Welcome to Dragonfly Class
Dragonfly Class is made up of Year 2 children
Our Class Teacher is Ms Gunn
Welcome to Dragonfly Class!
I am looking forward to getting to know your children during this first half term and to ease them gently back into school and their new class routines.
We love reading at Sherburn Primary and want to foster a love of books in all our children. Therefore, we will have daily reading sessions in class and hope that you will support us by hearing your child read at home too.
Initially, children will be given two reading books to bring home – one will focus on the sound they are learning (such as ‘oo’) and the other will be a book that progresses through our reading scheme by colour. Once your child reaches ‘turquoise’ level, and is confident with their recall of sounds, they will progress onto Accelerated Reader where they will complete a ‘star assessment’ which generates their ZPD level. Subsequent books allocated will be within their ZPD level. After reading the book, they will complete an online quiz which measures their understanding. The children really enjoy doing these quizzes and we find they motivate them to read more.
Please complete an entry in your child’s reading record when they read with you at home so we can hand out points and rewards and monitor your child’s progress.
As well as reading books, your child will bring home spelling words to learn. Spellings will be given on a Friday and will be tested the following Friday. These will be available to practise on Spelling Shed.
English and/or Maths homework will also be given on a Friday to hand in the following Friday.
Children should continue to come to school in their PE kits and appropriate footwear on PE days. This is to be reviewed at the end of this half term. P.E will be on Tuesdays.
Please ensure all children have a jumper/cardigan with them in school everyday as the windows will be open for ventilation. Also, please make sure all items of clothing are clearly labelled as it makes it so much easier to identify the owner of lost and found uniform.
Many thanks for your support,
Autumn Term 2021
Summer Term 2021
Autumn Term 2020
In KS1 the children will be given two reading books to take home. One will be a book which focuses on the sound they are learning (such as ‘oo’) and one will be a book which works through the scheme by colour. Once your child reaches turquoise and is confident with recall of sounds they will progress onto accelerated reader. This normally happens in year 2.
Due to COVID restrictions and safety, all reading books will be given out on a Monday and should be returned on a Friday. This gives us a chance to hold those books in isolation and have them cleaned ready to be sent out again. Please ensure these books are returned or we will not have enough books to send out. We will not be able to send reading records home every night due to COVID, however we would ask that you log on to class dojo (information will be sent out shortly) and tell us when you have read with your child at home so we can hand out points and rewards and monitor your child’s progress.
For the first half term there will be no homework, but we would please urge you to support us with reading at home and spellings. Spellings will be given on a Friday and will be tested the following Friday. These will be available to practice on spelling shed.
P.E day will be a Wednesday. Children need to attend school wearing their PE kit and appropriate shoes as it will be outdoors.
Please ensure all children have a jumper/cardigan with them in school everyday as the windows will be open for ventilation. Can you please make sure all items of clothing are labelled clearly.
Autumn Term 2020
Summer term 2019
Our Trip to the Botanic Gardens
The children had a fantastic trip at the Botanic Gardens in Durham, which supported our science curriculum. We talked about habitats around the world, how plants can adapt to their surroundings, climates and how they differ in different continents, and even got to hold some minibeasts!
We created line drawings of the Titanic in Dragonfly class. The children tried very hard to shade carefully, use the correct size and shape and also add detail using different tones. Well done!
An amazing effort from Dragonfly class with their Titanic themed homework projects. Our creative area has become an art gallery of marvellous models, perfect PowerPoints and creative collages. Fantastic job year 2!
In the summer term, the children in year 2 are working very hard to ensure they are prepared for their SATs! Our current homework project can be downloaded here.
Reading is very important in year 2. Our emphasis is on creating independent readers who are confident, independent and resilient. We read every day in class – either independently, in guided reading sessions or with an adult. The children are encouraged to pick challenging texts to read and then take quizzes, which tests the children’s understanding of the text using the accelerated reader programme. Please can you support us by reading with your child at home at least 3 times a week.
In writing, the children are working on always using the correct punctuation, developing more stamina and flair in their writing and using more interesting vocabulary. This term our emphasis is on keeping our handwriting neat, using more adventurous adjectives and adverbs to make our writing more interesting and also using our year 2 spelling rules more successfully in longer pieces of writing.
Times tables are very important in year 2, in particular we need to know our 2s, 5s, 10s, and 3s. Knowing these facts will help us with our mental maths and with longer, more complex calculations Our focus this term is making sure we are confident with our number bonds, place value and also with addition and subtraction including –
|· adding and subtracting numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally, including:
o a two-digit number and ones
o a two-digit number and tens
o two two-digit numbers (which do not involve bridging a 10)
o adding three one-digit numbers
· show that addition of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and subtraction of one number from another cannot
· recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and solve missing number problems.
Our topic this term is in response to the interests of the children. We decided on Titanic. This topic will mainly focus on History, Art and DT.
The children will explore how life has changed since the early 1900s and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. They will learn where the events, which caused the sinking of the Titanic, fit within a chronological framework and use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. They will ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand the key features of events. They will learn about some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different sources of evidence.