Welcome to Donaldson Class
with Mrs George and Miss Jones
This year has flown by so quickly. I cannot believe that we are in our final half term! The Year 2 SATs took place before the half term and the children were amazing. They were committed, hardworking and every child did their very best. We hope that you are as proud of them as we are. The scaled scores for the tests will be released by the government in June. After this date we will let you know how your child got on.
Summer 2 promises to be jam packed and exciting. Our class text is 'The Pirate Cruncher' by Jonny Duddle. The topic kicks off with a big WOW when our little pirates climb aboard Donaldson's pirate to create pirate hats, skeletons and buried treasure. In week 3 we will be visiting Hunstanton Beach. More details to follow so please keep an eye out for the letter. We also have sports day to look forward to in week 5.
We will be reading our focused text many times and really getting to know it. As part of the Year 2 reading expectations, children need to be able to recall details from familiar texts as well as predict what they think might happen next. We will be exploring the characters even further through drama and role play. Our writing will be inspired from our key text. We will be writing instructions, Captain's log and a recount of our seaside visit.
In Maths we are focusing on number work. We will be exploring place value of 2 digit numbers, comparing and ordering numbers between 0-100, counting in steps of 1, 2, 5 and 10, adding and subtracting, revising number bonds and exploring money in real life contexts. We will also be measuring to the nearest cm and telling the time to half hour and quarter past.
Our creative curriculum is closely linked with our English work. In Science we will be investigating materials and their properties. We will investigate which materials are best for waterproofing our boats as well as which materials float and which sink. In History we are learning about famous explorers and how they travelled. Our DT centres around designing and creating a pirate's hat. There are also further links between DT, Science and History as we will be building and then racing our own boats. In Music we are learning pirate songs and sea shanties.
In PE we are learning skills for playing Tri-Golf and OAA (Outdoor Adventurous Activities) where we will be reading maps and following the captain's. Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school with them every day. We suggest they bring it in Monday and keep it on their peg until Friday. Please ensure your child has an outdoor PE kit. Trainers would be preferable over plimsolls for outdoor activities as they protect the children's toes and they are waterproof.
Our timetabled PE lessons are Monday afternoon and Friday morning.
Please ensure that all of your child’s clothing is named.
Our Library slot is Thursday. Please ensure sure that all library books are in school ready for this lesson so your child may renew their book every week. If your child would like to keep their book for an extra week they still must return it so that it can be entered and then re-issued on the school system. Thank you for your continued support.
All homework comes home on a Wednesday and is expected to be returned the following Monday.
R.E.D. (Read Every Day) and N.E.D. (Numbers Every Day). Your child should read every evening and complete the short number task. Their reading diary and NED sheet should be signed by an adult each day once the tasks have been completed. Regular practice of reading and number skills will greatly improve your child's progress so please support and encourage this. To assist parents further with shared reading, your child will be bringing home a bookmark which has ideas of questions to ask your child.
Learning Logs will continue to come home each week with two tasks to be completed. These tasks are maths and topic focused and follow on from the work completed in class.
At Whitefield we celebrate the children's home learning achievements. When your child has completed their RED five times in a week, NED five times in a week and their Learning Log they will receive 2 team points for each piece of work. When they have completed all homework twice they will receive their team points and a prize and be congratulated in our Key Stage assembly. That is a potential 6 team points a week! The children also have a reading passport and when they have read a certain amount of books they receive another prize. What have you got to lose? Learning is fun!
Please ensure your child brings their reading book and diary to school with them every day.
Did you know that Bug Club counts towards RED award? Many children enjoy reading from their online library every night but their diaries are rarely signed. Other books and comics that your child reads count too! So get those diaries signed! Your child's login details for Bug Club can be found in the front of their reading diary.
Don't forget, Whitefield Primary School has a Facebook page. There are lots of updates and photographs there too so why not find us and give us a 'like'
We look forward to a very happy and successful year with Delightful Donaldson Class.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch.