled fundraising with my class, the money we raised was used to enhance the children’s learning. We managed to raise roughly £500 over the year and used it for:
We just did small things to raise the money such as, selling things we made at the Christmas fayre and a sponsored zumbathon. We have already started this year’s fundraising and sold things at the summer sizzler, we have already raised £30 towards this year’s Christmas party.
Dates for the diary
Our first topic is called Viva Espana! and is a geography based topic. Over the half term we will be learning about:
Challenge homework sheet will be given out, it is your choice whether you complete any of it but the children do really enjoy showing what they have being doing at home to support our topic.