Welcome to Panthers' class!

Our class is made up of 26 amazing children. Our teacher is Miss MacKenzie and we are very lucky to have Mrs Carpenter and Mrs Kroukamp supporting our learning.

Now we are in Year 2 we are really working on developing our independence! The children are all rising amazingly to the new challenges and I’m sure they will continue to as the year progresses.

A typical day in Year 2 starts with an independent morning task whilst the register is taken. Then, we get started straight away with our phonics lessons before moving onto English. We then have assembly, followed by breaktime. After break we get started with our Maths lesson, and either handwriting or PSHE. The afternoons are then filled with our wider curriculum subjects.

In Maths we have started the year focussing on consolidating our understanding of place value. This is going to make sure we can really develop our understanding of new concepts over the year.

In English, we started the year with writing descriptions of panthers, thinking about how they look, how they move and how they think! The children really showed off their creativity and used some amazing adjectives, verbs, adverbs and even similes in these. We are going to be applying this learning to lots of new writing tasks as we move through Year 2.

Mrs Ahlquist teaches whole class reading comprehension lessons twice a week. Throughout the year, the children will study a variety of different texts. (Many of these have also been recommended on the Year Two reading list).

Whole class phonics lessons take place daily. We will be focussing on consolidating children’s learning from Year One. The main aim is to support children in becoming more fluent readers and more accurate spellers. Over the year some of the key focusses will be: alternative spellings for various phonemes; learning to spell the Year 2 common exception words; and adding suffixes to root words.

Our wider curriculum subjects include Computing, Art, Design and Technology, Religious Education and Music. We have lots of exciting activities planned for each of these subjects this term, including: making patterns using everyday objects; designing and building a fairground wheel and creating African call and response music!

PSHE and the emotional wellbeing of pupils continues to be at the forefront of our curriculum, with twice weekly PSHE sessions. This term, Panthers class have P.E on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings. This is taught by sport coaches from Dellar Sports Coaching.