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.

Year 2 Class Newsletter

 

I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas break and are ready to start the new year.  In the spring term the children will continue to develop all the skills we learnt in the autumn term and show their very best in every session.  We are expecting the children to work more independently, write at length and use their skills to unpick problems in maths and interpret questions in their reading.

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

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

Mrs Field

English

In our English sessions we will be looking at the journey story Meerkat Mail.  We will be learning this story using text maps to help us.  We will then adapt this text and create our own journey story using interesting adjectives, conjunctions and punctuation.  Later in the half term we will look at how different information texts are set out and create our own information text all about meerkats.

Maths

This term in maths the children will:

  • Count amounts of money
  • Select coins to make a specific amount
  • Finding totals of money amounts
  • Giving change
  • Solving problems involving money
  • Continue to work on their 2,5,10 times tables.
  • Recognise and make equal groups when looking at multiplication and division.
  • Recognise multiplications represented in pictures and diagrams.

Topic

Our first topic this half term is ‘On Safari in Africa.’

  • In the first half term in our science lessons the children will be looking at materials and their properties.
  • In our art lessons the children will explore Adinkra patterns, they will create a printing block using sponges and a polystyrene tile. They will then experiment printing with these.
  • In Geography sessions we will be focusing on Africa and finding out about what life is like for people living in Kenya. We will be exploring the similarities and differences between cultures and how the animals are important to the country.
  • In RE sessions the children will be learning about Christianity and Judaism and their special occasions.
  • In PSHCE sessions the children will be thinking about drugs that we might find in our homes and their uses.
  • On the computers the children will be looking at how to stay safe on the computer and on the Internet.  The children will be experimenting with Beebots to see what they can do, and then seeing if they can programme them to follow a route or draw a shape.  They will learn how to debug instructions and re-programme.

PE

This term your child will be having PE on a Monday and Thursday.  The children will get changed in school for PE on both days. In our games sessions the children will be learning racket skills and how to control a ball by themselves and then joining with a partner.

Please make sure that the children have their kit in school for the entire week, and if it goes home for washing that it comes back. We are also finding many items that are not named, so we would appreciate if clothing can be named. School PE kit is a red Roundwood T-shirt, black shorts (not skorts), black tracksuits for cold days (no leggings) and trainers. Now that we have some new children, cloakroom space is extremely tight so drawstring PE bags are preferable to rucksacks as they take up less space.

Trips

Spring – Local study around Buckingham, Claydon House -awaiting confirmation

Summer – Visit to the fire station

Homework

The children will be set maths tasks through the Mathletics website each week. Some tasks will need to be completed within the week, and other open tasks will be there for if the children want to have a go at other exercises.

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 Thursday and new spellings will be set on a Friday.

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, or practising basic number facts.  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. 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.

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 school’s weekly newsletter and check the school’s website regularly to find out what is happening in school.

Messages

We are available in the morning for short messages such as if somebody else will be collecting your child.

If there is anything else 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

In Year 2 we have different rewards for the children to earn through good behaviour, these are: House points, stickers and golden time.  We have a Golden Time chart in the classroom.  The children all start on the rainbow as this is where we expect them to be. If your child makes wrong decisions with their behaviour their name will be moved onto the sun as a reminder that they need to make better choices. If a further warning is necessary, they will move down the chart onto the cloud where they will then miss a minute of their playtime each time a further warning is needed to be given. Minutes lost will then come off their Golden Time on a Friday afternoon.

Volunteers

We are looking for some parents to come in and listen to readers each week.  Also please let us know if you have any hidden talents which you can share with us, such as: cooking, art or maths.

Equipment

Please send your child in each day with a named water bottle. This should only be filled with water for the classroom.  They do not need to bring pencil cases. Please make sure all items of clothing are named.

TIMETABLE

To see the class timetable click here

Year 2 Staff

Mrs Field – Class Teacher

Mrs Draper – Class Teaching Assistant

Mrs Wildman – Class Teaching Assistant

Mrs Carr –  RE/French on Wednesday afternoons

Mr Cassidy –  PE on Monday and Wednesday 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

15th February – Half Term

4th and 6th March – Parent’s Evening

29th March – Mother’s Day Tea Party

4th April – Easter Service 2.15pm Tingewick

5th April – End of Term

24th April – Back To School

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 Friday and checked on a Thursday.  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 Task

Mathletics tasks will be set on a Friday for completion the following Thursday. Certain tasks have a time limit for the week and others are set for the children t have a go at if they so wish.

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

LINKS TO GAMES WHICH WILL SUPPORT YOUR LEARNING

Topmarks Maths Games

Working with Money

Mathletics

Inspire – Challenge – Grow