2NF 2020 - 2021
Welcome to 2NF’s Class Page!
Welcome to Year 2!
Hello. My name is Mrs Forrester and I am one of the Year 2 teachers at Offley.
I started working at Offley in 2004. I've taught throughout the school but I have a passion for teaching infants so I am delighted to be teaching Year 2. I am also Key Stage 1 phase leader, phonics lead and English Leader for KS1 too. I have three young children of my own, one at high school, one which attends Offley and one starting pre-school this September! This means you will often see me taking them to various activities around Sandbach. Please do say hello if you see me!
I am really pleased to be training as a schools direct student at Offley. I have just graduated from Lancaster University and completed a degree in English Language and Linguistics. In my spare time I enjoy reading and dancing. I look forward to getting to know you all!
A few reminders:
- You will need to bring your own clean water bottle to school with you every day.
- The snack trolley will not be available for the time being, free fruit will still be provided at playtimes or you may brink a healthy snack in from home if you'd prefer.
- Please bring a small bag into school (only if required)
- Reading books can be taken from school to read at home. On return the books will be quarantined for 72 hours before going back on the shelves. Please also use Reading Eggs to read at home too and we also encourage you to read any of your own books from home.
- PE will be on a Monday afternoon. Where possible PE lessons will take place outdoors, for this reason outdoor footwear will be required. You may also wish to send in joggers/leggings and a jumper/hoodie ready for when the weather gets a little cooler.
You will have noticed your child has some new log in details stuck into the front of their planners. This is because homework will be kept to online activities due to COVID restrictions.
Office 365 log in (TEAMS) You will find a username to Microsoft teams where assignments can be set and handed in. The username looks like an email address and also has a password. We will use the Year 2 group.
Reading Eggs – All children have now completed a pacement test to make sure they’re working on the right level. If your child does not change their reading book at school, please read using this. (This will help us too, as due to quarantining books it will take some pressure off our stock of books.) We can view what's been read but you can still record any reading done on reading eggs in your planner if you wish to.
We will also use reading eggs to set particular home learning activities.
Numbots – This is a new maths robot game that focuses on number, addition and subtraction. All children start from the beginning and it will gradually get harder.
Prodigy – This is another maths game that the children will be familiar with from Year 1. Their details have transferred over and we can set maths activities and assignments though this website.
We will send home a set of activities if you do not have online access.
Here is what we’ve been up to in 2NF this week:
We have come to the end of our work based on the Troll Swap story. We planned our own Troll swap stories this week, we kept the main events of the story the same but changed our characters and where they live. We then used our plans to write our own Troll Swap stories. We tried really hard to include expanded noun phrases in our stories and joined ideas using the words ‘and’ or because. These stories are fabulous and the children have worked really hard on them today.
In Maths this week we have finished off our unit on finding the difference. We have been looking at data in graphs and comparing data. We have answered questions such as ‘How many more children liked ____ than ____? These types of questions allow us to use our skills we have been practising to find the difference.
This week we continued our learning about animals and living things. We focused on hedgehogs and researched what they need for a perfect habitat. We had to consider where they would usually live, what they eat and when they hibernate. We used all of this knowledge to design our own hedgehog habitats before spending time in our wild area building a home for them. We will keep observing the area over the next few months to see if we’ve been successful in attracting a hedgehog to come and stay with us throughout winter.
We discussed what 'magic' means and the children came to the conclusion that it makes things appear or disappear. We then thought about what we might have that is like magic, that can help us try to control our feelings, and make us calm when we are feeling anxious/worried/angry/ We had lots of suggestions. Then we read a book called My Magic Breath. Click here to listen to the Magic Breath story again. This reminded us about our mindful breathing and how we can take deep breaths in and the blow our worries away when we exhale. We then thought about what our own magic breath would look like and designed posters to tell others about our magic breath.
This week in Art we have been thinking about the features of trolls. We know these portraits might be very different from our portraits that we drew next week. We have focussed on their eyes, nose, mouth and ears and drew ones fit for a troll.
This week we took a little break from coding and gave the children the experiences of logging onto Microsoft teams. We went onto the Year 2 group and under the assignments section we completed a science quiz. The children did brilliantly at the quiz but found logging on hard and moving the screen with the mouse. You can access this quiz from home to keep practicing… it would help us if you could practice typing the @ symbol and practicing using the mouse to move the screen down to get to the next question.
We had so much fin in PE but were exhausted by the end of Monday afternoon. We completed 5 different sprinting challenges at different stations. We: sprinted from cone to cone, sprinted on the spot, sprinted over ladders, sprinted over hurdles and ran between cones changing our pace from fast, slow, fast.
Have a lovely half term break and take time to relax spend time together. It’s been a strange half term but all of the children have coped fantastically and I’m very proud of them all.
Autumn Term - 2020
Our topic this term is 'Enchanted Forests.' Our big question is:
Our main text for the second half of the Autumn Term is 'The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark' by Jill Tomlinson.
Mrs Clarkson will be the teaching assistant for Year 2 and she will teach our class on Thursday mornings to cover Mrs Forrester's PPA time.
Miss Humphries has been with us since September but will start teaching lessons to use as she continues to complete her trainee teaching year with us.
Here is a peek of what our classroom will looks like. A little different to how I'd usually have it but hopefully it is still a bright, cheerful classroom with lots of happy smiley faces.
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