Welcome to Year 2
What an amazing start we have all had to the new school year. Everyone has settled into the new school routines really well. You will find some information about this half term here.
Our Geography topic will be about Cumbria. This will be a study of Brampton and our locality and will stretch to other parts of Cumbria including the Lake District mountains and lakes. If you are out and about over the summer holidays it would be lovely to share some things you have seen when you come back to school.
In Science we will be learning about animals including humans and we will consider what makes a balanced diet and the different food groups. This will lead us to making a healthy snack as part of our Design and Technology work.
In P.E. we will be playing lots of games and developing throwing and catching skills. P.E. is on WEDNESDAY. Children can come to school in their P.E. kit on this day. This includes wearing jogging bottoms/leggings on colder days however they MUST wear their school jumper.
Our Literacy work will link to Cumbria where we will look at a range of Beatrix Potter books, so if you have any at home have a little look at them.
In maths we will be looking at number and place value. If you can count in 2s, 5s and 10s while you are counting steps, skipping, pairing socks etc it will really help you for year 2.
Reading: Children will be reading either the Read Write Inc books or the Accelerated Reading books as their class/home reading book. Your child will come out with a number called a ZPD on Accelerated Reader which tells us which books are at the right level for reading and comprehension skills. Children are expected to read shorter books twice (at least once to an adult at home) before completing a quiz on the book in school. If they score above 85% on a quiz for that level of books 3 times then they will move up to the next number within the ZPD. We will start the term off training the children on how to use Accelerated Reader before reading books start to come home. We had lots of success with this last year it just takes a little time to get up and running with year 2 so bear with us!
Homework: To start off with we will be sticking with Spelling Shed and Numbots/TT Rockstars as an online platform to support learning at home. This may change as the term progresses. Log in information will be found at the start of your child's reading journal.
We will share information on here and Class Dojo over the coming weeks so keep an eye out.
Mrs Walker and Mrs Bareham
Sports Week fun!
What a week of sport in Key Stage One. The children gave everything a go with great perseverance and belief. the activities included circuits, Moky, football, races and lots of work with year 6. Take a look at some of the pictures below.
All Stars Cricket
Key Stage One had a wonderful morning with Peter from All Stars Cricket. The morning started with an assembly to introduce what happened at each session followed by some taster activities out on the playground. The children had a great time. Check out some photographs below.
Enterprise Students helping us with our learning
On Wednesday 30th January some pupils from William Howard came work with us. The year 9 students have been supported by Barry Ridley, from The Cumberland Building Society, in their Enterprise lessons to come up with games that will help younger children understand how much it costs to own a range of pets. The children enjoyed playing all of the games and were able to explain some of the things they had learnt. The visit was supported by Nicky from Oak Tree Animal Charity who discussed the animals they have at the sanctuary in Wetheral and the different things they do. We look forward to doing further work with the students in the future.
How many birds can we see?
On Monday 28th January we joined in the RSPB's Big Bird Watch event. We had a lovely walk along the ridge and to the moat. It was a cold, crisp day. The sky was clear and we could see for miles when we were on the top of the moat. Unfortunately, the cold weather kept many birds away but we did see some robins, blackbirds, sparrows and crows. We were also lucky enough to catch three grey squirrels having lots of fun running up, down and jumping across the trees. They provided us with great amusement.
We completed our walk with hot chocolate and marshmallows in the outdoor classroom. Mrs Shovlin's idea, a wonderful treat!
Walby Farm Park Christmas Extravaganza
We had a wonderful time at Walby Farm park for their Christmas extravaganza. We took part in a live nativity, made reindeer food, went inside a snow globe, met SANTA, played in the snow and graduated from the elf academy... that was all before lunchtime! After lunch we had great fun in the play barn. Once again the children were exceptional, a lady with a little boy stopped me to comment that the children were so well mannered and kind to her little boy. Thank you for your support with this trip, these moments make memories!
Merry Christmas from the KS1 team
We had a wonderful time at The Museum of Military Life. Take a look at our photographs.