Toucans Class 2 2018 - 2019

Mrs Sarginson

Mrs Sarginson is our Toucans (Year 2) Teacher

 

Welcome to Class 2

Class 2 is a lovely group of 8 Year 2 children.  Mrs Sarginson teaches maths and English in the mornings and Mrs Martin and Mrs Harris take over in the afternoons.

When we arrive in the morning, we settle down to our SODA - usually a maths task.  We have English before play time and then our maths lesson afterwards. Before lunch we do guided reading, comprehension practise or spelling work.  

Our topic this half term is 'The Seaside'. 

In maths this half term we are focusing on place value, addition and subtraction. We are also working on our number fluency in all operations; asking your child quickfire addition/subtraction/ multiplication questions on the way to or from school  will be hugely beneficial.

In English, we will be looking at the wordless picture book 'Flotsam' by David Wiesner and 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch'.

PE will be taught on Fridays by Mr Pickering and children come to school wearing their PE kit.

It is very important to hear your child read often; at least four times a week is recommended. In school we listen to children read individually and as part of a Guided reading group regularly. Spellings and sometimes maths homework will be sent out on a Friday and is due in for the following Wednesday.

Phonics- Below are apps that you could download on a tablet or ipad at home to help with your child's reading and spelling.

Letters and Sounds

Zat phonics test

Phonics UK

Phonics test UK

Teach your monster to read

Twinkl spell and pop

Zat Phonics screening check

 

Reading..

Remember reading isn’t just about reading individual words/sentences. Excellent readers understand and discuss what they have read and are able to respond to the book. Completing at least one of these activities at home will help make you a better reader.

 

  • Pick out 5 words that you feel are powerful words and that you could use in your own writing

  • Draw and label a character or a setting from a description in the book.

  • Think of 5 questions you would like to ask one of the characters.

  • List the words and phrases used to create an atmosphere, such as ‘scary’ or ‘spookiness’ ‘tension’ ‘relaxed’

  • Write about what a character might be thinking or feeling at different stages of the story. You could write it in the first person, or in a speech bubble.

  • Predict what might happen either before you start or when you are about halfway through a book. Write your prediction in your reading record. Was your prediction correct?

  • Write about a memory or experience of your own that is similar to something you’ve read in your book. (I was surprised when…..)

  • Which character in this book are you most like? Explain your answer.

  • Which character in this book would you most like to be? Explain your answer.

  • Finish this idea: “I love the way the author. . .”

  • How did the book make you feel? Explain.

  • Who else should read this book? Why? Who shouldn’t read this book? Why?

  • Write a letter to someone telling them about the book and your opinion of the book.

  • Write a telephone answering machine message for a character in your book

  • Construct a time line of the story. Include all the events in the beginning, middle and end.

  • Compare this book to another/others by the same author.

  • Explanations of settings

  • Story maps/ setting illustrations

  • Write a Book review.

  • Design a book cover.

  • Cartoon strip of main events.

  • A diary extract written by a character.

  • Advice to a character: Problem page letter & response

  • Draw a picture of your favourite part of the book and write a sentence about what is happening. Say why you chose this bit.

  • Make a list of as many adjectives as you can from the book.

  • Make a list of as many verbs as you can from the book.

  • Make a list of as many nouns as you can from the book.

  • Make a list of as many adverbs as you can from the book. (Then, Next, Soon, Finally)

  • Find new vocabulary (words) that you do not really know the meaning of and write them up with the meaning in your book.

ACTIVITIES ON CHARACTERS

  • What kind of person is the main character?

  • What do other characters think or say about this character? Why do they feel this way?

  • How does your character treat other people in the book? Explain and give support for your answers.

  • How does the character change throughout the book? Explain and give support for your answers.

  • Write a description of the main character: their looks, the way they dress, the way they talk and their personality.

  • Imagine you are one of the characters in the story. Write a diary entry that reflects thoughts and feelings about an event in his/her life.

 

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Crowton Christ Church C.E. Primary

Kingsley Road, Crowton,

Cheshire, CW8 2RW

Main Contact: Heather Harris (Head Teacher)

Tel: 01928 788230

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