Year 2 – Maple Class

Welcome to Maple Class. 

Our teacher in Maple Class is Mrs Hounsell and our teaching assistants are Mrs Mazan, Mrs Meredith, Miss Duce, Miss Scott, Miss Renshaw and Mr Smith. We work as a team to achieve high standards in all of our lessons whilst having fun at the same time. We ensure that we demonstrate Longlands’ learning behaviours throughout the school day to make us confident and independent learners. These learning behaviours include being respectful, resilient, reflective, resourceful and cooperative. Our lessons are filled with the sharing of ideas and interesting discussions which allows us to grow together. 

We work our socks off in Year 2 but we enjoy lessons that are tailored to our personal interests. We are lucky to have exciting experiences on which our school work is based. For example, when we are writing information texts about animals in English, we enjoy a day out at the zoo or the aquarium to ensure that we have encountered these animals in real life! 

In our classroom we have engaging working walls that help us progress with our learning. For instance, if we want some flashes of inspiration for our writing we can select adventurous vocabulary from our English displays. 

We have PE on a Wednesday afternoon with Mr Hounsell and Mr Mason and we LOVE having fun whilst keeping fit. The Daily Mile helps us to lead active lifestyles. PE also takes place on a Friday afternoon. 

Our first topic of the year is ‘Exploring Market Drayton’. We will be looking at local landmarks and how Market Drayton has changed over time. As Market Drayton was a traditional farming town, we will look at how farming has changed over time. 

In Science we will also explore local habitats and living things. During this topic we will take full advantage of our school’s social farm by examining things that are living, things that were alive and things that have never lived. We will also be introduced to the characteristics of living things by examining what living things need to survive. 

We love art and improving our skills particularly observational drawing skills. We are proud of our sketch books which showcase our varied artistic tasks. Mrs Mazan is an artistic genius.  

Reading at home, as well as at school, is vital. Children should be aiming to read daily for 15-20 minutes. It is important for children to read to an adult at this stage of their learning so their understanding can be assessed through questioning. 

Children will also continue to follow the school’s Read Write Inc. and No-Nonsense Spelling programmes to support their phonics and SPAG development.