Contact email: ShepherdsBush@connectedlearningmat.co.uk
Welcome to year 2 Shepherd's Bush!
Class teachers: Mrs Hounslow and Miss Carragher
LSA - Miss Robins
Interesting facts about Shepherd's Bush Station
- Shepherd' Bush station opened on 30th July 1900, making the station over 122 years old!
- The original station building was a terracotta-clad ticket hall with its entrance on Uxbridge Road facing Shepherd's Bush Green.
- Like all CLR stations, the station building was designed by Harry Ball Measures.
- In 1938, the platforms were lengthened along with those of the other existing Central line stations to accommodate eight cars instead of the previous seven.
Class teachers and LSA
Hi I'm Mrs Hounslow. I am super pleased to be your teacher! Although I have been teaching for a long time, you will be my first ever year 2 class so I am extremely excited for this year! I cannot wait to watch you all develop as individuals as you prepare for your transition into being a junior. We have lots of learning to do but I am confident you will all rise to the challenges of a year 2 classroom.
My favourite subject to teach is Maths and my favourite part of a Power Maths lesson is the share - I love hearing all the different methods, ideas and representations for reaching an answer. Having studied English at college and then university, this is also a subject I am really passionate about and am thoroughly looking forward to teaching in year 2.
In my spare time I mostly enjoy catching up with friends and family and walking my boxer dog Reggie. I also love travelling and have visited many different countries including several months spent in Asia. I began my journey in Thailand, travelled through Cambodia and then journeyed from the South to the North of Vietnam. Finally I flew over to Hong Kong. On returning to England, I began my teacher training the very next day!! Can you spot any of the countries I have mentioned on the world map below?
HINT: They are close to China!
Hi, I'm Miss Robins and I'm so excited to be in Year 2 supporting your learning journey and helping you to achieve your best!
A little about me - I've worked within the MAT for around 8 years, previously working elsewhere within Essex. I have been teaching and supporting within schools for around 17 years and enjoy my job enormously. I love reading and sharing a good book, please give me suggestions for books to read at the end of the day and I'll see if I have it in my vast collection.
As well as reading I love gardening and travelling. I have a 1975 VW camper called Picnic that I regularly holiday in around the UK. Our trip in the Summer was to Scotland! It was amazing. I have family that live in Canada and try and visit as often as I can. See if you can find Canada on Mrs Hounslow's world map!
PE - PE sessions are on a Monday and Tuesday. Please ensure that the correct PE kits are brought into school every Monday so that your child can participate in the sessions. PE kits will be sent home on a Friday so that they can be washed and then returned to school for Monday. Earrings must be removed on PE days. Staff are not permitted to remove these for the children.
Water bottles- Children should bring in their school water bottle every day. They should not be using water bottles other than one purchased from school.
Reading books - Every week the children will bring home a colour banded book that is matched to their reading ability as well as a reading for pleasure book from the library. Please try to read with your child every day. When you do read with them, kindly make a note of the date and title in their reading records.
Reading records and books must be brought to school every day.
Homework - On a Friday, the children will receive either an English or Maths piece of work to complete at home. Homework should be returned to school for the following Thursday.
In maths this half term we continue with our addition and subtraction unit. We are learning to add by making 10 and are using number lines as a resource to support our learning. We are focusing on adding 3 1-digit numbers as well as adding to the next 10. We are also subtracting across 10 and finding 10 more and 10 less. To support our understanding, we are using key language such as ‘more’, ‘fewer’ and ‘difference between’. Towards the end of the half term, we will apply our skills to missing number problems and 2-step problems. Furthermore, we will begin our new unit called Properties of Shape. This will begin by recognizing and naming 2d and 3d shapes, including counting sides and vertices and identifying lines of symmetry.
The application and knowledge of phonics still continues to be a priority this half term. In reading the children will continue to build on their comprehension skills through targeted questioning and support in understanding what a text is about. We will begin looking at some VIPER skills which will aid the children’s understanding of text. In writing the children will continue to build on the use of expanded noun phrases to add detail. We will introduce them to the use commas to separate items in a list as well as writing sentences that include exclamation marks and questions marks. The children will expand on their use of conjunctions and will begin to use subordination to write complex sentences.
In Science we are learning about animal habitats and will be using our knowledge of materials to build our own towards the end of the half term. W are learning to describe the basic life cycles of some familiar animals (egg, caterpillar, pupa, butterfly; egg, chick, chicken; spawn, tadpole, froglet, frog). Furthermore, we are working scientifically by using simple equipment to measure and make observations and by using a range of methods (tables, charts, diagrams and Venn diagrams) to gather and record simple data with some accuracy.
In history, we continue to explore significant people from the past such as Rosa Parks, Emmaline Pankhurst and Neil Armstrong. We will be focusing more on explorers and activists this half term. In geography, we will learn to identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the UK and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles. In DT, we are learning to join textiles together in a running stitch and will use this to decorate out Christmas hoop. In art we are learning to mix colours and to draw from observation. In Pe, our focus is gymnastics and yoga.