We hope everyone had a wonderful Easter break and the children are now all ready for more learning challenges in Year 2. We are returning to school on Monday 19th April, raring to go! The children will need to be back in uniform this term except for the days they have PE and we are looking forward to everyone looking smart and wearing their uniforms with pride. We will still remain in our bubble with Year 1 including using our staggered start, finish, break and lunch times until we are given any further guidance.
I am in Year 2 everyday except for Wednesday afternoons which will be covered by Mrs Meek and Mr Rogers. Mrs Crocker is the teaching assistant in Year 2 every morning and on Monday and Tuesday afternoons and Mrs Ward is also in Year 2 in the afternoons.
We will be using Power Maths for some of our Maths learning this term but we are also going to spend some time revisiting learning from the last 2 terms, mainly to focus on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to ensure that these skills are secure. We will also be learning to tell the time, describe position and direction and use different types of measurements such as measuring mass, volume or temperature.
In English we will be focusing on comprehension skills and developing how to answer questions about texts. For writing, we will be using a system to improve the children’s sentence making. We will encourage the children to use a range of vocabulary, we will model sentences and then the children will build their own sentences using the daily focus and new vocabulary. We will be developing skills in Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar. We will also focus on editing and improving our writing.
Our new topic for the first half term will be ‘Night Time Animals’ and after the half term holiday we will be thinking about ‘The World Around Us.' Our Science topic will focus on animals and plants which ties in well with our overall topic. We will be growing plants and looking at lifecycles of different animals.
See the Curriculum News document for more information.
In the first half term Gym will be on a Wednesday with Mr Rogers and on Thursdays we will have Games so please ensure your child wears their PE kit to school on these days. In the second half term there will be a games lesson with Mr Rogers on a Wednesday and we hope to swim on a Thursday.
Please return reading books and reading records to school each Wednesday to be changed. Reading books and records will come home on a Friday. The children will have a mix of books that are either new to them or will have already been read at school. Please do record every time your child reads with you. A sticker will be placed in the book if a child has read aloud 4 or more times that week and a certificate will be given after 10 stickers are earned in Year 2. Please do take the opportunity to talk about the story with your child. Comprehension of the text is as important as reading the words so please ask them questions about the plot, characters and why things happened.
Our class library slot is on a Friday, once a fortnight so please return any books on the Wednesday of that week so that your child may choose more books to enjoy each week.
A list of words will come home on a Friday for the spellings to be learnt for a test on the following Friday. Most lists will be based on a phonic pattern with the aim being for the children to learn the phonic patterns as well as the words. A second piece of home learning will also come home on a Friday to be returned the following Wednesday. This will usually be Maths or English but could be any subject.
Reading records, home learning returned to school
Library books returned once a fortnight
Reading books, records, home learning and new words for writing sent home
Please provide a snack for your child to eat in the morning and bear in mind that we would like this to be a healthy option of fruit or vegetables. The children will still be given a healthy snack each afternoon so there is no need to provide an afternoon snack. Please also send in a water bottle for use in the classroom which is separate to the bottle in their lunch box. Please do send in any nut products in lunch boxes or as a snack.
Please do ensure that everything is named. We will do our best to try to reunite any lost property with its rightful owner!
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to make an appointment through the office and I can call you.
I am looking forward to working with your children and having a wonderful Summer term.