Leopard class - Year 2  - Mrs Last

Leopard Class had an exciting start to the term, by investigating the disappearance of the KS1 adults’ hats. The children were eager to help solve the mystery and expertly searched the school to locate them – they were fantastic! Shortly after, the children were lucky enough to receive a letter and book from the ‘Queen’. The letter praised the children’s efforts to locate the hats and introduced them to the story, ‘The Queen’s Hat’.

In Literacy, we began the term by comparing the text, ‘The Queen’s Hat’ with other repetitive stories. Including, ‘The Gingerbread Man,’ ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and ‘I Want My Hats Back’. The children practised recalling the stories, identified the key features and created a success criteria to show what to include when writing their own stories about the events that launched the Kings and Queens topic. As the term progressed, we moved onto using ‘Alice in Wonderland’ as our focus text. The children were shocked to find a surprise from the Queen of Hearts and this led us to exploring the tea party scene. Not only have the children written their own story to describe the tea party scene from a different character’s perspective, but they’ve also used this text to write a letter to invite Mrs Curle to our tea party. The children are very excited to host a tea party in January to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee!

Alongside this, the children have been revising Phase 5 Phonics, in preparation for the Phonics Screening Check, and progressing onto the Engaines’ Year Two Spelling Scheme. All of the children achieved fantastic results when sitting the Phonics Screening Check in December and we hope to share their results with you soon. We are very proud of them!

This term in Leopard Class, the children have thoroughly enjoyed conducting a Science experiment, to investigate the effects of friction on different surfaces. As well as, discussing forces and identifying how push and pull can change the way an object moves, the shape of an object and the direction of an object. Again, this was linked to the children’s knowledge of ‘The Queen’s Hat’. The children have also been busy exploring the school grounds to identify and name plants; they used this knowledge to design a new garden for the Queen.

Additionally, in connection with our topic, Kings and Queens, Leopard Class have been learning about a range of Queens and the children have created a class timeline to organise their knowledge. The children have participated in drama activities to help them to understand the role of the monarchy and to express how they would rule England, if they were King or Queen. The children have also researched and recalled facts to compare significant monarchs, including, Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II.

The children have also enjoyed their Maths work; they have been consolidating their knowledge of Place Value (within 50) and developing their understanding of Place Value (within 100), as well as, moving onto Addition and Subtraction. The children have enjoyed using concrete resources and participating in practical activities to help them.

In PSHE, the children have been discussing friendship and bullying. We have explored how to make new friends and how to show friendly behaviour. Leopard Class also enjoyed wearing odd socks to school to celebrate Anti-Bullying Week. Additionally, we have been using the Zones of Emotions to discuss our feelings, daily and ensuring that we demonstrate the CHERISH values. The children have thoroughly enjoyed our weekly KS1 assemblies concentrating on each of the CHERISH values. In Leopard Class, the children have also been demonstrating their understanding of different beliefs in R.E.

We’ve had a very busy term in Leopard Class and all of the children have worked incredibly hard, despite the ongoing COVID restrictions and difficulties. Both Mrs Coleman and I are

very proud of the children and look forward to welcoming them back in the New Year. We cannot wait to host our tea party and our very own Commonwealth Games when the children return. We also look forward to introducing the children to their new topic, ‘This Is Me’.

We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy new year!