What a busy first half term we've had! Your children have been absolute stars! They have adjusted so well to all of the new routines and procedures that we've had to put in place due to Covid 19. You should feel very proud of your children, all of the teaching staff in Year 2 are!
This half term we have been following the Hampshire Catch up curriculum in English and Maths.
In English we have been inspired by some great traditional tales. The children have explored the tales The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Gingerbread Man.
The children have explored many different genres of writing, including letter writing, a character description and a retell. The children have also benefitted from English 'skills' lessons, where we have revisited prior Year 1 learning, interwoven with new Year 2 skills.
These stories have given us lots of opportunities for enrichment and fun including decorating gingerbread men, making split pin creations, making puppets and eating porridge of breakfast!
In maths we have been focussing on securing and extending important number skills. Place Value (understanding the value and position of digits in numbers) is key to so many Year 2 mathematical concepts, so our first few weeks in Year 2 were focussed on working hard to secure this understanding. We have taught the children some Year 2 strategies to help with place value and calculation including the Bubble Method and the Part-Whole Model. Children who have a good understanding of place value have been challenged through reasoning and problem solving.
We have celebrated the Harvest. Sadly, we couldn't enjoy the Harvest Festival in St Johns Church this year, but we still able to learn about how Christian people celebrate the Harvest and we learnt a harvest song in our classes. We hope that you enjoyed watching the song after we published it on Seesaw for you to see.
Through RE we learnt about how Jewish people celebrate Shabbat. We made our own bread plaits and took them home to share with our families. We also made a giant bread plait to share with our friends in class (after we had all thoroughly washed our hands of course!).
We hope that you have found the new Seesaw App useful in helping to 'stay in touch' now that it's a little harder to catch up before and after school on the door.
Thank you all for your on going support in these very 'different' times.