Class 2 News Letter Spring Term 2021
This term has started in a most extraordinary way as we begin our learning in lockdown again. Some children are still in school and some find themselves at home. This has brought challenges to how we continue to help our class 2 children learn.
Mrs. Shaw (Monday to Wednesday) and Miss Wilkinson (Thursday and Friday) always work together to create and plan our overview of lessons for the half term. This is called a medium term plan. We then plan each lesson in detail to produce a series of lessons, each one building on the previous one. Lessons are being delivered by either a live lesson on Teams, a video lesson or a Power Point step by step lesson. We try to make lessons:
We have made adaptations to our plans to try to make the lessons accessible to all children with the resources families may have at home. Our main topic is a history based one – The Vikings. The English lessons will use texts with a Viking theme. Please login to the Class 2 group on Teams for English live lessons. In maths we begin the term with multiplications and division. Year 2 will continue to be taught by Miss Ellis, year 3 by Mrs. Shaw/Miss Wilkinson. Please login to those groups on Teams for maths live lessons. We will try to match subjects with other classes for the afternoon lessons. These will include: science (Monday), Topic (Tuesday and Thursday) P.E. (Wednesday) and we will have a creative afternoon on Fridays. Some children may receive small group tuition, you would be contacted directly to discuss.
Our Class 2 staff is completely committed to helping your child to continue their learning at home or in school. We are mindful, as parents ourselves, of the difficulties families might face. So please remember we are here to help and support you all.
The class 2 staff this term are:
Mrs. Shaw (Monday to Wednesday)
Miss Wilkinson (Thursday and Friday)
Mrs. Secouet (mornings)
N.B . Mrs Pearson has joined the Key Stage 2 bubble for the time being.
If you have any questions please contact us via e mail:
Monday - Wednesday: Mrs Shaw email@example.com
Thursday - Friday: Miss Wilkinson firstname.lastname@example.org
We will respond as soon as possible as
we are delivering live lessons in the mornings and often teaching in school in the afternoon.
The information below is a guide to home learning over the coming weeks. We are all learning as we go and endeavour to make learning as manageable as possible whilst also being meaningful for the children and helping them to make progress. We welcome any feedback. Below you will find our expectations but if there is anything we can do to make online learning easier then please let us know.
Each child is expected to complete the activities assigned by us in Seesaw. This will be a mental maths activity, a spelling activity, a reading activity (all totalling about 30 - 45mins) an English/Maths activity (whichever isn't covered in the live lesson) and an activity in another subject e.g Topic/Science/R.E. There will aslo be some suggestions for a wellbeing activity base on the NHS 5 steps to mental wellbeing. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/improve-mental-wellbeing/. They must also attend their daily live lesson which will be on English/Maths depending on the day. We will make these activities as easy to complete at home as possible to ensure they are manageable. Please take a clear photo of learning completed and upload these to Seesaw so that we can respond/like/feedback to your child's learning. This may take some time as even if each child submitted 3 pieces of work a day, that would be 90 pieces of work to approve.
We will upload your child's activities to Seesaw the night before the day they are due to be completed. 3-4 activities will be uploaded in total:
Mental maths/spelling activity/reading activity/well-being suggestion
Other subject (depending on the day)
Your child will need to use a tablet/phone/laptop/PC to view the activities set and to use Teams during the live lesson. They will also need a pen/pencil and some paper (lined paper is best, if you have any, to help keep writing neat).
The following is only meant to be a suggested timetable for learning each day, indicating approximate times for each activity. The live lesson is the only fixed timing, the other activities can be completed when suits you and your family best. We expect all of the activities set to be completed and uploaded to Seesaw for feedback, however, please change and adapt this timetable as you see fit to make it manageable for you and your family. We do not want it to be daunting and we are working hard to make it as manageable as possible for you. We will not ask you to print activities off. Children will only need a pencil/pen and paper. Keep hold of cereal box card as it will be useful to make things out of e.g. counters.
Suggested daily timetable:
8.45- 9.00am: Mental Maths
9.00-10.00am: English/Maths (whichever is not delivered in the live lesson)
10.00-10.15am: Spelling activity
10.15 - 10.30am: Break/well-being activity
10.35-11.20am: LIVE LESSON English/Maths
11.20 - 12.00pm: Reading activity including at least 10 minutes reading your own book each day.
1.00 - 2.00pm: Other subject e.g R.E/ Science/Topic
2.00 - 3.00pm: Physical activity/wellness activity (of your choice!! We will be uploading some P.E activities/forest school type activities to the website).
Live lessons will be at 10.35am every day. As usual Mrs Shaw will be teaching on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Miss Wilkinson will be teaching on a Thursday and Friday. We really feel that live lessons are so important for your child to interact with us, have more meaningful learning and also interact with their classmates. During the lesson the children will have time to complete work set. This enables them to ask any questions during the lesson rather than asking yourselves afterwards. We hope this will minimise confusion and keep learning easy to manage. Please see the document below for further information.
We currently have a trial for the Reading Eggs app. Please find the link below.
Practice a few everyday
Phonics - Learn to read and write using sounds
Revisit, revise and recall
Maths Games and Activities
Recently we were supplied with a link to a variety of maths games designed to focus on a mixture of mathematical skills. A link to these can be found here:
Alternatively, a link to all of the resources can be found below.
Read every day.
Please find the reading targets below
Set up a reading journal
Grab yourself a little note book and try out these reading activities...
If you want to write more, here are some ideas for you...
Daily picture resource to inspire writing by Pobble 365
Worship in Class 2
Each day we stop our busy work in class and spend a few minutes thinking about:
The messages Jesus taught us through reading to and listening to stories from the Bible.
Issues and dilemmas we face.
What we are thankful for.
Sending a prayer.
Other Curriculum Subjects
Be a busy bee and choose from the mini projects below or follow your own interests.
These websites provide lots of lessons on things that might interest you.
BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
The Oak National Academy: https://www.thenational.academy/
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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