Home Page

Year 2 - Silver Birch

Welcome to Silver Birch Class! 



Class Information

We are Silver Birch Class. We have 22 children in our class. The teachers in our class are: Miss Child and Mrs Rafiq.


What you need to know

Reading Books

Children will take part in one Guided Reading lesson each week. However, reading books will be changed every two weeks. This allows us to explore the books in detail, to develop our comprehension skills. Each child has a reading diary which will be updated each week with reading challenges linked to their guided reading book. Please ensure you discuss the challenges with your children, as well as signing their reading diary.

Children will also take home a library book each week, which they will choose from the school library area. Please ensure that your child brings their book bag to school every day, as we encourage reading whenever possible.

PE Days

Our P.E. days for this half term are Monday and Thursday. Please ensure that your child has their P.E. kit in school on this day. PE kit includes: a white T shirt, navy or black jogging bottoms/shorts and a pair of pumps. It is also important that your child does not wear any jewellery during PE. 


Homework Challenges

Each half term a 'Homework Challenge' sheet will be sent home. This will contain 6 or more challenges that link into the current topic we are studying. You can then select one challenge to complete per weekend. The majority of this work should be completed by the child, with support and guidance given from adults at home. Don't forget to bring your homework challenges back with you on Monday morning, so your work can be shared with everyone in our class! 



Spellings will also be sent home on a weekly basis. Please practise reading and spelling these words at home as much as possible, in preparation for Spelling Quiz the following week.


Autumn 2 - A Twist in the Tale... 



Week Beginning:  Monday 20th November 2017


English -   This week are comparing alternative versions of the story 'Little Red Riding Hood'. We will be thinking about the events in the story from other character's perspectives, including the Big Bad Wolf. We will focus on using adjectives, adverbs and different types of sentences in our writing.


Maths - This week we learning how to add or subtract a single digit number to a two-digit number using blank number lines. We will be learning how to 'exchange' tens and ones. 


Topic - During our topic work we will be continuing to learn about the themes of friendship and anti-bullying. We will be developing our programming and coding skills in computing.



Week Beginning:  Monday 6th November 2017


English -   This week we will be using non-fiction texts to develop our history knowledge. We will be exploring why Bonfire Night is celebrated and will learn about the famous 'Gunpowder Plot'. We will be finding out which individuals were involved in it.


Maths - This week we are continuing to revise number bonds, but will also be moving on to look at addition and subtraction. 


Topic - On Friday 10th November we will be taking part in a whole-school Science Activity morning, where we will be taking part in lots of different investigations. This week we will also be learning about Remembrance Day and will be considering why and how this is remembered by people.



Monday 31st October 2017

English -   This week we will be writing firework poetry. We will be write shape poems and then move onto write acrostic poems. We will be using interesting words and using the thesaurus to help us improve our writing. 


Maths - This week we are learning about number facts. We will be learning about number bonds to 20 and 100, and writing addition and subtraction calculations to match these. 


Topic - Our topic work will involve learning about Bonfire Night. We will be learning about firework safety and creating posters to advise people about how to keep safe. 

Autumn 1 - Superheroes!



What we are learning this week:


Monday 9th October 2017

English -  This week we will be writing newspaper reports to tell everyone in school about the visit from the Evil Peas.


Maths - We will be partitioning two-digit numbers into different combinations e.g. 34 can be 30 + 4, but can also be made using 14 + 20, or 24 + 10.


Topic - In Design Technology we will be designing our own Vegetable Superheroes. We will be using the computer to design superhero logos. In RE we will be learning how people who are Muslim pray. 


Monday 25th September 2017

English -  This week we have a special mission: to create our own superhero characters. We will be designing their logos, outfits and thinking carefully about which superpowers they have. We will then be creating a fact file of our superheros. 


Maths - This week we will be developing our knowledge of place value and two digit numbers by comparing the value of numbers using the symbols <, = and >. 


Topic - In our RE topic work we are considering what things people may pray about and discussing our own experiences of prayer. In science we are continuing to think about what things are essential for human and animal survival. During our art lessons we are developing our skills in using a range of art mediums. We will be creating mixed-media self portraits. In PSHE we will be considering what things we are responsible for, both at home and at school. We will be considering how having these responsibilities can help others as well as ourselves. 


Monday 18th September 2017

English - We will be writing character descriptions of the different superheroes in the film 'The Incredibles'. We will be learning how to use ambitious vocabulary to make our writing more interesting. Later in the week we will read the story 'Supertato'. 


Maths - This week we will be continuing to learn about place value of two-digit numbers. We will be strengthening our knowledge with problem solving and reasoning problems.


Topic - In our RE topic work we are thinking about the importance of prayer and what it can mean to different people. In science we will be starting to think about what things are important needs for humans and animals. In PE, we will be developing our teamwork and resilience skills. 


Monday 11th September 2017

English - We will be using the film 'The Incredibles' during our English lessons this week. Our main focus will be to use adjectives to describe the different characters from 'The Incredibles'.  We will be extending our vocabulary by using dictionaries to check the meaning of unfamiliar words and thesauruses to find alternative words with the same meaning.


Maths - In our mental maths lessons we will be matching written number names to digits e.g. 'sixty seven' to '67'. In our maths lessons we will be learning about place value. We will be using resources to work out the tens and ones in a two-digit number, and then using this knowledge to help us solve mathematical problems.


Topic - In our topic work we are thinking about our roles in the classroom. We will be exploring our school value of 'Responsibility' and then thinking about which classroom jobs we would like to have responsibility for. We will be thinking about our class rules and making any improvements to these.