Welcome to Barn Owls!
Monday, 10th September, 2018
Year 2 Barn Owls Newsletter – Autumn September 2018 – Mrs Taylor
Welcome to the beginning of a new and exciting year at Dry Sandford Primary School.
It was wonderful to see all the children again after the summer break and their classroom focus has been outstanding! We are all very impressed with how well the children are settling in to their new classroom routine.
This term in Literacy our focus texts will be a collection of The Katie Morag stories by Mairi Hedderwick. Throughout the term our learning will view; stories with familiar settings, sequencing events and retelling stories. We will explore the different characters in the stories and the children will have an opportunity to write their own ending to one of the stories.
In Maths our learning will see us reviewing the children’s previous understanding of counting, number bonds and number formation. During the term our focus will be recapping and building upon existing addition and subtraction methods. We will be looking closely at numbers and how we use them in our everyday life for example: money, time and measurement. We will explore place value in 2 digit numbers and use our literacy skills to write and read both figures and words.
Our Science focus will explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead and things that have never been alive. We will look at humans/animals and our understanding of staying healthy.
A key aspect of our Computing this term will support children to understand the use of technology in school and how to use it respectfully. Linked to our Katie Morag stories we will be using paint box to create pictures as one example.
An exciting year in Art and Design lays ahead for the whole school as Dry Sandford’s curriculum. More news will follow regarding this however the children in Barn Owls have already created beautiful water colour paintings linked to our story last week – Patrick by Quentin Blake. Our focus artist for the term will be David Hockney and linked to our Geography topic of ‘Where we Live’ together with our focus texts in Literacy the children will have the opportunity to create a group Island using Modroc to sculpture.
In Geography we will compare and contrast Dry Sandford and the Isle of Coll in Scotland viewing human and physical features, landscapes, weather and lifestyle etc.
In Year 2 children are fortunate in Music to have Sally Allsop teaching them recorders and more information will follow. The children loved having music with Sally last year so this is an exciting next step for them.
Barn Owls will have a PE session once a week however within the week we will have daily opportunities to exercise – they are already familiar with ‘Wake Up Shake Up’ at intervals in the day! I will confirm the set day as soon as possible however it is handy to leave the PE bag at school for the week. We are also very excited to be able to continue with Forest School which will run with half the class having a six week block on a Friday afternoon whilst the other half experience a crafting golden time.
Homework will go home on a Thursday and is expected to be returned by the following Tuesday. It forms an important part of further consolidating the learning within the classroom and can create a lovely opportunity for the children to talk about what they have been doing at school fostering a sense of pride returning it completed. Alongside this there will spelling practice and books will continue to be changed on a Monday Wednesday and Friday as before.
In Year Two we believe that cooking, tasting and special creative activities are valuable learning experiences and in order to make this a regular activity we would appreciate a contribution of £2.00 in September, January and April to help cover the cost.
Finally, we love teaching your children so please bring them every day. The start of the day is very important which is why attendance is monitored including late arrivals. Register closes promptly at 9:00am. Please let the office know if your child cannot attend and try to make appointments out of school hours where possible.
As always if you have any concerns or question please do not hesitate to let me know at the beginning or end of the day, or you can ring and let the office know. Please check the website for updates and school information.
I look forward to seeing you soon!
Mrs Glynis Taylor.