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Welcome to Rowan Class


Mrs Read - Class Teacher / KS1 Leader

Mrs Marsland Monday-Wednesday (Teaching Assistant)

Mrs Jenkins Thursday-Friday (Teaching Assistant)

Mrs Sherlock (Teaching Assistant)

Autumn Term Curriculum

A very warm welcome back to school everyone!

We hope that you have had a super summer break and are ready for a fabulous term of learning.

This term our project question is:

‘Why do we remember some people from the past more than others?’

We will be learning about and comparing hospitals in the past and in the present.  We are asking the children to think about why we remember Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale.  The children will be by researching and finding out facts about these significant people and the events surrounding their lives.  Our project will work towards a comparison of the lives of both of these women in history and how they are remembered.  You can help your child at home by finding out facts about the Crimean war, nursing in the past/present and the lives of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. 

In our English lessons we will be sharing the classic stories of ‘Rainbow Fish’ by our class author Marcus Pfister.  Here we will learn about friendships, courage and loyalty.   We will write diary entries and our own story in the style of Rainbow Fish.  National Poetry Day is in October, so we will be enjoying exploring and performing lots of poems this term too.

Maths work will involve strengthening our understanding of the four operations, place value and counting in different steps.  Your child will have a weekly maths passport challenge and a subscription to Numbots to practise at home, just like in Year 1.

Our science work this term involves life cycles, healthy living and hygiene.

Computing and Working Online

A big focus for us this term will be helping the children to independently access google classroom and the variety of online platforms that we use in school.  As we introduce them to the children in school, we will send home the usernames and passwords with their homework book. 



Home Reading

We love reading in Year 2 and value the importance of children making progress with their reading and enjoying books.  

Just like in Year 1, the children will bring home a book that has a number on the front which is matched closely to the phonics they are learning in school.  This phonic book is an opportunity for children to read fluently at home and enjoy success.  They should read it several times and get used to hearing themselves read it out loud.  The second book will have trickier words in that the children may not have met before or they can’t use phonics to read.  The children will need some of these words to be read to them and will probably need more help from adults. 

Again, just like in Year 1, we have a wonderful selection of books for the children to take home as weekend books.  These are for you to share with your child as part of their reading for pleasure.  They will choose their own book, which may be a book that they know already and might want to share with you many times, or a book with a cover that takes their interest.  We encourage the children to talk about the books that they like and why they have chosen a book.

The children need to have their reading books and record in school every day.  We will work towards the children knowing when and where to change their reading books so that they gain more independence as the term progresses.  Ideally children should be reading every night, but we are mindful that our busy lives sometimes prevent this.  Children should aim for five reads per week.

We also have a subscription to Oxford Reading Buddy and our focus for Autumn Term will be to help the children to independently log on and read on this platform.

Maths Passports and Numbots

As you all know from Year 1, maths passport work is very important for children’s rapid recall of number facts and helps them in all areas of maths.  Every week we test and set a new challenge for the following week.  The challenge will be written in your child’s homework book and we will practise for a short time every day.  Visiting Numbots online is also an excellent way to maintain rapid number recall.

Spellings and Handwriting

As children get older they progress from writing using purely phonics (how a word sounds) and begin to use their knowledge of spelling patterns and common exception words.   The children will be taught a spelling rule for the week and will have chance to practise their spellings in our morning 4-a-day work and homework.  You will also notice an emphasis on moving to a cursive style of handwriting in preparation for joining.





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