Introduction

Mrs Pearce

Class Teacher

Mrs Pearce is now in her 24th year of teaching, having taught in 5 schools of differing sizes since completing her training in 1998. As well as teaching our Year 2 Curlews, Mrs Pearce leads Maths and Geography across the school. She is also Key Stage 1 lead, working closely with Mr Cruse and Mrs Champion, our Key Stage 2 and Early Years leaders. Mrs Pearce is a very keen runner and likes to instill her love of the sport amongst the children.

Curlew Class 2021-2022
 
Mrs Pearce teaches Curlew Class, which comprises of 25 Year 2 children. Mrs Barnicoat and Mrs Barrett share the role of class teaching assistant across the week. 
 
Please see our "Welcome to Curlew Class" transition slides below to gain further information about life in Year 2. 
 
Curlews' Classroom 2021-2022
 
Take a look at our classroom in the photos below. As the year progresses, more images will be added.

Curlews' Class Topic and Science Knowledge Organisers
 
Please find Curlews' knowledge organisers for Topic and Science below. They contain all of the key information children need for the units and are created half-termly.  In school, the children have knowledge organisers in their books and they use them to support their learning. For further curriculum information, please go to Curlews' 'Curriculum' page
Autumn 1 2021
Curlew Class Trips, Events and Activities 
Pendennis Castle - Monday 4th October
 
We spent an excellent day at Pendennis Castle, learning about its history and enjoying its spectacular setting! Our day began with an overview of the castle's past, led by our wonderful guide, Jane. She was impressed with the knowledge we had already gained about Pendennis before visiting the site itself. We knew that King Henry VIII ordered the castle to be built and we also knew that its role, alongside its sister castle, St. Mawes, was to defend the inhabitants of Falmouth town against invasion. Well done, Hector for explaining this so well!
 
Jane told us about two of King Henry's wives, Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn. We wore hats and headdresses to represent these key figures from the past. The class divided into two and fired pretend cannons at enemy ships as they passed through Carrick Roads. We loved acting and took our roles most seriously! 
 
We stood outside the castle building itself and talked about the significance of its shape. Locryn commented that it was round in order to see potential invading ships coming from all angles! We discussed various defensive features including the ramparts, drawbridge, thick stone walls and portcullis. Ethan spotted mythical gargoyles which were both decorative and played a part in the drainage system. 
 
In the education room, we were able to handle artefacts and replicas from the past. This was such a great experience and we felt privileged to be the first school to take part in the 'Now and Then' workshop since the onset of Covid.  Each group had a 'treasure chest' to explore and our task was to predict the purpose of its contents. The chests contained objects related to eating, medical care, lighting or writing. We were surprised by the materials some of the items were made from and Jane told us that they would have been sourced locally in those days. The candles, for example, were made from beeswax. 
 
After Jane explained the contents of the chests, we were then presented with clothes that  various castle inhabitants would have worn. These included the 'pot boy', the governor, the gunner and the blacksmith. After trying on the garments, most of us decided that we would rather wear our present day clothes and also that we wouldn't have been too keen on living in the castle!
 
After lunch, we explored the inside of the castle itself - an experience that many Curlews thought was 'the best bit!' We looked at the large hearths, marvelled at the size of The Great Hall, imagined what the noise would be like in the cannon room and had a giggle at the 'toilet!' During our walk around the inside of the castle, we were able to  see and feel the castle materials. This helped our Science learning to come alive. The thick stone walls and iron-studded wooden doors were right in front of our eyes!
 
The day flew by so quickly and many of us said that we would like to visit again! Many thanks to Mark, Rebecca and Krystina for helping out on our trip. Such a lovely day of learning!
 
 
At Mabe School, we feel that homework is an important part of each child's learning process. In Year 2, we ask that you support your children with the following activities. Please don’t hesitate to come and see us if you need further clarification.
Reading

Please listen to your child read as frequently as possible. I cannot stress the importance of reading at home enough. We teach the skills at school and whilst we listen to the children read during guided reading sessions, within RWI lessons and on an individual basis where possible, we need your support at home. Daily is naturally ideal, but three times each week is essential. Remember that each daily read counts towards a karate band. Please talk to your child about the storyline, the meaning of words and ask them what might happen next. Book discussions are crucial and remember that literally decoding the words is only part of the reading process. 


Talk for Writing

Help your child to explore and learn the English model texts. At Mabe Primary School, we follow the "Talk for Writing" process, where pupils learn a text by heart (listen and imitate), then insert their own ideas into this framework (innovate) and finally imaginatively move away from the original (invent). Letters are sent home with the text attached and details about its features at the beginning of each unit. The vast majority of our texts are topic-linked. Our Autumn 1 genres are Fairy Tales, using "Rapunzel" as our model text and Instructions, using "How to Build a Castle" as our model text.  See below for letters and texts. 

Additional Tasks

At various points throughout the year, we might ask for certain items, such as tuna tins for Christmas cakes. We will send a message via Dojo, pop it on the whiteboard outside the classroom and make sure it is in the monthly newsletter. We love to see any child-initiated home learning, either related to our school topics or anything else of interest. You are welcome to take photos of your child's learning, which we can show on Dojo or pop it in their book bags for us to share with the class. 
Spellings

Please help your child to learn their spellings, which will either be 5 Read Write Inc 'Red Words' or 10 words related to a Year 2 spelling pattern. You will receive a half term's worth of spellings on a grid (which will go home in paper form and is available below), so you can reflect on previous words and look ahead to see what is coming. In school, we explore and explain the spellings on a Monday and carry out a range of activities to help them internalise the words before testing them on a Friday.  In line with Key Stage 2, Year 2 pupils have a login to Spelling Shed where they will find games to help them learn their weekly spellings (Account details can be found in the children's yellow reading records). Please encourage your child to engage with this online platform. 
 
Maths

Curlews take part in Times Tables Rock Stars, along with our Key Stage 2 classes. Each child has individual login details, which can be found on the inside cover of their yellow reading records. We would love them to practise quick fire tables skills at home to support our in-school learning. NumBots, the addition and subtraction platform used in Sandpipers,  continues to be available for the children to access, using the same login details. Please see the letter and Parent Guide below for further information.