Welcome to Class 2
Teachers - Mrs K Garcia and Mrs S Stephenson
Teaching Assistant - Mrs L Melling
Children are given a Spelling Practice book with a set of up to 10 spellings to learn each week. These words are linked to phonics sounds and spelling patterns; they also include Common Exception and High Frequency words as well as specific vocabulary linked to our topic. Weekly spelling tests take place on a Monday morning and new spellings given the same day.
Phonics is a method for teaching reading and writing of the English language by developing learners' phonemic awareness—the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate phonemes—in order to teach the correspondence between these sounds and the spelling patterns that represent them. The goal of phonics is to enable beginning readers to decode new written words by sounding them out, or, in phonics terms, blending the sound-spelling patterns. Phonics is taught daily where we revisit previous sounds/words, teach a new grapheme (how the sound is written), practise it and then apply it - for example in a sentence.
Spring Term sees a focus on Phonics Screening for Year 1. This entails children being able to decode real and alien words - sounding out and then blending. A Phonics book will go home with the children with weekly words to practise and these will be tested on a Friday morning.
Reading is a vital skill in establishing a good foundation on which to develop learning across all areas of the curriculum. Reading at home is invaluable in promoting progress. In Y1 and Y2 it is essential that children read daily to an adult to develop fluency and clarify understanding. It is important that children are also read to by an adult on a regular basis to ignite imagination, foster a love of reading and a passion for a range of books. Books will be changed on a Monday and Thursday as necessary. Please ensure you discuss the book your child has read. You can use questions such as: Can you tell me about the story? Why is that character feeling that way? Why do you think this happened? Each child has a Star to read to during the week.
In Class 2 we follow the White Rose Maths programme of study which provides children with the opportunity to engage in a range of tasks to embed their understanding of mathematical concepts. Children have the opportunity to practice, refine and develop fluency using concrete objects and pictorial representations before utilising their skills in problem solving and reasoning activities and questions to develop a 'mastery' level of understanding. In Class 2 the maths curriculum is broad and covers number, place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division. Children are encouraged to learn number bonds for rapid recall and count fluently in 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s and 10s as a pre-cursor to learning our times tables. The children have their login for Times Table Rockstars and we would encourage them to try out the times table questions on there. Maths is taught every day through a combination of verbal recall, practical and written lessons.
Learning for life
In Class 2 much of our learning is facilitated through practical activities which cover all curriculum areas and are linked to our topic. Maths and English lessons take place daily, usually in the morning, and we consolidate and embed these skills through a variety of topic-based activities in the afternoon sessions such as Science, Art and Design and Technology.
Mr Rose, our sports coach, teaches us a variety of PE skills on a Monday morning and,throughout the Summer term, York City football club are working on a range of ball skills with Class 2 on a Friday morning.
We are very fortunate at Sutton Upon Derwent to have wonderful outdoor grounds and facilities to enhance and extend learning opportunities outside the classroom. Mrs Garcia leads regular outdoor literacy and Forest school sessions for the children throughout the term, whatever the weather!