What a fun couple of weeks we have had! The children have settled back well this half term and we are racing quickly towards Christmas! They have worked hard with their learning about the Great Fire of London and now know lots of amazing facts. Please use our knowledge organiser below to quiz your child and see what they have learnt about how the fire started and why it spread so quickly. They should also be able to tell you about how London changed after the fire.
We have also had a great time learning about the surprising journey of the Rainbow Crow in the lovely book ‘The Crow’s Tail’ written by Naomi Howarth. We have just written our own story based on Michael Morpurgo’s beautiful book ‘Coming Home’, where the children used the skills that they had learnt from our sentence stacking lessons to write their own exciting journey story.
In our next unit, we will use our history learning to write some historical diary entries about the Great Fire of London.
Christmas is quickly approaching and we have begun talking about our Christmas play. Due to the ongoing need to keep everyone well during the Christmas period, we are again doing this by video. Children have been invited to take part in the play as either speaking actors, actors with no lines, narrators, dancers or instrumentalists. Please reassure children that there will be plenty of time to practise and that there will be no live audience to worry about. We will send lines out today (Friday) and will begin rehearsals next week. Parts will be split across the threes classes and most of those with speaking parts will only have a few lines to learn. Please support your child in learning any lines that we send home. Thank you.
We will require some simple costumes and a letter is also coming home about this. There is no expectation to buy expensive costumes and we would encourage you to use items that you or the children already have at home. If you have any difficulties, please speak to your child’s class teacher as we may be able to support with items that we have in school.
Our PE day will continue to be Wednesday but we will be using our hall slot to rehearse for the play so will be doing outdoor PE lessons on the Wednesday, where this is possible. Please ensure children are dressed in appropriate outdoor PE kit on these days. They should no longer be wearing shorts and should now be in jogging bottoms. Coats should be brought in everyday and children can also bring in named hats, scarfs, gloves and ear muffs.
Please remember that the closing dates for applications for School Council, Eco-Committee and Christian Voice Ambassadors is: Wednesday 24th November. Completed forms MUST be handed in by this date (and ideally before). Children are also encouraged to make posters to promote themselves amongst their classes. These will be put up in classrooms and children will be given the opportunity to tell their classes why they think they would be good at the role. We are delighted that the children will again be able to take on these important roles to support our year group and school community.
Thank you for all of your support. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 2 Team