Welcome to primary 2

Welcome to primary 2

Welcome to Primary 2. We are Miss McBain and Mrs Cook and we are really looking forward to working with the pupils this year.

Term 1

 

We would like to provide you with some important information regarding the start-up of the class:

 

Our Class Charter

For the first two weeks of term we have been working on the topic “Rights Respecting Schools” and as a part of this we have created a class charter. The children have come up with their own rules for behaviour within school. These are displayed in the classroom and will soon be on our class website.

 

PE Days

PE sessions for Primary 2 will take place on Tuesday morning with Mrs Law and Thursday afternoon with Miss McBain. Could you please ensure your child has a change of t-shirt or polo shirt and a pair of shorts for gym, as they do get very active! Gym kits will be sent home at the end of each term but should you wish them sent home more frequently please inform us by letter.

Supplies to bring to class

It would be helpful if you could provide the following named equipment for your child:

2 sharp pencils

1 ruler

Colouring pencils

 

Please check each week that your child still has this equipment and pencils are sharp. This all helps with the smooth running of the classroom. Thank you for your support with this.

 

Homework

Homework for each week will be as follows:

Monday – Spelling, Phonics and Reading

Tuesday – Spelling, Phonics and Reading

Wednesday – Phonics and Numeracy (as and when required)

Thursday – Phonics, Spelling (revise words for spelling test), Reading, Research (as and when required)

 

Spelling words are given on a Monday and Tuesday. Children should write the words out 3 times and write one sentence each night, in their spelling homework jotter. They should aim to learn their words for Friday's spelling test.

 

Reading homework takes the form of reading book or follow up work (Link Up) - please see reading marker for information.

 

Phonics words can be found in the booklet, marked for each week.

 

Maths and research will be given as and when required and should be completed in yellow jotter.

 

We really appreciate your help with your child's homework! Please sign all homework given to show your approval. Spelling test jotters will be sent home on a Friday to keep you updated of your childs progress. Please return this each Monday signed.

 

Curricular areas

In order to involve you as much as possible in your childs learning I have listed the areas of the curriculum we will cover in this term.

 

Environmental Studies

A short two week “Rights Respecting Schools ” topic where the children will together decide on class rules and wet weather rules. There will be a practice of the fire drill and the children will be working on general safety, ‘all about methe green cross code, making a 999 call and stranger danger. They will also learn about internet safety and how to keep safe. It would be most helpful if you could help your child learn their address and telephone number in case of an emergency.

The rest of the term will be spent on a “people in society” topic called ‘People who help us in the community, where the children will learn about the various emergency services, what we would do in an emergency in more detail and the responsibility of the community in helping these agencies (police, fire and ambulance).

 

Science

This term our focus will be on planet earth. We will be investigating the sun and moon and how their movement relates to the length of a day, a month and a year and looking in more detail at Seasons.

 

Language

In our writing we will concentrate on writing stories with the emphasis on When? Where? Who? What? How? We will be working on how we make basic sentences more interesting using varied openers, connectives, wow words and punctuation. Over the first term we will do a variety of imaginative, personal and functional writing.

 

Grammar

We will work on sentences/sequencing, capital letters/full stops, rhyme, the alphabet/alphabetical order and questions/answers.

 

Mathematics

We will look at numbers to 100. Our main focus will be on learning the number bonds to 10, then 20. The children will be involved in sequencing numbers, finding the missing numbers, place value, adding 1 and 10 to any number within 100, counting in 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s. We will also be looking at Time and Measure.

 

Health / RME

In Health we will be focusing on keeping healthy through hand washing before eating, healthy foods and talking about our feelings in circle time.

In RME we will be looking at Hinduism and in particular the birth of Rama.

 

ICT

In ICT the children will learn and revise the parts of the computer, practise logging on, off, printing and shutting down the computer.

Technology

In technology the children will explore a variety of paper folding, cutting, joining cylindrical shapes to flat shapes, covering items using paper and constructing 3D models using all of the above.

 

Expressive Arts

 

Music – The children will explore different sounds through listening to songs and singing expressively. They will take an active role in keeping the rhythm through actions and percussion instruments. They will be involved in performance through our 50th birthday celebrations, Rookie Rockstars concert and Christmas shows.

 

Art – The children will have the chance to explore different techniques, such as collage and colour mixing, using a variety of art media.

 

PE – The children will be working on fitness in active health. We will be carrying out circuits where the children will move round different stations doing different exercises and relay races where children will work together as a team using different equipment.

 

Drama – The children will be using their imagination to explore mime and movement in a variety of scenarios.

 

There are many other areas we will be learning and this is a flavour of some of the activities. If you need any further clarification please do not hesitate to contact the school office and we would be happy to be of assistance.

 

With best wishes,

Miss McBain and Mrs Cook