Year 2 - Little Peppers

Welcome to Little Peppers!

I am so excited to be teaching Year 2 and have a great year ahead planned for the children.  I am looking forward to getting to know the children more and hearing about their interests.  This year our class will be supported by Mrs Kirby and Ms Shaw.

We appreciate some of the challenges these children have faced since starting school and are so proud of the way they have dealt with each and every situation.  My aim for the first few weeks is for the class to quickly settle in to a routine.  We will be focussing on wellbeing and introducing them to the rich Year 2 curriculum.   We will be identifying and closing any gaps in learning from previous years and aiming for all the children to be FRESH (Fascinated, rounded, Eager to make a difference. Spiritual and Highly Aspirational).

Our first topic this term, The Great Fire of London, inevitably fascinates children.  Primarily be a history topic, it will include making bread, modeling 17th century houses as well as writing diaries and letters.  We will also use this opportunity to learn about keeping ourselves safe from fire in today’s world and how this differs from the events in 1666.  These ideas complement our Science work investigating everyday materials and their properties.

In the spring term we will be using the middle ages as our theme this term, children will learn about the history of medieval castles and the Normans, where castles were built, who lived in castles and the structure of castles. They will also learn about the people of the middle ages: rich and poor.

For our final topic we will be taking a tour ‘around the world’, visiting the seven continents of the world. We will be exploring a different country in each continent, specifically looking at its people, landmarks and cultures. As part of this topic we will also be taking a trip to College Lake in Tring to take part in their habitat workshops. We hope this will encourage the children to be eager to make a difference to our world and look after our planet.

Throughout the year in our Math’s lessons, we will be developing the children’s confidence with number and place value as well as problem solving through addition and subtraction as well as multiplication and division. We will also learn to recognise and use fractions, choose and use appropriate units to estimate and measure length and height, know how to tell the time, recognise and use coins and identify properties of shapes. At the end of the year the children should have rounded mathematical knowledge.

We want all our children to have high aspirations and as such we will be continuing to promote high standards of literacy and language; expecting the children to read a wide variety of books and texts.  There is greater emphasis on comprehension as well as accurate decoding so that children are able to understand and explain what they have read.

I look forward to a fun filled year working with you and the children!

Miss Jeanes