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Year 2 - Grasshoppers

Welcome to Grasshoppers!

Here we are at the start of what we know will be a very exciting and successful year for Grasshoppers - we can't wait!

The team this year consists of: Mrs Thompson, Mrs Ayres, Mrs Kittle, Mrs Jezeph and Mrs Curtis.

We have lots to look forward to and hope you will join us in our enthusiasm for the topics we will be learning about:

  • Autumn Term will be about 'Nurturing Nurses'
  • Spring Term will be focused around the Great Fire of London
  • Summer Term will be spent learning about plants and living things around us

At Stepgates we love to celebrate the achievements of our community, so please do get in touch with pictures, certificates and information about all you accomplish throughout the year.

We are really looking forward to what promises to be a year of fun, learning and growing together, please visit our Class Page to see what we get up to!

The Grasshoppers Team.

Autumn Term

 Grasshoppers Class have had a fantastic first term together! We thoroughly enjoyed our topic of 'Nurturing Nurses' and learnt a lot about Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell!

Some Highlights include:

'I really liked the English book we read all about the Crimean Hospitals'

'I enjoyed learning about how dirty things were then Florence Nightingale made them all clean'

'Mary Seacole paid for her own ticket to work in the British hotel - but it wasn't a hotel it was actually a secret hospital!'

'Nurses are kind, and have lots of training to make sure they can look after us well'

Other Grasshoppers achievements in Autumn Term:

  • Gymnastics success in PE lessons
  • Beautiful singing in the Nativity
  • Learning about materials in Science
  • Understanding the Continents in Geography

Well done Grasshoppers - keep up the good work!

Spring Term

Spring Term sees the topic of The Great Fire of London and Grasshoppers have thrown themselves into learning with gusto!

We have spent time learning about how the fire started - even baking our own bread and thinking about the risks that would have been involved in 1666.

We used our knowledge of the baking process to write stories of the doughy adventures of William and Wendy Wheat on their mission to become beautifully baked bread - we had a great time using our imaginations and personifying every day objects!

In Science we have been learning about animals, including humans and their classification, understanding the life cycles of different groups of animals - we are particularly interested in the amphibians and their journey from infant to adulthood.

Our times tables has been a focus in Maths this term, using songs to remember our 2, 5 and 10x tables. 

We look forward to seeing what the rest of Spring Term has in store for all of us in Grashhoppers Class!

Suggestions for Reading Discussions

Below are some suggestions of questions to ask your child when they are reading. Asking these questions will help children with their comprehension skills.

Before Reading

Show your child the book cover and read the description. After he or she has had some time to consider what the title and other introductory features could indicate about the story, ask your child what he or she thinks will happen and have your child explain why he or she thinks that. It is also good to ask the following:

  • What kind of characters do you expect to be in the story?
  • Where and when do you think the story takes place?
  • Do you think there will be conflict or any sort of problem in the story?
  • Do you think you will be able to relate the story to your life or our family?

Having your child consider these and other similar questions will not only encourage the development of intellectual skills; he or she will also get excited about reading the story. Making a child curious about the story will help them focus during the story.

While Reading

While you and your child are reading the story it is best to stop periodically to ask questions. This will help you monitor if your child is still paying attention and understanding the plot.  

Some good questions to ask include:

  • What can you tell me about the story and the characters so far?
  • What do you think will happen next, and how do you think this story will end?
  • What would you have done if you were one of the characters in the story?
  • Why do you think they have acted the way they have?
  • What did you see in your head during that last scene?
  • What are you thinking about as you read?

If your child's answers indicate he or she does not fully understand what has happened in the story, don't be afraid to backtrack and re-read any confusing details.  Additionally, don't forget to share with your child your own thoughts. Remember though, the goal is to conduct a literary discussion, not an interrogation! It is also useful to discuss the meaning of any unfamiliar vocabulary. Children could be encouraged to keep a note of any interesting words so that they can use them in their written work.

After Reading

Now that you both know the ending of the story, you can re-examine your prior predictions and see how close you were. You can also discuss together why the author had the story end the way it did and how a different ending would have a much different impact or feeling. Other points of discussion are:

  • Do you think the title was appropriate or would you have named it something different?
  • What was the story's problem and how was it solved?
  • Are there other ways it could have been solved?
  • Who do you think was the main character? If you were them, how would you feel throughout the story?
  • Why do you think the author wrote this book? What was the point of the story?

 

Taken from website: http://math-and-reading-help-for-kids.org

 

Phonics - Pronunciation

This video shows the correct 'pure' pronunciation of each of the phonemes.

Clear pronunciation of each phoneme assists in blending them together to make the word.

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