Willow Class 2019 - 2020

Welcome to Year 2!

Willow Class is taught by Mrs McManus each morning, supported by Mrs Heron, and Mrs Forrester for four afternoons. It is a class full of imaginative and enthusiastic learners who are keen to learn about the world and share their thoughts and ideas with each other.

In Year 2 we hope to spark the children's natural curiosity and encourage them to take part in discussions and ask lots of questions. We enjoy hands-on learning opportunities and love to include lots of drama and music in our lessons. The children in Year 2 have many opportunities to become brilliant problem solvers and really get stuck in to some interesting maths challenges.

We will learn about some exciting topics this year starting with our ‘Towers and Tails’ theme - learning about castles and incorporating mythical creatures in our English work (hence the Tails). The children will gain new knowledge about how life was very different back then and will reflect upon how life compared for different people who lived in castles - rich and poor, male and female etc. Please see our Autumn Term Knowledge Organiser for more detail. We’re very excited to bring this topic further to life with our trip to Chirk Castle on 24th September.

This will be followed by our next topic ‘We're going on a journey' in the spring term. This will include discovering what life was like aboard the Titanic, learning about the first aeroplane flight and looking at how transport has changed people's lives over the years. We will find out about significant people  such as Amelia Earhart and the Wright Brothers and consider the impact they made. As part of our values led curriculum, we will also be thinking about different types of journeys such as metaphorical journeys to overcome personal fears or doubts and the journey our food takes to get to us - thinking about food miles and sustainability. As part of our topic, we will enjoy a fantastic learning experience at Liverpool Maritime Museum.

Some of our maths targets for this year are:

  • To count, read and write all numbers to a hundred

  • To develop our mental and written strategies for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

  • To be able to quickly recall our times tables facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables

  • To recognise, find, name and write simple fractions of a length, shape, set of objects or number

  • To compare and sort 2D and 3D shapes

  • To solve problems involving money and length

  • To tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes

Some of our writing targets are:       

  • To use punctuation (full stops, exclamation marks, question marks and commas to separate items in a list) correctly within our independent writing

  • To use capital letters in the correct places

  • To use conjunctions and pronouns to extend and link sentences

  • To include adjectives and adverbs in our writing to make it more interesting

  • To use a range of sentence types (statements, questions, commands and exclamations)

  • To re-read our own work to check it makes sense

  • To write meaningful narratives selecting appropriate vocabulary and sentences that begin to show an awareness of the reader

Some of our reading targets are:

  • To decode longer, unfamiliar words using segmenting and blending as the prime approach but without too much overt sounding out loud

  • To accurately read words of two or more syllables

  • To begin to read accurately and fluently without undue hesitation

  • During reading, to be able to check that the text makes sense and then correct inaccurate reading

  • To discuss the sequence of events and predict what might happen next, giving reasons to explain our predictions

  • To make inferences on the basis of what is being said or done

  • To talk about and infer what characters might be thinking or feeling and what their motivations might be, using clues in the text to explain answers

  • To compare different stories and characters and discuss similarities and differences between them.

The best way to help your child succeed and achieve their potential is by reading with them as often as possible, sharing stories and discussing books. 

PE will be taught by Mr Grooms on Thursday and Friday afternoons but extra opportunities often arise so please make sure your child has their PE kit in school all week. 

I am very much looking forward to working with your children this year. I believe strongly in the partnership between a child’s home and school life so if you have any questions or wish to discuss any aspect of your child’s development or learning then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Thank you for all your support with your child's learning.

Mrs McManus