Welcome to Year 2
Year 2 Newsletter - Autumn 1 2017
A warm welcome from the Year 2 team! This is the first of many newsletters that you will receive during the coming school year. They will hopefully provide you with an insight into some of the topics that the children will be covering this term. We hope that this information will help you to support your child in a variety of ways.
This term starts with our topic ‘Watch Us Grow’ where we will be learning about our bodies, what they can do and how we can keep them healthy. The children will be using their senses to explore their environment and learning about the organs that keep our bodies alive. As part of our learning about life cycles and growth we will also be learning about plants and their different needs to help them grow. The children have talked to us about what they would like to learn during this topic and we have tried to include as many of their ideas as possible.
Keep an eye on our Year 2 notice board (by the steps), as this is where we will provide you with additional information over the year. In here we will also keep you updated with what we are learning each week in English and Mathematics. This will hopefully allow you to feel more informed and able to support your children at home.
During Autumn 1 in Mathematics we will be looking at the key operations of addition and subtraction as well as looking at ordering numbers, number bonds and place value. We will also use our bodies to help us develop our skills of measuring and collecting data based on our classmates favourite things. We will continuously be working on developing the children’s ability to count in steps of 2, 5 and 10 and to know the 2, 5, and 10 times tables and their related division facts.
In English we will be finding out facts about the body, creating our own poems, labelling, instructions and stories. We will also be focusing on handwriting which will be a big focus for the children throughout their work this year. We will also be continuing to use the Read Write Inc scheme that the children used in Year 1. The children were assessed at the end of the Summer term and have been grouped accordingly.
Reading We have now changed the children’s reading books for the first time and issued new home school books. Please remember that you have signed the home school agreement and will ensure that you hear your child read at least once a week. It is important that this is recorded in their home school books to allow us to ensure the children’s books are changed when necessary. Inside your home school book you have been notified of your child’s intended reading day. However due to daily circumstances such as timetable changes or visitors etc., your child may not be heard on this day. We can assure you that every child will be heard at least once a week, however this may sometimes change from their planned reading day.
The children will also continue to receive keywords on a weekly basis this will continue to change between your child being asked to read or spell the words. Please support us in helping your child learn these words to support them in progressing with their reading and writing.
For PSHE we will be discussing our class rules and how we can run the classroom smoothly, we will then move on to looking at friendships and how we can get along with each other. We have now created our class charters which you will receive a copy of and the children will be working hard to fulfil their responsibilities.
PE Days Willow : Tuesday and Friday
Sycamore : Tuesday and Wednesday
Aspen: Wednesday and Friday class
Please can you ensure that your child’s PE kit is clearly marked with their name. If children have longer hair, please make sure they have this tied back on P.E days or provide them with hair bands to allow this to happen. If your child has pierced ears please also remove these on P.E days.
Conker Club children will need an additional pair of trainers to be left at Conker Club (if they have not worn trainers to school as part of their uniform) as we are unable to access items left at Conker Club and Conker Club have no access to the classrooms after school. This would be greatly appreciated by all staff concerned.
Children will need to wear trainers/plimsolls to be able to use the outdoor apparatus, no trainers or plimsolls means no apparatus!
Aspen, Sycamore and Willow: Friday afternoon
Please note; we will only be able to issue a new book if the previous one has been returned. A charge of £5.00 is made for lost books.
Over the year a range of homework activities will be set that we feel will support or reinforcement the learning that the children have been doing in school. This will sometimes come in paper form or they may be directed to activities on Purple Mash or Education City. The children will receive rewards in class for completing homework and we are able to keep track of who has accessed any of the online homework set on both Education City and Purple Mash. Over the next few weeks you will be given a new copy of your child’s login details for both Education City and Purple Mash along with other useful login details you may need which will be stuck in the front of your child’s home school book. If you ever have any questions about homework please don’t hesitate to come and talk to a member of the Year 2 Team.
Date for the diary
We have a Year 2 Information Evening on Thursday 28th September at 7:00pm. On this evening we will give you more information about Year 2 and provide you with some useful ideas of how to help your children at home. We hope to see all of you there.
Show and Tell
Unfortunately due to the children being extremely busy in Year 2 we do not have time for show and tell. To avoid disappointment and upset we would really appreciate your support in not allowing your child to bring in items from home unless it is something that can aid learning related to our current topic.
We hope that if you have any worries or concerns about your child that you feel we need to know about, you will come and speak to us as soon as it is convenient for you or make an appointment for a chat. We are always happy to see if we can help and we would like to make the transition from Year 1 to Year 2 as easy as possible.
Thank you for your time, and we look forward to working with you over the coming year.
Miss Matier, Miss Thomas, Mrs Fowler and Mrs Smith
Miss Oliver, Mrs McArdell, Mrs Oliver and Mrs Ujszaszi