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Oaks Class - Year Two (Miss Maher)

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It is Autumn Term 1 , we have lots of fun learning opportunities as we start our journey into year 2.
This term our topic is 'The Place Where I Live' during our topic we will be looking at the History of Preston and how things have changed over time. We will also be looking at the geographical features and will be creating our own improvements in our local environment.


Class Novel

Our class novel this term is, 'Horrid Henry's Stinkbomb' this will link  to our English Topic; Stories with a familiar setting. Reading a class novel enriches children's vocabulary and gives them a range of experiences with different authors. The children really enjoy listening to stories and it is having a positive impact on their learning. I would encourage you to read as much as you can with your children at home.

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This Term in RE we are learning all about Treasures. During this time we will be using and developing religious vocabulary and

understanding What we treasure, that the world is God’s treasure given to us and we will be developing the skills of assimilation and celebration.



Some key questions to think about with your children.

Who made me?

What do I treasure?

How did you feel when you received the treasure?

What did you say to the person that gave you the gift?

What did you do with the gift?

What treasures do we share?


Creative Curriculum

Our topic for Autumn term 1 is The Place Where I Live.

During this term children will learn the difference between past and present. We will be looking at how things have changed over time and how it was different for children in the past, children will also be given the opportunity to play some games from the past. We will also be using maps of our local area and making our own improvements.

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Science will be taught by Mrs Eddleston  



Class Target

Our class target this year is to improve writing in all subjects. Children will be using dictionaries and thesauruses to widen their vocabulary and to improve their writing skills. We will also be focusing on our reading skills and children will have the opportunity to listen to different novels during our school day. As well as having a 30 minute SPaG lesson a week we will also be taking part in SPaG activities prior to our English lessons so that the children have access to a range of punctuation and grammar to improve their writing across all subjects. We will also be having writing days throughout the year to engage children and get them excited about writing.


School Target

As a school one of our main targets this year is to improve ICT skills across the school. Children will be completing 2 sessions of ICT a week. One of these sessions will be used throughout the creative curriculum where children will be given the opportunity to use programs such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher and to carry out research around their current topic. The other lesson will focus on the Computing side where children will be learning about how programs work, basic computing skills and debugging. In school we will ensure that children are aware of the dangers of the internet and how they can be safe online.



This term children will be doing PE on a Friday morning. Children will take part in an hour lesson outdoors so please make sure your child has warm clothes. As well as our PE lessons we will be doing a wake up and shake up every morning, chair aerobics and relaxation to improve concentration and promote a healthy active life style.



Homework will be given out at the beginning of each half term. Children will be given homework based on the current work that is going on in school. Children will be expected to take responsibility for their  learning and become pro-active by completing their homework and bringing it in before the end of the term. If children do not have the facilities available at home to complete their homework they are welcome to arrange a lunch time in which they can complete their homework before the deadline. See attachment for Homework map for this half term.


Home Reading

In Oaks class children are expected to read (or be read to) and have their book signed 3 times a week. If you can question them about the book once they have read, this will help them in their writing and reading in school.

Some questions to ask your children during reading at home:

What are the main events in the book?

How are the characters feeling in the story?

Have you read any books with a similar storyline?

What do you think is going to happen? Why do you think that?

If you met any of the characters in the book what would you ask them?

Are there any words or phrases in the book that excite you?

It may also be useful to identify any words your child is not sure of and look up the meaning as this will enrich your child's vocabulary.



If you have any queries regarding your child please don't hesitate to contact me after school, or book an appointment with me and I will be happy to discuss any issues.


Miss Maher


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