We hope everyone had a wonderful Easter break and the children are now all ready for more learning challenges in Year 2.
I am in Year 2 every day except for Tuesday afternoons which will be covered by Mrs Cook, who is new to our school. Mrs Crocker is the teaching assistant in Year 2 every morning and on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and Mrs Ward is also in Year 2 in the afternoons.
We will be using Power Maths for most of our Maths learning this term. We will be learning to read, write, calculate and shade fractions, 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.
Outdoor Games will be on a Tuesday with Mrs Cook so please ensure your child wears their PE kit to school on Tuesdays.
On Thursdays we will have Swimming so the children will need their swimming kit. Please do ensure that all their kit and their uniform is named.
The same days continue as for the last term. 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 Thursday. 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 having a wonderful Summer term.
Welcome to the Spring term in Year 2!
First of all let me say thank you very much on behalf of the Year 2 staff for the Christmas cards, gifts and vouchers that we received at the end of the Autumn term. We really appreciate them!
I do hope that you have all been able to have a relaxing Christmas and hope that you have stayed well throughout this time.
Mrs Franklin continues to be the full time class teacher and is supported by Mrs Crocker who will work with the children in the mornings and 2 afternoons and Mrs Ward who will also be working with us in the afternoons. On a Tuesday afternoon the class will be taken by Mr Smith for the afternoon.
Our topic for the first half term is Space and we will be looking at this from a historical perspective. The second half term also has a history basis and is about Castles. These have both proven to be very engaging topics for the children in the past.
We will continue learning and teaching using the ‘carousel’ approach familiar with the children, meaning that the children will normally complete activities which are either English or Maths based in the mornings. We will continue to use the Power Maths scheme familiar with the children. The children will spend some of the time working with an adult each day and some time working independently. Topic, Science and most other subjects are usually in the afternoons but we try to use links between subjects whenever appropriate.
Some Practical Points
Year 2’s Weekly Timetable
Please send in:
Words for writing
Reading books and reading records
Library books (fortnightly)
Reading books, records, home learning, words for writing go home.
Library books go home (fortnightly)
firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
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