Welcome to Faraday Class!
My name is Mr. Beresford, I'm in my third year at KPS and this will be my first in KS1. I will be ably supported by my colleague Mrs. Kelvey 5 days a week. We will also be joined for the majority of the year by Ms. Newman who is a student teacher placed with us here at KPS by East Midlands Teacher Training Partnership.
Why Faraday Class?
Our class is named after the famous scientist, Michael Faraday who is known for his work with electromagnetism. Faraday is perhaps best known for his work with enclosures that block electromagnetic fields, commonly known as Faraday Cages and this inspired our first piece of art work (see below).
Our first phonics screening has been completed with the children doing brilliantly. Those childen who didn't quite achieve the required pass mark will continue to recieve support in school and will be rescreened in the Summer term.
The government have no confirmed that no SATS will take place in this acadmeic year. Childrens attainment will be assessed at the end of the Key Stage base don teacher judgements.
Rights Respecting School - Class Charter
At KPS we are a Rights Respecting School. This means that we aim to, learn about, understand and demonstrate the rights afforded to children by the UN Convention on Children's Rights.
This is our class charter for the 2020/21 academic year, focusing on children's right to health care, clear water, healthy food and a safe environment.
Curriculum Overview - Autumn Term
In the Autumn term our curriculum studies will focus around the concept of 'Let's Remember' in which we look through History a major events that shape our world today such as the Battle of Hastings, The Great Fire of London and The Space Race.
The children have previously studied the basic elements of this area of the curriculum however in Year 2 we will look to build on their existing knowledge to advance and deepen their understandings.
In Science we will be looking further into plant growth by conducting simple tests and categorising what we observe. We'll also be asking questions about the needs of animals, including humans.
The document below is our curriculum overview for the first half term (Autumn 1). This should give you an idea about what the children will be learning in the coming weeks.
Curriculum Overview – Spring 1
This term hasn't quite begun as we would have imagined it but that doesn't mean we won’t still be covering the same subjects while children are remote learning.
In English we will begin our new Talk for Writing unit based on the fantastic book, The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark. In this unit we will develop our abilities to create character and produce a shared write that involves that character overcoming their fear. Maths will begin with Multiplication and Division before we then start to look at how we can apply our knowledge of the base operations to problems.
Our curriculum studies this term are geography based as we look at the concept of 'Our Green and Pleasant Land' in which we will focus on key geographical features of the United Kingdom. Year 2 children will already have covered some aspects of this concept so once again we will be looking to develop and advance their understanding through application of knowledge.
In Science we will be learning more about animals (including humans) and revisiting specific aspects of materials.
The document below is our curriculum overview for this half term. This should give you an idea about what the children will be learning in the coming weeks.
Curriculum Overview - Spring 2
Upon our return to school we will return to learning that should seem a little more familiar to the children.
In Talk for Writing we will work with the model text Bob's Best Ever Friend to develop our character creation toolkits and incorporate those characters into a meeting tail. Maths will begin with more work on statistic and introduce new concepts in measurement, shape and direction.
We will be continuing to study the United Kingdom under the theme of 'Our Green and Pleasant Land' but this term we will focus on the key Human Features of the landscape and look back at how these interact with the Physical Features we've already studied. In Science we'll cover a number of different topics including developing our understanding of light, continuing to learn more about plants and finishing off by creating some simple electrical circuits.
Curriculumn Overview - Summer 1
In Talk for Writing we will work with the model text George & The Dragon to develop our continue our character creation toolkits and incorporate those characters into a defeating a monster tale. Maths will begin with an introduction to fractions and feature further revision of our multiplication and division skills.
We will be begin to study our new theme, 'Extreme Weather' in which we will focus on the continents, seas and oceans. We'll also look at equitorial and polar climates.
This term we will approach Science a little differently. No longer will we have a single Science lesson each week. Instead we will identify opportunnities on a near daily basis to be scientists. We'll do this through monitoring the movement of the sun through the sky, tracking temperature/rainfall (physics) and deepening our understanding of living things (biology).
We will begin this term by preparing for our mock SATS tests, which themselves will take place in the second week. This means that we won't begin formal units of Talk for Writing or Power Maths until week 3.
Curriculum this term will continue on from our learning in Summer 1 under the theme of 'Extreme Weather'. In Geography we will look closely at Australia, particularly its climate and how this has shaped the community settlements of both native people and settlers.
Children who are remote learning will be provided with the following as part of their remote learning provision;
Links for each Sway will be sent out between 07:30 and 08:00am week days via email. Padlet links have already been sent, these are specific to each child and can only be accessed by those with the link.
I will be available for contact, either via the Padlets (please not these do not provide notification so responses my be delayed) or via Year2@KimberleyPrimary.org between the hours of 8am and 4pm.