Welcome to Year 2
Year 2 Chad - Mrs N. Burnett, Mrs G. Mohr, Miss S. Dowd
Year 2 Vale – Miss N. Latham, Mrs M. Saini
This term we will continue to focus on developing your child’s independence. There will always be a ‘pre-learning’ task to complete when they arrive in the morning such as handwriting, spelling or times tables.
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 us!
In English, we will continue to teach the children using the Pie Corbett ‘Talk for Writing’ approach. We will be reinforcing the ‘basics’ such as sentence structure and punctuation as well as building up stamina for longer pieces of writing. All English work is based around our Topic learning, eg. researching diaries when studying the Great Fire of London. The children will continue to improve their reading skills using daily reading enrichment activities. We also have a regular longer chapter book for the whole class to enjoy together.
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. Please see the Calculation Policy for more info.
Please continue to practise the 2, 5 and 10 times tables regularly with your child. The children will be taught how to read the time (o’clock, half past, quarter past) and regularly practising at home will also be very beneficial.
During the first half of the term, we will be discovering all about the Great Fire of London through art, drama and role-play! We will find out what London was like before 1666 and how the Great Fire changed the city forever.
There will be a trip to Selly Manor on Friday 24th January 2020.
After February half term, we will be learning about everyone’s favourite sweet treat. Our main focus will be learning about the Cadbury family and how they changed Birmingham, particularly our local area. We will also learn about where chocolate comes from and how it is made as well as linking it to our Science learning about materials.
There will be a trip to Cadbury World in March (date TBC).
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 to be used for messy activities such as painting etc. that they can keep in school.
Reading bags - Please ensure your child has a book bag for transporting books and letters. Please read to your child each day. 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.
Snacks – Fruit is provided in Year 2 which we give to the children at no cost. We encourage the children to eat fruit as it provides the right boost of nutrients to support their learning. If your child brings in their own snack, please ensure this is a healthy option. No chocolate, crisps or sweets please. Please remember that we are a nut-free school!
Drinks - We have water and cups available in our classroom so children do not need to bring a drink. However, if you choose to do so—please send in a bottle of water as this provides the correct hydration to support learning.
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. Homework will generally consist of spellings, and Maths/English topics covered during the week. Occasionally, topic-based learning will be encouraged and we always welcome children to bring in any projects that they have carried out at home.
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 Miss Latham (Y2Vale)
Mrs Mohr (Y2Chad), Miss Dowd (Y2Chad) and Mrs Saini (Y2Vale)