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Starfish - Yr 1 & Y2

Welcome to Starfish Class


Teacher comment
"Welcome to Starfish Class. My name is Mrs Pattinson and I am the year 2 class teacher. I am ably supported by Mrs Houldsworth. In year 2, we are always striving to ‘make our best better’; in order to do that we make our learning engaging, challenging and really interesting (we have lots of fun too!). In Starfish Class, we learn through a cross- curricular themed approach and are working really hard to meet the challenging expectations in the new National Curriculum across all subject areas. So come and have a look at Starfish and see what excellent learners we are."

Our theme this term is ‘Old and New’; with a history theme; Castles.
We will be working closely with EYFS and Year 1 who also have the same topic.

Our literacy work will be linked to our theme. We will use castles as an overall theme and will start with looking at the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty; moving on next half term to use Dragons as our inspiration for our writing. We will learning about all the four different sentence types, using possession apostrophes and introduce nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs. We will use our ‘Talk for Writing’ approach which help us to think, rehearse and organise our writing before we put pen to paper! One of my many mantras is ‘Think it, say it, write it, read it!’ We will role play the story of Sleeping Beauty, make our own character puppets to retell the story and use ‘story’ maps in order to develop a rich experience for the children. We will continue to use our ‘Language Structures’ to develop the children’s academic language.

Read Write Inc.

Many of the children in Year 2 will start with the Read Write Inc. spelling programme which follows seamlessly from the RWInc phonics programme. RWInc learning will be every morning just before lunch and this will be in small groups that are tailored to the children’s exact needs. We are pleased with the RWI programme and the impact it is having on the children’s reading and writing.

In Starfish class, we are following the Maths Mastery Flow - SHOW, DO, THINK, EXPLAIN, SOLVE. Children will be following their own learning journey through the maths topic - working at their own pace and understanding. Children will remain at a certain stage in the flow until they master it and then move on. This will enable the children to have a secure foundation before moving to the next step in their learning.  Children will have to ‘SHOW’ they can understand a new concept with maths manipulatives (equipment) and pictorial representation. Then they ‘DO’ the maths required, developing fluency in the concept as they go. The next stage is ‘THINK’ - this is where the children develop a deeper understanding of the concept and answer trickier questions. Moving on from ‘THINK’ children develop the skills of ‘EXPLAIN’ and ‘SOLVE’.

The focus for our topic work this half term has a history theme with a focus on castles. We are hoping to visit Colchester castle to enrich the children’s learning experience.


Homework - Handed out on a Friday, due in on the following Wednesday.


Our P.E. days are Thursday.
Please ensure your child has a full P.E. kit including trainers and plimsolls.
P.E. kits will be sent home at the end of every half term to be washed.

Please ensure children with long hair have their hair tied up. Please ensure earrings are taken out.

Other Information

Children should be reading every night with an adult. Please comment positively in your child’s  reading diary and sign accordingly . Reading diaries in Starfish class are normally checked every morning by Mrs Houldsworth. Children who read with an adult 5 times are eligible for entry into the ‘reading challenge’ and have a chance to receive a bronze, silver or gold award termly along with a weekly chance to win a book.

WOW assemblies are each and every Friday at 2:30p.m. We invite all Parents/Carers to our WOW assembly. Each week at least one child per class receives the WOW award for something brilliant they have done that week!

Please be aware that in the Summer Term, Year 2 children will have end of Key Stage 1 Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs) which assesses their attainment against the expected standard. These tests are used to inform the teacher assessments. It is really important that the children attendance is good in order to give them the best chance of success.  

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9 Feb 2016, 10:02