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, Mr Smith and Mrs Wellings. 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 schoolwork 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 Mason and we LOVE having fun whilst keeping fit. The Daily Mile helps us to lead active lifestyles. PE also takes place on a Tuesday afternoon. We enjoy active breaks throughout the school day to help support wellbeing, positive behaviour and improved attainment.
Our Topic for summer term is ‘The Journey of Food’. Here we will examine where the food on our plate comes from linked to our trip at Park Hill Farm.
We love art and improving our skills and this term the children will create super hero models. 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.
We are working hard to prepare ourselves for SATs which will take place in May. Practicing spelling lists from reading diaries will improve scores on the SPAG papers and daily reading at home will improve pupils’ performance in the reading papers.
Telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes, rehearsing number bonds and times table facts and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s will improve their confidence and help them to succeed in their Maths SATs.
Year 2 – Maple Class