In Y2, we are a kind and caring class, who enjoy playing and learning together.You will often find us using technology to practice our new maths learning or to record our learning through different ICT media. We are curious learners who like to find out about the world in which we live and generate our own questions for our projects.We like being active learners by tasting, exploring and experiencing, for example we tasted different fruits when reading Handa’s Surprise.
We love storytime at the end of the day, where we read different pictures books linked to our learning.
Our teachers are Miss Gascoigne, who loves investigative learning and good quality picture books and Mrs Thom, who loves to sing her way through the school day!
Mrs Thom studied at the University of Hull where she gained her degree in Scandinavian Studies and History and at the University of East Anglia for her P.G.C.E. She has worked as a Learning Advisor within Northamptonshire and works with the University of Buckingham to support P.G.C.E students in her non –teaching days at St Marys.
Miss Gascoigne has a degree in English Literature and a P.G.C.E from Bangor University. She has taught in London, Paris and Eton as well as several schools in Oxfordshire. She has taught all ages from Nursery to Year Seven and has coordinated a wide range of subjects across the curriculum. She is very happy to be back in Year Two.
Project Overview Curriculum – Keeping Christmas
Our projects for this term incorporate RE, History, Art and PSHE.
PSHE; During our SCIB (Safeguarding Children in Banbury) project work, we will be looking at protective behaviours to help us stay safe in unsafe situations and to identify feelings and strategies for managing our feelings. We will also look at hazards in our environments such as medicines and chemicals. We will talk about having a butterfly feeling in our stomachs to help us recognise when a situation may be unsafe.
History- As part of our History project this term, we will be learning about Nelson Mandela. We will learn about what South Africa was like during his lifetime and how his actions have changed the lives of South African children today. We will learn what sources of information are available to us as young historians and whether they can always be trusted! We will make links to BEFSA and the work carried out by Miss Bullard during her recent visit to our partner school in the Easter Cape of South Africa.
RE - This term our RE project is called ‘Keeping Christmas’. It was inspired by this poem by Eleanor Farjeon.
How will you your Christmas keep? Feasting, fasting or asleep? Will you laugh or will you pray, Or will you forget the day?
Be it kept with joy or pray'r, Keep of either some to spare; Whatsoever brings the day, Do not keep but give away.
Eleanor Farjeon The children will be learning about the significance of the nativity story and how this is represented during the season of advent. They will also be thinking about how to carry the messages of kindness and generosity into their own lives and local community.
In Y2, we are using our phonological knowledge (knowledge of different sounds) to help us read and write. We thought you might like to learn with us too!
The first group of sounds are called Set 2 sounds from the RWI programme and these are learnt after we have learnt the single sound for each letter (called a phoneme). Set 2 sounds are generally 2 letters (which we call special friends) and make a single sound like ee makes the long e sound as in ee, what can you see? Set 3 sounds are the final group of sounds to be learnt as they are made of 2 or 3 letter combinations (called digraphs (2 letters for 1 sound) or trigraphs (3 letters for 1 sound) so ire makes the single sound as in ire - fire, fire
Ee- what can you see? Ire - fire, fire These phrases are from the RWI scheme used in school.
Use these links to hear our children reading the sounds aloud
So, what is Purple Mash? Purple Mash is a comprehensive suite of online learning tools and content, designed to be used by Primary aged children in the classroom and at home.
When you log in with your child, visit the 2DO section (red tick), where they can play a maths game, set up by Mrs Thom to help children practice adding 2 numbers. They have played this game in school and enjoyed it!
Let us know if you have any difficulty with logging in or accessing the page.