Mrs O’Connell and Mrs Millgate teach Class 2 with the support of our enthusiastic teaching assistants, Mrs Basham and Miss Wordley. We are all loyal advocates of the school in which we work, having sent all ten of our own children here, and we are now committed to doing the very best for the children that follow in their footsteps.
We try to create a relaxed and happy atmosphere in which children can develop at a pace which is right for them and gain the confidence to grow. We work hard to instil a love of books in this class and place considerable emphasis on developing those vital literacy skills by exploring the work of authors that we love, such as Roald Dahl and J K Rowling, along with a wide range of non-fiction texts.
We are just as excited about maths (especially Mrs Millgate) and we devote a significant amount of time to securing our written methods, acquiring times table knowledge and learning to problem solve.
In this class, we try to help the children develop a sense of independence and give them responsibilities which they carry out on a daily basis. These include everything from tidying, taking care of our library books to looking after the class pets, Arthur and Oswald. We have high expectations of the children but try to provide a gentle transition from Key Stage 1.
In order to encourage good behaviour, we have a house points system. Children are rewarded for their achievements, both academically and socially and for sport-based activities. Their houses give them a sense of belonging and help them to appreciate the importance of team work. By the end of their time in Class 2 we hope they leave us as confident, capable individuals ready for the challenges of Class 3.