Year 2 Chad: Mrs N. Burnett, Mrs G. Mohr, Miss S. Dowd
Year 2 Vale: Miss N. Latham, Mrs M. Saini
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child to Year 2!
This year we will continue to focus on developing your child’s independence and love of learning. Children will be collected from the meeting point (lined up outside the Y2 classrooms) at 8:45am. We encourage them to sort their own belongings and begin a pre-learning activity as soon as they arrive in the classroom. Children can be collected from the same meeting point at 3:30pm.
If you have any questions or would like a chat—please feel free to come and ask. Home times are usually the best time to catch members of staff or alternatively, you could email us with any queries (email addresses are below).
Things to Bring:
PE Bags - We ask children to bring their PE kit in a draw string bag or a cloth bag. Please do not bring in ruck-sacks as these are too large to store!
PE Days are Wednesdays and Fridays for both Year 2 classes.
Art Shirts - Please provide your child with a named, large T-shirt, apron or overall to be used for messy activities such as painting, cookery, etc. These can then be kept in their personal trays.
Reading bags - Please ensure your child has a book bag for transporting books and letters. Children are responsible for changing their own reading books at school as often as possible. Please encourage your child to complete their reading diary each day, no matter how short. Please read with or listen to your child read every day – it really does make a difference to their learning across all subjects!
Snacks - A healthy fruit snack is provided in Year 2 which we give to the children at no cost. Children are also welcome to bring in their own snack, but please ensure this is a healthy option. No chocolate, crisps or sweets please. Most importantly, please remember that we are a nut-free school!
Drinks - Children have access to drinking water at all times. They may bring in their own, named reusable bottles. Water and cups are also available in our classroom.
Lunches - All children in Year 2 are eligible for a free hot meal every day!
Homework - Will be sent home once a week on Thursday for your child to complete with your support. Each child should have an Education City username and password to enable him/her to access online learning. Homework will generally consist of spellings, and Maths topics covered during the week. Occasionally, topic-based learning will be encouraged and we always welcome children to bring in and share any projects that they have carried out at home.
In English, we will continue to teach the children using the Pie Corbett ‘Talk for Writing’ approach. This term, the children will be learning and adapting a set of instructions as well as creating their own poems. We will be looking at a wide variety of texts including non-fiction information texts, poetry, stories and chapter books. The children will continue to improve their reading skills using daily reading enrichment activities. Daily cursive handwriting and spelling, punctuation and grammar skills will also be taught. Our class book for this term includes many of Julia Donaldson’s stories and later on, ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ by Roald Dahl.
Your child will continue to develop their problem solving skills and we will provide regular opportunities for them to apply and practise new skills. Visual maths forms the basis of our maths teaching, enabling children to understand place value and calculations.
During this term we will be continuing to develop our counting skills, practising doubling and halving to at least 20 and consolidating their knowledge of the 2, 5 and 10 times tables before moving on to develop mental maths of division. We will be ordering and comparing 2 and 3 digit numbers and extending a range of number and shape sequences. The children will continue their work on time and measurement.
We would encourage children to apply their mathematical knowledge at home by helping with recipes and cooking; practising telling the time (using an analogue clock is very helpful—not just digital!) and using real money where possible.
For the first half of the term, the children will be researching a rainforest habitat such as the Amazon and comparing it with a British forest. They will look at the animals and plants that live in the rainforest, creating Art and projects based on what they have discovered.
There will be a trip to the Botanical Gardens on Thursday 11th October.
After half term, we will be looking at some of the festivals and celebrations at this time of year such as Diwali, Halloween, Hannukah and Christmas. We will be linking this with our Art, DT, Geography and written work in English.
Please feel free to speak to anyone in the team if you have any queries or require further information!
Best wishes from Mrs Burnett (Y2Chad) and Mrs Wood (Y2Vale)
Mrs Schofield (Y2Chad), Mrs Shaw (Y2Chad) and Mr Hemmings (Y2Vale)