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Dahl Class (Yr 2)


Mrs Wise

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Welcome back to school and welcome to Year 2. The children in Dahl Class look incredibly smart wearing Yewdale School's new uniform and everybody has settled into school incredibly quickly and everyone is happy! I am delighted to have such enthusiastic and knowledgeable children who have started the new year showing great excitement about their new learning, and tremendous independence and responsibility (having become the eldest of all the Key Stage 1 children and great role models for all the younger infant children). 

We are amazing learners!

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Please make a note of the following:


PE: Our allocated PE slots are on a Wednesday morning and on a Thursday afternoon, however, occasionally routines may change so I recommend leaving your PE kit in school all week. 


Homework: Homework will now be given out each Friday to be returned by the following Thursday. In year 2 weekly homework will consist of: daily reading (10 minutes), spellings, mental maths, one piece of English homework and one piece of Maths homework (usually to consolidate the previous weeks learning). Homework relating to our Topic may also be given to replace either Maths or English work. Spellings and Maths Facts will be tested each Friday morning. To adhere to the homework policy, homework must be completed on a Thursday dinner time if it is not handed in by Thursday morning (the homework policy is on our web site). Also, please can your child bring their current reading book and orange homework diary to school every day - this will help me to identify which children need to move up our class 'Reading Beanstalk' and who deserves a reward on a Friday afternoon for reading 4 or more times during the week.



Our new topic this term is 'Footprints from the Past'.  We brainstormed how to find out about the past and the children discussed using computers and the internet, looking in books, pictures, photographs, maps, visiting the library, museums, talking to older people and looking at objects from the past. Just after we'd mentioned artefacts... a dinosaur dig and excavation site happened to appear in the classroom after lunch break! We carefully unearthed the fossils that pieced together to make a complete skeleton of a dinosaur but what species was it? It's  head looked fierce with pointy teeth like a T-Rex, it's tail was long like a Brachiosaurus and it's claws were sharp and pointy like a Velociraptor (but it smelled of biscuits! How strange!surprise

Our Dinosaur Dig

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Mary Anning came to visit our class this week and we asked her lost of questions. What a roller-coaster of a life she had. Did you know her father fell off a cliff in Dorset and died when they were fossil hunting together? She was only 11 years old at the time. Also, when she was a baby, a lady who was holding her, was struck by lightning! However, she did have some good luck too, she told us all about the day she found a giant ichthyosaurus fossil on the beach and how fossil hunting took over her life and she became known as the 'mother of paleontology'. She used to sell the shells and fossils she found on the beach - she was very poor but very clever. She taught herself to read and write and she studies the anatomy of creatures. Her discoveries altered scientists beliefs and ideas about old the world was/is, evolution and prehistoric life on Earth. Mary Anning is the 'she' in the following tongue twister:


"She sells sea shells by the sea shore,

The shells she sells are sea shore shells."

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We will be writing about Mary Anning's life and considering how she effected history.

Key Objectives:

To describe some of the key events in historical person's life;

To recount the life of someone famous from Britain that lived in the past, explaining key events chronologically.  

In music we were veloci'rap'tors and have written a class dinosaur rap! Yo innit!

To be able to do this, we first had to explore the difference between beat and rhythm. 

We know that 'the beat stays the same, but the rhythm changes with the words'.

Here's our uptown funky rap! and a link to the instrumental backing track.

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In Art, we have started looking at Pop Art! We expressed out opinions about different works of Pop Art and discussed the features of the style. Bold, bright, fun, 'cartoony', 'quirky', complementary colours, dots, speech bubbles, black outline, everyday objects,  


This week we are continuing to work hard on Number and Place Value. Key vocab we are using this week includes...

Digit, tens value, units value, greater than, more than, less than, odd even, partition, multiple of

Key Objectives: 

2.1.b.3 Identify, represent and estimate numbers to 100 using different representations, including the number line, and partitioning in different ways

2.1.d.1 (KPI) Solve number problems with number facts and place value from the Year 2 curriculu

2.1.a.1 (KPI) Count in tens from any number, forward and backward 

2.1.a.2 Identify ten more or ten less than any given number



This week we will be starting a new unit on instructions. Over the next two weeks we will looking at extracts from stories written by our class author Roald Dahl to inspire our instruction writing and use as a stimulus to write a set of instructions such as...

How to catch a dream (The BFG);

How to poach a pheasant (Danny the Champion of the World);

How to make a marvellous medicine (Georges Marvellous medicine);

How to make tortoises grow faster (Esio Trot).


Spelling and Grammar Objectives over the 2 week unit:

2.3.b.2 Learn how to use: sentences with different forms: statement, question, exclamation, command.

2.3.b.1 Learn how to use: subordination (using when, if, that, or because) and co-ordination (using or, and, or but).

2.3.a.1 Learn how to use: expanded noun phrases to describe and specify: e.g. the blue butterfly.

2.3.b.3 Learn how to use: the present and past tenses correctly and consistently including the progressive form.

2.3.c.1 Use of capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks to demarcate sentences Commas to separate items in a list Apostrophes to mark where letters are missing in spelling and to mark singular possession in nouns (e.g. the girl’s name).


Non-Fiction Writing Objectives over the 2 week unit:

2.1.c.1 Write from memory simple sentences dictated by the teacher that include words using the GPCs, common exception words and punctuation taught so far.

2.2.c.3 Make simple additions, revisions and corrections to their own writing by: proof-reading to check for errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation (e.g. ends of sentences punctuated correctly).

2.2.b.3 Consider what they are going to write before beginning by: writing down ideas and/or key words, including new vocabulary.

2.2.d.1 Read aloud what they have written with appropriate. intonation to make the meaning clear.

2.2.a.4 Develop positive attitudes towards and stamina for writing by: writing for different purposes

Topic Overview - Autumn Term 1

Learning Goals for this term are...