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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)


A very warm welcome back to school everyone! Our project question this term is...

‘Why do we remember some people from the past?'

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 books ‘We’re all Welcome’ and ‘After the Fall’.  These are stories about coming together and resilience. A little later in the term we will read theclassic 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. Knowing number bonds to 10 and 20 quickly and confidently will be a big part of our learning this term.

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


Reading Books

We love reading in Year 2, and hope that you  can promote this at home by enjoying sharing a book with your child as often as possible.   The children change their own books when they come into school in the morning and will be reminded to do this at first, until they get into the routine.  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.  Your child will read with, have a phonics and spelling session every day.  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. This is particularly valuable as we work towards SATS in the Summer term.

Maths Passports

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 Wednesday, 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.  For the first half term we will focus on number bonds to 10 and 20.  Then after the half term we will move onto multiplication.

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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