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Year 2 Class Newsletter
Welcome back, and a big first welcome to all of the new children and families that have joined us in year 2. It is lovely to see everyone in school after what was a very strange and unusual time. The children are getting used to their new classroom and the routines we have put in place, and getting back to learning after the break.
I am the full time class teacher and will be supported each day by teaching assistants Mrs Druce and Miss Connell. On a Monday afternoon during my non-contact time, the children will be taught by Mrs Draper for PSHCE and Miss Connell for music. I hope you find this newsletter helpful in informing you of what your children will be learning about in the Autumn Term. Please speak to me if there are any problems or you have any concerns. I look forward to getting to know you as we go through the year.
In our English sessions we will be using the book Manfred the Baddie as a stimulus for our writing. We will use the book to write character descriptions to develop vocabulary and word choices. We will go on to write instructions and then a comic strip story based on the book. We will establish our spelling lessons during this term, in which the children will address the various different spelling patterns that Year 2 are required to learn. Following on from this they will bring home their spellings to learn.
During the Autumn term in Maths the children will:
- Read and write numbers to at least 100 in numerals and in words.
- Recognise the place value of each digit in a two-digit number (tens, ones)
- Be able to use a number line.
- Compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100; use <, > and = signs.
- Use place value and number facts to solve problems.
- Count in steps of 2, 3 and 5 from 0, and in tens from any number, forward and backward.
- Addition and subtraction
- Working with money
- Begin a unit on multiplication and division
Other Curriculum Areas
- In the first half term in our science lessons, the children will be looking at materials and their suitability for different things.
- In our art lessons the children will focus on mark making and looking at textures in the world around us. A variety of media and techniques will be used to examine textures in the natural world.
- In our History sessions the children will be focussing on the changes that have occurred in transport over the years.
- In Geography sessions we will be looking at and using different maps. The children will follow routes and make their own maps. We will use atlases to see how the wider world is shown in map format and how the Earth is comprised of continents and oceans.
- In music the children will be focusing on a song ‘Hands, Feet, Heart’ where games, the dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc.), singing and playing instruments are all linked.
- In RE sessions the children will deliberate the questions ‘Who should you follow?’ and ‘Do religious symbols mean the same to everyone?’
- In PHSCE sessions the children will be looking at the relationships they have with others and how we can manage feelings in different situations.
- Our computing work will be a unit on coding. The children will work to combine blocks of code (instructions) to make different things happen, for example make characters move, make objects stop, repeat instructions. An important aspect will be debugging to fix things if something isn’t working properly.
Our PE days are Tuesday and Friday. The children need to come to school wearing their PE kit on those days. PE uniform is red PE T-shirt, Black shorts and trainers. Black tracksuits can be worn in cooler weather but leggings are not allowed. Our sessions will involve circuit training skills and also and emphasis on throwing and catching.
Our school trips and outings have had to be put on hold for the foreseeable future, but fingers crossed though that we can make plans to enhance our curriculum in this way later on in the year.
For homework in Year 2 we will be using both Purple Mash and Mathletics to set homework. To begin this term, each week the children will be set a Mathletics task to access online for their homework. This will be directly related to the week’s maths work to reinforce the learning done in school. A phonics/spelling activity will be set or uploaded to the Purple Mash platform for the children to access. I will ensure that passwords and login details are sent out before this starts.
Initially in Year 2 we will not send out spellings for weekly tests. As stated above we will allocate some phonics based homework up until we begin with the Year 2 spelling programme. Please find attached the Year 1 and Year 2 common exception (non-decodable) words. It would be great if the children can practise reading and writing these words.
These skills will be practised daily in school. Knowing pairs of numbers that make 10 is a valuable skill in the children’s maths learning and comes into many areas of maths. Practising to find the other number in a pair to improve recall is a game that can be easily played in the car or on the way to school. In class the children will be reciting their times tables. In Year 2 they need to know their 2, 5 and 10 times tables. E.g. 1 x 2 = 2, 2 x 2 =4 etc. You may wish to practise these times tables with your child. This is a great website for practising on https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
In Year 2 your child will bring home an individual reading book and a reading record. They will have the opportunity to change their individual reading book as frequently as they need to. I have spoken to them about doing this first thing in the morning or during reading time, so if you can also remind them that it needs doing, that would be great. Once our new Bug Club phonics scheme is up and running, then I will also be able to allocate phonics tasks and reading books directly linked to the work we are doing in school. I will let you know more about this in the near future.
We will read together in school; this may be in a group or as part of a class reading lesson. We also ask that you please listen to your child read their books as often as possible at home, as this is part of their homework. It is amazing the difference it makes to their progress in reading when they read regularly. Please try to keep all reading books in your child’s book bag as the days they read and change their books may vary from week to week.
The class has a page on the school website where you can find information about what we are doing in class and also links to websites that can support your child’s learning.
We are available in the morning for short messages such as if somebody else will be collecting your child.
If there are other things you would like to discuss we are around after school.
Please email/call the office if there are any messages throughout the day. 01280 848306
Behaviour & Rewards
We expect the children to have high standards of behaviour in school, following rules and upholding the values of the school. In Year 2, children can earn individual stickers for their charts for demonstrating positive behaviours or working hard. We will also have a collective class reward. The children will earn a token by working as a class to uphold our classroom expectations. When the children reach 20 tokens, a whole class reward will be given to all. the children will vote on what reward they wish to receive. School certificates will be awarded for children who have made their teachers proud of their achievements, who have shown acts of kindness and who have demonstrated one of the school values.
At present we are not able to welcome visitors and parent helpers in to school. When that time comes however, we are always looking for parents/adults to come in and listen to readers. Also please let us know if you have any hidden talents which you can share with us, such as: cooking, art or maths.
Please send your child in each day with a named water bottle. This should only be filled with water for the classroom. If the bottle could have a sports top or flip up spout that would be better than a top that fully unscrews. At this time may we remind you that the children should not bring in any other personal belongings. They do not need to bring pencil cases, as all equipment has been supplied in their own personal stationery pack. We aim to use the outdoors as much as possible, so a pair of named wellies to wear on the field will enable us to do this. Please make sure all items of clothing are named.
To see the class timetable click here
Year 2 Staff
Mrs Field – Class Teacher
Mrs Draper – PSHCE on Monday afternoons
Mrs Druce – Class Teaching Assistant
Miss Connell – Class Teaching Assistant and RE on Monday afternoons
Should you need to speak to Mrs Field, please contact the office to book an appointment or catch me in the morning to arrange a time.
INTERNET SAFETY (Digital Literacy).
Here are some top tips for safe Internet surfing!
- Always tell an adult if you are using the internet and what you are using it for.
- Never talk to anybody you don’t know.
- Don’t give out any information about you (name, age, address, school) even to people you know.
- If something pops up on screen, don’t close the screen and tell an adult.
- If you get a mean message or email, ignore it and tell an adult so they can delete it.
- Don’t go on to websites you are told not to.
The most important thing to remember is:
If something happens you don’t like or are not sure about, tell an adult!
You can also click on the links below to find out more or report websites that you are worried about.
LINKS TO GAMES WHICH WILL SUPPORT YOUR LEARNING