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.
Music, Movement and Melody
This term, our project combines Music, DT, Computing, Art and Dance to introduce the children to the world of music, movement and melody. Within our Information Technology strand of Computing this term, we will be making music digitally using a programme called 2Sequence. We will explore, edit and combine sounds using this programme. We will edit and refine our own composed music and think about how music can be used to express feelings and create tunes which depict feelings. We will learn how to upload a sound from a bank of sounds into the Sounds section and to record and upload environmental sounds into the Purple Mash programme. Finally, we will use these sounds to create tunes in 2Sequence. English As part of our Story and Art Week at the start of term, we will be exploring the story of Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev, create our own story map and rewrite elements of the story, thinking carefully about our words for effect. We will also review the story within Guided Reading, with a focus on word choice and retrieving information from the text. Following on from this introduction to music, we will review non fiction texts using the PAST structure (Purpose, Audience, Structure and Text type) and create our own instruction texts based on our musical instruments created in DT. We will review wider non-fiction texts and using this new knowledge, will create our own Class Book about instruments from the orchestra, using our very own Bluebirds Publishing! We will learn about the instruments, not just by reading but also by inviting musicians into class to show us their instruments with an opportunity for a questions and answer session. We will read lots of different stories all with wolves as their central theme. Maths As always, throughout his term’s learning will incorporate a review of number facts within our daily number knowledge sessions. We will begin this term with a focus on statistics and interpretation of data. We will also review fractions and explore shape, including 2D and 3D shapes. The children will explore measure incorporating time, length and mass within this strand. We will finish the term with a number focus, looking at algebra and problem solving with a final focus on addition. This term in PE, the children will build on their gymnastics' experience from Term 2 and will learn how to compose short dance phrases to communicate mood and feelings. These dances will be inspired by Saint-Saëns' 'Carnival of the Animals' linking their learning to the overall project!
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.
https://www.classicsforkids.com/ A lovely site which is designed to help children learn about classical music. It can help teachers use classical music in the classroom. It has audio files, information on composers and tips for parents on helping children get started with music lessons.
http://www.creatingmusic.com/ Have fun and compose music at the same time on this site where there is a range of simple activities to help take those first steps. You will need Shockwave and QuickTime plugins.
(links collected from topmarks.co.uk)
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