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Welcome to Rowan Class

Rowan Class

Summer 2019

Our team is:

  • Mrs Read (Class teacher and Key Stage 1 leader)
  • Mrs Sherlock (Teaching Assistant)
  • Mrs Wood (Nurture group/Wellbeing and Welfare Coordinator)

This term our project question is the arts based:

“How can we live in the moment?”

This will give us the opportunity to explore mindfulness, relaxation and valuing our surroundings. The project has a strong focus on the arts where there will be a focus particularly on music, dance and visual arts.  We will be exploring the art of Luiza Vizoli, David Hockney and Matisse. Here will use painting, digital photographs and collage to create work inspired by these artists.  We will also be making worry dolls, glitter bottles and dream catchers.  Our music lessons will help us to understand how music can affect how we feel and help us to understand our own preferences.  This will include composing music and making musical instruments.  There will be regular yoga sessions and a dance tutor will be visiting us every Tuesday to create a performance piece for the end of summer whole school event.


We will be exploring the book ‘The Lost Thing’ by Shaun Tan, which is a thought provoking story about stopping to look around us and celebrating difference.   The children will have the opportunity to discuss the setting and characters’ behaviour in depth.  Following drama and role play, they will write a diary entry and a lost poster.  We will also share the story of Silly Billy who worries about almost everything! Hopefully we can give him some good advice to help him to relax.


We will keep our strong focus on problem solving as we become confident in answering word problems and a wide variety of reasoning challenges. We have been practising our arithmetic skills regularly and are making super progress with missing number calculations, inverse and fractions.


We will be building on what we learned in Year 1 about plants, asking questions and creating our own investigations about conditions of growth.   Following this, the children will explore materials and their uses.  This will involve thinking about the properties of materials and how they can be changed to make them stronger or more useful.  Our STEM projects will include creating a strong beach shelter for the lost thing and making musical instruments.


The main focus of children’s homework is reading regularly and practising maths passport challenges.  Your child will also bring home a homework book every Wednesday which will link to spelling, grammar, handwriting or maths. 

Animals Take Over Rainforest Animal Workshop


Mrs Read - Class Teacher / KS1 Leader


We love reading in Year 2, and hope that you  can promote this at home by sharing a book as often as possible with your child.   The children change their own books when they come into school in the morning.  Your child’s home reading book should be at a level where they can read the majority of the words easily.  Home reading is ideally a time for children to improve fluency, gain pleasure from reading and talk to an adult about what they have read.  We check books thoroughly every Wednesday to find out who our reading champions are for the newsletter.  However, they need their reading champions book in every day as we do a quick check every morning, and it can help us to keep up good communication with yourselves.  Your child will do guided reading with us at least three times a week, and some children will carry on with phonic sessions.  We will also be doing comprehension work, so the more questions that you ask your child about what they are reading at home, the more this will help them to answer written comprehension in school. 

Maths Passports test every Wednesday
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.  On Wednesdays, we test and set a new challenge for the following week.  The challenge will be written in your child’s Mad About Maths book and we will practise for a short time every day.  Maths passport is part of your child’s homework; please remember to sign your child’s book every time they practise at home so that they can work towards being a maths passport champion.
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.

What an amazing workshop it was! Lots of us were also very brave in overcoming our fears and touching the animals!


African Style Art, Shrove Tuesday and World Book Day



We have been using Singapore maths to help us improve our calcualtion skills.  Look how good we are at explaining our methods!

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On National Poetry day we were lucky to invite Terry Caffrey in to share some of his poems and help us to write our own.  Our theme is 'friendship' and we have created our own lovely friendship poem, which we performed  beautifully for the rest of the school in our poetry assembly.


Pets at Home

We were joined by some furry friends from pets at home.  The staff showed us how to take care of hamsters and guinea pigs, and told us what it is like to work with pets.

Nick the Explorer

Nick the explorer showed us how to keep safe when navigating difficult terrain, and how to read maps.  He brought in some super equipment for us to examine.



Dr Baird, the engineer, talked about different materials and their uses.  We were surprised how heavy or light they were.  He also told us that his favourite shape is a triangle.  We are going to investigate why. 



Rainbow Fish inspired art.


What's Cooking?



Planning our Bridges

We have been looking at photographs of bridges to spot the different shapes so that we can plan our own bridges.


Planning our Bridges

Joining and strengthening materials has been important too.


Making our Bridges

We made our bridges and  tested them by adding 10g weights.  We found out who had made the strongest bridge and then talked bout how we could improve our own design.

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This bridge held 220g!

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Norton Priory

What a fantastic time we all had!  All of the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves during their action packed journey into the past.  In the morning, the children helped to get the Victorian house ready, playing the parts of servants to Lord and Lady Brooke.  Who knew we had such fabulous cooks and cleaners? Then it was time to join in some Victorain parlour games and decorate the Chrismas tree. Later in the day, the children decorated gingerbread men, made crowns and went on a Christmas stocking treasure trail.  The children's behaviour was impecable which further helped to make our trip a huge success.  Well done Rowan Class your teachers are very proud of you!

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