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Year 2

Welcome to Dosbarth Dau!

A parent recently approached me about National Tests. Here is an updated link

https://hwb.gov.wales/curriculum-for-wales/reading-and-numeracy-assessments/national-reading-and-numeracy-tests

 

The link below also gives useful information for parents and carers.

https://www.theschoolrun.com/national-reading-numeracy-tests-explained

 

I hope this is useful. Best wishes,

Miss Stephens

 

DUE TO THE CURRENT COVID SITUATION THE NATIONAL TESTS ARE NOT GOING AHEAD

We launched our new topic ‘Fit Kids’ by wearing sports kit to school and taking part in a fitness session run by Karen from K and S fitness. We really enjoyed it!

We discussed our new curriculum and tried to think of ideas for the six areas of learning. 

On Wednesday 4th March we worked with Jack from Monlife to learn lots of different games that we would like to teach to the other children on our yard. We learnt lots of new skills including how to resolve conflict.

We have also been learning about keeping our bodies and minds healthy. 

 

A note about phonics groups

 

Years one and two are currently working together to develop phonic skills. We have organised the children in smaller groups between the two classes so that we can target the sounds that each group needs to learn. 

January 2020

Welcome back and Happy New Year!

Today we held our hook day to lauch our new topic for the Spring term. Our whole school topic is 'Horrible Histories' and today we dressed up as a character/ person from the past and watched the Horrible Histories movie together.

In Year Two, the period of history that we have chosen to focus on is 'the Great Fire Of London.' Today the children used the clues that they were given to help them identify which character I had dressed up as. They correctly identified me as the baker who owned the bakery where the Great Fire Of London is believed to have started. We have already started to learn about fire safety and practised evacuating the building safely and sensibly. The children have already started to ask questions and suggest lines of enquiry for our topic so I am looking forward to seeing where our learning journey may go over the next half term!

I hope you enjoy the photos below.

 

From now on I will not be in class on a Friday. As I have mentioned in previous notes, Mrs Clement - Taylor will be stepping up in her role as H.L.T.A

She will be supported by Mr Rennie and Mrs Jerome. Mr Santamaria will  be rejoining us on Monday 13th January and will be with us for the following weeks. Our P.E. session will now be on a Thursday morning. We will also be moving our spelling test day to a Thursday.

As always, if you have any queries or concerns, please call in before or after school or contact me via the school office.

Best wishes,

Miss Stephens

 

 

We really enjoyed our Christmas lunch today. Everybody received a cracker from our PTFA. Thank you to them and to our cooks and lunch time supervisors who looked after us today and everyday.smiley

Today we had a visit from the author, Mike Church. He spoke to us about dementia and read us his book, The Elephant Who Forgot. We enjoyed listening to Mike and making forget me not flowers to help us remember to be kind and patient. We also enjoyed answering Fabio the flamingo's questions about the story we heard.

 

 

Autumn 2 Update

Autumn days 🍁🍂🍃

We have been working really hard and having fun using the activities below. They have helped us to read words containing igh, ie and i_e. Have a look!

Wake up shake up: Phase 5 phonics ay/ai/a_e

Wake up shake up: Phase 5 phonics /igh/

Phonics oa: Read and move

26.9.19

We would like to welcome Mr Santamaria who will be working in our class during the Autumn term. He is a student teacher from U.W.E. Bristol.

26.9.19

 

Here are our maths objectives for the Autumn term.

 

Autumn term objectives for maths

Thursday 12th September 2019

This week we have been revising the sounds ay, ai and a_e. During the autumn term we will be working through all of the set2 and set 3 speed sounds. 

We have also been learning and revising number facts in maths. We have been using what we already know to extend our learning. 

We have nearly sorted out everybody's reading books and spelling books so if your child hasn't brought them home yet, they are on their way! We aim to have them with you by next Tuesday. 

Thursday 5th September 2019

Dear everyone,

Just a quick note to say "hello" and give you a little bit of key information about year two. There are three members of staff in our room, Mrs Clement -Taylor, Mrs Jerome and myself. One of us will always be on the door to welcome the children and be available to talk to you if you need us. It is often easier to talk before school rather than at the end of the day when we are dismissing the children.

I am currently ( until half term) taking year three swimming on a Wednesday afternoon so Miss Deakin will be covering my class until I return at 2.30. She will also be covering the class on a Thursday afternoon whilst I am on P.P.A. She will be teaching problem solving, R.E. and I.C.T 

 

We are currently carrying out phonics and maths assessments to help us meet the needs of all of our children and plan for the next few weeks. Please bare with us. We will sort out reading books and spelling books as soon as we can.  

All children will continue to have RWInc or similar reading books sent home on a weekly basis. If children complete the RWInc scheme this year, then they will continue to read  at least weekly. All children read on a Tuesday afternoon and then as often as possible during the week. We take advantage of every opportunity to hear our children read and this may be on any day of the week. Reading books will usually be changed on a Tuesday but on occasions it may be on a different day depending on what is going on in the classroom that day. Our classroom is a very busy place with lots of activity! For this reason, please make sure that your child has their book in school every day. Reading at home is about enjoyment and understanding what is read so please ensure that you discuss the text with your child and encourage them to show their understanding of what they have read.

The children will be assessed on their reading of high frequency words and some will have words home to practice reading by sight (not sounding out) regularly.   

 

High frequency word spellings will also be sent home and then tested within school, allowing the children a week to practice and learn them. Spellings are tested on an individual basis and  at various times throughout the week so please ensure that your child’s pink book is in school every day.

If you would like to practice other spellings, please concentrate on the sound found at the front of the RWInc books, e.g. If the sound on the front of their book is ‘ee’, practise spelling words with that sound e.g. see, been, tree, three.

 

We are working hard to learn to read and write our Read Write Inc sounds. Below this note you will find some resources that you can use at home. I hope you find them useful.

P.E. will be on a Friday. I think we have most P.E. kits in school now but if you haven't sent it in,please could you do so tomorrow. (Friday 6th Sept) or asap. Thank you!

We will shortly be starting our topic for this term. We are going to be learning about the Rugby World Cup. We have had a brief discussion about it today and I have challenged the children to find out more about the home of the Welsh team, the Principality stadium. I have asked them to find out a fact about it. They are going to tell us their fact on Monday.

 

We are encouraging the children to be more independent. They have all been given their own folder containing all the resources that they need during the school day. We have been very impressed by the way they have looked after their belongings and taken responsibility for  keeping the classroom  tidy. 

The children have settled very quickly into year two and we are looking forward to having lots of fun this year! I will try to keep the website updated with photos and more information about our adventures!

Hopefully I have provided answers to any questions that you might have had. If not, please pop in and ask.

Best wishes,

Miss Stephens

 

 

 

Useful websites to make learning fun!

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