Beech Class

Welcome to Beech Class

Our Class teacher is Mr Wood and our teaching assistant is Mrs Smith.  

For more information about the routines in Year 2, please read our Parents' meeting presentation.

Term 1

Welcome to Beech class! It is so good to see everyone back at school after such a long time away! We are looking forward to another really good year in Beech class and we hope you all managed to have a good Summer break and are excited and raring to go for the new school year!

In English this term we will be learning how to write different non-fiction texts including fact-files and information texts. We will get the chance to look at historical figures related to our enquiry work. We will be using a range of texts and there will be a particular focus on developing our phonics knowledge. We will also think about rhyming words and try to write our own poems.

In maths we are going to build upon our place value knowledge from year 1 and make sure that we can read and write numbers to 100 in numerals and words. We will learn to recognise the place value in 2-digit numbers which will also enable us to compare and order numbers from 0 to 100. We will also develop our counting skills including calculating one more and one less for every 2-digit number.

This term, we will be completing two enquiries. The first is our historical enquiry where we will be learning about how the history of flight has changed over time. At the end of term, as part of our RE enquiry, we will be learning about the Muslim faith and developing our understanding of Muslim beliefs.


Term 2

We had made a very good start to the academic year in term 1 and now we are all looking forward to term 2.

In English this term, we will start the term by looking at traditional tales such as The Three Little Pigs, The Ugly Duckling, The Little Red Hen and many others. We will use these stories to help us to write our own versions of traditional tales. For our non-fiction writing, we are going to learn how to write accurate instructions. We are going to continue to develop our handwriting skills to help us improve the overall presentation of our writing. We are going to build upon our learning from term 1 and use noun phrases to add more detail to our writing and we will continue to develop our accuracy with the basic structure of our sentences.

In our maths lessons, we will be learning about how we can use division to share or group objects together. We are going to be practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and begin to use this counting skill to help us recall our times tables. We will then move on to learning to recognise simple fractions of shapes and quantities. We will also begin to look at telling the time to the nearest 15 minutes. 

We will have two main enquiries this term. The first will be an RE enquiry about Muslims. We want to know who Muslims are and what some of their beliefs are. Our main enquiry for this term will be centred around castles and our big question “How can I protect my kingdom?”. We will be learning about the different parts of a castle and how they were used as a defence against an attacking enemy. We will be making our own castles and applying the facts we have learnt to protect our own model kingdoms.

Term 4 (starting back from Week Beginning 8th March)

It is such good news that we will have everyone back in Beech class from Monday 8th March. I have been so impressed with what has been achieved at home on Seesaw and you should be proud of yourselves for all of your home learning. 

When we return to school, we will be having a whole school STEM week where we will be completing many different activities around science, technology, engineering and maths.

Following our STEM week, we need to get back into the habit of writing so, in English we will be working hard to write as accurately as we can and getting back to enjoying writing as much as possible. We will be particularly focusing on writing accurate sentences with correctly used full stops, capital letters and simple conjunctions.

In our maths work, we will be focusing on our addition and subtraction skills and making sure that we are able to approach different problems in different ways.

Our enquiry this term will continue to be about living things and their habitats. We will be looking at a range of habitats across the world and thinking about how animals adapt to their surrounding environment. Throughout all of our enquiry work, we will be trying to answer the question, "What makes a good home?"

Term 5

Welcome back everyone and let's all look forward to a fantastic Summer term!

To kick off our writing in Summer term, we are going to be learning about non-fiction texts. We will learn about the features of a non-fiction text and how we can use these features to find the information and facts that we are looking for. We will plan and write our own non-fiction texts using this term's geographical enquiry to inspire our writing. In our geographical enquiry, we will be learning all about Thailand and in particular, focusing on how the area of Maidstone compares to the Thai capital city, Bangkok. We will also explore more of the Thai culture by reading and retelling some classic Thai children stories and legends in our English lessons. Throughout our enquiry we will be thinking about the question, 'What would it be like to go to school across the world?"

In our maths lessons, we will be perfecting our place value knowledge and our addition and subtraction skills this term. By the end of the term we will be experts when it comes to addition and subtraction of 2 digit numbers. We will continue to develop our counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and make sure that we know and can use are number bonds to 10 to helps us solve maths problems. 

Our final enquiry of the term will be our Re enquiry where we are going to think about a really important question: 'How should we care for others and the world, and why does it matter?'

Click here to see our timetable for term 5.

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