Welcome to Nichols Class – Year 2
Class Teacher: Mrs Quinton (Mon, Tue, Wed am) and Mrs Smillie (Wednesday pm, Thursday, Friday)
Welcome to term 1! We are really excited to be back in school and have lots of information to share with you.
Firstly, we have a new class name! The Year 2 class at St James will be called Nichols Class, after the poet, Grace Nichols. We will be learning lots about Grace Nichols over the coming weeks and exploring some of her poems during our visit to Tate Modern next Tuesday.
During our topic work this term we will be exploring the question, How have Rosa Parks and Nelson Mandela helped to make the world a better place? We will be learning about these two key historical figures and about art and music from the American civil rights movement. Inspired by our visit to Tate Modern we are learning to be curators this term. The children will be planning an art exhibition to show their learning journeys- invitations to follow.
Our English work is linked to our topic. We will be reading and discussing the poetry of Grace Nichols and responding through art and music. We will also be writing our own poems, invitations to our art exhibition and labels for our art work. In guided reading we will be exploring the book Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman which is linked to our topic work.
We expect all children to read at home with an adult at least five times a week. We will also write in the reading record when your child has read with us in school. We will be sending reading books home with the children during the week. Children will have ample opportunity to change their books during class time.
In maths we continue to follow the Big Maths programme. We will do our Beat That Challenge on a Wednesday and our Learn Its on a Friday. These sheets will be photocopied and sent home as last year. Please work with your children on these challenges.
Please ensure PE kits are in school all week. Children will also need to bring a filled water bottle to school each day. We are able to provide a snack for children in Year 2, however, if children would like to bring in their own fruit or vegetable snack that is fine. It is really important that all uniform and PE kit is clearly labelled with your child’s name. We do not keep any lost property in class.
Please do let us know if you have any questions at all. After school is always better than the morning for a chat, as the mornings are very busy.
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