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Welcome to Class 2

Mrs Overend, Mrs Meikle and Mrs Chivers

Term 5, 2018


This half term our learning is based around the book


'Rumble in the Jungle'



Throughout this half term, the children will explore Jungle life, becoming explorers and nature spotters. They will work together to design and create our very own class jungle. The children will learn about the animals and wildlife that live and grow in Jungles around the world, developing their knowledge on habitats and the world around them. We will explore the weather in Jungles, as well as what food grows and how animals survive. 



In Communication, Language and Literacy there will be many writing opportunities, from finding out, researching and making  animal fact files to writing lists of what they need on their journey

through the Jungle. The children will develop their communication skills by working together, playing games and completing activities that promote turn taking and sharing.




In Phonics and Literacy all sounds (a-z) have been introduced using Cued Articulation, as well as the diagraphs;


ch sh th ng oo ee ay ai oa ow ow ff ss zz ll ck or


The children will continue to build on these sounds learnt to read and write words and simple phrases and sentences. Many children are now confident at using these sounds and we are working with their punctuation and sentence structure. Introducing adjectives (WOW words) connectives and new vocabulary to extend their writing.


As well as writing and reading phonologically, the children will continue to practice reading and spotting nonsense words. Buried Treasure is a fantastic website to visit to practice these reading skills at home.


Which is the nonsence word?      back duck neck leck


                                                   coat float hoat road


                                                   well gall fill hill



Alongside learning the sound, name and action for each letter, we also teach how to write the grapheme. At St Thomas' we write in a cursive style, with each letter starting on the line with a lead in and joining line.

We will review reading and writing the high frequency and tricky words – is, in, it, at,  as, up, on, not, got, and, can, get, will, mum, dad, cat, this, then, them, that, with, I, to, the, no, go, so, he, she, me, be, we, was, went, do, her, my, by, said, like, you, one, come, some, all, for, they, are.


New words to be introduced this term -


In our handwriting we will continue to focus on writing our names, high frequency words and the letter patterns. The families are listed below


curly caterpillar letters – c, a, o, d, g, s, e, q

one armed robot letters - r, n, m, h, b, k, p

long ladder letters - l, t, j, i, f, y, u

zig zag letters - v, w, x, z



In Maths, the children will be continuing using the numbers 0-20 to count, order and write confidently. We will also be using number lines, number tracks and Numicon as everyday resources.


We begin each session with a mental starter where the children learn mental stragies, for example, pairs to 5, pairs to 10, counting in 2's, counting in 10's and 1 more and 1 less.We will be solving simple addition problems using our fingers, dots, marks, practical resources as well as the number line and Numicon



The children will be solving lots of problems using addition and subtraction strategies. To extend their learning the children will be developing their mathematical knowledge onto writing their own number sentences using the + - and = sign.


If I had 3 cookies and Mrs Chivers has 4 cookies how many have we got altogether?


000 + 0000 =


3 + 4 =


The children will be learning to count not only in 1s but in 2s,5s and 10s. They will begin to see patterns in their number work and use this knowledge to answer simple maths problems.


Which colour represents each number? What do you know about Numicon? What does this picture tell us? What is one more than 4? What is one less than 9?




In Space Shape and Measure the children are developing their knowledge of Measure. 

Over the half term we will measure length, capacity and weight. 

The children will use non standard units to compare and discuss the measurements, and then moving onto using some standard units like cm and m, grams and kilograms and ml and l.


There will be lots of sand and water play to enhance their learning, as well as measuring objects around our school.


We will also review the names of 2D and 3D shapes, this term we will focus on describing the shapes using their properties. 


                                                            Guess my shape!


My shape has no has 1 edge.... my shape is a .....


My shape has 6 faces...........2 of the faces are square..... my shape is a.....




There is plenty of opportunity to develop your child's understanding of the world around us with lots of child initiated and adult led activities based around Art, Music, Design, Computing, Science and PE.


As well as lots of Physical activities, both fine and gross going on in our classroom and outdoor area, we are very lucky to have a Sports Coach with us every Thursday to teach the children multi-skills and games in their PE lesson and at Lunchtime.


In RE we will be learning and understanding about Special Clothes and what this means to us, our friends and families and to Christians.




We will join the whole school in Worship each Monday and Tuesday, with our own class worship each Thursday afternoon. Celebration Assembly is every Friday morning,  all parents and guardians are warmly welcomed.



We will also be continuing to introduce our 'School Values', more information on these can be found in the 'Values and Vision' section, About us tab.


Journeying Together in Faith and Love

Through our core values of Faith and Love we show....


This term we will focus on


If you have anything to share, which is relevant to the topic, such as a book, story, picture or object, please bring them into school for our EYFS Topic Table.


Remember to always have your book bag and P.E. kit in school and please name each item of clothing!


 Thursday - PE day

Friday - Library day


Mrs Overend teaches the class on a Monday , Tuesday and Wednesday .
Mrs Meikle teaches the class on Thursdays and Fridays.
Miss Chivers is here every day!

Teachers - Mrs Overend and Mrs Meikle
Teaching Assistant- Mrs Chivers