Teacher: Mrs S Ball

Teaching Assistant: Miss R Wilton

We are class 2B and there are 20 of us, so Mrs Ball and Miss Wilton are kept very busy! We can be found in the classroom next to the main Key Stage One entrance – look for our colourful bunting, vibrant displays and travel agent role-play! We love to read a wide range of books, but also enjoy listening to the stories Mrs Ball read to us- our class novel is The Witches by Roald Dahl.

Our celebration assembly is on a Friday, we love it when friends and family attend and watch us receive our awards. May is a very important month for us as it is when we complete our SATs, but we understand the importance of working hard and are looking forward to the challenges ahead.

What We Are Learning

During the first term our topic is ‘Town Mouse, Country Mouse’ and we will be exploring different habitats and looking at the similarities and differences between living in the city and living in the country. In mathematics our learning will focus on calculation and improving our mental maths, including learning out two times tables. In English we will be learning how to write exciting sentences, which have perfect punctuation. We will also be continuing to improve our spelling and handwriting in our daily lessons. We will be able to extend our learning in all areas of the curriculum including Music with Mrs Davis and PE with Mr Bell. Throughout the year we will be enjoying visits to Gladstone Pottery Museum and Manchester Airport.

During this spring term our topic is ‘Sowing and Growing’. This topic introduces the pupils to sowing and growing their own food from seeds. In science, they will grow cress and beans and will find out about the conditions these seeds need to grow. To learn to think more scientifically they will observe their seed carefully and record the changes they see.

Our summer term topics are ‘National Celebration’ and ‘Trading Places’. During these two topics the children learn about the history of the royal family, celebrations that happen as a country and compare the two Queens. In our final topic the children compare and contract two countries.

In English, we get the opportunity to discover lots of different writing styles over the academic year.  To help stimulate and engage us to write, we will read and explore the events and characters in a variety of picture and story books. We will be working hard to write interesting sentences using perfect punctuation for KS1, both co-ordinating and subordinating conjunctions and expanded noun phrases.

Handwriting is really important in our class and the children are working hard to improve their own.

In Mathematics, we are now beginning to consolidate all of the mathematical skills we have learnt so far. There will be a high focus for mental and written methods for addition and subtraction. Alongside this, we will be applying the children’s understanding of all areas to solve and reason with problems across the curriculum. All of the above will support and prepare the children.

As well we work extremely hard to make sure we can recall our 2, 5 and 10 times tables as these are at the foundation of Mathematics and can help us in many different ways. Because we like to work our mathematician brains, we will also learn our 3 times tables early.

Helping Us at Home                                        

You can help us at home by hearing us read every night, testing us on our mental maths and practising our weekly spellings with us. Our topic homework is always fun, but sometimes we might need a little help! When we are out shopping maybe you could let us write the shopping list or find the correct money to pay with?