Year 2

Please take a look at our web page to find out all about what we are up to in Year 2.

It will keep you updated with what we are learning about, events we have been involved in and upcoming information you might need.

SUMMER TERM NEWSLETTER

We hope you have all had a lovely Easter break, but not eaten too much chocolate!! We are looking forward to our last term in Year 2 with lots of new things still to learn and other areas where the learning will be consolidated. During the month of May we will undertake the KS1 Assessment tests.

Later on in the summer term the children will begin their transition to Year 3 and we will organise some sessions and visits to familiarise them with the Gawcott site and the staff there before the transition day in July.

The classroom structure and routines will remain the same this term and your children will continue to have their PE sessions on a Thursday afternoon with Mr Cassidy and a Friday with Mrs Field.

We hope you find this newsletter helpful in informing you of what your children will be learning about in the summer term.

English

In our English sessions we will begin by looking at the story ‘The owl who was afraid of the dark’. The children will work to create a chapter in a similar style to the book. Later in the half term we will create our own information text all about owls or other nocturnal animals. Towards the end of the half term we will have a week to focus on The Great Fire of London

Maths
This term in maths the children will:

• Finding fractions of shapes and amounts
• Recognize fractions equivalent to a half or whole
• To tell the time using o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter   to and moving on to telling the time to 5 minutes intervals
• To use tally charts and to make and interpret pictograms
• To use measures of length, mass, capacity and temperature
• Continue to work on their 2,5,10x tables and introduce the 3x table

Topic

Our first topic this half term is about The Great Fire of London followed by a topic on Explorers

  • In the first half term in our science lessons the children will be completing a unit on animals including humans looking at what we need – healthy food, exercise and keeping ourselves clean
  • In our art sessions the children will look at the British artist L.S. Lowry and practice their drawing skills with charcoal and pencil.
  • In our DT lessons the children will create a wooden fire engine with a lever.
  • In History sessions we will be focusing on The Great fire of London and its causes and impact. We will learn about Samuel Pepys as a significant person of the time.
  • In Music the children will look at music notation and will look at performing songs for our leavers assembly in July.
  • In RE sessions the children will be learning about Christianity and Judaism and their special stories
  • In French in the second half term we will take the story of The Hungry Caterpillar and learn the story and vocabulary connected to it.
  • In PSHCE sessions the children will be thinking about keeping ourselves safe in different contexts and our personal safety.
  • On the computers the children will be looking at how websites can be useful for finding information and begin to create some simple animations using Scratch to continue their programming work.

PE

This term your child will be having PE on a Thursday and Friday. The children will get changed in school for PE on both days.
In our games sessions the children will do athletics in preparation for Sports Day. In gym sessions the children will develop the dance moves using The Great Fire of London as a stimulus.

Trips

Summer – Visit to Buckingham as part of whole school theme week
Whole KS1 visit to Whipsnade Zoo (approx £20)

Homework

The children will bring a piece of English or maths work home each week on a Thursday. They will also have a ‘Big Talk’ homework in their book. Please discuss the ‘Big Talk’ with your child before their Monday writing session so they have lots of ideas to put into their work. No recording at home is needed for this.

Spelling

Your child will be given 5 -10 words at a time to practise reading and writing.
Your child’s spellings will be checked once a week on a Tuesday and new spellings will be set on a Wednesday.
Please help your child to practise these daily. Your child’s spelling book should stay in their book bag so they can practise their spellings in school as well.

Mental Maths

Everyday 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.

Reading

In Year 2 your child will bring home an individual reading book and a library book.
Your child will have their individual reading book changed at least twice a week; however they will be given the opportunity to change this book as frequently as they need to.
Your child will be heard reading once a week by an adult in school. They will read a guided reading book and discuss this with a small group. The adult reading with the group will make a note in your child’s reading record telling you about what we have focused on during the session.
Your child will be given the opportunity to change their library books weekly. 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.
Please listen to your child read their books as often as possible. It is amazing the difference it makes to their progress in reading when they read regularly.

Website

Remember to read the schools weekly newsletter and check the schools website regularly to find out what is happening in school.

Behaviour & Rewards

In Year 2 we have different rewards for the children to earn through good behaviour, these are: House points, stickers and Star of the week. Golden Time will continue in the summer term on a Friday afternoon. If the children have been on the rainbow 3 or more times during the week then they take part and receive a drink and biscuit during this time. If your child makes the wrong decisions with their behaviour they may be placed on a cloud which will mean that some of the following break time will be lost. They will begin the next session back on the sun which still gives them a chance to end the day on the rainbow.

Equipment

Please could we ask you to support us in school by ensuring that your children do not bring toys, games or money into class unless they have been requested or are for a particular thing like ‘show and tell’ when they should be given to the teacher for safe keeping. We are spending more and more time sorting out disagreements or dealing with upset children because things are going missing or getting lost.

As we hopefully move into warmer months, please send your child in each day with a named water bottle. As we are currently not in our classroom, we do not have easy access to water taps to fill cups from. Water bottles should only be filled with water for the classroom. As the weather improves please ensure children have a hat to wear and have sun cream applied before coming to school. As always, please make sure all items of clothing are named.

To download or print a copy of the newsletter click here

To see the class timetable click here

STAFF IN YEAR 2

Mrs Field – Class Teacher

Mrs Draper – Class Teaching Assistant

Miss Connell –  Music on Tuesday mornings

Mrs Carr –  RE/French on Tuesday mornings

Mr Cassidy –  PE on Thursday afternoons

CONTACTING US
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.

IMPORTANT DATES

16th April – Back to school

18th May – School fete 3.30pm-6pm

6th June – Sports Day

8th June – Sparkle Day

15th June – Father’s Day breakfast

22nd June – Disco

3rd July – Transition Day

18th July – Trip to Whipsnade Zoo return 4.30pm

20th July – Year 2 Leavers Assembly

24th July – End of Term

HOMEWORK EXPECTATIONS

Weekly Requirement:

Daily Reading

It is really helpful if you let us know how the children are getting on with their reading at home. Please try to listen to them daily and make a comment, or on busier days please sign your child’s reading record to let us know that they have read their books at home.  We will collect the children’s reading records in when they have Guided Reading each week, and award House points if they have read daily and it is written in their reading record book.

Spellings

Spelling books will be given out on a Wednesday and checked on a Tuesday.  Please help them to read the words and understand what they mean, and then practise spelling them. They could be practised by copying them out and then trying to write from memory, orally spelling them out loud or using the Look Cover Write Check method. You could stretch your child by asking them to put the words into a sentence and write it down.

Maths or English Task

Complete the weekly task of either English or Maths due in on Tuesday morning in their homework books (given out on a Thursday)

Big Talk

Your child will also have a ‘Big Talk’ homework this is to help them to prepare for a ‘Big Writing’ session on a Monday morning.  Please discuss with your child what they will be writing about.  You do not need to record anything for this homework. (given out on a Thursday)

You may also wish to help your child with their 2,5 and 10 timetables.  We will be working on these everyday in class.

Please ensure your child has their spelling book and reading book in their book bag each day as they have the chance to practise them in school.

INTERNET SAFETY (Digital Literacy).

Here are some top tips for safe Internet surfing!

  1. Always tell an adult if you are using the internet and what you are using it for.
  2. Never talk to anybody you don’t know.
  3. Don’t give out any information about you (name, age, address, school) even to people you know.
  4. If something pops up on screen, don’t close the screen and tell an adult.
  5. If you get a mean message or email, ignore it and tell an adult so they can delete it.
  6. 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!

E-SAFETY LINKS

You can also click on the links below to find out more or report websites that you are worried about.

Think you know how to stay safe online?

Child Exploitation and Online Protection

Gooseberry Planet

LINKS TO GAMES WHICH WILL SUPPORT YOUR LEARNING

Topmarks Maths Games

Working with Money

Inspire – Challenge – Grow