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**Tuesday February 5th - Year 2 workshop**

IPC PROJECT FOR SPRING 1 - People of the past


    Entry Point:  Wednesday 8thJanuary Find out about a famous person from history for example musician, explorer, inventor, ruler, nurse, artist or scientist. We will be hosting a ‘famous people party’ and the children could come dressed up as their famous person. Children should learn 2 to 3 facts about their person  ready to share

    Exit Point: Wednesday 12thFebruary at 2 p.m. We are having a heroes of the past award ceremonyfor fanous people that we have learnt about.  Your child can choose one of these people and pretend to be them for the afternoon!  This could involve dressing up in costume or making a simple prop for example Neil Armstrong – a space suit or a telescope for Christopher Columbus.   We would like to invite you to join us and see what your children have learnt about these inspirational heroes of the past. 

    Class Drama workshop: We will be having a drama workshop to explore the events of the Fire of London - this will take place in school on 5thFebruary. 


    We will know:

    • about the lives of famous people like Mary Seacole, Samuel Pepys, Christopher Columbus, Neil Armstrong and Amelia Earhart.
    • about significant events beyond living memory such as the Great Fire of London and the first female solo flight across the Atlantic.

    We will be able to:

    • place significant events on a timeline
    • use different sources to find out information
  • ART

    We will know:

    • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work. Famous artists Frieda Kahlo and Andy Warhol

    We will be able to:

    • use a range of different materials and resources to create artwork

    We will be able to:

    • design a new invention that will make our lives easier.

    We will know:

    • about the the idea of ‘fairness’ and ‘equality’ and what it means. 

    We will be able to:

    • To compare London, England to Washington DC North America

    We will be able to:

    • use our voices expressively and creatively by singing songs, rhymes and chants 
    • listen with concentration to a range of music
  • maths
    • Multiplication and division – sharing, dividing by 2, 5 and 10. 
    • Money – recognising coins, making different amounts and finding change 
    • Statistics – pictograms, tally charts and block diagrams 
    • Geometry – properties of 2D and 3D shapes, drawing shapes and symmetry 
  • English
    •  Poetry
    • Writing letters and biographies of famous people
    • Writing diary entries based on Samuel Pepys and the book Diary of a Killer Cat 
    • Spelling shed will start for home learning 
  • Phonics

     At Green Dragon Primary School we teach phonics using ‘Letters and Sounds’. 

    What is phonics?
    Phonics is the system of ‘blending’ sounds together to read, and ‘segmenting’ sounds to spell. They are both complimentary and interlinking skills that are taught together. You may hear your children use some vocabulary that you are not familiar with that they have learnt in their phonics lessons.

    A phoneme 
    Is the smallest unit of sound that we use in the English language. A phoneme can be made up of one letter as in the alphabet sounds – s, a, t, p, i, n etc, or two letters (a digraph) as in sh, ch, th, ay, ar, or three letters (trigraphs) as in air, ear, ure. Phonemes can not be broken down into separate sounds.

    A grapheme
    Is the way we spell a phoneme. A phoneme may have only one grapheme,for example ‘b’. Or may have several different spellings –for example or can be spelt ‘or’ in torn, ‘aw’ in claw, ‘au’ in naughty or ‘ore’ in more. The children will initially be introduced to one common grapheme for each phoneme, but as they progress through the school they will taught the less common spelling alternatives and encouraged to try and choose the correct grapheme for a particular word they are trying to spell.

    Consonant blends
    Are made up of two or three phonemes blended together quite quickly as we learn to read. Examples are sc, sm, bl, pr, str

    Short Vowel Sounds
    Are the vowels saying their sound as ‘a’ in c a t.

    Long Vowel Sounds
    Are the vowels saying their name as ‘ay’ in day, ‘oa’ in boat or ‘igh’ in night.

    How do we teach Phonics at Green Dragon  Primary School?

    We follow the Letters and Sounds programme Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

    There are six overlapping phases. Below is a summary based on the Letters and Sounds guidance for Practitioners and Teachers. For more detailed information, click here to visit the Letters and Sounds website.

    Phonic Knowledge and Skills

    Phase One 
    Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.

    Phase Two 
    Learning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. Blending sounds together to make words. Segmenting words into their separate sounds. Beginning to read simple captions.

    Phase Three
    The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each. Graphemes such as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters. Reading captions, sentences and questions. On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the “simple code”, i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language.

    Phase Four
    No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase. Children learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants, e.g. swim, clap, jump.

    Phase Five 
    Now we move on to the “complex code”. Children learn more graphemes for the phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the graphemes they already know.

    Phase Six 
    Working on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters etc.
    Recommended: the Synthetic Phonics Toolkit

  • statutory SPELLING LISTS


  • Message for Parents

    Year 2 Parents:  School receives money for every free school meal child that attends so please apply for Free School Meals for September. If your application is successful you will get free meals next school year and, most importantly, the school will receive an extra ££££££ of funding. We would encourage all parents to look at the link below to see if you are entitled to free meals, even if your child is currently getting a school meal because they are in Reception or KS 1. So, please speak to our office staff or complete the form that has been emailed to you. 

    Click here to be directed to an e-form to apply for free school meals.

    Can You Help?

    Do you have knowledge or resources about our project?

    Could you give some time to come into class to help with reading? Please come and talk to your child’s teacher if you can help!




Home learning tasks are set every week :

Task Given out Due Back
Mathletics Thursday Tuesday
Phonics / Spelling Thursday Tuesday

Project Homelearning: 

We are learning about heroes of the past. You will have a set of weekly tasks to complete across the half term.  You may need to use the Purple Mash password and Spelling Shed password – to be found in the front of the home learning red book. 

Mathletics: Every child has a username and password for the Mathletics website. Class teachers will allocate between one and three tasks per week for each child to complete. This will either be linked to current class learning or the child’s personal targets. Usernames and passwords should be written in every child’s reading journal but can be requested from the school office if they are lost / forgotten.

Things to remember

PE is on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

  • Remember to have your P.E kits in this days (including plimsoles).
  • Make sure you have leggings or tracksuit bottoms as we will be outside for P.E unless it is raining.

Please regularly practice the x 2, x 5 and x 10- tables and learn the Year 1 and 2 common exception words.  Please read with your child as often as possible and change when your child has finished reading the book and a comment is written in the reading journal.  If your child reads for 20 minutes a day they will hear 1,800,000 words per year!  Amazing!

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