Welcome to Year 2. My name is Miss Archer and I am the class teacher, we will be supported by Miss Hall. I have worked at Longtown since 2018. Before this I taught abroad in Qatar, Dubai and Spain. I love travelling and walking my dog in the beautiful countryside.
This term we will be launching our first topic, “Come fly with me.” We will be learning all about the history of flight. We will look at how transport has changed over time and some significant people such as The Wright Brothers and Ameila Earhart. We will develop our questioning skills by asking questions about the past and consider how the changes in the way we fly have changed the world today! We will also explore a range of maps and create our own too. Throughout our topic we will be linking our Art and DT, our building skills will be tested when we have to create our own plane! I wonder how far we can make them fly?
In Science we will be learning about living things and their habitats. We will classify things that are living, non-living and things that have never lived. We are looking forward to exploring our school grounds to see what is living. We will also look at ways to encourage more living things to come to our area and gather data using observations.
We love to read in Year 2 and our “Strive for Five” system is a fantastic way to encourage and support reading at home. Each morning we will check to see who has read and every child should aim for 5 times each week. House points will be given too.
Year 2 will have phonics/spelling twice per day. New spelling words will be given on Tuesday to learn at home and they will have a spelling test on Monday.
Our PE days will be Tuesday and Friday and we will be doing gymnastics and dance. We will have one lesson with Mrs Beaumont and one with Miss Archer.
How to help your child at home
This year Year 2 will have a phonics assessment in Autumn 2. Please practise your phonics at home using phonics play and the weekly spellings sent from your phonics group. It is important to read each day with your child too.
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ – Phonics (Some games are free)
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ – lots of useful English & maths games (Aged 5-7 bracket)
https://kidsspell.com/ – Spelling games with pre made lists of spelling or lists can be made
http://www.ictgames.com – Maths and English games
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/science/ – Science activities & games