Hello, my name is Miss Owens and I have the pleasure of teaching Year 2 this year. I am delighted to work alongside Mrs Boardman and share many exciting learning opportunities.
After a rest over the Summer Holidays, I am ready for the many challenges this busy school year holds and am excited for the memories the children will make along the way. As they have already demonstrated, the children will continue to develop an ‘I can’ attitude towards their learning and face all challenges with a positive attitude.
Although the year will be busy, I intend to keep my philosophy of teaching at the heart of all learning. I believe learning should be fun and engaging for children and delivered in many creative ways.
I am delighted to see the enthusiasm and passion for reading demonstrated from the children in the short time I have spent with them so far. To ensure the children make the best progress possible, it is vital for them to read at home each night along with being heard read whilst in School. If you have any queries or concerns, please feel free to speak to me anytime.
I am excited for the wonderful year ahead.
About our curriculum
For the first half term, our topic is The Enchanted Wood. We will be reading The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson and our English work will be based around this book. Maths will focus on place value and different methods of calculation. In science, we will also be looking how seeds and plants grow, investigating the conditions needed for growth. In geography, we are using world maps, atlases and globes to identify the UK, continents and oceans, using simple compass directions and aerial photographs. The children will get to use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of our school. We will be using a range of materials to design and make owl products, drawing and painting to develop and share our ideas, experiences and imagination. For Come and See we are leaning about Beginnings for the first four weeks and then will be moving on to learn about Signs and Symbols. The children are also extremely fortunate to be working with Miss Ainsworth each week on a Friday afternoon enhancing their learning through Forest School.
P.E. will take place on a Tuesday afternoon. Children are to keep their P.E. kits in school each half term. Our P.E. kit at St Michael's is a navy blue top and shorts with the school crest on.
This half term, our topic is based around Roald Dahl. In our English lessons we will be looking at a range of texts written by Roald Dahl and making comparisons. We will look at his writing style and try some of our own character descriptions in this style. We will also look at poetry written by Roald Dahl and try to learn and perform these poems to others. As well as descriptive writing and poetry, we will also be looking at features of explanation texts and writing one of our own.
We will continue with the theme of Roald Dahl within History as we want to explore and research famous, significant individuals, who are internationally recognised. As he is an international bestselling author, there is no one better than Roald Dahl himself. After a long wait, the new bridge finally being opened, this is something we will explore as a significant historical event that we have been able to be a part of and has been a massive change in our local area.
Our Science lessons will continue to develop our skills of working scenically. During Science, we will be exploring the suitability of materials for their purpose and where materials are not suitable to be used. We will carry out different experiments, record our results and make general observations about changes that may occur.
Come and See is looking at Baptism and the Signs and Symbols both around us and in the church. We will look at the difference between Signs and Symbols, how important they are, as well as what they mean and represent in the church.
Of course we will work hard on practising for our Christmas Nativity, there will be lots of songs and lines to learn along with acting before finally putting it all together. As always it will be a very busy but enjoyable half term in the build up to Christmas.
I would like to thank you for your continued support so far, the children are working so hard both in school and at home. The children reading each night, at home, is fantastic to see and I am sure you will agree they are making wonderful progress within their reading. This is evident to see in their writing across all areas of the curriculum and I would ask for this to continue throughout the year to ensure the children continue to grow as they have demonstrated so far.